Wally McRae

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Wally McRae (1990)

Wally McRae (born 1936) is a rancher, an American cowboy, a cowboy poet and philosopher. He runs the 30,000-acre (120 km2) Rocker Six Cattle Co. ranch on Rosebud Creek south of Forsyth Montana.

Biography[edit]

Wally McRae attended grade school and high school at nearby Colstrip, Montana. He graduated from Montana State University in 1958 in zoology and chemistry.[1]

He received the Governor's Award for the Arts in Montana and the 1990 National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Award.[1][2] He was nominated by President Bill Clinton to serve on the National Council of the Arts. The Missoulian has listed Wally as #42 in the Most Influential Montanans of the Century.[3]

The American journalist Charles Kuralt discusses McRae's efforts to preserve the land and the cowboy way of life in the small community in his book, Charles Kuralt's America.[4] The poem Things of Intrinsic Worth appears in this interview.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Stick Horses and Other Stories of Ranch Life
  • Cowboy Curmudgeon and Other Poems
  • Up North is Down the Crick: Poems

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Montana State University article
  2. ^ National Endowment for the Arts
  3. ^ "100 Most Influential Montanans of the Century". The Missoulian Newspaper. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  4. ^ Charles Kuralt, "Charles Kuralt's America," Anchor Books, published by Doubleday, 1995. pp. 205-208.