Category: The Old West

Zane Grey: Iconic Western Writer Who Was a Republican President's Favorite

Today’s the birthday of Zane Grey Whose frontier  novels once  had cachet. He was read by rich and poor alike. And the favorite of John Q. Public and Ike. In his nostalgic “The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-town America”, Bill Bryson observes (with some chagrin) that the last book President Eisenhower read was Zane Grey’s... Read more »

Tom Mix: The Duke Was a Protege of This Trailblazing Silent Western Star

  Today’s birthday?  Film cowboy Tom Mix. In the silents a magnet for manifold chicks. At the box office, his movies sold out the  tix. In a reel sense John Wayne was just a reMix.* *One might say Wayne got his props from Mix. When the Duke left USC because of a football injury, Mix... Read more »

William S. Hart: A Strong Silent Western Hero In the Purest Sense

Born today was William S. Hart, Western star on the silent screen. His steely eyes did play the part And dominated every scene.

Daniel Boone: First Kentuckian

On this day born was Daniel Boone. To Westward Ho! he was in tune. Settlers followed him en masse As he led them thru the Cumberland Pass. Addressing the spirit of Daniel Boone: Boone: “All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse, and a good wife.”   Me:  At least, Mr. Boone,... Read more »

Jesse James: Frontier Desperado

Born today was Jesse James, One of the Old West outlaw names. He robbed the trains and banks becuz That’s where all the money was.* *”I rob banks because that’s where the money is” is often attributed to Willie Sutton, although he denied saying it in his latter years. “Jesse James was born in Missouri,... Read more »

John Henry "Doc" Holliday: Protagonist in a Celebrated Showdown

Today was born  Doc Holliday. Consumption was eating him slowly away When he joined with the Earps in the scene we know well In the most famous gunfight at OK Corral. Actors who have portrayed Holliday on the screen: Walter Huston in The Outlaw, in 1943, a historically inaccurate film. Victor Mature in My Darling... Read more »