A Night in Arizona’s Old West: A Celebration of Arizona’s Centennial Through a Theatrical Performance of L. Ron Hubbard’s Western Tale “The Toughest Ranger”

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The legacy of the Arizona Rangers was honored by celebrity actors including Martin Kove, Paul Pape, Peter Brown and others with the classic western L. Ron Hubbard tale, “The Toughest Ranger,” from the Stories from the Golden Age line of books published by Galaxy Press

L. Ron Hubbard’s western tale “The Toughest Ranger,” was performed by:(r to l) Paul Pape, Martin Kove, Jesse Kove, Izzie Steele, Rex Hardin and Peter Brown in honor of Arizona's centennial

In commemoration of the conclusion of his [L. Ron Hubbard’s] centennial and beginning of the centennial of the state of Arizona.

Over 250 guests were on hand Saturday night for a celebration of Arizona’s centennial and commemoration of the 26 men—the Arizona Rangers—who helped to make statehood possible. L. Ron Hubbard’s western tale “The Toughest Ranger,” was performed by a celebrity cast brought in from as far away as New York and Hollywood: Martin Kove (Karate Kid trilogy, Rambo II and Cagney & Lacey), Paul Pape (Saturday Night Fever), Rex Hardin (Bare Knuckles), Peter Brown (Laramie, Lawman), Jesse Kove (Bare Knuckles) and Izzie Steele (The Mind’s Eye).

Bob Boze Bell, executive editor of True West Magazine, was on hand to make a presentation to Ms. Gunhild Jacobs, Executive Director of Fiction Affairs Author Services, Mr. Hubbard’s literary agency, stating, “Presented to L. Ron Hubbard who brought the western genre his firsthand experience.” He concluded, “In commemoration of the conclusion of his [L. Ron Hubbard’s] centennial and beginning of the centennial of the state of Arizona.”

Beginning at sundown and with Camelback Mountain in the background, it was an outdoor performance that was opened with the theme song to “Twenty-Six Men,” a TV series based on the true official files of the Arizona Rangers in the final days of taming the old west. The story is about a gun-shy cowboy Petey McGuire who has been kicked around all of his life. Faced with starvation, he bluffs his way into a job with the rough-‘n’-tumble Arizona Rangers. But when he’s chosen to hunt the most dangerous desperado in the state, Petey’s forced to discover what it really means to be Ranger-tough.

After the show, guests enjoyed refreshments and photos with the actors.

“The Toughest Ranger” is one of 153 stories published in the Stories from the Golden Age in a line of 80 books and unabridged audiobooks, published by Galaxy Press.

With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 230 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time. He was further among the most prolific and popular writers through the Golden Age of Pulp Fiction.

For more information on Stories from the Golden Age, go to http://www.goldenagestories.com.

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