- Phillip Smith "Smokey Bear" (Claremore, OK)
"One might say that I am a local history nut. In my quest to learn the history of Arizona, I have found that Gila County has a history that, in interest and variety, is second to none. I also discovered that many tales about the people, places and events in Gila County have been hidden in hard-to-find publications or in discolored, crumbly papers that have been stashed away for many years. I have been fortunate in having access to some of this material."
- Bill Haak, Preface to Copper Bottom Tales, Globe, AZ, 1990