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Jim Cook

Jim Cook

Jim Cook, known as the Official State Liar of Arizona, was born in Arizona and only occasionally lived elsewhere. He wrote 11 books about Arizona, as well as articles for Arizona Highways and other magazines. In 1981, NAU and the Associated Press presented him with the Robert R. Eunson award for achievement in journalism. 

After retiring from ordinary reporting, Jim took up folksinging and storytellng, as well as editing the Journal of Prevarication. Jim passed away in early 2012.

Jim is survived by his wife, Ellie Hartz-Cook, who gave permission for this article to be republished. Jim was also a relative of the owner of CopperState News.

Did you know that President McKinley visited Congress, Arizona?

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Unofficially, the ostrich is the official state bird of Arizona.

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Those were mannerly times, compared to today.

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A lot of things have happened in our country because of fables.

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How do you feel about a beanstalk?

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