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January 19, 2013
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I am a kindergarten drop-out.

Lately, The Pink Flamingo has been getting question about who I am.  You can find a bit of information about my books on my personal site.

The main thing is I’ve had a blast, managed to get to hang out with a bunch of interesting people, was instrumental in talking Leonard Nimoy into changing the music used in the Star Trek movies; flirted with Carl Sagan – best flirt I ever met; and became friends with Ted Williams.  For many years, my  official title was The Bitch of the Space Program because I told off two astronauts, including one who walked on the moon, at the same time.  I terrorized staffers on the Hill when it came to dealing with funding for NASA.  I shared a banana split with MY MAN once – only time in my life I ever ate one.  It was Johnny Bench, and he offered to share his banana split.  Dizzy Dean offered to teach me how to play poker. And, I learned to consume adult beverages because Deke Slayton once offered to buy me a scotch, and I did not know how to drink!

I’ve had the great privilege of seeing some of the finest opera super-stars of the Twentieth Century, live:  Beverly Sills (I have a cat named after her), Leontyne Price, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, and the greatest baritone of them all, Sherrill Milnes – many times.  You name the singer during the late 70s through the early 90s and I probably saw him or her.  My regret is the fact that I have yet to see Dmitri Hvorostovsky in person. I only saw Bubbles once.  I saw Leontyne Price twice, in galas.  As for the great Luciano and Placi, I don’t even know how many times I saw them.  As for Sherrill Milnes, I saw him so many times, in so many locations that he eventually refused to sign photos, telling me I had enough to wall paper a small bathroom. During concerts and galas, when he could come out on stage, (I always tried to sit on the front row), he would lean over bow and acknowledge that I was there!   It has only been in the past few weeks that I realize I saw him more often, and visited with him longer than many of today’s super-stars!

I grew up as one of those kids who hung over the railing, leaning into the dugout begging for baseball autographs.  Because I was so polite about it, I ALWAYS got results.  The guys hated me!  I was once nearly kicked out of a Braves game because I was standing by the railing, waiting to talk to Ted Williams.  The guards told me I had to leave.  I told them Mr. Williams asked me to stay.  They argued until he came over and told them we were friends!

I am one of the five leading experts on the life of Wyatt Earp and Tombstone.  It took me nearly a decade to land, receive permission to use, and transcribe only the 2nd diary to ever come out of Tombstone during the Earp era.  I also am the researcher who discovered the original Frank Waters manuscript for his vile Earp Brothers of Tombstone.

SJ Reidhead (aka The Pink Flamingo) is a writer based in New Mexico. The author of two novels, both westerns: Dust Devil and The Second Mrs. Earp and two works of non-fictions: TRAVESTY: Frank Waters Earp Agenda Exposed and A Church for Helldorado, Endicott Peabody’s 1882 Tombstone Diary. One of the leading authorities on the life of Wyatt Earp and Tombstone during the Earp years, she is currently attempting to prove that Wyatt Earp’s 2nd wife, Mattie Blaylock, was murdered. Other projects include a volume of Tombstone and Wyatt Earp related articles and essays. The author is currently working on a book about fashion in the Wild West based entirely on unpublished photographs.

The author’s work has appeared in Wild West, True West, Blogcritics, and The Tombstone Times. Recently the author has begun working on a handbook for “children” dealing with geriatric ‘parents’ and the changing roles we must all face in life.

SJ Reidhead has been involved in Republican politics she she was ‘a little kid’. During the Reagan years she was a lobbyist working with various non-profit organizations who were attempting to salvage NASA and the American space program after the disastrous Carter years. The Obama Administration appears to be repeating these same disastrous policies.

The Pink Flamingo went on line on October 4, 2005, after the author realized “normal” Republicans were being marginalized as the extreme far right attempts to become the new normal. There are very few actual Republicans who blog on a regular basis. The Pink Flamingo is one of these blogs.

THE PINK FLAMINGO STORY

It started out as a joke. During the seven years I worked with the girls of my parish, leading a youth group, one of the things that I stressed were manners. Part of having manners, the way I see it, is to know how to set a proper table, host a party, cater it, and clean up afterward. I was fortunate enough to have a group of very talented girls in my youth group. They learned how to plan for, and execute large church functions, very properly. During one such function I noticed there were several incredibly tacky pink flamingos sitting on the table. Knowing the girls were up to something, I said nothing. A few months later they did the same thing at a function I was hosting at my home. I said nothing. They had a birthday party for me. More pink flamingos appeared – and a joke was born.

