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post Chewing the Fat With Iron-willed “Laramie” Cowboy Star Robert Fuller

May 5th, 2016

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Chewing the Fat With Iron-willed

“Laramie” Cowboy Star

Robert Fuller  

By Jeremy Roberts  (http://www.examiner.com/pop-culture-in-national/jeremy-roberts)

While eating some scrumptious lunch inside Universal Studios’ renowned green room commissary, illustrious scene stealing character actor Dan Duryea pointedly remarked to 25-year-old protégé Robert Fuller, “I know ‘Laramie’ is your first series, and I’m gonna tell you something about money. I want you to save your money. Don’t be like all these actors and run right out and buy a new car, okay?”

Duryea’s shrewdly delivered advice was shockingly not heeded by the wet-behind-the-ears Fuller during that portending early summer of 1959, as the latter proudly drove into the Universal backlot a mere three days later sporting a brand new white Thunderbird with a blue interior.

For the past seven years, the veteran of the Korean War’s 19th Infantry Regiment had diligently taken acting classes with master thespian Richard Boone of future Have Gun—Will Travel fame, danced alongside Marilyn Monroe in the legendary “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” production number from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, racked up uncredited bit parts in first-rate films like Gary Cooper’s Friendly Persuasion, Charlton Heston’s The Ten Commandments, and Gregory Peck’s The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, stunt doubled Jerry Lewis in The Delicate Delinquent, and toiled in two dozen grueling guest star turns during the Golden Age of Television [e.g. Death Valley Days].

Serendipitously nabbing the plumb co-starring part of rugged fast-draw drifter Jess Harper on the one hour NBC Western series became Fuller’s big break and guaranteed that he didn’t have to scrounge for any monthly Thunderbird payments.

He soon crafted a comfortable groove on the small screen, toplining two further venerable series that kept him highly visible throughout the 1970s: Wagon Train and Emergency!, a trailblazing Chicago Fire precursor where Fuller gamely traded his dusty spurs for a distinguished white coat and matching stethoscope.

Over the course of a freewheeling interview debuting exclusively below in “Jeremy’s Classic Western Roundup” column, Fuller, who last appeared as a very special guest at the rip-roarin’ High Chaparral Reunion in Tucson and will next greet dedicated fans at the Memphis Film Festival between June 9 and 11, waxes nostalgic about an estimable 50-year celluloid career.

The Robert Fuller Interview, Part One

Do you have any ties to the state of Georgia?

I lived in Camilla for awhile when I was doing Laramie on NBC [1959-1963]. I helped start the Georgia Sheriffs’ Boys Ranch in Hahira and that was along with the high sheriff who was in Valdosta at that time and then Sheriff John Maples from Camilla. I lived with he and his wife for awhile. I think I did seven 4th of July parades in Atlanta as grand marshal. I love Georgia—it’s one of my favorite states.

I’m so glad Encore Westerns has brought Laramie back to television after all these years.

Oh I know. Everybody’s going crazy about that. I’ve received so much interest on my official website and Facebook. People all over the country are seeing it. I just love it that people are so thrilled to finally see something decent now on television.

To be honest Laramie had a good message and was a good, good western with good characters, direction, and camera work.

Our director of photography was Ray Rennahan who invented Technicolor and was the Technicolor consultant on Gone with the Wind, where he nabbed an Oscar. We had the best. All of our old directors—Lesley Selander, Joseph Kane—directed Gene Autry and Roy Rogers in various B-westerns of the ‘30s and ‘40s. They knew the business.

Has Encore Westerns reached out to you regarding any on-camera promotion for Laramie?

No, not at all. They advertised the series really well at least two months in advance of its premiere, so everybody was aware that it was coming on. If I was asked, of course I would for that show. I don’t see any reason for them to contact me. I granted an extensive on-camera interview when Laramie came out on DVD that was available as a special extra.

