The Road to Yesterday
January 2008
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Forest McNeir of Texas

1875 – 1957

   Our game has seen some colorful characters. I’ve been privileged to know a few but missed out on others I would have liked to have known better. At the Grand in the fifties, I always said hello to Phil Miller. He didn’t know me from Adam, but I knew all about him. The future Hall of Famer was everything my teenaged self wanted to be when he grew up. Phil made his living running gun clubs, trading guns, playing poker, and winning big money at trap and live-bird shoots. He always drove a new Cadillac and was impeccably dressed. I used to think, “What a way to go through life! Could any man possibly want more?” Eventually a wife, children, a mortgage—and the inability to shoot like Phil Miller—ended my dreams of living like he did.

   A shooter from Texas I knew from that era captivated my youthful interest from our first meeting in 1941. He was 74 at the time; I was 12. For reasons still unknown, this…[See Page 48, January 2008]

 

 

 

 

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