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OWAC Fall Conference


I just registered for the Fall Conference of the Outdoor Writers Association of California in November. It will be held in Sonora, Tuolumne County in the heart of California’s Gold Rush Country. I plan to do some fishing, exploring, hiking, and revisiting the fabulous Yosemite National Park.

Baja Bound Bulletin


The Baja Bound Bulletin newsletter always features a broad assortment of articles by Baja writers. I am honored that for the past eight years they have been publishing my stories on a regular basis. To date there are over 65 of my Baja-themed articles on the Bulletin website. Enjoy the broad assortment of my stories, from historical, to topical, to nostalgia about the way Baja used-to-be. Several have been award winners, and all have been a lot of fun to share with you.
Baja Fever by Greg Niemann (bajabound.com)

Las Vegas Legends


I have a second Facebook page dedicated to my book Las Vegas Legends. Occasionally I will add a photo or other information. Check it out when you get time. Facebook: Las Vegas Legends.

From the UPS Song Book – 1950


Speaking of nostalgia, during research while writing the book Big Brown, I uncovered numerous old customs and trivia about the United Parcel Service of yore. Back when the company operated in only a few cities, the local camaraderie was strong with parties and dinners. Several songs were written to be presented at these events. Here are a couple for you to enjoy. (Incidentally, I knew all of these fledgling songwriters back in the day.).

The UPS Concerto
We are the boys from old U.P.
The guys all dressed in brown.
We cover many and many a mile,
In fact, most every town.
Seattle, San Diego, La Jolla, San Berdoo,
Portland, San Francisco, and Cucamonga too.

Our fame has spread from coast to coast.
Our honor we hold high.
The stores we serve are the best in town,
We'll praise them to the sky.
Macy's, Coulters, Saks, Bullocks, and Broadway,
Barkers, Gimbels, Olds, and also Bon Marché.

It's service we give at every step,
On this we all agree.
If it's service you want, it's service you'll get.
Just come to old U.P.
We deliver parcels, and this we promise you,
More are delivered safely, we only break a few.

       --Lyrics by Jack Dennis and Bill Buckley, Los Angeles, 1950

Three Cheers For Old U.P.
Give three cheers for old U.P., par-lay vous,
The best De—Liv—ery. Parlay vous.
No matter what you ask
It never is too large a task.
Hinkey Dinkey Par-lay Vous.

The trucks of brown, you'll know. Par-lay vous.
Where e’re you are, where e’re you go. Par-lay vous.
Manned by the boys in brown,
You’ll never find their spirits down.
Hinkey Dinkey Par-lay Vous.
From hose to high silk hats, Par-lay vous.
Or even stoves and baseball bats. Par-lay vous.
They will meet you with a smile,
Delivery all for many a mile.
Hinkey Dinkey Par-lay Vous.

So when they ring your bell, Par-lay vous.
Answer it quick, you ne’er can tell, Par-lay vous.
What they will have for you.
Just give a smile and pay what's due.
Hinkey Dinkey Par-lay Vous.


       -- Lyrics by H.A.R., 8-1-1950

UPS Marching Song (To the tune of U.S. Field Artillery March)
Over Hill, Over Dale
As They Hit That Concrete Trail
Our Brown Wagons Go Rolling Along.

Shout It Out, Without Doubt,
Service Rides on Every Route
As Our Wagons Go Rolling Along.

Then It's Hi-Hi-Hee!
In The Brown Shirt Cavalry.
Shout Out Our Message Loud and Strong.
Where’er You Go
You Will Always Know
Our Brown Wagons Go Rolling Along.

        --Lyrics by Russel Havighorst



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