Jim Johnson has been intrigued with the Old West, its lore, and its legends all of his life. His interest began with the old black and white western movies in the 1940s and 50s. As he grew older, he began to collect and read nonfiction books and magazines on western outlaws and lawmen. He became very interested in old west research after viewing the Unsolved Mysteries story on television in the early 1990s about Brushy Bill, who claimed to be Billy the Kid. In the course of his research, he has read thousands of nonfiction magazines and books, visited many historical museums, university archives, state archives, historical societies, and national, state, and county record offices. He has also spent many long hours researching and analyzing internet data.Johnson, Jim is the author of 'Billy the Kid, His Real Name Was .... ', published 2006 under ISBN 9781598004731 and ISBN 1598004735.