SJ Reidhead is one of the leading experts on the life of Wild West lawman Wyatt Earp and Tombstone, Arizona. She is the author of two non-fiction books about Earp and Tombstone and numerous articles on the subject.  Her work has appeared in Wild West, True West, The Tombstone Times, WOLA Quarterly, and Blog Critics. She is also expert in the life of Kit Carson, the Navajo Long Walk, and has an ongoing interest in collecting information about the outlaws of the Southwest in an attempt to detail early organized (or disorganized) crime.

Reidhead was born in West Palm Beach but grew up near Seneca, SC the same town where senior SC Senator Lindsey Graham and Democratic Presidential Candidate John Edwards were born.  She is as avidly interested in politics as are the latter two gentlemen, and was actively involved in the Oconee County Republican Party for many years. Her blog, The Pink Flamingo, focuses on the politics of the GOP.

Other political activities include working as a lobbyist working with the US space program during the Reagan years.  A leading advocate for women in space, she co-founded the Women’s Space Network and served as a member of the National Coordinating Committee on Space.  During that time she also published a small, but prestigious news-magazine about the space program.

Her interviews during that time included Carl Sagan, Gene Roddenberry, Leonard Nimoy, James Doohan, Deke Slayton, Newt Gingrich, Buzz Aldrin, James Irwin, Charlie Duke, and Jerry Carr.  Her shuttle launch photography was featured in several gallery shows and won an “Honorable Mention” in the NY Museum of Natural History’s annual photography contest.

Following the Challenger Disaster, Reidhead left the space program and focused her energy into creating the first art gallery dedicated to Space, Astronomical, NASA, and Science Fiction Art.  Her regular exhibitors included noted pioneer space artist Doug Chaffee and patrons included such luminaries as Tom Clancy.

IIn order to be nearer the “Wild West” the author relocated from South Carolina to Lincoln County, NM.  There she lives with a very naughty toy poodle, Ronald Rumsfeld Reagan Reidhead, and four cats:  Doc Holiday, Bat Masterson, Little Joe Cartwright, and the seemingly perpetually pregnant Mommy Cat.  She is active in her local Episcopal church, a DAR member, and an avid collector of pink depression glass.


While SJ Reidhead was leading a youth group of girls at her local Episcopal church, all things tropical, Tiki, and pink flamingo became an inside joke.  One year her “girls” gave her a pink flamingo as a joke.  The idea of pink flamingos became so tacky and so ‘over the top’, a legend was born.  The joke has reached proportions where the author has come to identify with the fine feathered purveyors of the abjectly tacky. She also encourages women to embrace the color pink and not to be afraid of what she calls “pink persecution”.


SJ Reidhead’s books may be ordered from or from this site.

TRAVESTY – $ 29.99



DUST DEVIL – $9.99

(Quantity copies of DUST DEVIL may be donated by the author for schools, classes, reading or youth groups.  For more information contact the author.  The only cost to the recipient will be shipping.)  SJ Reidhead is available to speak to these groups about life in the Wild West on a ‘student’s level’.

SJ Reidhead is available for interviews and lectures about Wyatt Earp, Tombstone, and life in the Wild West.  Within the near future she will be available for lectures and interviews about her work on the anti-immigration movement.

Books by SJ Reidhead

TRAVESTY:  Frank Waters Earp Agenda Exposed

The author discovered the original manuscript of The Earp Brothers of Tombstone.  This is the manuscript annotated, and footnoted, with the many prevarications, and misconceptions corrected.  It includes original essays by the author, all dealing with the life of Wyatt Earp.  This is one of the most important Earp – Tombstone related books to be published in recent years.

A Church for Helldorado: Endicott Peabody’s 1882 Earp Era Tombstone Diary

This is only the second Earp-era Tombstone diary to be published to date.  Endicott Peabody is the American version of C. S. Lewis, one of the most important Episcopalian educators to date.  He founded Groton School, and was the head-master for FDR.  Peabody was also FDR’s White House Chaplain.

The Second Mrs. Earp

The Second Mrs. Earp is a romantic “chick-flick” western novel for women. The author’s father does not like this book because it is too “girlie”!  The cover is based on a photo of the author’s grandmother.

Dust Devil

Dust Devil is the author’s first book.  For some strange reason it has been well received by girls aged 11 – 16 who are Laura Ingalls Wilder Fans.

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