Since Laramie was out of syndication for so many years, I look forward to finally seeing it. I believe Ernest Borgnine, who won an Academy Award for Best Actor only four years earlier for Marty, was in one of the very first episodes.

Ernie was in the third episode [i.e. “Circle of Fire,” aired on Sept. 29, 1959] to be exact. That was the first time I ever met Ernie, and he became a great friend. I just loved that man. Dan Duryea was the guest star on the very first one [“Stage Stop,” Sept. 15, 1959], and then Nanette Fabray and Eddie Albert did the second one [“Glory Road,” Sept. 22, 1959].

Dan and I were very good friends. Dan did three episodes of Laramie [“Stage Stop,” “The Long Riders,” and “The Mountain Men”]. I knew him socially. When I first met Dan, it was in the wardrobe department on the debut Laramie episode.

I went there at Universal to get some wardrobe, and Dan Duryea was in there. Of course, I’d worked at Universal quite a bit, and I knew everybody in wardrobe. The wardrobe man said, “Bob, have you met Dan Duryea?” I said, “No, but I’m dying to.” So he introduced me to Dan. He asked me, “Would you like to have lunch with me?” I jumped at that chance [laughs].

I loved Dan and all of his work throughout the years in both television and major motion pictures [e.g. Winchester ’73 and Flight of the Phoenix, both co-starring James Stewart]. With probably over 200 movies under his belt, Dan tended to play the heavy.

Don’t forget he did a television series himself that was a very good series that went for awhile—China Smith [syndicated for 52 episodes between 1952 and 1955, Duryea played the titular Irish American adventurer who called a Singapore bar home].

Anyway, we went to lunch at Universal Studios in the green room. That was the first time I’d been in there—the green room was where all the big actors gathered. I hadn’t really started the series yet so I hadn’t been in there.

As we walked in, the green room had about seven waitresses that had been there for years. Dan knew every one of them by name. They all just went crazy when he walked in. I thought, ‘My God, what a gentleman. He remembers all of these waitresses by first name. This is a great man that I’m about to have lunch with.’

As we sat there, he said, “Now listen, Bob. I know this is your first series, and I’m gonna tell you something about money. I want you to save your money. Don’t be like all these actors and run right out and buy a new car, okay?” I replied, “Yes sir, sure I understand.”

When I drove on the Universal lot three days later I drove on in a brand new 1959 Thunderbird—a gorgeous two-door four seater that was white with a blue interior [laughs]. It was my first brand new car. I could afford the payments on it anyway. I’d been driving an old 1950 Ford that I’d bought when I came back from Korea with my mustering-out pay.

Dan really laughed about it. He said, “Boy you just don’t listen, do you?” “I couldn’t help it, Dan.” Dan admitted, “I know, I know—it’s a beautiful car.”

I’ve always said Dan died of a broken heart [June 7, 1968; the official cause of death was cancer]. When his wife passed away [January 21, 1967 of a heart ailment], he just became a different man. He didn’t even wanna live anymore. He was not the same Dan Duryea.

Were you still working when you began attending Western festivals?

Oh I was still working. I retired from acting in 2004 when my wife and I, actress Jennifer Savidge [of St. Elsewhere and JAG television series fame], moved to Texas and got a ranch.

I probably started doing these festivals in the middle to late 1990s. The very first one that I attended was the Hollywood Collectors Show, and then I started getting invited to some of the big ones that are all over the country.

I participated at five festivals in 2015. I just happened to get trapped into five [laughs]. Three I really enjoyed doing. Jennifer and I spend time together at our ranch, I grow hay for our horses, I like to do a lot of fishing, so that’s enough traveling and whatever.

Can folks purchase an autographed photo or take a selfie with you?

Oh of course. Absolutely. I’m more than happy to do that for the fans. I always do that. I’ve got a huge Fandom fan club with over 500 people in it. Every one of these festivals I do have people from all over the world who come to it. One female Japanese fan, Atsuko Yamaguchi, comes to each one all the way from Japan.

