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Rainbows and Echoes by Paul “Snappy” Smith

Book Review by Tammie Arvila

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Paul “Snappy” Smith was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, with the exception of three wonderful years of high school in Pomona, California, where a love for music, skiing, and surfing was born. He earned a BBA in Industrial Engineering at Texas Technological College and spent six years in the aircraft manufacturing business. After then receiving an MA in Advertising and Telecommunications at Texas Tech University, he moved to Red River, New Mexico, with Tommy Hancock’s Supernatural Family Band, and transformed the old Mac’s Bar into the Doggone Saloon (now Bull o’ the Woods Saloon). Paul also spent two years working at the moly mine. In 1976, he started a video/photo business at Powder Puff Mountain in Red River.

Since 1986, Paul has resided in La Veta, Colorado, but he still makes frequent visits to his old stomping grounds in Red River. Several years ago, he found a stash of old postcards, photos, videos, vinyl records, and film from the early days of Red River and archived that history for others to enjoy. The result is Rainbows and Echoes, a beautiful coffee-table-style book containing over 1,000 rare images, newspaper articles, promotional ads, and brochures—over 100 years’ worth of rare views of Red River history. It also includes a guide to historic videos on YouTube.

Images were gathered from the author’s collection, online research, and material supplied by old-time Red River locals and presentations by the Red River Historical Society. His project files will be donated to the Red River Historical Society upon his riding the last chair.

Take a trip through time with the unique and eclectic mixture of vintage postcards from the Red River area. Rainbows and Echoes is put together in a way that will calm your mind and provide hours of carefree entertainment. You will learn so much about the history and the residents of the Red River Valley and will be transported back in time to a simpler and easier way of life. Who doesn’t like to reminisce about the “good old days?” You will be swept away on the wings of literary bliss, postcard-style!

You can buy just the book, just the cd, or a combo of both! The optional CD is from the 1989 “Echoes of the Valley” concert held at the ski area, which featured Three Faces West, Bill & Bonnie, Tish Hinojosa, Michael Hearne, T.Z. Wright, and other local musicians. These musical artists are preserved for the ages. I am sure you will agree that this is a gem of a compilation. Purchase one for yourself and have at least two more for handy and much appreciated gifts. It is available in some Red River stores, at the Questa Visitor Center, on Amazon, or from the author’s web store, at www.RedRiverDreams.com