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ARIZONA STORIES OF CRAZY, COLORFUL CHARACTERS CAPTURED
IN ‘OUTRAGEOUS ARIZONA’
AIRING ON EIGHT, ARIZONA PBS THURSDAY, AUGUST 16

Co-Produced withTrue West magazine, Program Features Little-Known, Hard-to-Believe Tales
Told by Historians Bob Boze Bell, Jana Bommersbach & Marshall Trimble

PHOENIX…August 6, 2012…Make no mistake. Arizona’s reputation for spawning infamous characters is long and legendary – from brazen outlaws to lady bandits and self-promoting warriors, even corrupt politicians. Many of their stories are embarrassing, some are inspiring, but all of them are outrageously true!

Eight, Arizona PBS viewers will watch these history-rich, home-grown characters come to life in a new hour-long special, Outrageous Arizona, premiering Thursday, August 16 at 8:30 p.m. on Eight HD (8.1 or Cox Channel 1008). Eight co-produced the show with True West magazine. Here’s a preview of some of the dozen featured vignettes:

· Goyathla: A Real Yawner – Learn the story behind the famous Apache warrior Geronimo we never knew, from where he got his name to his shameless self-promotion during captivity.

· George Warren: Drunken Loser Lands on State Seal – Gambling away his one-ninth interest in Bisbee’s Copper Queen Mine, Warren died penniless yet ended up on Arizona’s State Seal.

· Pearl Hart: Lady Bandit – America’s only known female stagecoach robber was popular with suffragettes, then sent packing by Arizona’s territorial governor with whom she possibly had a fling.

· The Thieving 13th – One of Arizona’s strangest legislatures dates back to 1885, unmatched for its corruption when naming a territory capital, picking a university site and appropriating funds for an asylum.

· The Legend of Red Ghost – After the U.S. Army imported camels to test them as mounts, the Civil War spiked the project, leaving one escaped feral camel to reportedly terrorize Arizonans.

· Diltche: Frontier Woman – A White Mountain Apache grandmother named Diltche captured and sold into slavery in Mexico defied all odds to escape and through sheer determination return home.

· Tombstone: A Tony Town – Wine bars, coffee shops, ice cold beer, telephones? Turns out the rugged Tombstone we thought we knew had a sophisticated side even Doc Holliday and the Earps enjoyed.

“This unique show is a salute to Arizona’s well-known penchant for attracting outlandish characters, and it premieres appropriately during our state’s centennial year,” said Eight’s General Manager Kelly McCullough. “You can’t make this stuff up, and we didn’t have to.”

Host of Outrageous Arizona is Bob Boze Bell, executive editor of True West magazine and a prolific western history writer and illustrator. Supporting each story will be photographic and illustrated images provided from the archives of True West. Visit truewestmagazine.com.

Also contributing to the production are popular Arizona personalities Marshall Trimble and Jana Bommersbach. Trimble is the official Arizona State Historian and a sought-after speaker and entertainer throughout the West, while Bommersbach is one of Arizona's most acclaimed journalists and historical authors. Both are contributing editors for True West magazine.

Outrageous Arizona premiering August 16 at 8:30 p.m. on Eight, Arizona PBS uses re-enactments and illustrations (above) by program host Bob Boze Bell of True West magazine to tell its colorful yarns. Credit: Bob Boze Bell/True West

 

About Eight, Arizona PBS

Eight, Arizona PBS specializes in the education of children, in-depth news and public affairs, lifelong learning, and the celebration of arts and culture -- utilizing the power of noncommercial television, the Internet, educational outreach services, and community-based initiatives. The PBS station began broadcasting from the campus of Arizona State University on January 30, 1961. Now more than 80 percent of Arizonans receive the signal through a network of translators, cable and satellite systems. With more than 1 million viewers each week, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. Arizonans provide more than 60 percent of the station's annual budget.

Eight is a member-supported service of Arizona State University.