Robert E. Sagehorn is virtually unknown by the internet. When I first discovered his name and that of his journal it was very slow unravelling details. I was able to find a few library bound copies of Western World Review (WWR hereafter), and have slowly gathered bits and pieces. When musician Robert N. Taylor gifted UoE a large stack of issues I decided that I would begin putting information online. Taylor was involved in WWR for a period of time as an illustrator, and gives some background information in the essay “Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation” that was published as an appendix in Caught in the Crossfire: Kerry Thornley, Oswald and the Garrison Investigation by Adam Gorightly. Below I’ve excerpted the pertinent parts:
There were very few publications advocating Libertarian ideas. The three that stand out in my mind most prominently were Western World Review published by Robert Sagehorn, The Libertarian Connection and The Innovator…
Western World Review, though ostensibly Libertarian in stance, covered a wide range of subjects. It was most intent upon exploring new concepts in anthropology, evolution, and comparative culture and such. I published some of my first writing in WWR. It was published on legal-size paper, folded and saddle-stapled. Robert Sagehorn had purchased a used offset press and learned how to operate it. He lived and worked out of Culver City, California.
My cousin Nicholas and I became for a number of years the illustrators for the covers of each issue, released quarterly. My father, George Taylor, published the book Origins of Man Reconsidered as an entire issue. It was the largest issue done at that time, all in minuscule type. Sagehorn and I corresponded back and forth for a number of years and eventually met in person while I was living in Silver City, New Mexico. Being in California, which was at that time something of a Libertarian stronghold, he knew Thornley and most of the others. He suggested that I take a look at The Innovator, of which Thornley was the current editor. He also put me in touch with Patricia Carney who edited a supplement to The Innovator called Free Trade.
–Robert N. Taylor
Mr. Taylor has offered to send correspondence or any additional material on WWR and Sagehorn as he comes across it in his personal collection.
Editors: Robert N. Sagehorn
Contributors: Henry Fox
Subjects: Wide range of subjects.