25 septiembre, 2021

Jim Verner

THE NATC’S 2015 GEORGE B. SMITH AWARD GRANTED TO BILL LYON

While all tertulinet followers will be familiar with Bill Lyon’s frequent contributions to our site, I wonder how many actually know something about him. So, since he recently received the George B. Smith award by the NATC (National Association of Taurine Clubs of the United States of America), I felt it was a good time to let all the tertulinet readers learn about this honor as well as a bit of background about how Bill’s life has revolved around, and in, el mundo taurino.

First the award. The George B. Smith award for “a worthy artist, writer or author who, during the lifetime of the NATC (since 1962) has contributed to the enjoyment of and/or dissemination of information and educations about tauromaquia” has an interesting history. George

THE FERIA DE ALMERIA AND 2015 NATC CONVENTION

Spain in August is an aficionado’s dream. It is the most taurine month of the year. Every day during August cities and towns across the piel de toro celebrate with corridas striving to feature the best matadors and the finest bulls. But it is also an aficionado’s dilemma: since we can’t be in two places at once, choices have to be made. And when the NATC selected the Feria de la Virgen del Mar in Almería as the site for the 2015 Convention, it was an excellent choice. While the corridas are the base of any NATC convention, to experience the full beauty of the fiesta brava and the excitement of the mundo taurino we must move beyond the plaza, and it would be hard to find a better location than Almería.