Valentines mean LOVE….

By: Renee Artwork: by Newsleuth

With February being the month of Valentines Day and love letters, we will have our own Valentine mailbox here at WTPOTUS.

This thread is for open letters and Valentines for our soldiers, honest politicians, and patriots. A thank you, a hug, or a box of goodies is always a sweet way to make someone feel special. Especially if they are a real HERO ! Happy Valentines day to you all !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSfFYxSdKdo

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69 responses to “Valentines mean LOVE….

  1. I would like to start my comment off by saying I LOVE YOU ALL !!!… and to re-post this fantastic letter from one of our great heroes that speaks his mind and like most of the folks here, “tells it like it is” !!! Thanks and much love to all our brave troops!!!

    Dear President Obama,

    My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don’t believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.

    I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos’n Mate. Now I live in a “rest home” located on the western end of Pearl Harbor, allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.

    One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man. So here goes.

    I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do, but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.

    I can’t figure out what country you are the president of.

    You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like: “We’re no longer a Christian nation” “America is arrogant” — (Your wife even announced to the world, “America is mean- spirited.” Please tell her to try preaching that nonsense to 23 generations of our war dead buried all over the globe who died for no other reason than to free a whole lot of strangers from tyranny and hopelessness.)

    I’d say shame on the both of you, but I don’t think you like America, nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do, for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.

    After 9/11 you said, “America hasn’t lived up to her ideals.”

    Which ones did you mean? Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British? Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man, that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War? I hope you didn’t mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellas I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around, because we stand for freedom.

    I don’t think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.

    Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man.

    Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don’t, I’ll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue. You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.

    And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don’t want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts, who was putting up a fight? You don’t mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don’t want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.

    One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life, but you’re the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you’re not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you’re thinking of.

    You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president.

    You’re not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That’s not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now.

    And I sure as hell don’t want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle.

    Sincerely,
    Harold B. Estes

    This letter is from:
    http://www.kitv.com/politics/22337870/detail.html

  2. Hey Everyone, just saw on C-Span they will be showing The Tea Party Convention tomorrow night (Friday) at 9 p.m. Sure hope they show Sarah Palin on Saturday night. Great news for those of us that cannot be there!!!

    God Bless the USA and Israel and our precious Constitution

  3. Roses are Red.
    Arugula is Green.
    About those docs, Barry,
    They’ve yet to be seen.

    (Peekaboo; I see you.
    Stick’emup, Chump.)

    • Luv that, Papoose!

      • Hiya Miri!!

        Roses are Red.
        Violets are Purple.
        Can’t wait for the Day
        Barky’s declared a Usurple.

        Roses are Red.
        And same for Tomatoes.
        Won’t it be Grand
        When they arrest Fugly FLOTUS?

        • The hits just keep on comin’! 🙂

          Roses are red,
          His lips are mauve,
          We the People can’t wait,
          Until he’s overthrove.

          I claim the right of poetic license to make up words and, no, I’m not advocating violence–just tossing usurples out of OUR Oval Office.

  4. Wow. I really loooove this video.

  5. Here’s a Valentine shout out to all of our brave troops serving us around the world. We love you. We think of you every day. We pray for you. We will NEVER forget your sacrifice. We the People of a grateful nation salute you. THANK YOU from the bottoms of our true, red-white-and-blue hearts.

  6. A sad Valentine story. We lost one. I am sending him a hug and a salute. This one has made me cry. A patriotic soldier.

    http://www.floppingaces.net/2009/08/13/flopping-aces-writer-major-chris-galloway-dead-at-36/

    • Isn’t it sad Renee? Didn’t FA give him a beautiful send off…can only imagine the loss his family and comrades must feel…love these people. Felt like I knew him.

      Valentine.

  7. Ronald Reagan said;

    “Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.”

    “Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.”

    “Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.”
    ~~~~~~~

    I got these quotes from an article titled ‘Sheeple’ at http://www.worldviewtimes.com

    Great comments from a true and faithful patriot who loved our great Nation !!! Sarah is the closest we may ever get to Pres. Reagan; although I do have my eyes on Paul Ryan !

