Yesterday – 26th October 1881 – was the day of the gunfight at the OK Corral; the most famous – or was it infamous – shoot out in the Wild West. It took place in Tombstone, Arizona when the Earp family [Virgil, Wyatt and Morgan] had a shoot-out with the Clantons [Ike, Phineas and Billy] and the McLaurys [Tom and Frank].
The sight of this gunfight is now a tourist attraction with life-size replicas of the combatants and a daily re-enactment of the 30-second exchange of bullets that have resounded through history and captured the imagination of cowboy enthusiasts the world over.
I was one of those ‘cowboys’ here in England back in the 1940s and, maybe, into the early 1950s. My children – and grandchildren – just look blankly at me when I tell them of the ‘battles’ I had when I was their age.
Do you have any situations like this? I’d love to hear about them if you have.