Special Sub-Topic: After Billy The Kid Came Lash LaRue
|Many myths surround the life of one of America's best-known outlaws, Billy the Kid. Three of these statements are false. Which one is true?|
He was ambidextrous. No one really knows when or where Billy the Kid was born; New York, Indiana and Missouri have all been suggested.
At www.aboutbillythekid.com, Marcelle Brothers contends that The Kid killed his first man in a fight at Fort Grant Arizona in 1877. He was aged 16. She rejects the kitten episode as a figment of someone's imagination. Ms Brothers quotes a newspaper reporter's description of Billy: "He is about five feet eight or nine inches tall, slightly built and lithe, weighing about 140; a frank, open countenance, looking like a school boy, with the traditional silky fuzz on his upper lip; clear blue eyes, with a roguish snap about them; light hair and complexion. He is, in all, quite a handsome looking fellow, the only imperfection being two prominent front teeth slightly protruding like squirrel's teeth, and he has agreeable and winning ways." Las Vegas Gazette, December 27, 1881.
Ms Brother says he was ambidextrous, though favored his right hand. The only known photograph of The Kid was a reversed image, so when he appeared to have a gun his his left hand, it was actually in his right.
|The actor Alfred LaRue became known by his stage name, Lash LaRue. For which of these was he noted in many movies?|
His skills with a bullwhip. LaRue was born near New Orleans in June 1921, and died in Burbank, California in 1996. He is interred in Forest Lawn cemetery. He began acting in 1944 and quickly showed his ability with the bullwhip, using it to bring down the baddies. He starred in numerous TV and big screen roles, and was the subject of a series of comic books.
|He became known as 'the man with no name' in various spaghetti westerns, but Clint Eastwood had a name when he starred in the TV western ""Rawhide". What was it?|
Rowdy Yates. "Rawhide" ran for 217 episodes between January 1959 and December 1965. It was Eastwood's first role in front of the cameras.
|Audie Murphy was the most decorated American soldier of WWII and went on to have a successful movie career, often in Westerns. How did he die?|
In a plane crash. Audie Leon Murphy was born on June 20, 1925 in Hunt County, Texas, and died on May 28, 1971 at Brush Mountain, Roanoke, Virginia. He saw service in the Army between 1942 and 1945 and his many decorations included the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star and Legion of Merit. He was also decorated by the French Government. After the war, James Cagney invited him to Hollywood and after a slow start, his career blossomed. His movie roles included "A Time for Dying" (1969) - in which he played Jesse James; "40 Guns to Apache Pass" (1967); "Gunfight at Comanche Creek" (1963); and "The Kid from Texas" (1950) - in which he played Billy the Kid. He was one of six people killed in a plane crash on on May 28 1971. Fittingly for a war hero, he was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
|The image of the 'cowboy' is one of a man of poor education and a limited vision for himself. Which of these was probably the only 'cowboy' to serve as President of the USA, and win a Nobel prize?|
Theodore Roosevelt. OK, 'cowboy' may be stretching it a bit, but he was a rancher in North Dakota. He also served as a deputy sheriff and hunted down three outlaws who stole his river boat.
That happened after Roosevelt had established himself on the political stage and as a historian. He became the 26th President following the assassination of William McKinley in 1901, and went on to serve a full term in his own right until 1909. He was noted his saying "Speak softly and carry a big stick" and won the Nobel Peace Prize for helping broker peace in the Russo-Japanese War. He traveled extensively after leaving the White House, and a bid to return there failed in 1913.
|Life, they say, imitates art, but what if art can imitate life? Which real-life cowboy became a big screen cowboy?|
Will Rogers. Will Rogers was born on his father's ranch in what is now Oklahoma in 1879. He worked that ranch after his father's death and even served time as a gaucho in Argentina. His first steps on a career in entertainment were taken in a circus and he went on to a vaudeville career in the USA. He made his first movie in 1918 and he went on to work steadily taking in silent movies and the talkies right up the mid 1930s. His movies included "Cupid the Cowpuncher" (1920)' "Two Wagons Both Covered" (1923); and "Judge Priest" (1934).
|At one time the western "Bonanza" was one of the highest-rated shows on US TV and its stars were among the highest paid in the medium. However, one of the stars denounced the show as "junk". Which one?|
Pernell Roberts (Adam Cartwright). Pernell Roberts (May 18, 1928 to January 24, 2010) was the last surviving of the original stars. Between 1959 and 1973, 430 episodes were made. In its heyday, the stars were earning $10,000 an episode. That was not to be enough justification for Roberts. He had been a noted Shakespearean actor and said he found the storylines "banal" and repetitive. An obituary in 'The [London] Sunday Times' noted: "Roberts dismissed Bonanza as 'junk TV'. He said in one interview: "They take a plot and write it six different ways for six different Sundays. One week it's lawyers' night, next week it's ranchers' night. You change protagonist, but it's the same old plot."
Roberts later had a hit in "Trapper John MD."
|All good cowboys, whether real or fictional had a true and trusty steed. Which of these pairs is mismatched?|
Will Rogers - Arapaho. Will Rogers' famous horse was "Comanche". The others are correctly attached, The Lone Ranger is noted for having ridden three other horses, "White Feller", "Scout" and "Paint".