    God Bless the USA and Israel

  8. This is living proof of what a beautiful and giving country that we are so very blessed to live in…a reminder of all we have given all those before us that gave their all !!!

    You may have seen these before, but it’s well worth remembering . . .

    – At a time when our current president and other politicians tend to apologize for our country’s prior actions, here’s a refresher on how some of our former patriots handled negative comments about our country.

    JFK’S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60’s when DeGaule decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaule said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible.

    Rusk responded “does that include those who are buried here?

    DeGuale did not respond.

    You could have heard a pin drop.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    When in England , at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of empire building by George Bush.

    He answered by saying, ‘Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.’

    You could have heard a pin drop.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying ‘Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intend to do, bomb them?’

    A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: ‘Our carriers have three
    hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?’

    You could have heard a pin drop.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S. , English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of Officers that included personnel from most of those countries.
    Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, ‘Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?’

    Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, ‘Maybe it’s because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn’t have to speak German.’

    You could have heard a pin drop.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    AND THIS STORY FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE ABOVE…

    Robert Whiting , an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on.

    “You have been to France ! before, monsieur?” the customs officer asked sarcastically.

    Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.

    “Then you should know enough to have your passport ready.”

    The American said, ‘The last time I was here, I didn’t have to show it.”

    “Impossible. Americans always have to show your passports on arrival in France !”

    The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained, ”Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn’t find a single Frenchmen to show a passport to.”

    You could have heard a pin drop.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    If you are proud to be an American, pass this on!

    MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

  9. Hating Valentine’s

    Jamie Glazov
    Feb 12th, 2010 and filed under FrontPage.

    This Sunday, February 14, is Valentine’s Day, the sacred day that intimate companions mark to celebrate their love and affection for one another. If you’re thinking about making a study of how couples celebrate this day, the Muslim world and the milieus of the radical Left are not the places you should be spending most, if any, of your time. Indeed, it’s pretty hard to outdo jihadists and “progressives” when it comes to the hatred of Valentine’s Day. And this hatred is precisely the territory on which the contemporary romance between the radical Left and Islamic fanaticism is formed.

    The train is never late: every time Valentine’s comes around, the Muslim world reacts with ferocious rage, with its leaders doing everything in their power to quash the festivity that comes with the celebration of private romance. Imams around the world thunder against Valentine’s every year — and the celebration of the day itself is literally outlawed in Islamist states. The Saudis, for instance, ruthlessly punish the slightest hint of celebrating Valentine’s Day. Just a few days ago, the Kingdom and its religious “morality” police officially issued a stern warning that anyone caught even thinking about Valentine’s Day will suffer some of the most painful penalties of Sharia Law.

    This is typical of the Saudis of course. As Daniel Pipes has reported, the Saudi regime takes a firm stand against Valentine’s every year, and the Saudi religious police monitor stores selling roses and other gifts. They have even arrested women for wearing red on that day. This time around, the narrative is no different: the Saudis have announced that, starting the week of Valentine’s and until February 15, it will be illegal for a merchant to sell any item that is red, or that in any way hints of being connected to Valentine’s Day.

    As Claude Cartaginese reports at Newsreal Blog, any merchant found selling such items as red roses, red clothing of any kind (especially dresses), toys, heart-shaped products, candy, greeting cards or any items wrapped in red, must destroy them or face the wrath of Saudi justice.

    Christian overseas workers living in the Kingdom from the Philippines and other countries are taking extra precautions, heeding the Saudis’ warning to them specifically to avoid greeting anyone with the words “Happy Valentine’s Day” or exchanging any gift that reeks of romance. A spokesman for a Philippine workers group commented: “We are urging fellow Filipinos in the Middle East, especially lovers, just to celebrate their Valentine’s Day secretly and with utmost care.”

