After the war, he returned to cowboying. In 1947, he landed the coveted job of head dude wrangler on the Flying M E, an exclusive divorce ranch 20 miles south of Reno that catered to wealthy Easterners and Hollywood celebrities. He worked on the “M E” from 1947 to 1950, the post-war heyday of the Reno six-week divorce.
“I may be the only former Nevada dude wrangler ‘still above ground’ who lived through the era.” -Bill McGee
In 1950, he left the Flying M E and cowboying, and made a successful transition into the broadcasting field where he enjoyed a 32-year career. McGee is the author of numerous books on broadcast sales, World War II military history, and The Divorce Seekers: A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler. A complete list of titles may be viewed at www.williammcgeebooks.com.
Sandra McGee is a publicist, formerly for the performing arts and currently for BMC Publications. She is passionate about the Reno divorce era and movies from the 1930s and ’40s.
Bill and Sandra are creative consultants on the upcoming documentary, RENO and the Romance of Divorce. (View the trailer on this blog.)