post Rudy Ramos – Kickstarter Thank You!

October 13th, 2013

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Never give up!! Don’t ever give up!!
My friends, WE DID IT!!!!! I just got an email from Kickstarter that we are officially FULLY FUNDED! How does that make you feel? I hope you have the same welling up of “tears of joy”, the same overwhelming feeling of emotion that I am experiencing right now. It is because of you my friends and your efforts that that we accomplished this goal. We did not stagger across the finish line in fact we had an amazing finish and it is because of you.I am truly humbled by the show of support and love that everyone of you has shown me. Everyone played a part in this and I do mean everyone. $1 to $1,000 every donation was important and it showed in the final tally. We made it by $62. Yesterday was such an amazing day I’m sure there would have been more $$$ coming in but we reached our goal around 6 P.M. Eastern time and I am sure everyone was exhausted and emotionally spent by then. It will take 2 weeks or more for the funds to be received and then we will start the process of sending out the rewards and hope to have them all distributed sooner rather than later. In the meantime thee will be updates here until this account is closed and then you can follow the progress of “Geronimo, Life on the Reservation” at

Again my sincere thanks to ALL and remember NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER LET ANYONE STEAL YOUR DREAMS!

Rudy Ramos

post Mark Slade of High Chaparral

October 13th, 2013

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Vintage article from June, 1968

Mark Slade, the maverick kid in “The High Chaparral,” describes himself as theoldest teen-ager on television in the role of Billy Blue Cannon.

Slade, in reality, is somewhere between 20 and 30.  Just how close to 30 he won’t say.

Slade is not himself anyhow.  He’s a newlywed.

Four months ago he married publicist Melinda Riccilli who has left her job to accompany her husband to the location site of the NBC-TV horse opera near Tucson, Ariz. They will spend six weeks in the cactus country where more than half of the series is filmed.

The Slades have made their permanent home in the San Fernando Valley. It’s a studio apartment where they plan to stay for at least 18 months.  Thereafter they will seek a house.

Unlike many a newlywed couple, Mark and Melinda are not buying furniture slowly. Nor did they inherit any heirlooms from their families.
“We walked into a furniture store,” Slade explains, “and 10 minutes later we had it all,”

Their instant decorating job including bedroom set, living room furniture, television, the works. Slade adds, “I just walked around and pointed out what we wanted.”

Though he plans a petulant character on the series, Slade is a humorous man off-screen, who pokes fun at himself as well as the show and anyone else who happens to be around.

Slade is an accomplished cartoonist and spends hours sketching charicatures of other members of the cast. His work has been published and at one time he was a professional cmic strip artist. He was synsdicated with “Sea Breeze” in newspapers in the east. The strip recorded the adventures of an intellectual seagull.

A man of many parts, Slade is an excellent ventriloquist.

Acting, being the in-and-out profession that it is, has reminded Mark to keep his drawing and ventriloquism up to date.

Most mornings the actor reports to the studio at 6 a.m. and works until 7 in the evening. On location he works six days a week chasing the sunshine.

In his words, “Melinda and I don’t dig the Hollywood scene,” which excludes them from fancy parties and the social swim. They prefer to do their swimming at the beach.

Slade’s cowboy duds on the show are standard raiment for an oater. In private life he say, “My personal wardrobe is horrible. I still wear Ivy League stuff I bought back east when I lived there.”

Both Mark and Melinda sport cars “with dents in them.” But with the increasing popularity of the series, they may be driving dentless luxury sedans in the near future.

post Honoring High Chaparral

October 13th, 2013

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Honoring High Chaparral

Fans are flocking together to honor the actors, characters, directors, composers, stuntmen, and other talented artists whose work we’ve enjoyed so much over the years.

The High Chaparral Reunion is matching up to a total of $50 for a pledge in honor of someone connected to The High Chaparral.  Each honoree will be listed in the Geronimo, Life on the Reservation program at The High Chaparral Reunion.