    The Iranian despots, meanwhile, are trying to make sure the Saudis don’t outdo them in suffocating Valentine’s Day. Iran’s “morality” police order shops to remove heart-and-flower decorations and images of couples embracing on this day — and anytime around this day. In Pakistan, the student wing of the fundamentalist Islamic party Jamaat-e-Islami has called for a complete ban on Valentine’s Day celebrations. Khalid Waqas Chamkani, a leader in the party, calls it a “shameful day.”

    Typical of this whole pathology in the Islamic world was a development witnessed back on February 10, 2006, when activists of the radical Kashmiri Islamic group Dukhtaran-e-Millat (Daughters of the Community) went on a rampage in Srinagar, the main city of the Indian portion of Kashmir. Some two dozen black-veiled Muslim women stormed gift and stationery shops, burning Valentine’s Day cards and posters showing couples together.

    In the West, meanwhile leftist feminists are not to be outdone by their jihadi allies in reviling — and trying to kill — Valentine’s Day. Throughout all Women’s Studies Programs on American campuses, for instance, you will find the demonization of Valentine’s Day, since, as the disciples of Andrea Dworkin angrily explain, the day is a manifestation of how capitalist and homophobic patriarchs brainwash and oppress women and push them into spheres of powerlessness. As a person who spent more than a decade in academia, I was privileged to witness this grotesque attack and “deconstruction” of Valentine’s Day at close range. Feminist icons like Jane Fonda, meanwhile, help lead the attack on Valentine’s Day in society at large. As David Horowitz has documented, Fonda has led the campaign to transform this special day into “V-Day” (“Violence against Women Day”) — which is, when it all comes down to it, a day of hate, featuring a mass indictment of men.

    So what exactly is transpiring here? What explains this hatred of Valentine’s Day by leftist feminists and jihadis? And how and why does it serve as the sacred bond that brings the radical Left and Islam into its current feast of solidarity?

    The core issue at the foundation of this phenomenon is that Islam and the radical Left both revile the notion of private love, a non-tangible and divine entity that draws individuals to each other and, therefore, distracts them from submitting themselves to a secular deity.

    continue reading:

    http://frontpagemag.com/2010/02/12/hating-valentine%e2%80%99s/

    • Never even heard that the Left or the Muslims HATE Valentine’s Day.. How absolutely weird that they pick that day…They don’t have to have it as a special holiday in their country, but people in the USA are against it too? Hallmark should capitalize on those that want to profess it as Wipe out Valentine’s Day or Screw Love! What a great motto and way to live your life, Hate all the Way! What pathetic creatures.

  10. to my Valentines here at the WTP.

    As I listen to this I am looking at all your pictures.

    Each Day here is Valentine’s Day here…Stay…Don’t change a thing…

    • Oh boy ! Thank you Papoose ! (I think ) Too many ! I must share ! Happy Valentines day kiss for you !

      The CIA is under fire following the news it’s allowing active-duty operatives to work for private companies on the side. The previously undisclosed “moonlighting” has granted wealthy private entities such as financial firms and hedge funds access to top-level intelligence officials. It’s said to be viewed internally as a means to prevent agency defections to the private sector. A CIA spokesperson said “moonlighting” operatives are required to submit detailed information on their outside employment. But few details have been revealed, including how long the policy has been in place and how many operatives have taken part. We speak to Eamon Javers, author of the new book Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of Corporate Espionage.

      Hummmm….

    • Thank you Papoose!! Boy, I can always use more intelligence. LOL

      Happy Valentine’s to you Papoose, with lots of hugs and kisses from the loves of your heart.

    • Wow! Thanks so much for thinking of me Papoose! What an absolutely marvelous sign! I hope it gets national recognition! It leaves me speechless, but smiling …no, in fact it is a huge grin…no, it is an eruption of laughter at the very thought!

      My mom always said to me that “God broke the mold when he made you!” I think that he broke it when he made you! You are one of a kind!

      Have a great snow covered Valentine’s Day! Thanks to you, I will.

