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The Nooseletter
Vol. 3 - No.12 December, 2021 Nooseletter Home SUBMIT AN ARTICLE
 
Merry Christmas everybody. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know I am still stuffed.

We have some very interesting articles this month. I found a writeup about the 2019 Silver Spur Award Show. As well as wonderful articles about Don Knotts and Charles Starrett. In addition, because the Reel Cowboys are an extremely patriotic bunch, our featured video this month is the Jonny Cash song, The Ragged Old Flag.

I love my country, as do all the the Reel Cowboys. I am just not thrilled with our current governement.

Lastly, we have many interesting events on the calendar this month.

The Reel Cowboys wish you very merry Christmas season.
~Charles P. Scott
FEATURED ARTICLE
Reel Cowboys Silver Spur: How the West was Fun
~Jaylyn
It takes a LOT to get us to the city. But here we were, twice in one month, which has to break our record. And what would draw us from the vast expanses of the Mojave to a bustling concrete jungle? A trip down memory lane and the chance to rub elbows with many of our favorite Western stars we grew up with.

The Reel Cowboys honors those who resonate the qualities of the Silver Spur to deserving individuals and organizations. Reel Cowboys works to preserve Hollywood’s history by honoring Western film and television stars.
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CHRONICLE OF THE OLD WEST
Doc Kills Gordon
~Dakota Livesay
This week's story is about the first killing by one of the Old West's most famous gunmen. And the conclusion of our story may surprise you. Doc Holliday came out west so the warm dry weather could help with his tuberculosis. But, he enjoyed gambling and drinking, and what better place to do it than at night in a smoke filled saloon. So, Holliday bought a share in a saloon in Las Vegas, New Mexico. His partner was...
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UPCOMING EVENTS
  All of December
Christmas Town in Bakersfield
  All of December
Enchanted Forest of Light
Descanso Gardens
  All of December
Griffith Park Holiday Train Ride
  All of December
Thoroughbred Street Christmas Lights
  All of December
Polar Express Train Ride
  December 1 - December 24
Christmas on the Farm
  December 3 - December 31
Holidays at Universal City Walk
  December 4
Reel Cowboys Meeting
  December 4
Autry Museum - The Silent Treatment
  December 11
Channel Islands Harbor
Parade of Lights
  December 18
Reel Cowboys Meeting
The Real Barney Fife
~MovieGuide Staff
In actress Karen Knotts’ new book, “Tied Up in Knotts: My Dad and Me,” the comedian reflects on what it was like growing up with her father and Hollywood legend, Don Knotts.

Don, who was best known for his role as Deputy Barney on the classic TV series, THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW, died in 2006 at the age of 81.

“People have always told me I should write a book about dad. But I was really busy pursuing my acting career and comedy. So I had no interest in it. But as the years went on, several of my father’s friends started to pass,” Karen told Fox News.

“I started to realize that I should take the time to write this book and reach out to those who knew him that were still around, those I’ve never even known about,” she continued. “I went to his hometown and put the word out on the radio that I was looking for stories from people who grew up with my father. I got a good little crowd...
Reel Cowboy: Charles Starrett
~Gary Eugene Brown
Born into a life of privilege, he was able to attend exclusive prep schools. Being the grandson of a wealthy industrialist, he didn’t want for anything. He obtained a degree in Philosophy from an Ivy League college. His prowess on the football field, led to a small movie part, thus beginning his journey to Hollywood. After a few years starring in low budget, Hollywood melodramas, he was offered the opportunity to become a major studio’s number one cowboy star. He remained with them for an unbelievable seventeen years. A particular screen role later on called for him to play a cowboy hero who wore a mask so as not to hinder his pursuit of justice in the old West. At the conclusion of the Saturday matinee, the triumphant knight on horseback would ride off into the sunset. As he rode out of sight, the townsfolk’s would utter, sometimes in unison – “Who was that masked man?” The Lone Ranger – No! He was and is the...
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Kill Every Buffalo You Can
~J. Weston Phippen
The American bison is the new U.S. national mammal, but its slaughter was once seen as a way to starve Native Americans into submission.

It was near the end of September, an unusually warm week in 1871, and William “Buffalo Bill” Cody and a group of wealthy New Yorkers stood atop a grassy hill near the Platte River in Nebraska, where, two miles off, they spotted six huge brown beasts.

Cody was a legend of the frontier era, part myth conjured in dime...
True Story of Buffalo Bill
~Ijeoma Olou
Buffalo Bill is onstage engaged in fierce battle. He and his scouts are fighting a ferocious group of Cheyenne warriors. The audience holds its breath as the terrifying Cheyenne appear to be gaining the upper hand. But just when it seems all hope is lost, Buffalo Bill—dressed in an elegant black velvet, lace-trimmed, Mexican vaquero suit—takes aim at the Cheyenne war chief Yellow Hand and fires. Their chief shot dead, the Cheyenne are defeated. Buffalo Bill walks over to Yellow Hand’s lifeless body, takes out his knife, and removes Yellow...
9 Things About Billy the Kid
~Evan Andrews
Little is known about Billy the Kid’s early days, but he was most likely born Henry McCarty in the Irish slums of New York City sometime in late 1859. Raised by a single mother, he moved to Wichita, Kansas, as a boy before later migrating west to New Mexico in the early 1870s. Henry quickly adapted to life in the rugged territory and became fluent in Spanish, but his sickly mother died of tuberculosis in 1874, leaving him an orphan at the age of just 14. Left in the care of an absentee stepfather, the future gunslinger spent the next year...
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Ragged Old Flag
   
POETRY CORNER
Boomer Johnson
~Henry Herbert Knibbs
Now Mr. Boomer Johnson was a getting’ old in spots, But you don’t expect a bad man to go wrastlin’ pans and pots;
But he’d done his share of killin’ and his draw was getting’ slow, So he quits a-punchin’ cattle and he takes to punchin’ dough.


Our foreman up and hires him, figurin’ age had rode him tame, But a snake don’t get no sweeter...
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