Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Stuffy Side-Kick

Remember Roy Rogers and Trigger? Roy Rogers was squeaky clean – not like the cigarillo chewing Clint Eastwood. I read or heard that when Trigger died Roy had hilm stuffed and he became a permanent fixture at the ranch – that is Trigger, not Roy.

Speaking of Roy, he always had a male friend, or sidekick*, nearby. I think most of the male cowboy squeaky clean hero stars did. Roy had Gabby (George) Hayes; Gene Autry had Smiley Burnette; the Cisco Kid had Poncho; Lash LaRue had Fuzzy Saint John…. and….and … oh! another time later, Roy replaced Gabby with some nut who drove a jeep named Pat. I wonder if Gabby was stuffed also?

Which brings up this day in history: George Gabby Hayes died this date at age 83 in Albuquerque, Colorado.

*Except for Poncho it appeared that most comic sidekicks were free-lancers.



Blogger kenju said...

I remember them well.

4:42 AM  
Blogger ET said...

My favorite was the Durango Kid - I liked the way he leaped from roof to roof top and swung on ropes.

5:40 AM  

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