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Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 23, 2007 - 05:47pm PT
Davy Crockett could outdraw them all.

The following stanza begins the twenty-stanza ballad:

Born on a mountain top in Tennessee,
Greenest state in the land of the free.
Raised in the woods so's he knew every tree,
Killed him a b'ar when he was only three.
Davy, Davy Crockett
King of the Wild Frontier

Edit: Now that I've provided you all with ear candy for the day, the other nineteen stanzas seem unnecessary.

Aug 23, 2007 - 05:52pm PT
Dan Blocker, in addition to being the Father of Slacklining, moved to Europe out of disgust for US policy in Viet Nam. A true Renaissance man.
Donny... the OHHH!- Riginal

Sport climber
that Heaven's Gate comet. CRAP it's cold...
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 23, 2012 - 03:52pm PT
I'm pretty sure I speak for everyone when I state that a Dan Blocker tribute thread is FAR overdue.

Let's get one going here quick.
Donny... the OHHH!- Riginal

Sport climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 13, 2013 - 12:30pm PT
He was should've seen him on the slack line.



Donny... the OHHH!- Riginal

Sport climber
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 28, 2017 - 10:51am PT
The sad, sad state of humanity....

The Ponderosa Ranch is no longer.

Thanks a lot millennials...that's what happens when have no interest in things that don't suck.

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Sep 28, 2017 - 11:07am PT
Donny -

When did they close the place?
Slabby D

Trad climber
B'ham WA
Sep 28, 2017 - 11:20am PT
Oh man I thought this thread was gonna be about this guy.....

Credit: Slabby D

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Sep 28, 2017 - 12:21pm PT
Just a couple of weeks ago I peeked through the fence at the Ponderosa. Is it true Hoss's girlfriends always died?

trivia answer is Dave DeBusschere (RIP)

pitched for the white sox in '63 (and was also rookie of the year in the NBA

Cotton Nash also played for the White Sox and Kentucky Colonels in 1967. He was a three time basketball All-American at Kentucky, and SEC scoring champion.

In 1970 on a hot and humid night, while playing for AAA Evansville, I saw him launch a ball into orbit. It was an incredible blast and I believe the longest homerun I've ever seen. He led the American Association in homeruns that year, which was a pitcher's league.

Mountain climber
Sep 28, 2017 - 01:40pm PT
When did they close the place?

2004, according to this.
Off White

Tenino, WA
Sep 28, 2017 - 02:09pm PT
photo by Steph Abegg
photo by Steph Abegg
Credit: Off White

And here I thought this might be a climbing thread
another nickname

Social climber
Yazoo Ms
Oct 1, 2017 - 08:15am PT
Gay incest theme was enjoyable....

Boulder climber
Oct 1, 2017 - 05:54pm PT
All their girl friends died- wives would have ruined the story line.

Speaking of wives, my wife was blown away when I told her Adam from Days of our Lives was the bastard "Candy" who was a bit of a bad ass. Why didn't they ever change clothes? Little Joe's olive, short cut, suede jacket with the popped collar way too cool!

I was drawn to the Big Valley and it's Cali roots. Plus Linda Evans and the Million Dollar Man!

Later on, The Courtship of Eddie's Father took on the complexities of being a widower with children. No one got shot... boring as shet.

I think my afternoon line up when I was a kid included; Bonanza, Lost in Space, Mayberry RFD, Hogan's heroes and if the foil on the rabbit ears failed, I was stuck with the Electic Company- PAH..ET- PET, BA..ET- Bet. Oh that sucked!


Sport climber
Sands Motel , Las Vegas
Oct 1, 2017 - 08:13pm PT
My high school English teacher shared that Dan Blocker taught english at our high school and was fired for telling the class " Love" was a 4 letter word...

Mountain climber
Oct 1, 2017 - 09:05pm PT
Who remembers High Chapparal?

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Oct 1, 2017 - 09:25pm PT
I have fond childhood memories of the 1/2 hour-long, profound western series Paladin, as noted above.

Richard Boone as Paladin on Have Gun/ Will Travel.

Next up on NBC was Bonanza, or on ABC was Maverick, which was much more fun than Bonanza.

When my father was around, we always had to watch Bonanza, & otherwise the choice was Maverick.


Boulder climber
Oct 1, 2017 - 09:35pm PT
I know this is a bit of a genre bust, but the best Western entertainment for TV was Kwai Chang Caine dispassionately kicking the sh#t out of rednecks.

Western/Martial Arts all in one.

Social climber
Oct 1, 2017 - 10:04pm PT
hey there, say, all... yeah, i just thought there was some
route called BONANZA, and thought i'd see what it was, :))

say, i watched other old westerns (larmie and wagontrain)(oh, yeah, and the rifleman), but:
a good friend of mine,
she used to watch the big valley, and so i saw it a few times, to try to see what she liked about it...

and since i had seen only old tv westerns, well:

when i saw this 'older gal' in charge of the ol' ranch, and all
'duded up' fancy perfect-set-hair, etc, it didn't quite make sense...

i wondered where they 'got her from' ...
(but, in a polite way, of course, not meaning to be nasty about it)

TOOK A LONG time, for the answer to come:

well, just recently, with the ol' computer here, i have seen
some other OLD westerns, NOT just old TV SHOWS...

and TWO, IN PARTICULAR, had, YEP-- barbara stanwyck, as the
'take-over gal'...

the one with the HUGE ambition to control ranches...
and one to let NO ONE stand her way... :O

well, how about that? mystery was solved...
and, she was GOOD at it too... :O

strong gutsy head-strong, in control, and in one, she was down-right nasty :O
(not good for the big valley, for sure--would have been a
bad mom-image, oh my!)...

so--here are the two movies, that i saw that SOLVED the mystery:

okayyyyyyyyyyyy, well, back to BONANZA...

as a kid, always did think it was a CATCHY tune... i remember having to go to bed, and hearing that song play, :)

still like the tune, :)

(mainly did not like the show, though, as it somehow looked
too 'staged' ... not sure why...

lorne green had a great speaking voice, i learned later,
he was a radio announcer from cananda...

quote from wikipedia:

Greene began acting while attending Queen's University in Kingston, where he acquired a knack for broadcasting with the Radio Workshop of the university's Drama Guild on the campus radio station CFRC. He gave up on a career in chemical engineering and, upon graduation, found a job as a radio broadcaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). During World War II Green served as a Flying officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was assigned as the principal newsreader on the CBC National News. The CBC gave him the nickname "The Voice of Canada"; however, his role in delivering distressing war news in sonorous tones with his deep, resonant voice following Canada's entry into World War II in 1939 caused many listeners to call him "The Voice of Doom", particularly since he was delegated the assignment of reading the dreaded list of soldiers killed in the war. During his radio days, Greene invented a stopwatch that ran backwards;[4] this helped radio announcers gauge how much time was left, while speaking.

He narrated documentary films, such as the National Film Board of Canada's Fighting Norway (1943).

The Wolf

Trad climber
Martinez, CA
Oct 3, 2017 - 04:35pm PT
Just watched one of the "lost episodes" from 1972. An old friend of mine (Aldo Ray) guest starred and played a prison guard that along with PA was taken hostage. By 1972 Dan Blocker had died and Pernell Roberts had left the show. He guest starred in a 1964 episode also. That one had all the regular characters

The old joke about Bonanza: a 50 year old man raising three 47 year old sons.

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