      Hugs and love to all my SPECIAL, special friends at We the People!

      • Bridgette, thank you for your help throughout the year.

        A friend in need is a friend indeed.

        May we all dance in the streets someday soon.

        We shall overcome.

      • Bridgette, that you would drop a line about your Mom, and that it would cause me to remember that God made me is simply, humbling.

        Conception is a lottery. We could have been our brother or our sister in a split second, but no, we are, me and you. We won the lottery that day.

  11. And to GA Peach, AOne and Leza and all our brave and courageous friends here at WTPOTUS,

  12. Thank You, Friend’s And
    Happy Valentine’s Day To All

    🙂

    Thank you friends for all that you do,
    for all of your concern’s and Patriotism that
    everyone of us share, all of you give
    so abundantly for this great
    Country we all love so much.

    Everyone knows of the power
    of friends, the terrific result when
    Everything blends. When people
    have friends they don’t stand
    alone. Friends always help,
    when you face the unknown.

    Thanks for in-depth posts
    That stimulates my brain,
    For the silly times we laugh
    out loud, for the things we
    can’t alway’s explain.

    For all the time everyone of you
    spends, for all the great things
    that all of you do,Thank
    You, thank You, my wtpotus
    friends.

    Leza

  13. Papoose, Thank You !! You are soooo sweet.

  14. Pill,

    A big hug, a big ole sloppy kiss and a box of chocolates from all…LOL

    Happy Valentines Day !!!
    Your Our Hero!!!

    • Thank you, Leza. I’ll accept the hug and box of chocolates, but my wife might not be too happy with me accepting “a big ole sloppy kiss” from another woman on Valentines Day!
      🙂

      I appreciate all of the appreciation, but I really didn’t do all that much. Texas Darlin deserves a lot of credit for creating a community that attracted the most politically diverse audience I have ever had the pleasure of joining. It really felt great to awaken to the reality that it’s not “us vs. them” (Democrats vs. Republicans, or vice versa), but rather a patriotic bunch of “us” who came from all political backgrounds.

      We have more in common than different. And when TD put her blog on break, I didn’t want to lose that special community. Sure, I created the new blog, but that alone wouldn’t mean anything without all of you coming here to participate.

      Happy Valentines’ Day to all of you!

      • P.S. I guess there still is an “us vs. them”, but we’ve come to realize that it’s “Constitutionalists vs. Communists”. While we come from different political backgrounds, “We the People” at WTPOTUS all share a love for, and support and defend, the Constitution of the United States.

      • Pill, Tell her sloppy kisses online are safe ! She is lucky to have such a nice guy, and I am sure your wife is wonderful too, so I send you both hugs and kisses today. Thank you Redpill, for keeping our group together. It has been, and is a wonderful, life altering experience for me personally. I appreciate being a part of the WTPOTUS family !
        We all love America here-that is the best part isn’t it ? W are a proud people. Americans.

        Kisses to all here. Happy Valentines day !
        I love all of you !

      • Pill,

        To your wonderful wife, she gets the biggest Valentine’s of all, for her unselfishness,, understanding and love for you that she allows you the time defending our freedoms. What an amazing woman she must be.

        Flower’s to her along with the big hug, a big ole sloppy kiss and a box of chocolates !!! Thank You, Mrs. Pill for your Patriotism to our wonderful country.

  15. I would like wish our military
    and veterans of the military, A Happy
    Valentine’s Day.

    Worthy men and women
    who give their best
    when they are called upon
    To serve and protect our country.

    For their unselfish service
    in the continual struggle
    to preserve our freedoms,
    our safety, and our country’s
    Heritage, for all of us.

    You are in our heart’s today,
    And every day.

    HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

    • Yes Leza, Cheers, hugs and kisses to our soldiers.
      Our gold. We love you, and thank you for all you have done and do for us all. Happy Valentine’s day !
      We never forget.

  16. In honor of Old Glory and for her beloved Defenders

  17. ATTENTION, WE THE PEOPLE~

    Drkate’s latest thread calls for visitation.

