June 9, 2007
This is just like working for the newspaper -- you type in something that's not quite clear (or just flat out wrong) and immediately someone is either on the phone to you or on your blog to correct you. What fun! My friend Sharon Magee, also a writer (you should read her wonderful book, "Geronimo! Stories of An American Legend," published by Arizona Highways), just pointed out that the Hohokam Indians actually built the first canals in Arizona. That's true. They started digging them about 1,000 years ago. Their descendants, the Pimas, developed them still further. Eventually, along came the engineers at Central Arizona Project to take all the credit. In Mesa, Arizona -- about six miles from where I live -- there's a canal museum that time dates the history. And just a little more than across the street from me are the Pima themselves. Only now instead of digging canals, they're running the casino (as well as taking classes at Scottsdale Community College and doing all the other things the rest of us do).