To make your honor pledge be sure to leave a comment on Kickstarter stating who you are honoring.  You can pledge any amount, large or small.

Make your pledge to support Geronimo, and honor the show and artist you love. Geronimo, Life on the Reservation Kickstarter Campaign.  

post Sounds of Chaparral/Geronimo

October 13th, 2013

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“Don Collier, who I’ve admired since our days of working together on The High Chaparral, recently contacted me to offer his support of this campaign, and to share his belief in the success of Geronimo, Life on the Reservation. Don was in the audience when  I performed the reading of Scene One of the play for the Memphis Film Festival in June and has supported it ever since. We have a genuine love for each other, and his endorsement means the world to me. To help with the final push over the last week of the Kickstarter Campaign, Don is providing a very special reward of a CD of High Chaparral-themed short stories and poems, written by fans, and recorded by Don. Its really a special item that fans of Don, and The High Chaparral, will enjoy for just a $25 pledge.   

Rudy Ramos”


post Leif Erickson

October 13th, 2013

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Leif Erickson

Vintage article
The name of Leif Erickson is immediately identifiable to millions of film and television viewers, most of whom would be unaware that he is equally noted and respected as an actor in the theater.

His film credits, ranging from “Conquest” with Greta Garbo to “The Fleet’s In” with Betty Button, to most recently, “By The Twilight’s Last Gleaming,” are a catalog of outstanding performances.

So, too, his listings in television guides, including five full years as the star of “High Chaparral.”

For Erickson, though the memorable moments have been principally on stage. His most recent theatrical performance, Robert Anderson’s “I Never Sang For My Father” was, in fact, counted as his favorite characterization before “John Brown’s Body.” Erickson began his stage career in Max Reinhardt’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” He had been a vocalist with Ted Fio-Rita’s orchestra for a year before becoming an actor. After a series of film roles for Paramount, Erickson went to New York to play featured roles on B roadway in “Rocket To The Moon,” “Higher and Higher” and “Margin For Error.” Before going on duty with the Navy in 1942, Erickson had returned to Hollywood to make “H.M. Pulham, Esq.” and “Nothing But The Truth” among other films.

After the war, during which he had served with distinction in the Pacific, there were more films, notably “Joan of Arc” with Ingrid Bergman, “snake Pit” with Olivia de Haviland, “Sorry Wrong Number” with Barbara Stanwyck, “On The Waterfront” and many others. In 1953 he was in New York costarring with Deborah Kerr in “Tea and Sympathy.” After two years on Broadway, Erickson returned to Hollywood, this time appearing in television’s major dramatic shows, among them “Playhouse 90” and “Climax,” as well as in several major films. “the stage beckoned again, this tim with the coveted role of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the national company of “Sunrise at Campbello,” Later he was to costar with  Helen Hayes in “The Miracle Worker,” “Skin Of Our Teeth” and “The Glass Menagerie” which they played in repertory throughout Europe and south American for a year on a U.S. State Department cultural exchange tour.

Meanwhile, there was “High Chaparral” which for five years ranked among television’s most admired series. Erickson still finds time for his hobbies – photography, reading, music, cooking, politics, sailing his 44-foot motor cruiser and flying his own plane. 

post New Zealand, Australia DVDs

October 13th, 2013

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“HIGH CHAPARRAL” DVD SETS have been released in New Zealand and Australia.  Seasons One, Two and Three are available (in New Zealand Season Three will be released October 10, 2013) and all are in Dolby Digital Stereo, have an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and are in English.


Through Mighty Ape, these DVD sets are priced at $59.99 and are Region 4.  Season 1 has eight discs; Season 2 has seven discs and Season 3 will also be seven discs.


The only differences with this set are the price and the artwork.  Seasons one and two each cost $46.98, and the third season goes for $56.98.

Remember, you can still order the DVDs at  This release from ART-S Netherlands is region-free PAL format.  The quality is excellent and the episodes are complete..

Season Three of

The High Chaparral on DVD

Season Three of The High Chaparral on DVD is out NOW!  Order through The High Chaparral Reunion.