    A stark reminder why we gather here. To learn, discern and gather strength, to revitalize, to remember, to rejuvenate and lend support to those whose deeds are swept under the carpet and those who have been snuffed out at the enjoyment of our POTUS.

    I’m not going to drop the link. There’s no place like Home on a cold winter’s day.

  18. WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military mission in Iraq will soon be getting a new name.

    As of Sept. 1, Operation Iraqi Freedom becomes Operation New Dawn.

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in a memo Wednesday that the name change — which is to immediately follow the scheduled withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq — will send a strong signal that American forces have a new mission. He also said it reinforces the U.S. commitment to honor its security agreement with Iraq and recognizes ”our evolving relationship” with the government there.

    I am not naive. I understand that there are individuals who opposed the war in Iraq from the very beginning and I believe their passion, although misguided at times, is rooted in a deep desire for peace. What always baffled me was the reaction they had to pro-victory veterans when we came home. As if we were some robotic arm of the Bush White House. It was foreign for them to understand why winning in Iraq was so important.

    Our friends died in this cause. There is no honor in their death unless we complete the mission they died fighting.

    http://davidbellavia.com/2010/our-mission-is-finally-accomplished-anyone-care/

    ~~~~~~~
    Please read the rest of this very inspiring and moving life experience of one of our brave heroes and the memories that remain. This shows the LOVE for humankind and freedom for all. And to achieve that freedom, sacrifice !!! Victory is still the only option, no matter what the politicians may say. Freedom is never free!!!

    God Bless Our Troops and Great Patriots

  19. Sometimes Valentines do not mean love..I was reading on that David Duke with fake ID that was found years back in a Sea World tank with a whale. I found this bit too, and started wondering…Everyone knows of Nigerian scams, and that dating online is risky, but I found a set pattern reading these peoples stories. They all wanted ipods or cell phones from Americans, and money. They also wanted these people to mail pakages for them, to people in foreign countries….Were these people innocently involved in some sort of web besides money scams ? E Harmony is mentioned alot too. I bet the big boys are working on this. It sounds creepy. A man named Daniel, Damon, a woman Sandra-Sandy, and a girl last nm of Davies, as well as others sure get around. Have the help of Med Schools, attorneys, Dr’s etc.. ? someone w/ access to Letterhead stationary…
    They steal pics from other peoples pics too. Say that it is them ! Lonely hearts beware ! Read more below.

    http://elamb.org/nigerian-dating-scams-the-eharmony-story-damon-a-basinas/

  20. This is an old post, but I decided to put a few things for you here to think about.
    LOVE….things that mean LOVE too…
    I am wondering…
    Let’s see..

  21. Something bothering me here about this name..not sure…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armour

    • wiki link not working, but here is part:
      Louis Dearborn L’Amour (pronounced /ˈluːi ləˈmɔr/; March 22, 1908 – June 10, 1988) was an American author. His books consisted primarily of Western fiction novels (though he called his work ‘Frontier Stories’), however he also wrote historical fiction (The Walking Drum), science fiction (The Haunted Mesa), nonfiction (Frontier), as well as poetry and short-story collections. Many of his stories were made into movies. L’Amour’s books remain popular, and most have gone through multiple printings. At the time of his death all 105 of his existing works were in print (89 novels, 14 short-story collections, and two full-length works of nonfiction) and he was considered “one of the world’s most popular writers”.[1][2]

      Contents [hide]
      1 Early life
      1.1 Early works
      1.2 World War II service and post war
      1.3 Bantam Books
      2 Shalako
      3 Literary criticisms
      4 Awards
      5 Death
      6 Bibliography
      6.1 Novels
      6.2 Sackett series
      6.3 Talon and Chantry series
      6.4 Kilkenny series
      6.5 Hopalong Cassidy series
      6.6 Collections of short stories
      6.7 Non-fiction
      6.8 Poetry
      6.9 Compilations with other authors
      7 Film adaptations
      8 See also
      9 Notes
      10 References
      11 External links

      [edit] Early life
      Louis Dearborn L’Amour was born in Jamestown, North Dakota in 1908, of French and Irish ancestry, and left home at 15 to travel the country as a nomad. He worked many jobs during this period, participated in boxing matches, and eventually traveled the world as a merchant seaman.

