KVOI Radio Show Interview and El Charro Book Signing

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Bill Buckmaster, Tucson radio station KVOI, with Vera and Charnell

Bill Buckmaster of Tucson’s radio station KVOI is one very talented guy!  His interview-style broadcast, Buckmaster Show, airs weekdays at noon PST and is enjoyed in more than 80 countries — either live or thorough his podcasts.  Over the last two decades, Bill has earned five individual Emmy Award nominations, the coveted Silver Circle Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and a slew of other honors too lengthy to include in this post.

Behind every great man, there is a woman ...

Suffice it to say, Buckmaster is a real pro, so Vera and I were delighted that he wanted to interview us about our book Quincy Tahoma: The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist.  His rapid-fire questions covered the gamut from our research and writing the book to Tahoma’s roller coaster life and his compelling artwork.  Golly, I don’t know how Bill did it, but he managed to summarize our 13+ years of effort in a 15-minute interview!   You can listen to us at about 44:24 on the October 25 2011 recording.

Part of the El Charro, which takes up almost a city block and has multiple architecture segments

After we caught our breath from the interview, we scooted over to the El Charro Cafe in downtown Tucson for a book signing.  Established in 1922, El Charro is The Nation’s Oldest Mexican Restaurant in continuous operation by the same family.  The restaurant is known for its innovative Tucson style Mexican Food which is, as Gourmet Magazine wrote, truly “A Taste Explosion”.  (I can attest to that after savoring their pumpkin pecan tamale!)

Debbie Whitbey chats with Charnell about the book

Debbie Whitbey, the El Charro manager, arranged a delightful reception area on the patio for our book signing. Debbie herself spent quite a few minutes talking to Vera and me about Tahoma and enjoying the book’s images of his paintings. Soon, more Tahoma afficianodos arrived and several of them had known Vera in her former Tucson/Phoenix capacities.  It must have felt like old home week — a very special time — for her! What have been special times for you?

Vera chats with some of the gals who showed up for the book signing

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