H. Alan Day, Arizona Rancher and Cowboy
Wednesday, April 17, 1:00-2:00 p.m. NOTE TIME CHANGE
If anyone alive today can claim to have been born a cowboy, Alan Day is certainly an example. He’s the third generation to grow up on the 200,000-acre Lazy B cattle ranch, which straddles the Arizona-New Mexico border 30-some miles northwest of Lordsburg.
After graduating from UA, Alan returned to manage the Lazy B for the next 40 years. During that time he was recognized for his exceptional land stewardship. In addition to co-authoring with his sister, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the NY Times bestselling memoir Lazy B, Alan wrote The Horse Lover: A Cowboy’s Quest to Save Wild Mustangs and Cowboy Up: Life Lessons from Lazy B.
Alan’s grandfather Henry Clay (“H. C.”) Day homesteaded the Lazy B in 1880, and his descendants developed it to become one of the largest spreads in the country. In the 20th century, this dusty dry tract of land produced a Supreme Court Justice and a lauded Arizona state senator, as well as a career rancher and land conservationist.
Mr. Day will characterize the American cowboying life as he lived it from the chuck wagon years of his childhood, through his adult experience with increasing bureaucracy, airplanes, computers and lately even drones. At the heart of his story lie not only adventures that few today can truly know first-hand but also a deep love of nature that’s still possible and very important to acquire.
Now retired from ranching, Mr. Day divides his time between Tucson and Pinetop, in Navajo County. Instead of chasing cattle in the prickly desert, he pursues a dimpled white ball across groomed grass (in addition to his writing and lecturing).
Written by Stan Davis, Academy Village Volunteer