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WESTERN TV

If you’re a fan of TV westerns, below is a link to a TV western reunion that took place in 1978.

 It’s a video gathering of all the western TV and movie greats who were alive at that time hosteGlenn Fordd by Glenn Ford.  They gathered in a saloon, and discussed the era when there were more westerns on TV than any other classification.

 Be prepared to spend 50 minutes of nostalgia.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NtMAwx7jF8

  

PHOEBE ANN MOSES

This coming Monday we’ll be celebrating the birthday of Phoebe Ann Moses…If you don’t know who she is by the picture, it’s “Little Sure Shot,” Annie Oakley.

From the time she shot a squirrel for the family’s stew pot at the age of eight, she knew she had a special talent.

We all know about her talent, but what most people don’t know about is the love she and her husband had for each other, Frank Butler.

Frank Butler was also a sharpshooter with his own traveling show. On Thanksgiving in 1876 they had a match, and Phoebe Ann beat Frank.

By June of the next year they were married in Oakley, Ohio. Phoebe Ann changed her name to “Annie Oakley”, and, as they say, the rest is history.

Even though over the years, Annie Oakley’s popularity far outdistanced her husband’s, Frank’s love for Annie grew even more. And they were always together.

After injuries from a train accident and later an auto accident she retired, and Annie and Frank moved to Greenville, Ohio.

Annie Oakley died in 1926 at the age of 66. Frank Butler was so devastated that he stopped eating and died 18 days later.

JOHN WAYNE

For anyone who’s a fan of John Wayne…Actually, I don’t know anyone who isn’t…Michael F. Blake turned me on to a great piece done by Roger Ebert.

One thing about John Wayne, you knew where he stood.  And that was 100% behind the United States.

To read the piece go to:

http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2012/05/john_wayne_shall_we_gather_at_.html

 

THE VIRGINIAN

Today is the 78th birthday of James Drury, TVs Virginian. The Virginian was the first 90-minute color western TV series. It aired from 1962-1971, and was the third longest running western series in the history of television.

The TV show was an adaptation of the 1902 Owen Wister western novel, “The Virginian, A Horseman of the Plains.”

It’s interesting that in both Owen Wister’s novel and the TV show, the lead character was never given a name other than “Virginian.”

The fact that no one knew his real name added mystery to the character.

The two pictures are of James at the time of the Virginian’s TV series and today.

BEN TRAYWICK

Came down to Tombstone yesterday and will be leaving mid­-morning today.  In reference to an earlier entry, so far I’ve been able to dodge all the bullets.  I’m confident I’ll survive.

We spend yesterday afternoon and had dinner with our good friends Ben and Mary Traywick.  Ben is Tombstone’s historian emeritus.  Mary cooked us an unbelievable Mexican dinner.  She’s written a book about her cooking called Fiery Foods of Tombstone.

Speaking of writing books, Ben has written 37 books with 25 of those about Tombstone.  He’s also written over 1200 magazine and newspaper articles.

The interesting thing about his writing is he doesn’t know how to type and doesn’t have a computer.  He writes everything out long hand and Mary types it up…Incidentally; he’s finishing two more books.  This 85 year old is talking about writing a half dozen more books.

Incidentally, if you would like to check out some of his books go to:  http://chronicleoftheoldwest.com/merchandise.shtml