Joe Netherwood grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the 1950s, when youngsters played cowboys and Indians and mimicked their heroes: Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. These cowboys’ western films set the stage and instilled in Netherwood a love for the West that still remains.

Bill Manns, who’s profiled in our April print feature (“Playing Cowboys with Authentic Gear”, has spent a lifetime collecting western memorabilia, much of which forms the basis for historic Old West books he creates at Zon Publishing.

Dave Hodges is about as western as a transplanted Pennsylvanian can be. Although he lived in Bradford, Pennsylvania, until graduating from high school, his yearning for the West was fueled by tales of cowboys and American Indians.

Buster Welch is the recipient of the 2006 Western Horseman Award. In this month’s print feature, author Betsy Lynch explains Welch’s dedication to learning, teaching and enhancing the cutting-horse industry. Here are highlights and sidelights of Welch’s life.

Will James’s books are the literary classics of the open range and, when published, were equally popular in the East and West. The heroes were unique for the time, because few carried guns. Instead, they handled big cattle herds on the unfenced western range, where a cowboy rarely got off his horse except to brand. Here’s a list of James’ cowboy classics. To order, visit