Dodge City....

Fri Jun 27 14:19:44 PDT 2003

My first post and it had nothing at all to do with the list subject.  Hmmm.

Dodge City, KS, was an old west town that grew rapidly because of the railroad
and buffalo hunting.  For a long time there was no local law enforcement and the
military had no jurisdiction over the town.  Put buffalo hunters, railroad
workers, drifters, soldiers, cowboys and itchy trigger fingers together and you
get the gun-slinging capitol of the old west.  I think it's the place where they
got the phrase "died with his boots on."  I don't think the life expectancy was
too high then.  If you wanted to live a long life, you got the hell out of
Dodge.  That was until Wyatt Earp et al stepped in straightened things out.
Sort of.

                      Mark A Mandel                                                                        
                      <mam at theworld.com        To:       Chris Olson - SunPS <Chrisf.Olson at Sun.COM>        
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                      06/27/2003 02:13         Subject:  Re: Dodge City....                                

On Fri, 27 Jun 2003, Chris Olson - SunPS wrote:

#> I think that's "Dodge", capital D, short for "Dodge City" in the Old
#> West.
#So, what's so special, or terrible, about Dodge that
#people always want to get out of there so badly?

I think it's Marshal Dillon's telling you to leave. "Gunsmoke", an old,
old TV Western.

-- Mark M.