      L’Amour’s family name was originally spelled LaMoore (an early North Dakota pioneer family, the LaMoore name is quite common, and in fact, LaMoure, North Dakota, was named after his ancestor), but Louis changed it to L’Amour (“The Love” in French). L’Amour’s father, a veterinarian and farm machinery salesman, was also involved in local politics. L’Amour played “Cowboys and Indians” in the family barn, which served as his father’s veterinary hospital, and did more than his share of reading, particularly G. A. Henty, a British author of historical boys’ novels during the late nineteenth century. L’Amour said, “[Henty’s works] enabled me to go into school with a great deal of knowledge that even my teachers didn’t have about wars and politics.”[1][3] At the age of 18, L’Amour lived in San Pedro, Los Angeles where he took manual labor work on the sea port of Los Angeles.

      [edit] Early works
      [edit] World War II service and post war
      L’Amour continued as an itinerant worker, traveling the world as a merchant seaman until the start of World War II. During World War II, he served in the United States Army as a transport officer with the 3622 Transport Company. In the two years before L’Amour was shipped off to Europe, L’Amour wrote stories for Standard Magazine. After World War II, L’Amour continued to write stories for magazines; his first after being discharged in 1946 was Law of the Desert Born in Dime Western Magazine (April, 1946). L’Amour’s contact with Leo Margulies led to L’Amour agreeing to write many stories for the Western pulp magazines published by Standard Magazines, a substantial portion of which appeared under the name “Jim Mayo”. The suggestion of L’Amour writing Hopalong Cassidy novels also was made by Margulies who planned on launching Hopalong Cassidy’s Western Magazine at a time when the William Boyd films and new television series were becoming popular with a new generation. L’Amour read the original Hopalong Cassidy novels, written by Clarence E. Mulford, and wrote his novels based on the original character under the name “Tex Burns”. Only two issues of the Hopalong Cassidy Western Magazine were published, and the novels as written by L’Amour were extensively edited to meet Doubleday’s thoughts of how the character should be portrayed in print.

      In the 1950s, L’Amour began to sell novels. L’Amour’s first novel, published under his own name, was Westward The Tide, published by World’s Work in 1951. The short story, “The Gift of Cochise” was printed in Colliers (July 5, 1952) and seen by John Wayne and Robert Fellows, who purchased the screen rights from L’Amour for $4,000. James Edward Grant was hired to write a screenplay based on this story changing the main character’s name from Ches Lane to Hondo Lane. L’Amour retained the right to novelize the screenplay and did so, even though the screenplay differed substantially from the original story. This was published as Hondo in 1953 and released on the same day the film opened with a blurb from John Wayne stating that “Hondo was the finest Western Wayne had ever read”. During the remainder of the decade L’Amour produced a great number of novels, both under his own name as well as others (e. g. Jim Mayo). Also during this time he rewrote and expanded many of his earlier short story and pulp fiction stories to book length for various publishers.

      [edit] Bantam Books
      A career breakthrough for L’Amour occurred in 1958 when he was hired to write western novels on contract. Bantam Books’ publisher Saul David had a program to produce two Luke Short novels per year for publication. Fred Glidden had been signed to this contract but had produced only 6 novels in 10 years. Fred Glidden’s brother Jon was then asked to take over the contract for eight Peter Dawson Western novels. Jon Glidden died before completing a single novel, and the contract was farmed out to a ghost writer from Disney Studios. The resulting novels were a disappointment both in style and sales. L’Amour was approached by Saul David and asked if he could produce two novels per year. L’Amour agreed, later amending the contract by agreeing to produce three novels per year. The first L’Amour novel published under this contract was Radigan in 1958. Bantam Publishers was primarily responsible for L’Amour’s success. They required independent distributors to buy titles in lots of 10,000 copies if they wanted access to other Bantam titles at wholesale prices, and they kept all of L’Amour’s books in print at all times. Eventually this strategy forced retailers to push other authors off the racks in the Western sections of their bookstores.[4]

