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MILKING A LEGEND

I’m 73 years old, and I’m watching 60-year-old episodes of The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, with Hugh O’Brian, who died at 91 in 2016. The show’s adviser was Stuart Lake, who tended to glorify Earp’s life in his book [Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshal]. In the series Earp didn’t touch alcohol but drank nothing but milk while in Dodge City. Is that one of Lake’s falsehoods?

Ken Haines

Taylor, Mich.

Wyatt Earp biographer Casey Tefertiller responds: In those times most men were drinkers, often heavy drinkers.

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