Who prompted you to attend your debut High Chaparral Reunion in Tucson, Arizona?

When Don Collier and event organizer Penny McQueen asked me if I would come to the High Chapparal Reunion I was more than happy because Don is an old friend anyway. I’ve worked with him on television [i.e. “The Silver Lady,” the penultimate episode of Wagon Train broadcast on April 25, 1965], and also he did a Western movie with me called Incident at Phantom Hill [1966, costarring Dan Duryea].

Roberta Shore, who did Laramie [“The Replacement,” broadcast on March 27, 1962] and later co-starred for three seasons on The Virginian, attended the festival, too. I know Rudy Ramos, the half-breed Pawnee boy during The High Chaparral’s abbreviated final season. I was very, very close to Bobby Hoy, who played the mischievous, black-mustachioed ranch hand and was a fine stuntman to boot.

I thought, ‘Sure, I’d love to do it.’ The High Chaparral Reunion, held every March, is a great festival with a fantastic guest lineup—it really is. It’s been around since 2003, and the public likes it. It’s very smart of Don and Penny to pump it up a little bit and bring some more guests in that weren’t necessarily part of The High Chaparral. People wanna come meet the screen cowboys anyway.

The High Chaparral Reunion also has Charlie LeSueur. He’s Arizona’s Official Western Film Historian, and he’s been on several of these festivals that I’ve been on. He runs all of the Q&A’s for all of the actors. He is amazing because he knows more about me than I know about myself—and every other Western actor on the panel. He asks questions and brings things up that we will never, ever remember. The man is incredible. We usually pack anywhere from 50 to 100 people in the audience for these Q&A’s, and they love that. The festivals are always a lot of fun.

I don’t know if you know Boyd Magers, but he is a dear friend who I’ve known for years. And Ray Nielsen, too. They’re in charge of the Memphis Film Festival: A Gathering of Guns—A TV Western Reunion held annually each June. I did seven of the last MFF’s in a row. I will be there again in 2016. They have been great.   [Author’s Note: Magers officially retired as co-organizer of the Memphis Film Festival after the 2015 edition]

Boyd was involved with The High Chaparral Reunion’s 2016 event. I think he was invited because of his Western Clippings magazine. On top of that he’s a fine researcher, author, publisher, and interviewer.

During The High Chaparral’s original run [1967—1971], you weren’t involved with a television series and were instead focused on your film career. Were you ever offered a guest role on Chaparral?

No. In fact I did a movie called What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? [1969] in Tucson while they were shooting The High Chaparral. I wasn’t that far away from the guys. We’d all get together at the local watering hole and shoot the breeze over drinks.

If I wasn’t working, I’d go over to the set and visit them, or they’d come over where I was working with big time producer-director Robert Aldrich [e.g. The Dirty Dozen], who had his own film production studio.

Was Robert Aldrich dictatorial, or did he seek your input on certain scenes?

If Bob liked the rehearsal, he wouldn’t mess with you at all. If he had some suggestions, he would make suggestions. Good directors are like that.

I don’t like working for directors that the second you’re in a rehearsal they start telling you what to do—“Don’t do this, do that, do that”—without at least giving you a chance to show what you’ve brought to the plate. Then it’s much easier to move that plate around. Bob Aldrich let people go and so did my old Western directors. They were fabulous like that.

At any point in your career did you consider directing or producing?

I would have loved to have been a director. I had an opportunity to direct on Emergency! Jack Webb [best known as the no-nonsense Los Angeles police detective Joe Fridayon the classic Dragnet TV series, Webb co-created and co-produced Emergency! from 1972-1977 in addition to six TV movies wrapping up the series broadcast through 1979] gave it to me in my contract to direct if I wanted to.

To tell you the truth, when I did Laramie [1959—1963] and Wagon Train [1963—1965], I worked 11 months out of the year. We did 32 episodes, and it took 11 months to get that all done.

