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Todd D. Epp, LL.M.

Writer, lawyer and consultant with over thirty years of writing and photography experience.

While my areas of writing expertise include history, travel, politics, foreign affairs, aviation, the environment and law, I believe a good writer should, with enough research, be able to write about anything.

Good writing is good writing.


Alfred Hitchcock's "Expedient Exaggerations" and the Filming of North by Northwest at Mount Rushmore

'Ah, Maggie, in the world of advertising, there's no such thing as a lie, there's only the expedient exaggeration. You ought to know that!" -- Cary Grant as Roger Thornhill, protagonist in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959) The National Park Service would have done well to have reached the same conclusion before it dealt with Alfred Hitchcock, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the world of movie-making! Plenty of "expedient exaggerations" surrounded the filming of scenes for Hitchcock's acclaimed thriller North by Northwest at Mount Rushmore in 1958. While the controversy the Mount Rushmore scenes caused appears humorous today, it was, at the time, a serious matter for the officials of the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior and for South Dakota's United States senator Karl E. Mundt.
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The State of Kansas v. Wild Hog, Et Al.

Much has been written concerning the desperate flight of the Northern Cheyenne in 1878 from their reservation in Indian territory, through western Kansas and Nebraska, and their return to their ancestral hunting grounds. The problems leading to the Cheyenne outbreak, the trek through miles of hostile territory, the commission of murders in Kansas, and the Cheyennes' capture and re-escape from Fort Robinson, Neb., have been studied at length in various books and articles such as Marie Sandoz' Cheyenne Autumn.
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Beyond Mount Rushmore: Other Black Hills Faces

Reprint of "Alfred Hitchcock's "Expedient Exaggerations" and the Filming of North by Northwest at Mount Rushmore" from South Dakota History along with nine other essays and histories about the Black Hills.
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Todd D. Epp, LL.M.

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