Author Archives: Robert Lee Murphy

On Being a Republican

I am the only Republican in my family. Technically, I am currently registered as an Independent. I did that to stop being pestered by political telephone calls. I still favor the Republican Party. In the late 1950s, while earning a … Continue reading

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Model Locomotive Completed

I have completed the assembly of the model locomotive and tender that I received as a Christmas gift. As I pointed out in my last post, I had not built a model since I was a teenager back in the … Continue reading

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Model 1860s Locomotive Project

My daughter Beth gave me a wooden model 1860s locomotive kit for Christmas this year. I haven’t built a model since I was a teenager–back in the early 1950s. The instructions are divided into eighteen steps. Here I am working … Continue reading

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Where Were You on Nine-Eleven?

I flew to Kuwait City on September 10, 2001, and checked into the Sheraton Kuwait Hotel. Our joint venture, Combat Support Associates, had successfully completed the first of a five-year contract to maintain the Army’s tanks and weapons systems staged … Continue reading

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Annual South Point Book Signing in Jeopardy

My wife, Barbara, wearing a face shield, is discussing a dilemma with Benny Binion and his horse in the hallway leading to the event arena at South Point Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. I took this picture on August 31, … Continue reading

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Stirrup Award Finalist

My article “Races Within a Race: The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad” that appeared in the April 2019 issue of Roundup Magazine has been selected, by the membership of Western Writers of America, as a finalist for the Stirrup Award … Continue reading

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One-Eyed Jacks

Quite by chance, while surfing the television channels last evening, I caught the start of the movie One-Eyed Jacks. I had never seen this 1961 film starring and directed by Marlon Brando until last night, but I feel a personal … Continue reading

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Facebook Connection Problem

Facebook has not been posting my blog to my Facebook Page recently. This is a post directed specifically to Facebook. Check out my new trade paperback versions of The Iron Horse Chronicles.

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New Kindle Versions of The Iron Horse Chronicles

Recently I had to replace the Kindle versions of all three volumes of The Iron Horse Chronicles. If you purchased a Kindle version created by Five Star Publishing, they appear to still work fine. You can access the new versions by … Continue reading

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Trade Paperbacks Available

Five Star Publishing, who originally published The Iron Horse Chronicles trilogy, recently reverted the rights for eBooks and Trade Paperbacks to me. There were pluses and minuses to that. The minus was that Five Star took down their Kindle versions … Continue reading

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