I will be in Twin Falls, Idaho, Saturday. This was originally set up to be a reading/signing at a Barnes & Noble. My extended family has a lot of history in Southern Idaho and I came to Twin Falls after active duty in the navy in the mid-1970’s. I worked across the river at The North Side News* in Jerome, Idaho, attended college at College of Southern Idaho, and at the time the family had a ranch on Rock Creek in the South Hills.
As a journalist, I covered the events leading up to and including the Snake River Jump of Evel Kneivel–that didn’t really happen. I also served in the Idaho Army National Guard there. And, it turns out, a future son-in-law played basketball for the College of Southern Idaho Golden Eagles** in the early 1990’s before transferring to Washington State University.
Saturday will turn into a family reunion, complete with cousins, siblings and friends from Boise, Pocatello, and all across Southern Idaho. After the book event (noon to 4 pm) at Barnes & Noble, there will be a reception at the Best Western Plus just down the road. I haven’t seen some of the cousins in many years, though we’ve maintained contact via Facebook and other media.
I’m looking forward to this. In some ways, it is a little scary. I know there will be people there I know or knew, but it has been many years and the miles have changed us all. Names like Hunt, Craney, Littlefield, Crockett, Church, and others may come up and will bring memories both good and sad.
If you are in the area this weekend, please come to the bookstore or the reception. I would love to meet you.
*The North Side News ceased publication and merged with the Twin Falls Times-News in Twin Falls in 2008, after 100 years. The Jerome County Historical Society maintains the archives.
**The records online only go back to 1998, so I can’t highlight anything here.