And to all of my friends, happy April Fools' Day! If you're looking for the perfect listening for today, I recommend going here to learn more about Despoilers of the Golden Empire by Randall Garrett, which was originally published in Astounding Science Fiction for April Fools’ Day in 1959, and is available today as a free audio download from the wonderful Maria Lectrix.
* In other news, I just learned that legendary Native filmmaker Chris Eyre, the man behind Smoke Signals, Skins, and Edge of America, among other movies, is currently working on a biographical project called We Shall Remain: Tecumseh, which will air in 2009 as part of the We Shall Remain: A Native History of America project. Needless to say, I'm anxious to learn more about the miniseries. I do know that Cree actor Michael Greyeyes will be portraying Tecumseh.
* And speaking of Tecumseh, Greenwood Press has moved the official publication date for my new book Tecumseh: A Biography from May 2008 to April 2008. So it's only a matter of days now!
A quote of the day:
"I wish it was in my power to do justice to the eloquence of this distinguished man: but it is utterly impossible. The richest colours, shaded with a master’s pencil, would fall infinitely short of the glowing finish of the original. The occasion and subject were particularly adapted to call into action all the powers of genuine patriotism; and such language, such gestures, and such feelings and fullness of soul contending for utterance, were exhibited [by Tecumseh...] as no audience, I am persuaded, either in ancient or modern times ever before witnessed."
- John D. Hunter's eyewitness account of Tecumseh's address to the Osages in 1811