Two New Mexicans recognized for contributions to Western culture

NMDA, Max Evans present 2013 Rounders Award to Johnny D. Boggs, Don Bullis

(SANTA FE) – Two New Mexicans were honored recently for contributing positively to the culture of the West through their body of work.  Santa Fe-based writer Johnny D. Boggs and Rio Rancho-based writer and historian Don Bullis each accepted the 2013 Rounders Award from New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte at an afternoon presentation last week hosted at the Governor’s Residence in Santa Fe.

The Rounders Award honors those who “live, promote, and articulate the western way of life.”  The award was created in 1990 by former New Mexico Agriculture Secretary Frank DuBois.  It was named after The Rounders, a classic western novel written by New Mexico native Max Evans, who presented the award along with Witte.

“In their own unique ways, Johnny Boggs and Don Bullis are both curators of the diverse culture of the West,” Witte said.

Boggs grew up on a farm in South Carolina.  His first career was as a sports reporter and later editor; for the last 15 years, he’s concentrated on writing novels and freelance writing.  Boggs’ short nonfiction pieces, often accompanied by his photographs, frequently appear in Western publications such as True West and Wild West.  Boggs just released his latest book, Billy the Kid on Film, 1911-2012, about the roughly 75 movies made over the years about the state’s most legendary outlaw.

Bullis has spent most of his life in New Mexico.  In addition to a 20-year career in New Mexico law enforcement, he also worked as a newspaper columnist and editor.  Bullis has written two novels and several nonfiction books, including the award-winning New Mexico Historical Biographies.  His freelance work has appeared in New Mexico Magazine among other magazines.  Currently, he edits a monthly e-newsletter about New Mexico history and writes a monthly column for New Mexico Stockman, a magazine written by, for, and about the state’s livestock community.

Gathered for the presentation was a crowd of approximately 100 New Mexico farmers, ranchers, and others who, in their own small way, have helped secure the culture of the West for future generations.