What Classic Western TV Star Would You Be?
So as I’m sippin’ a Grain Belt (in my coffee mug, of course, I’m rather cultured) and meandering around the radio ranch here, I like to start up what I call a titillating and tantalizing conversation with my co-workers (They call it ‘bothering’ them…a matter of semantics).
So today it was classic Western television shows. Oh, I know, these days you could ride from the Ponderosa to Dodge to Tombstone firing your 6-shooter in every direction and not hit a decent western on the boob tube. At least not anything new for the past 30 years.
But I informed the young ‘uns around this palatial Radio Palace, there was a day! Why, i told them with my chest pumped out and a shine on my beautifully sculpted bald head, in 1959 there were 26 Westerns on each week in Prime Time. 26 I said! One of the wet behind the ears types said…
‘They had TV in 1959?’
Smart aleck. Not only did we have TV, we had 2 different channels! (3 if the weather was just right).
Anyway, after they sauntered off shaking their heads (something about ‘what an old geezer’…I looked around and didn’t see one) I got to thinkin’ ‘Hmm, if I could be any Classic TV Western character, who would it be? After long and hard thought(I think long and hard about things like this at work) I decided I’d like to be Festus from Gunsmoke. A cool Dude before we called ’em cool Dude’s.
How about you? If you’re of a certain age (or still watch ’em on re-runs like I do, thank you), who would you be?
Maybe Lucas McCain from The Rifleman?
And I’m bettin’ a lot of guys would have liked to be Little Joe from Bonanza (because a lot of ladies want to be with him!)
And there’s lots more, after all Westerns dominated the tube back in the day. Heck, you saw guys that looked just like a young Steve McQueen and a young Clint Eastwood!
So the question is: Who would you be?
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