      L’Amour eventually wrote 89 novels, selling more than 225 million copies that were translated into dozens of languages.[1]

      [edit] Shalako
      During the 1960s, L’Amour intended to build a working town typical of those of the nineteenth-century Western frontier, with buildings with false fronts situated in rows on either side of an unpaved main street and flanked by wide boardwalks before which, at various intervals, were watering troughs and hitching posts. The town, to be named Shalako after the protagonist of one of L’Amour’s novels, was to have featured shops and other businesses that were typical of such towns: a barber shop, a hotel, a dry goods store, one or more saloons, a church, a one-room schoolhouse, etc. It would have offered itself as a filming location for Hollywood motion pictures concerning the Wild West. However, funding for the project fell through, and Shalako was never built.[5]

      [edit] Literary criticisms
      It has been noted that the quality of his books could be “uneven” and plots “rely on coincidences”.[2] One professor is quoted as saying, “L’Amour, rather like Stephen Crane and the early Faulkner, could have profited from basic freshman English instruction.”[2]

      When interviewed not long before his death, he was asked which among his books he liked best. His reply:

      I like them all. There’s bits and pieces of books that I think are good. I never rework a book. I’d rather use what I’ve learned on the next one, and make it a little bit better. The worst of it is that I’m no longer a kid and I’m just now getting to be a good writer. Just now.[6]
      snip~

      La Moore was his family name..that is why it is bothering me. Moore again.
      Moore; bothers me too.

      • In the 1950s, L’Amour began to sell novels. L’Amour’s first novel, published under his own name, was Westward The Tide, published by World’s Work in 1951. The short story, “The Gift of Cochise” was printed in Colliers (July 5, 1952) and seen by John Wayne and Robert Fellows, who purchased the screen rights from L’Amour for $4,000. James Edward Grant was hired to write a screenplay based on this story changing the main character’s name from Ches Lane to Hondo Lane. L’Amour retained the right to novelize the screenplay and did so, even though the screenplay differed substantially from the original story. This was published as Hondo in 1953 and released on the same day the film opened with a blurb from John Wayne stating that “Hondo was the finest Western Wayne had ever read”. During the remainder of the decade L’Amour produced a great number of novels, both under his own name as well as others (e. g. Jim Mayo). Also during this time he rewrote and expanded many of his earlier short story and pulp fiction stories to book length for various publishers.

        [edit] Bantam Books
        A career breakthrough for L’Amour occurred in 1958 when he was hired to write western novels on contract. Bantam Books’ publisher Saul David had a program to produce two Luke Short novels per year for publication. Fred Glidden had been signed to this contract but had produced only 6 novels in 10 years. Fred Glidden’s brother Jon was then asked to take over the contract for eight Peter Dawson Western novels. Jon Glidden died before completing a single novel, and the contract was farmed out to a ghost writer from Disney Studios. The resulting novels were a disappointment both in style and sales. L’Amour was approached by Saul David and asked if he could produce two novels per year. L’Amour agreed, later amending the contract by agreeing to produce three novels per year. The first L’Amour novel published under this contract was Radigan in 1958. Bantam Publishers was primarily responsible for L’Amour’s success. They required independent distributors to buy titles in lots of 10,000 copies if they wanted access to other Bantam titles at wholesale prices, and they kept all of L’Amour’s books in print at all times. Eventually this strategy forced retailers to push other authors off the racks in the Western sections of their bookstores.[4]

        L’Amour eventually wrote 89 novels, selling more than 225 million copies that were translated into dozens of languages

        wiki above again

  22. From Springfield. Who are his parents ?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reggie_Love

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