Fifty years ago, penniless and without prospects for gainful employment, Richard Menzies did what so many fortune seekers do—he went to Nevada. What he found in the Silver State was a treasure trove of interesting communities populated by a rogues’ gallery of colorful characters. “Nevada is like a foreign country to me,” writes the Utah native. “I’m always surprised and enlightened by what I find and who I meet there. That would include, of course, the annual Shooting The West Symposium in Winnemucca.”
Longtime STW attendee and frequent presenter Menzies will retrace trails he blazed earlier behind the wheel of his vintage Volkswagen Kombi, taking note of how much things have changed over the course of half a century. “People die or move on, historic buildings fall down, entire towns go missing—none of which is my fault, because I take only pictures and leave nothing behind but tire tracks and film wrappers.”
Symposium Session Details
My Private Nevada
Saturday, March 10th, 2018
3:15 PM – 4:00 PM
Words and photographs by Richard Menzies have appeared in publications both regional and national. Over the course of his freelance career, he estimates he’s had a hand in sinking two newspapers, nine magazines, two book publishers and one airline. Currently he lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and cat and seldom ventures outside his zip code. He blogs at www.rdmenzies@com.