Thanks to the girls, all of whom are now grown, I have a collection of pink flamingos. It has become an ongoing joke. When I began working on my political blog, I realized the only possibly title was The Pink Flamingo!

DATE OF BIRTH: December 2, West Palm Beach, Florida
BOOKS IN PRINT:
Dust Devil published by Jinglebob Press, July 1999
TRAVESTY: Frank Waters’ Earp Agenda Exposed, Jinglebob Press, Sept 2006
A Church for Helldorado, Jinglebob Press, Oct 2006
The Second Mrs. Earp, Jinglebob Press, Nov 2006
BLOG: The Pink Flamingo http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/

WORKS IN PROGRESS:
Wild West Redressed: American Fashion in Photos 1860-1910 (October, 2014)
Pop Sunflowers & Thistle, A Praise Book – Jinglebob Press, (in rewrites)
The Mysterious Death of Mattie Earp
Opiates in the Wild West
Murder mystery set in modern day Tombstone – Jinglebob Press (in early edits) The title will not be released at the current time.
Sequel currently being written
Essays on Christian living (in progress)
Year long devotional (in early edits)
The Lord’s Prayer for Christian Idiots Like Me (in progress)
Essays about Wyatt Earp (in progress)
Research into pharmacology & use of opiates in late 19th Century Southwest

WORK IN PROGRESS:
Due to the completely unexpected discovery that my father has Alzheimer’s my work is behind by at least 2 years. Because of the nature of the disease and working with the early stages, I will eventually turn what I’ve learned into a book, and series of lectures to help children deal with aging parents, diseases such as Alzheimer’s, and the legal, medical, and social ramifications of the disease.

It should also be noted that I’ve spent the past eight years researching the role of extremists within the Republican Party. I do not know if this will or will not become a book.

PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWS:
1993: The Mill Gallery “Jamaica”
1994: The Mill Gallery “Dinetah”
1988: Southern Space Conference “Space Shuttle Photography”
1986: Worldcon Atlanta “Space Shuttle Photography”
1985: Spaceweek Art Show “Space Shuttle Photography”
PHOTOGRAPHY:
Space Shuttle launch slides in use by Clemson University
Space Shuttle launch coverage: 1980-1990
Travel photography: Four Corners, Jamaica, England, France, Wales, Antigua, Guadeloupe, St. Martin,

JOURNALISM:
1980-1990: Writing Credits include: Pas Colonist; Space Age Times; The Space Press
On site press coverage: Voyager II flyby of Saturn (JPL); Space Shuttle Missions (STS 3,5,6,8,9, 26,41-B,41-D,51-D)
2005-currently – The Pink Flamingo blog
1998 – currently – misc. freelance articles

INTERVIEWS:
Gene Roddenberry, Leonard Nimoy, James Doohan, Carl Sagan, Gerald P. Carr, Charles Duke, Deke Slayton, Harrison H. Schmitt, Newt Gingrich, Dale Murphy, Johnny Bench, Ted Williams, Dizzy Dean, etc.
Numerous local radio, television appearances related to either the space program or GOP politics

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

2003 – Co-Director – Friends of Tombstone Annual Conference
2003-2005 – (Interim) Secretary – Episcopal Church of the Holy Mount
2005 – currently – freelance writing, blog
2006 – currently – owner Wyatt Earp Books, independent publishing company (currently seeking authors)
1988-1997 Owner – The Mill Gallery
1993-1996 – Co-chairman – Oconee County ATAX Committee
1988 – Chairman – Southern Space Conference
1982-1988 – Editor – Pas Colonist
1881-1988 – Member of National Coordinating Committee on Space
1981-1990 – Founder, Executive Director – Piedmont Advocacy for Space
1983 – Co-Founder – Women’s Space Network
1983-1995 – Director – Spaceweek Upstate

JOB DESCRIPTIONS:
Coordinating tourism for Oconee County, SC
Chaired two major conferences
Designer of space exhibits and displays
Organizer of space related art shows
Leader in women’s space movement
Expertise in Southwestern Native American jewelry, rugs, pottery, art
Experienced decorator, designer of Christmas trees, wreaths, flower arrangements for retail industry
Owned, managed gift shop
Secretary, administrative assistant

