In this issue, we boldly go into stories of outlaws, gangs, movie stars, artists (Indian and otherwise), long walks, and journeys near and far.
TO BOLDLY GO: An Oklahoman bought a half-built Star Trek set in Texas, rebuilt it, and moved it to Oklahoma City, where its air-powered sliding doors are open to fan filmmakers and photographers. By Samuel Annis.
OUTLAW ON THE BIG SCREEN: Nip Vann was a Western actor whose career could have rivaled that of Tom Mix. He could have been a star—if only he hadn’t killed that cop in Caney. By Andy Taylor.
THE RUSTY BROTHERHOOD: While preparing for a documentary on the subject, Alberto Fuguet traveled to Tulsa searching for fans impacted by Francis Ford Coppola’s Rumble Fish. He found them, instead, in Chile.
CONFIDENCE IN CULTURE: The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum, 20 years in the making, exemplifies a movement by Native American tribes to build the cultural machinery to tell the world their stories. By James McGirk.
GO HOME, GRANDMA: In 1955, 67-year-old Emma Gatewood became the first woman to walk all 2,050 miles of the Appalachian Trail by herself. It was her second attempt; the first nearly killed her. By Ben Montgomery.
DRIVEWAY: Ron Padgett comes home—in this poem, and for the launch of his new book.
ORIGINAL OKIE: Kristen Vails is the executive director of the Plaza District in Oklahoma City. Raised in Piedmont, Oklahoma, she’s a painter who’s exhibited in galleries across Oklahoma.