No Blog yesterday.
Folks, I got hung up with our building project yesterday and did have a chance to get a Blog sent.

Harlan & Sharlotte Nordquist Pictures

Reply from Colette Hosmer (64): Santa Fe, NM

Wow. It’s interesting how images of people you haven’t seen in 50 years (give or take) still reside somewhere in one’s head. Thanks so much for finding and posting these photos.

Larry Nagel (Teacher) is President of the NDDTSEA:
Posting from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.
Hi Gary,
Larry Nagel taught in Dunseith awhile back. Maybe you were one of his students? He is now president of NDDTSEA. If you go to this site, you’ll see his picture. http://www.minotstateu.edu/drivered/nddtsea/
Larry was hired in 1967, several years after I graduated, as a teacher in Dunseith, So I never was one of his students. Gary
Unidentified boy on horse with John Awalt
Reply/picture from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

Quite a while ago, Bonnie Awalt Houle posted a picture of her dad, John Awalt, and a boy on a horse. She said the picture was taken in the 70s in the Turtle Mountains. I have looked at this picture several times thinking I should know this boy but today I ran across it again and think it may be Dustin Striker, Marlene Espe Striker and Doug Striker’s son. He spent nearly every day at our place with my son Dave after his dad died when Dustin was about 10. I think some of the Strikers read this blog and could maybe confirm or correct my guess on the identity. If there isn’t a reply, I will print the picture and show it to Marlene sometime as she will definitely know. This is just a guess. Thanks Gary!


Reply from Art Rude (71): Bismarck, ND
Hi Gary,

Thank you for sharing my book with the people on the list. I had pretty much given up on having the book in time for Christmas, although originally that had been my goal. I submitted the final manuscript in May, thinking the book could be printed during the summer and be ready for sale in the fall, well before Christmas. The publishing process was much slower than I had anticipated, so after two edits I did with a good friend (Bob Stenson, originally from Rugby) the publisher took several month to get to the first proofs, and then there were two sets of proofs before the book went into production. As it didn’t get to print until the end of November, I decided to put off promoting the book until after the first of the year. There were a couple of reasons for that. First of all, the electronic version of the book, (the e-book) still isn’t done, (not sure why, seems like it should be almost automatic) and I don’t want to promote until the e-book is available on Kindle and I-tunes. Also I know very little at this point about the marketing through other outlets. I know it is available immediately on Amazon, but it is also supposed to be available at Barnes and Noble (not yet confirmed as available there yet), Borders.com, and 12 other distributers.

All in all, I have a lot to learn about the process, and have set January 5 as the target date to have a promotional package together. Hopefully, although I miss Christmas for my promotional efforts, in January there is little competition for ad space, so hopefully, I will have a good program designed.

So, getting some sales for Christmas in spite of all the delays, is a nice surprise, seeing how I had pretty much given up for this year. I’m not sure how fast Amazon is to deliver, but I know one friend who ordered from Amazon right away, and he had his copy in hand before I got mine. Mine finally came yesterday, and it was great to finally see the physical results of all the work, and all the waiting. Although there are definite disadvantages to the “self-publishing” model that is prevalent today, the advantage is, the author has far more control than ever before. It allowed me to format the book in a rather unique format, and control such things as font size and bolding of text for emphasis. I really like that option.

I hope everyone who reads the book enjoys it, and finds in interesting and thought provoking. The review I got on Amazon was great, so hopefully that will continue.

Thank you Gary, for all your efforts.



PS. People who are interested can always keep up with me at my website, www.artrude.com. I haven’t done anything about the book on my website, but hope to have time this weekend to get a start.


Peace and Power,

Thanks for checking out Art Rude Productions,
webpage address: www.artrude.com
and Art Rude TV at: artrudetv on Utube!