Monday, November 16, 2009

Soapy selling Soap

"Soapy" Jefferson Smith got his nick-name from his soap scam-a name the public called him, but probably never used to his face. He would gather a large audience and pretend to wrap bills around some of the bars. Then he would auction off the bars, claiming that there could be anywhere from $1-$100 in the a bars. He would have members of his gang mixed into the audience and they would "win" big. The audience would get very excited and the bidding would go higher.
Gold was also an excepted currency back then because many of the miners would come straight from the creeks to the saloons and that's all they had. For my story, gold is the only accepted currency to put more value and greed to it. This is Swiftwater's (Beaver) first human experience and he realizes that their greed for gold can work in his favor.


Jeff Smith said...

Wonderful Averyl.

If successfully brought to the screen your valiant efforts to bring Soapy to life in an animated tall-tale will do more to make the name of SOAPY SMITH famous to every household than I could do in one thousand years! Those who have the pleasure of seeing your version of Soapy brought to life may wish to learn more about the real man, that's where I come into the picture.

Your tall-tale could very well lead another to put the true-tale on film.

We both win...

Averyl Veliz said...

Sound like a plan!