CIVIC RESPONSIBILITIES:
2004 – Currently – White Sands Chapter, DAR
2001- 2002 – Registrar – Sierra Blanca Chapter DAR
2000 – 2005 adult leader – All Angels Chapter of the Junior Daughters of the King
1999 – President – Noisy Waters Sertoma Club
1994-1996 – Editor – Oconee Sertoma Club Newsletter
1995-1996 – Sergeant at Arms – Oconee Sertoma Club
1993-1995 – Board of Directors – Oconee Sertoma Club
1993-1994 – Co-chairman – Beachnight – Oconee Sertoma Club fund-raiser

POLITICAL ACTIVITIES:
Currently – Political Commentary daily via The Pink Flamingo
1994 – Chairman – major fund-raiser for Lindsey Graham during original Congressional Campaign
1993-1995 – Chairman, Oconee County Republican Party
1991 – 3rd Vice Chairman, Oconee County Republican Party
1989-1990 – Secretary, Oconee County Republican Party
1985-1995 – Chaired major fund-raisers and events for Oconee County Republican Party
1981-1997 – National political lobbying for Space Program
1972 – In high school, worked directly with Lee Atwater on local, state, and national political campaigns

TEACHING, SEMINARS & LECTURE SERIES:
Produced space related slide tape show: Human Habitats and Space Colonies
Lectures for local school children about space program
Lectures for local school children about Navajo culture
Authored total elementary school curriculum on space education
Lecture series for emotionally disturbed children – space related topics
Experimental summer space seminar
Tutorial work with emotionally disturbed, learning disabled children
Organizer of first space related discussion panels involving women’s interests and the space program
Summer, 1999 – ENNU – Internet Genealogy for Seniors
Fall, 1999 – ENMU – Internet Genealogy for Seniors
Summer, 2001 – ENMU – Internet Genealogy for Seniors
Winter, 2001 – ENMU – Problem Genealogy
Summer, 2001 – ENMU – Problem Genealogy
Tombstone History
Genealogy for Beginners
2002-2005 – Director – All Angels Chapter, Junior Daughters of the King
2004 – Mysterious Death of Mattie Earp – Lecture
2004 – currently – lectures on life of Wyatt Earp, life in 1880’s West, etc.

AWARDS & HONORS:
1995 – Sertoma Pacesetter District 2nd Place Newsletter Award
4th Edition – Directory of Distinguished Americans
4th Edition – Personalities of Americium
1985-1997 – International Women’s Who’s Who
5th Edition – Directory of American Leadership
1991 – Women’s Circle of Achievement
Biographical Roll of Honor for Distinguished Service to American Space Movement
Vol. XX – Directory of International Biography
2004 – Directory of International Biography

SCAN0017MEMBERSHIPS – 2013:
Western Writers of America
White Sands Chapter – National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

INTERESTS & FIELDS OF EXPERTISE:
Wyatt Earp’s life and times
Verdi and Wagnerian opera
Baritones
Don Juan legend
Genealogy
Southwest Native American arts
Celtic Britain
Navajo history and culture
Use of opiates in the 1880’s
Baseball
Space memorabilia and collectibles
Arthurian England
Paleontology
Western films and television
Kit Carson
Role of extremists in the GOP, tracking white supremacists, KKK, John Birchers, nativists, etc.

WORD TO THE WISE:  When you skip school to go meet Ted Williams, just make sure you don’t end up with your photo on the front page of the local paper.  There are always come teachers who just don’t approve of such things.

The Pink Flamingo currently lives with a toy poodle, Ronald Rumsfeld Reagan Reidhead.  I am owned by: Doc Holiday – age 12.5 (gray tabby, rescued at 9 days old)
Mommy Cat – age 8 (mottled calico, rescued)
B(r)at Masterson – age 6 (white, gray)
Bubbles Silverman – age 5 (huge long hair calico)
Hoss Cartwright – age 5 (red tabby)
Madam – age 4 (?) (calico, rescued)
Miss Leontyne Price – 1 year old this month (huge, very long hair, Maine Coon, rescued)

Things you might not know about The Pink Flamingo.  I collect Pink Depression glass and have several hundred pieces.  I have a baseball book that has been autographed by some of the greatest players in the history of the game.  I have hundreds of books.  I am a professional Christmas tree decorator.  At last count I had nearly 300 pair of shoes!  I consider the 4th Game of the 1976 World Series to be one of the greatest days of my life!

And – I’m fairly certain I can name the kings and queens of England – in order.

 

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  • jose maria

    What impressive accomplishments! The Pink Flamingo is a very talented lady!

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    Thank you. I’ve had a good time!

    SJR


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