A History of Montezuma
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by Jack Beckman
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And because I liked the way he sang it, I made a recording of it in case the guy who made the YouTube Video takes it off:
RECORDING
HOWEVER, I ALSO HAVE DOWNLOADED THE MOVIE, SO IF IT EVER DISAPPEARS FROM YOUTUBE, I WILL HAVE IT READY TO INCLUDE HERE.
AND HERE IS THE COPY OF THE VIDEO.
ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE
Composed by Jerome Kern with lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein II


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A Memoir of Mine about HIM!


 
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Cole, G. A.  and W. T. Barry.  1973a.  
Montezuma Well, Arizona, as a habitat.
Jour. Arizona Acad. Sci. 8: 7-13.
Cole G. A. and R. L. Watkins. 1977.
Hyallella montezuma, a new species (Crustacea: Amphipoda)
from Montezuma Well, Arizona. Hydobiologia, 52 (2-3): 175-184.

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Hi Tom,

You don't know me, (at least I think) but apparently, you knew my grandfather Jack Beckman! I've been looking over the webpage you made of him and I'm really just amazed that someone took the time to make a site in order to chronicle some of the things he did at the Well and include a whole chapter about my Papa in his memoir!

My family lived in California, but twice a year, we would make the trek to Rimrock, AZ to visit the grandparents. I spent so many hours at the Well with Papa. We would go down to the outlet with him where he liked to sit. My sister and I would swim in the outlet and he would make us boats out of the bark from the giant sycamore that grows right there at the end of the trail. The dappled sunlight, the cool air, the rushing sound of beaver creek nearby, the gentle flow of visitors coming and going; so many fond memories of my childhood trips to AZ are held there in that magic place.

As you remember him, I remember him. He always had what he called his "pocket pieces". Apache tears and tiger eyes to give away to people. And he was constantly singing. He loved to sing and did so often up at the house in Rimrock or rambling along the dirt road to the Well in his old GMC and of course down at the outlet.

When I knew him in his prime, I was just a boy. By the time I was old enough to understand him as an adult, he was already feeble. I had totally forgotten that there was a book he wrote about the Well. I remembered it once I saw it on your page, but not before. And I never knew that there was a park bench dedicated to him. I guess I just knew him as Papa and Papa worked at the Well. I didn't understand as a child how much knowledge and interest he really had in the place.

I see that you have been to the Well quite recently. Doesn't look like much has changed. I myself haven't been in nearly 20 years. I don't often think of those times anymore. Too busy with life I guess. Its been great seeing the video of him sing and seeing the pictures of the Well. I've learned and re-learned some things about him from you. Thanks for helping me slow down and re-awaken some great memories. You've memorialized him in a great way and added a new element to the way I think of "Papa Jack".

Sincerely,
Matthew Beckman
 No worries. You're a good guy for saying so though. I'm the one who took 2 months to respond. :)

On Mon, Oct 31, 2016 at 5:37 PM, Thomas Cole <Tom.Cole@asu.edu> wrote:
Matthew,
I confess to having already put it online.
Tom

On Oct 31, 2016, at 10:58 AM, Matthew Beckman <beckmanslabors@gmail.com> wrote:

Hey Tom,

Not a problem to put the letter on the site. I'm glad to be able to contribute to the story. Keep up the interesting work you do!

Regards,
Matthew

On Sun, Sep 11, 2016 at 7:26 PM, Thomas Cole <Tom.Cole@asu.edu> wrote:
Matthew,

I’m so glad you sent me the email. I have thought of your grandfather many times even though I met him only once or twice or thrice. The idea that someone could fall in love with a place and then set out to make it his own is an inspiration. A life well lived—not excluding the 98 years part!

I’m a singer and guitarist and I liked the Hammerstein tune he sang in that video. I looked up the song on Itunes and listened to people do it but I really felt I liked Jack Beckman’s version best. I’m not sure yet if it is right for my repertoire.

You will see on my webpage Home Page that I have lots of pages for people. Mostly they are relatives of mine—but your grandad is on the list too. I hope you don’t mind if I add your letter to the Jack Beckman material on the web and to my correspondence page as well. I like to archive that kind of thing.

Your email to me is a little bit similar to some others I have received, although I solicited them. You might enjoy looking at the following pages. I think they’re decent reads but I’m prejudiced.

http://www.tomhascallcole.com/William%20Tull.html

http://www.tomhascallcole.com/Marion%20Edwards%20Shouse.html

http://www.tomhascallcole.com/Letter%20to%20H.D.%20Buxton%27s%20Grandson.html

http://www.tomhascallcole.com/Fan%20Mail%20From%20Actress.html

http://www.tomhascallcole.com/buddy.html

Anyway, as you can see on the Jack Beckman Web Page, I have run across some papers by him that my dad kept. That little sheet of paper with the Rimrock address on it was one my dad had and I kept it as I keep many things. Should I find more things related to your grandad, I will email you. They will, of course, go directly onto his page.

Thanks for your email.

Tom