When I started on Emergency!, we were only doing 22 episodes, and we would finish in seven months. I would have five months free, and the second I got that I was off on a fishing trip to my place at Lake Okeechobee, Florida. I loved to fish that lake.

I just never had the urge to say, “Well, I’m gonna stick around and direct one of these episodes.” You were given two weeks for the prep, and then a week devoted to filming the episode. I’m kinda sorry that I didn’t, but at the same time it was just so great to be able to have that time off, go fish, and relax.

When you were busy for 11 months of the year filming Laramie and Wagon Train, how many hours per day were you on the set?

For instance, on Laramie we shot that show in five days. That was an hour show. Today when you shoot an hour show they have 8 to 9 days. We shot Laramiein five days. I had a 7:30 call in the morning and could easily work until 9 or 10 at night. Generally, we got off around 7 or 7:30 at night, so on the average I worked a 12-hour day. But if we got a little behind, it got later.

My wife Jennifer played the blonde judge commander Amy Helfman on the last six seasons of JAG [in a total of 21 episodes aired on CBS between 2000 and 2005]. Of course a woman gets a much earlier call because of hair, makeup, and all of that kind of stuff. She would have to be at the studio at least by 6 if not5:30 in the morning. I would not see her until 11 or12:00 that night.

Those were the hours that she worked on that show. It was unbelievable. It was a whole different ballgame. A lot of those JAG actors probably didn’t know their lines good enough or thought they were too big of a star to come out of their dressing room right away. That costs a lot of time. Jennifer worked hard.

Has there been any offer since you retired in 2004 that you’ve seriously considered?

I would not consider anything. I’ve had three Western offers, and none of them could match what I wanna do.

I would only do a commercial if I believed in the product. I was the national spokesman for Teledyne Water Pik for six years, the national spokesman for Budweiser Malt Liquor, and the national spokesman for Little Friskies cat food.

I’ve done good stuff, and I have no reason to work anymore. I’m very well off as far as I’m concerned. Truthfully, the only thing that would get me back to work is if there was an incredible Western script starring Robert Duvall with a great part. I’d walk to Hollywood to do it with him.

Did you have an opportunity to work with Robert Duvall?

No, I never did. I knew Bob. We did Hollywood Squares together a couple of times. I was a semi regular on that game show for years [1974—1980] which always had a lot of great guest stars who would come on that. That’s when I first met Bob. Nice, nice man and a great actor. Boy, can he play a Western. He’s a gentleman, very well respected, and well liked in the business.

Ready more interviews at “Jeremy’s Classic Western Roundup” column http://www.examiner.com/topic/jeremys-classic-western-roundup.
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post Reunion Day 1: Thursday

May 5th, 2016

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Reunion Day 1: Thursday

by Ginny Shook

The first day of The High Chaparral Reunion is what might be called a “soft opening.”  The celebrities are still arriving, vendors are setting up their wares, and adjustments are being made to chairs and tables. But that doesn’t stop a large amount of fans from lining up at 8:00AM, ready to get their special packets filled with a name tag, the all-important reunion program, and some precious gifts from the generous sponsors.  Even though they won’t be admitted to the celebrity room for an hour they stand in the threshold, daring to put a toe across as they search for a sight of their favorite star. But as the hall fills with fans there are shouts of joy and squeals of recognition as old friends from past reunions spot each other. Fans who are attending for the first time are soon made to feel part of the family. No one is ever left out at The High Chaparral Reunion.

Then the doors are officially open and everyone rushes in. Some make a bee-line to that special celebrity. Others run to the silent auction tables, filled to the brim with memorabilia, signed photos, episode scripts, canvas prints, and other hearts’ desires.

It’s a little different this year – there are celebrities from other great TV shows and movies besides The High Chaparral. Robert Fuller, star of Laramie, Wagon Train, and too many movies to mention, has a long line in front of his table within minutes. Shyer fans hang back, admiring how handsome he is. Those blue eyes!

