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TV production features local western author, Eugene Vories

by Bob Reece

LA VETA– A television production crew was in La Veta on Sunday afternoon filming an interview with La Veta native and western author, Eugene Vories at Francisco′s Restaurant in the La Veta Inn.

    The segment on Vories featured his latest novel, Strike, a historical work that focuses on the Ludlow Massacre and its effects on the people of that time.

    Vories is the author of 16 cowboy themed novels, publishing his first book 51 years ago.  “Back then, when an editor asked for 10,000 more words, I had to retype and rewrite the entire book from the beginning.”, Vories said.  “Because I was traveling for my job, I had to carry my manual typewriter everywhere I went, and would write in my hotel room at night.”

    The Vories interview is set to become part of “Celebrating Festivals”, a pilot project for LEAF Productions and hosted by Janine Young.  The show spotlights festivals from across the country, with unique foods, historical and cultural events.  This episode, the seventh of 14 to be produced, will spotlight the Trinidaddio Blues Festival in Trinidad and features Vories as a prominent western author in the region.

    Producers are currently in negotiations with several networks including the Food Network, The Travel Channel, the Outdoor Network and American Lifestyles in an effort to develop a long term multi-year deal.  Already filming has been completed in Roswell, New Mexico; Sweetwater, Texas and Tontitown, Arkansas, home of the Tontitown Grape Festival, now in its 112th year.

    “The outlook for Celebrating Festivals is very bright,” Associate Producer and Director Adam Salazar said, “We have many options for distribution, and many good friends in the industry”

    Salazar is a Michigan native and a graduate of the University of Southern California where he studied cinema, film and television.