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Larry K. Brown, Author - The Biggest Character of Them All

A fifth generation published writer, Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Nebraska in 1960 before entering the U.S Air Force, where he spent the next twenty years as an Information/Public Affairs officer. During his military career, he graduated from Boston University in 1970 with a Master of Science degree in Public Relations before earning additional post-graduate credits in Mass Communications at the University of Oklahoma.

In 1980, he went to work for the Sun Company, Inc. and, five years later, was named Director, Public Relations & Communications for Sun Exploration and Production Company, the Sun Company, Inc.'s oil and gas subsidiary. During that time he gained graduate credits in historical studies at the University of Texas at Dallas, TX. In 1986, Brown joined the staff of the American Heart Association's (AHA) national headquarters and the following year moved to Cheyenne, WY, as the Executive Director, AHA-Wyoming, Inc. He left AHA in 1993 to research and write about the West and its history.

His writing credits include seven books and articles in such non-fiction publications as the National Cowboy Hall of Fame's Persimmon Hill, Wild West, True West, Old West, American Cowboy, The Roundup of Western Writers of America, Wyoming Magazine; Annals of Wyoming History Journal, plus the journals of the National and Western Outlaw and Lawman associations. His fictional short stories also have been published in the award-winning High Plains literary magazine.

Wyoming Writers, Inc. honored his Hog Ranches of Wyoming: Liquor, Lust, and Lies Under Sagebrush Skies [Glendo, WY: High Plains Press, 1995] with a "Western Horizon Award". The following year, Cambridge University Press, England, the oldest press in the world, selected the book's text for inclusion in its computerized lexicon. The electronic database is designed for use as a tool for language researchers in creating dictionaries and other reference books for students learning English as a second language. The Old Pen Joint Powers Board in Rawlins, WY, published his Petticoat Prisoners of the Wyoming Frontier Prison in 1995 while his third and fourth books, You are Respectfully Invited to Attend My Execution, and Petticoat Prisoners of Old Wyoming - a recipient of a coveted 2001 Wyoming State Historical Society "Historical Publication Award" - were published by High Plains Press, respectively, in 1997 and 2001.

His latest book for High Plains Press, Coyotes and Canaries: Characters Who made the West Wild . . . and Wonderful! Is it worth the read? Bob Boze Bell, Executive Editor of True West Magazine thinks so: "[Larry Brown] makes history fun and he gets it right. What else could you possibly want?" His most recent work, another nonfiction book on Wyoming criminal history, is titled Bad in the Good Old Days is pending publication.

Author and historian Larry K. Brown tells the stories of Wyoming characters who made the West wild and wonderful!



Larry K. Brown, Author
The Biggest Character of Them All.

Queen Victoria
In this episode, a little girl who snubs Queen Victoria grows up to be a "princess" herself.

Dell Burke
In this episode, Dell Burke - The Lusty Lady of Lusk.

Heart Mountain Embroidery
A beautiful piece of embroidery made by a Japanese woman in the Heart Mountain relocation center in between Cody and Powell, Wyoming, brings back memories for the author, Larry Brown.

William Jefferson Hardin
A former barber from Kentucky, William Jefferson Hardin was Wyoming's first black legislator in the sixth legislative session.

Governor Mike Sullivan
The famous icon that accompanied one of Wyomings governors everywhere! Its Governor Mike Sullivan and his famous hat!

Dr. Lillian Heath
Dr. Lillian Heath, Wyoming's First Woman Physician.

Joseph E. Stimson
Joseph E. Stimson, the photographer who captured the west with his camera. Perhaps more than that of any other Wyoming photographer, Stimson caught and kep views of the state's early twentieth-century history that are still collected and cherished through the Wyoming State Museum and Wyoming State Archives.

Charles Adams
Poor Charles Adams! His vivid imagination and love of western dime novels that led him into misadventure that blazed across the front pages of newspapers throughout the nation in 1930.