Friday, September 12, 2008

Bargain Tex

While at the Salvation Army Thrift Store the other day I found a record, "Tex Ritter: An American Legend." It's a three-record set and includes such hits as "High Noon" and "Jingle, Jingle, Jingle." With commentary by Tex, it's a rich experience to listen to this music and his voice, singing and describing how various songs came to be recorded. The best part is, I only paid one dollar for this treasure.
Is this a great country or what?
Weather or Not. . .
. . . we like, we have it. Rain, rain, rain, flood, flood, flood. We've been watching the weather channel with the rest of the country, praying for Galveston.

Sunday, September 7, 2008


Caught a great episode of Gunsmoke today. It featured Festus (Ken Curtis, who was an absolute doll and a wonderful singer) but guess who the guest stars were: Denver Pyle, Dub Taylor, and George Lindsay. It was priceless! Goober (George) was a gunslinger; Dub was a bartender; and Denver was a doctor. Supposedly, Festus was bitten by a rabid dog and is mistaken for a hired gun. Brilliant! Ken had a beautiful singing voice. For proof, visit:

When we had dinner with Buck Taylor a while back, I mentioned that even though I had a crush on him when he was playing Newley, Ken Curtis was really the best-looking guy on the lot. He was not offended.

Ken was born in Lamar, Colorado, and when he died, his ashes were scattered on the high, flat, plains.