A couple daring men approach Barbara Luna (most popular for her guest starring roles on Star Trek) and are immediately charmed by her sweetness and beauty. They become her willing helpers to complete the set-up of her photo table and it seems like they have been friends forever.

The Virginian is being celebrated with the appearance of Roberta Shore.  She is warm and friendly, just as imagined. How do these women manage to stay so beautiful?

The foreman of the High Chaparral, played by veteran Don Collier, slouches back comfortably in his chair while more girls than are necessary try to set up his photos just so. He never forgets a face, and has warm hugs for all his old fan friends and new fans who can’t believe Sam Butler is right in front of them.

Oops, Darby Hinton of Daniel Boone sends word he has missed his flight. But when he does arrive, he finds his seat next to Don and there is soon a crowd around them that look like they will never leave.

There’s Rudy Ramos, who played Wind on The High Chaparral. He is not the boy he was back in 1970 and so much more handsome. Fans ask if he will be doing his one man show, “Geronimo” during the weekend.

Boyd Magers, publisher of Western Clippings, makes Don put on a blindfold and play “Pin the Tail on the Gunfighter.” Which happens to be a blown up drawing of Don himself.  Then everyone wants to try.

Charlie LeSueur, Arizona’s Official Western Film Historian, picks up a microphone and goes around the room, asking the celebrities a question or two, helping everyone to feel at home.

Dr Buck Montgomery is helping vendors setup and organize.  Fans can’t wait to collect a hug from actor and stuntman Jeff McCarroll, meet Wyatt McCrea – the room is busy and full of excitement.

And on it goes….so much to see and do, so many people to talk to. Later there will be a Q&A with Don Collier, Robert Fuller and Barbara Luna. Boyd Magers asks just the right questions. There will be many more of these panels throughout the weekend.

It doesn’t seem possible that it’s already time for dinner. A bus takes the fans to the White Stallion ranch for a down-home steak dinner. The scenery on the way is unsurpassed – majestic saguaro cactus, craggy mountains, and even an occasional horse.

Who can go to bed after such a day? Fans catch their breath around the pool at the Casino Del Sol that looks so magical when it is lit against the dark sky, basking in the still-warm temperature of the desert. After just one day, friends have been made for life. It’s hard to imagine that there are three more days to follow. The excitement is almost too much to take. But tomorrow is going to be even better.

See more Reunion photos at http://thehighchaparralreunion.com/ALBUM/2016%20High%20Chaparral%20Reunion/album/index.html

post High Chaparral Make-Up Men Keep Actors Cool & Hot

May 5th, 2016

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High Chaparral Make-Up Men Keep Actors Cool & Hot

Vintage Article, 1969

Makeup men Beau Wilson and Claude Thompson, on the High Chaparral set, have the problem of making the actors look dirty and hot, while trying to keep them as cool and comfortable as they can.

Shooting is going on now at the Old Tucson set in 100 degree-plus weather, and the perspiration appears when it isn’t wanted, and sometimes isn’t there when the scene calls for it.

Wilson has been with the show since it started, and has recently been joined by colleague Claude Thompson, formerly with NBC-TV.

Both are on constant call while shooting is going on to repair makeup, supply needed dust for a cowboy hat, or spray on some instant perspiration.

The make-up man’s day, along with the rest of the crew and cast, begins at 6 a.m., and ends around 7 o’clock at night.

As the show characters are rugged outdoorsmen, the make-up used is a tan grease-based pan stick with a rose shade being used for highlights. Dust is Fuller’s earth, burnt umber, or what the makeup man calls “Texas dirt,” a combination of ingredients.

The make-up supplies, carried in what is termed a “condensed kit” in the trade, carries over 500 items, and Williams says, “When we need something we don’t have, we improvise.”

Artificial perspiration is usually a combination of glycerin and water, but working in the sun causes the glycerin to ‘build up” so either plain water, applied frequently, or a combination of Seabreeze lotion and water is used.

Why artificial perspiration in the hot Arizona summer?

