My Favorite El Pasoans: Past and Present - One of El Paso's All-time Favorite Books

My Favorite El Pasoans: Past and Present was released on November 1, 2015. The initial run sold out in three weeksMy Favorite is a collection of nearly 200 famous, not so famous, friendly and some not so friendly individuals, with a few quirky characters tossed for good measure, who were either born or raised in the El Paso, TX area. For instance, legendary actors Anthony Quinn, Debbie Reynolds, Irene Ryan (Granny from the Beverly Hillbillies) and F. Murray Abraham all have significant ties to El Paso. Sculptor John Houser and Luis Jimenez, photographer Otis Aultman, artist Hal Marcus, musicians Bobby Fuller who wrote, "I fought the law and the law won," blues guitarist Long John Hunter, 1960s folk artist Phil Ochs, sax player Mike Hamilton and Mothers of Invention founder and drummer Jimmy Carl Black, and Vikki Carr are all affiliated with El Paso. There is a beautiful 1937 photo of escape artist Fred Brown tossed in a San Antonio jail for panhandling after his successful escape. The list goes on and on. My Favorite El Pasoans has quickly become local favorite.

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