Some other notable partnerships included Lash LaRue and "Rush"; Bat Masterson and "Stardust"; Bob Baker and "Apache"; The Rifleman and "Razor"; and Wild Bill Hickok and "Joker". Source: www.lowchensaustralia.com/names/cinames.htm
|"You must be an outlaw
A ramblin' man, a gamblin' man
Singin' all them outlaw songs about whiskey wine and women
Act like you could kill a man
Never know the meaning of remorse..."
Which of these outlaws is incorrectly matched from the gang he rode with?|
Billy the Kid - The Revelators. That song by Tom Paxton and Bob Gibson goes on:
"But if you're such an outlaw
Such a desperado
How come you keep falling off your horse?"
Billy the Kid rode with the the Rustlers. The others in the gang were Tom O'Folliard, Charlie Bowdre, Tom Pickett, "Dirty Dave" Rudabaugh and Billy Wilson. They were in their heyday in the years 1876 to 1880.
|Riding a horse droving "little doggies" all day long could be hard work for the cowboys. What did Charles Goodnight invent that made them eternally grateful to him?|
The chuckwagon. The historian J. Frank Dobie said of Goodnight that he "approached greatness more nearly than any other cowman of history." Born in Illinois in 1836, Goodnight's family moved to Texas in 1846. After the War Between the States, he started driving cattle north along what became known as 'The Goodnight Trail.' He invented the chuckwagon to carry food and cooking implements to keep the cowboys fed. In 2003 Goodnight's chuckwagon was named as the "official state vehicle" of Texas.
(Woody Guthrie wrote song about those droving days:
"Oh, little doggies,
It's your misfortune and not of my own.
Whoop-ee-ti-yi-o get along little doggies,
You know that Wyoming will be your new home..."
|Not all cowboys were, of course, boys. One of the most famous 'cowgirls' was Connie Douglas, who taught thousands of girls how to ride. She died as she had lived, riding a horse. What age was she when she was fatally thrown?|
101. Connie Douglas Reeves was born on September 26, 1901 at Eagle Pass, Texas and died on August 16, 2003 at Fort Worth, Texas. After a time as a high school teacher, she became part of an equestrian programme at Camp Waldemar in Hunt, Texas, in 1936. She taught about 30,000 girls how to ride.
|"The Wild Bunch", "The Hole In The Wall Gang" and "The Younger Gang" were all famous names for outlaw gangs. But which of these was a name used by a 'gang' of lawmen?|
The Three Guardsmen. The Three Guardsmen were the US Deputy Marshals Chris Madsen, Bill Tilghman and Heck Thomas. Madsen, the leader, had been born in Denmark and fought with the US Army and with Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders in the Spanish-American War. It is claimed the The Three Guardsmen captured or killed 300 outlaws.
|Cowboy movies and TV shows were full of 'strong, silent' types who fought for what was right and stood up to the bad guys. Some were 'men with no names' others were known by nicknames. Who was Lucas McCain?|
The Rifleman. Chuck Connors made his name playing "The Rifleman" on TV between 1958 and 1963.
McCain was an army veteran who set up a ranch in new Mexico Territory. However, there were always bad guys around, and McCain needed to stand up to the bullies, the cheats and the crooks. His main aid was a modified Winchester rifle that allowed him to fire rapidly.
|"Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus,
Right down Santa Claus Lane.
Vixen, Blitzen, all his reindeer
Pulling on the reins.
Bells are ringing, children singing,
All is merry and bright.
Hang your stockings and say a prayer,
'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight...."
Not the kind of song you expect to hear on the cattle trail is it? Which entertainer made his name as a singer before turning to the movies to become known as "The Singing Cowboy"?|
Gene Autry. Orvon Eugene Autry was born on September 29th 1907 in Tioga, Texas and died on October 2nd 1998 in Studio City, California. In the late 1920s his singing career began on radio in Oklahoma had a hit in 1932 with "That Silver-Haired Daddy Of Mine". Two years later, he and a singing partner made their movie debut in "In Old Santa Fe". Literally dozens of cowboy movies followed and he also turned to the small screen. He retired from show business in 1964 after 100 movies and more than 600 recordings. In retirement he developed an interest in baseball and was owner of the Los Angeles Angels .
|No quiz about cowboys would be complete without a question about an actor who was synonymous with the genre: 'The Duke'. John Wayne made many Westerns. In which did he make his debut as a lead?|
The Big Trail. Marion Robert Morrison was born on May 26th 1905 in Winterset, Iowa, and died in June 11th 1979 in
Los Angeles, California.
"The Big Trail" was made in 1930 and Wayne played a man who joined a wagon trail to find and kill the man who had murdered his friend.
It is reckoned Wayne made 200 movies in a career spanning 50 years. Many were westerns, but he also starred in many military action pictures - though ironically he managed to avoid serving in WWII. Despite his high profile, he only managed one Academy Award, for "True Grit" in 1969.
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