Seasons One and Two are still available.

DVDs are uncut, digitally remastered with dolby sound.  These authorized releases are region-free disk format.  Each season is $65.

For more information visit The High Chaparral Reunion website.

post Sam Butler Appearances

October 13th, 2013

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As Ranch foreman Sam Butler High Chaparral’s Don Collier kept mighty busy and these days he’s still moving fast with a full calendar and busy schedule.

Don spent a day with the cowboys at Red Rock Wild West Townin Mitchell, Indiana on 9/21.  Red Rock is a recreation of a small Western town from the 1800’s.  Created by veteran performer Terry McKnight, it’s dedicated to showing people the fun of the West with a gun and a rope.

The actors at Red Rock keep visitors busy with lots of shootouts, bank robberies, jail breaks, and showdowns, and quick getaways on horseback.
A highlight of Red Rock is the incredibly detailed and beautiful recreation of an 1800 stagecoach, hand crafted by McKnight.  Each stagecoach takes him over a  year to build and is authentic as well as a beauty.  McKnight can drive it with a ‘six-up’ – six horses, a skill that impressed Don.  “I knew a lot of Hollywood stuntmen who couldn’t handle a six-up, only a few good ones could handle that many reins.”

On Saturday, 9/29 Don Collier and Penny McQueen (Editor of the Newsletter and head of A Penny For Your Thoughts Productions) appeared at the Mitchell, IN Persimmon Festival Parade.  Don was right at home riding shotgun on the stagecoach, built and driven by Terry McKnight, while Penny rode alongside on ‘Baby’, a filly provided by Rocky Rice.

Next up for Don is theGlendale, AZ Wild Western Festival, October 25-27.  If you’re anywhere close to the Phoenix, AZ area this is your chance to meet Don Collier (and Penny McQueen). High Chaparral alum Neil Summers will be there, and he’s a treat for fans with backstage stories and an incredible collection of Western TV and movie photos.   You’ll also meet Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, Xena Warrior Princess), Dan Haggerty (Grizzly Adams), Mike Moroff( Scarface, RoboCop), plus a long list of entertainers.

Be sure to stop by the celebrity area at the  Glendale AZ Wild Western Festival, Penny will have a free 5X7 High Chaparral cast photo to give you! 

SAVE on – there is a 50% off coupon running right now for the Wild Western Festival! 
(The gorgeous photos in this article are by Phil Whitlow, retired photographer from the Herald-Times. Thanks Phil!),

post Rudy Ramos – Kickstart Geronimo, 6 Days Left!

October 13th, 2013

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Rudy Ramos, High Chaparral’s Wind, has only SIX DAYS LEFT to fully fund the Kickstarter campaign forGeronimo, Life on the Reservation. This project about a great Native American warrior has touched the hearts of many – especially the High Chaparral family.

Go read the comments, and then support Rudy.

Here’s an update on the campaign that will touch the heart of every HC fan.

“Hello my friends, my companions on this exciting journey. We are a little past half way to our goal amount and have 14 very important days to achieve this goal. I have been touched by the kindness and generosity of those that have donated, sent massages and emails to me, and shared and passed along the Kickstarter site to others. My hope is that the lull, which I heard may come from a friend much wiser than me, has passed. Now at the risk of overstepping I am asking once again to continue to pass the word and information along to others you think may $upport a project like Geronimo. Remember if the goal is not reached by October 8th all money donated is returned electronically to the donor and we get nothing. Keep up the excitement you have shared with me. Keep up the good work you have done for me and bless each and everyone of you for your passion for this project. I am sharing this video with all of you that care to watch. It is one of my favorite scenes from an episode of “The High Chaparral”. I had the good fortune of being a regular cast member in the 4th season playing the half breed Indian “Wind”. The scene is with Cameron Mitchell and Henry Darrow. Cameron was a very special friend and my on set mentor from those days. This is in honor of that friend and those days. I hope you enjoy.

Thanks to all and Peace,

Rudy Ramos.