Walt loved Western lore, history, music and his country.
He gave so much to his family, friends and his community, he is greatly
So as Walt said, say"I Love You" to a loved one, someone,
today and keep saying it. Your heart will soar, and so will theirs,
and so will we all soar.
If you would like to communicate with Kay Farmer or if you have any
stories or remembrances to share please e-mail
or call her at 307-733-2173. Walt's memorial and wishes.
Walt's book, "Wyoming, A History of Film and Video in the 20th
Century" will continue to be sold from this site and at the
Jackson Hole Museum Store.
is Walt Farmer, I live in Jackson, WY, and my website is primarily dedicated
to the 20th Century of film in Wyoming and the books I've written. On
it, you are able to reference the complete list of films, TV shows,
documentaries, and other misc. information about this rich history.
There are many photographic illustrations and other peripheral information,
along with links to various other Wyoming/film sites. Besides the above
information, the book mostly relates behind the scenes stories of how
these films were accomplished, locations, and what the principals did
while visiting Wyoming. The book has extensive interviews with the stars,
directors, cinematographers, extras, locals and others responsible for
the production of these films.
I was also featured in the Japanese
magazine Rakuda, in their Aug./Sept. 2007 issue, as part of a larger
article about western films in the U.S. Very nice article, but you need
to be able to read Japanese. Here's a scanned excerpt.
On the link, move down the page about 1/3 to the article.
Stories such as who got hurt during filming of a number of movies; the
weekly brawls during making of The Big Sky; why George Stevens
chose Jackson Hole to film Shane and who else were considered
for the principal roles; how Starship Troopers came to fruition
and why the producer and his military advisor were at odds; why Marjorie
Main always wore white gloves; where the fortress door in Mrs. Pollifax-Spy
really came from; or what really happened to all the "dead" animals
in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The stories are almost
endless, whether through interviews or other historical accounts. As a result,
I had hoped to get a publisher for this comprehensive book,"Wyoming,
A History of Film and Video in the 20th Century"©
they weren't especially interested, the dolts. So, in 2001,
I authored the book onto CD-ROM which is much more comprehensive
than a paper book could ever be & a lot cheaper as well and have
published it myself. As of 9.22.00, I finished my first edition of the
cdrombook titled, The
Making of Shane©,
and you can get specific information about it by clicking on the link
to the left. You can email me by clicking on the elk. Both
have been updated considerably since & are quite large due to all
the research info & images in each.
wrote a small book several years ago titled, "Shootout
on the Town Square: The Story of the Jackson Hole Shootout"©.
It's the oldest continuous running show of its kind in the country,
which I performed in and managed for a number of years. Click on the
Elk and email me for a copy, $7.50 including postage.
to movie locations in the Jackson Hole area? While the most well known
is Shane, there were over 30 films made here either all or in
part, that provide a considerable portion of the history of filmmaking
in Wyoming. Some are still in the backcountry, but most are easily accessed.
From sci-fi to westerns, from the supernatural to some real bombs, this
is an homage to Wyoming. Contact me for information about a movie
or click on the link above, or if you have need of a location scout.
I am the founder and a current officer of the Jackson
(Hole) Astronomy Club. Annually in August, we "observe"
National Astronomy Day at Colter Bay in Grand Teton National Park.
Go to the webpage above & find out when it will be for this year.
And, I wrote a monthly column on astronomy for the JH News for
the last 5 yrs. until Feb. of 2003. Since then I wrote a column
for Planet Jackson Hole which ended in April of '05.
Just click on the elk above left & email me with any questions.
Ever had any astronomical conundrums? So have I, here's a couple
the area representative for the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. To
get info on the Memorial, or to learn more about this and the POW/MIA
issue, click on the links to the left.
I was also on the Board
for Jackson Hole Community Radio - JHCR
- which went on-the-air in March 2008 as KHOL
at 89.1 FM. I started
helping with a noontime Latin program on Tues. & Thurs. on 4/24,
which we subsequently dropped. I then did an international program
(Walt's World Music from Wyoming-WWMW) every Sunday from 2-4pm which
has also been dropped. Then, I did a
show of big band music on Sundays from 10am to noon. Music from
the 30s, 40s & later, WWII era, that remember & salute a style
of music not heard much anymore & in very few places, now including,
Jackson, WY. However, due to health issues, I've had to stop that
show as well, but it was a great show, as 2013, is the 50th year I've
been doing some form of radio program or another. Maybe, things
will get better & I can do it again. We
hope to stream on the net soon as well, so you can get Jackson information
around the globe. I also did programs of pop, classic rock, &
tributes on Memorial & Veterans Days. Would you like to own
I own this domain name, for more info, click HERE.
In conjunction with my
old WWMW show, I have amassed a very large collection of international
music which I make available to public or community radio stations in
digitized format. Check this LINK
for expanded information.
I'm also a cowboy poet of sorts although I don't perform any more due
to health problems, but it's been fun.
your forthcoming visit to Jackson Hole, my website of Wyoming movie/video
history, and all that is Wyoming.