Friday, March 19, 2010

Fess Parker RIP

This morning I heard that Fess Parker died. Of course, for boys raised in the 1950s he was, and will be forever Davey Crockett.

As soon as I heard that he died I remembered my late brother Mike running around the house wearing his coon skin cap and singing "Davey, Davey Crockett, king of the wild frontier...."

Funny how little things will suddenly bring up a remembrance like that. About an hour after I had that thought I received an e-mail from my father who remembered pretty much the same thing. He remembered that my brother like to sing the song for an audience, something I would have never wanted to do.


Anonymous said...

He's best remembered as Davy Crockett, but for me he'll always be Daniel Boone. That was the first TV show I can ever remember watching as a kid.

Jim of L-Town said...

I remember him as both. He was a stereotypical Hollywood back woodsman.

Susan said...

He was right up there with Sky King, Sgt. Preston of the Yukon, Superman, The Lone Ranger etc. Those were the great days of television. Oh...guess that makes us old.

Cooley's Dictum said...

He was also "Mr. Andrews" in "The Great Locomotive Chase" movie from 1956 or so. Concurrent with that movie, the Cheerios boxes of that day featured punch-out, fold-up replicas of the train engines involved in that Civil War event.