When the close-up camera needs perspiration, you can’t always depend on nature.

A call from the director caused Wilson to spring up from the tiny shade where we had been talking and sipping ice water.

An actor’s high yell was followed quickly by the make-up ma’s reappearance.

“I dumped my ice water on him.” He grinned. “That ought to cool him off for a few minutes.”

Bea Wilson (left) has his work cut out for hm on the set of High Chaparral. His constant attendance is necessary to renew make-up as the series is shot in Arizona’s summer heat. Clowning wit him between takes are Cameron Mitchell (Uncle Buck) and Henry Darrow (Manolito).

post Flashback Moon Landing

May 5th, 2016

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Flashback: From the Tucson Daily Citizen coverage of Neil Armstrong’s first footprints on the moon, Jul 21, 1969:
At the Statler-Hilton Inn, most of the cast of television’s “High Chaparral” watched from the bar. Drawled a cowboy: “This makes our show look like peanuts.”

post Stars on KGUN, The Morning Blend

May 5th, 2016

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Stars on KGUN, The Morning Blend

Tucson KGUN’s The Morning Blend.   http://www.kgun9.com/the-morning-blend .   About 50 years ago, TV shows like The High Chaparral dominated American culture. Robert Fuller, BarBara Luna and Don Collier are a few of the iconic western film stars of that time, starring in Western hits like Laramie and The High Chaparral, a show filmed at Old Tucson Studios.

“Old Tucson was great in those days,” said Collier who played Sam Butler on The High Chaparral. “That was before it burned down. Kansas Street was a wonderful street in fact the old Chaparral Ranch house is still there, it didn’t burn.”

“I made a movie called ‘Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice?’ shot here in Tucson and at night, I’d go hang out with the High Chaparral guys at the watering hole,” said Fuller who played Jess Harper on Laramie.

They say sadly, the Western genre has all but disappeared.  “They’ve lost interest in it or maybe there’s not enough money in it,” said Fuller.

“Well you know the film has changed, there’s so much CGI work, it’s all Sci-Fi,” said Luna.
They say fans travel from all over the world to The High Chaparral Reunion for a bit of nostalgia and a trip back to the Wild Wild West.

“They’ll have some laughs and they’ll have a lot of fun,” said Fuller. “They’ll get to meet people that they’ve seen on television many, many times and get to talk to them.”

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post Which High Chaparral Character Are You?

May 5th, 2016

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post Penny For Your Thoughts

May 5th, 2016

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A Penny For Your Thoughts

By Penny McQueen

Reunion 2017 Dates Set

March 17-19, 2017 – Celebrating 50 years of High Chaparral!

Chaparral 2016 was our BIGGEST YEAR EVER with more stars, more events, and more fans attending than you can imagine – even if you can imagine a lot.

This year marked a lot of firsts – first time to welcome new stars from other favorite TV shows and movies.   First time for a Vendor Area (boy do we love to shop!).  First time we ran out of name tags because so many fans signed up at the door for a day pass.  First time we hit 400 attending.

There were other firsts we experimented with, some worked great and will be kept, others are under evaluation or are already marked off.  I have a long list of things I want to change and improve because I want every year to be better, unique and full of special memories.2017 marks the anniversary of our favorite TV show so there will be a BIG CELEBRATION of the 50th Anniversary of The High Chaparral.  I’m talking with our HC stars about how they want to commemorate this special time with you – and they have some great ideas.  I’m interested in your ideas too so send them along.

2017 will be EVEN BIGGER with MORE stars from your favorite TV shows and movies,  NEW events,  MORE VENDORS, NEW schedule and NEW rates.

It all happens in Tucson in 2017. Mark off March 17-19 on your calendar because the Cannon ranch in Tucson is the place to be.  See you on The High Chaparral!

