Sunday, April 10, 2016

Colonel Tim McCoy 125 -- April 10, 2016

Happy 125th birthday to western star Colonel Tim McCoy.  He was born in Michigan on 10-April-1891.  He became a rancher in Wyoming and got to know the Native American tribes, treating them with respect.  They taught him to talk sign.

He served in the US Army during World War One.  After the war, he became Adjutant General of the Wyoming National Guard.  He served in the Army again during World War Two.

He got involved in movies by serving as a consultant on the silent epic The Covered Wagon.   He starred in a series of silent features for MGM.  When talkies came, he worked for Columbia and lesser studios.  After the war, he performed on an early television show, teaching children about western history.

I own a copy of his memoirs, Tim McCoy Remembers the West. He spoke very respectfully of the Native Americans he knew and worked with.  He reminds me a lot of a couple of my uncles, what they used to call a straight arrow.  

Moving Picture Magazine, August, 1928

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