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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

My blog posting lately has been like a teenager cleaning her room .... Not

I've been very busy doing nothing lately.  I have run a lot of little errands and done a good number of chores around the house but chores are like dust bunnies - they never stop.

I have been listening to books on CD by Larry McMurtry and Louis L'Amour. Neither is great literature but the descriptions of how beautiful our country must have been and the ordeals the mountain men and settlers faced is thought provoking for me.  A while back I got into modern Navajo novels and marveled at the bleakness of the life on a modern reservation and of the stories and habits the Indians have held on to.

I watched a very sad documentary a couple of years back on how we settled the West and treated the Indians.  Americans today, when we see genocide, run to help.  In the case of the Indians we were the aggressors and we treated them shamefully going back on our word so many times. Things we never learned watching Westerns on TV.

On a more positive side, as a Boomer I certainly grew up watching westerns on TV.  Here is a list I came up with from Wikipedia - List of TV Westerns.  I reduced the list to those from 1950s to 1960s and the ones I remembered best. (The number after the program years is the number of episode.)  What is really amazing is how many theme songs I can sing.  Click here if you want to test your theme song skills.

  • The Adventures of Jim Bowie, 1956–1958, 76, Scott Forbes,
  • The Adventures of Kit Carson, 1951–1955, 103, Bill Williams, Don Diamond, Tris Coffin,
  • The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, 1954–1959, 164, Lee Aaker, James Brown, Joe Sawyer, Rand Brooks, Rin Tin Tin, Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy.
  • The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, 1951–1958, 113, Guy Madison, Andy Devine,
  • Annie Oakley, 1954–1957, 81, Gail Davis, Brad Johnson, Jimmy Hawkins, Bob Woodward,
  • Bat Masterson, 1958–1961, 107, Gene Barry
  • Bonanza, 1959–1973, 430, Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon - The second longest-running western series.
  • Branded, 1965–1966, 48, Chuck Connors, John Howard, William Bryant,
  • Bret Maverick, 1981–1982, 18, James Garner, Ed Bruce, Ramon Bieri, Darleen Carr,
  • Broken Arrow, 1956–1958, 73, John Lupton, Michael Ansara, Based on the film of the same name.
  • Cheyenne, 1955–1963, 108, Clint Walker,
  • The Cisco Kid, 1950–1956, 156, Duncan Renaldo, Leo Carrillo,
  • Daniel Boone, 1964–1970, 165, Fess Parker, Patricia Blair, Albert Salmi, Ed Ames,  Dallas McKennon, Rosey Grier,
  • Davy Crockett, 1954–1955, 5, Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Jeff York, Aired on Disneyland TV series.
  • Death Valley Days, 1952–1970, 452,
  • Fury, 1955–1960, 116, Peter Graves, Bobby Diamond, Jimmy Baird, William Fawcett, Roger Mobley,
  • Gunsmoke, 1955–1975, 635, James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis, Buck Taylor, Longest-running prime-time drama of all time.
  • Have Gun – Will Travel, 1957–1963, 225, Richard Boone, Kam Tong,
  • Hopalong Cassidy, 1949–1954, 52,
  • Laramie, 1959–1963, 124, John Smith, Robert Fuller,
  • Lawman, 1958–1962, 156, John Russell, Peter Brown, Peggie Castle,
  • The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, 1955–1961, 229, Hugh O'Brian, Mason Alan Dinehart, Douglas Fowley,
  • The Lone Ranger, 1949–1957, 221, Clayton Moore, Jay Silverheels,
  • Maverick, 1957–1962, 124, James Garner, Jack Kelly, Roger Moore, Robert Colbert,
  • Rawhide, 1959–1966, 217, Eric Fleming, Clint Eastwood, Paul Brinegar, Sheb Wooley, John Ireland, Raymond St. Jacques,
  • The Rebel, 1959–1961, 76, Nick Adams,
  • The Rifleman, 1958–1963, 163, Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford, Paul Fix, 
  • The Roy Rogers Show, 1951–1957, 100, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Pat Brady, Trigger, the Golden Palomino, Bullet, the Wonder Dog,
  • The Texan, 1958–1960, 78, Rory Calhoun,
  • Tombstone Territory, 1957–1960, 93, Pat Conway, Richard Eastham,
  • The Virginian, 1962–1971, 249, James Drury, Doug McClure,
  • Wagon Train, 1957–1965, 284, Ward Bond, Robert Horton, John McIntire, Robert Fuller,
  • Wanted: Dead or Alive, 1958–1961, 94, Steve McQueen,

And, of course, Little House on the Prairie, 1974–1983, 203, Michael Landon, Karen Grassle, Melissa Gilbert, Melissa Sue Anderson, Matthew Laborteaux,   

That's it for now.  


  1. My favorite novel of all time is The Proud Breed. It's almost impossible to come by now, though. Sadly. A wonderful family tale of life in the early stage of California, under Mexican rule at the time. If you ever get a chance, get it. You won't be sorry. Wonderful saga. :)

  2. I checked quickly at the Library and they do not have a copy. I'll try a few other places and see if I can find anything. I didn't look at Amazon. I'll try that next.

  3. Thanks for the walk down memory lane. Maverick was probably my favorite of the old Westerns.

  4. You can't beat James Garner - in just about any role

  5. I remember my grandmother have a mad crush on Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke. Haha, now I understand that old ladies can still have crushes on good looking men!.
    ...like a teenager cleaning her room...that cracked me up. I am stealing that line.

  6. You can be "not around" with posting.

    Just as long as you follow up, a scary weather report, with an "I am OK" post!!!!!! :-))))))