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February 18th, 2016

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Buffalo Soldiers Book

FIGHTING FOR UNCLE SAM: BUFFALO SOLDIERS IN THE FRONTIER ARMY

From the American Revolution to the present day, African Americana repeatedly have stepped forward in their nation’s defense.   Although the story of black participation in the U.S. armed forces has been told elsewhere, Fighting for Uncle Sam breathes new vitality into the subject with an emphasis on the role African American soldiers played in opening the Trans-Mississippi West.  This comprehensive, expertly researched study reveals that the course for blacks serving in the U.S. Army on the frontier was not smooth, straight, or unobstructed.  Indeed, blacks in uniform continually fought on two fronts—against enemies who faced them with bullets and arrows, and a less tangible yet very real foe—discrimination.

Fighting for Uncle Sam reveals a cast of characters as big as the land where they served including Henry O. Flipper, Chaplain Allen Allensworth, Charles Young, Fredric Remington, Benjamin Grierson, and a host of equally interesting, but all too often unknown or forgotten blacks in Army blue, while at the same time weaves sound military history into the broader context of social history while hundreds of images painstakingly gathered for more than four decades from public and private collections enhance the written word as windows to the past.  The reader literally can peer into the eyes of formerly enslaved men who bravely bought their freedom on the bloody battlefields of the Civil War, then trekked westward to earn honor as “buffalo soldiers,” carried the Stars and Stripes to the Caribbean and Pacific as the United States expanded its influence beyond its shores, and pursued Pancho Villa into Mexico with John “Black Jack” Pershing.  These visual links to a bygone era combined with a compelling narrative are meant to inspire, enlighten, entertain, and acknowledge the contributions of black warriors in the complex history of the American West.

About the Author
As a teenager in the 1960s John P. Langellier participated in High Chaparral Days. He subsequently left his hometown of Tucson to pursue his BA and MA in History from the University of San Diego, and his PhD. from Kansas State University in Military History.  He is the author of scores of articles (many for True West magazine) as well as dozens books including his most recent title–Fighting for Uncle Sam: Buffalo Soldiers in the Frontier Army, which will be available at the High Chaparral Reunion. Dr. Langellier has served as a consultant to film and television such as Geronimo: An American Legend, Posse, and for the PBS production For Love of Liberty, hosted by Halle Barry.

Additionally, he co-produced two episodes of A&E’s Time Machine series, “The Buffalo Soldiers” and “The Buffalo Soldiers: The Legend Continues”.  He is an honorary member of the 9th and 10th U.S. Horse Cavalry Association, and a Smithsonian Institution fellow.  Moreover, in 1992, he was named as the Montana Historical Society’s James Bradley Fellow to conduct research on African American soldiers in Big Sky Country.

  Photo by Bob Boze Bell

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February 18th, 2016

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post Like Nothing Else

February 18th, 2016

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Like Nothing Else

Are you coming to the Reunion? Do you want to come but don’t have the funds?

I understand that…that was me when the Reunion began back in 2003. And I decided to be frugal and not go that first year. I’m still kicking myself. Even telling myself that it was the smart thing to do, even seeing that I’d really have to scramble to make ends meet…it didn’t stop me in the years to come. The first three Reunions were held in LA so I could drive to them. But driving in LA traffic terrified me to the point where I was sure I was going to have a heart-attack. No exaggeration. Those who are afraid to fly know what I’m talking about. But I white-knuckled it. Hated every minute of the trip but the reward more than made up for it.

The Reunion is like nothing else you’ve every attended. If you are a High Chaparral fan you will not mind for one second the money it costs to attend. Many fans have said that it changes their life. Honestly. When its over and you are back home, it can be months before real life sets in again – if it ever does. I can’t really describe it, but I know its a feeling that’s shared, based on other attendees descriptions.

So I just want to say, if you can scrape up enough to come, do it. Have this life-changing experience. The money will work out in the end. It just does, somehow (now you know why I am not a financial planner in real life smile emoticon ).

The whole Reunion works this way. It is not a money-making venture. We squeak by somehow. Because we want YOU to have this experience.

Hope to see you there.

Ginny

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