44 names.

Roy Rogers

Roy Rogers (born Leonard Slye) moved to California in 1930, aged 18. He played in such musical groups as The Hollywood Hillbillies, Rocky Mountaineers, Texas Outlaws, and his own group, the International Cowboys. In 1934 he formed a group with Bob Nolan called Sons of the Pioneers. While in that group he was known as Leonard Slye, then Dick Weston. Their songs included "Cool Water" and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds". They first appeared in the western Rhythm on the Range, starring Bing Crosby and Martha Raye. In 1936 he appeared as a bandit opposite Gene Autry in "The Old Coral". In 1937 Rogers went solo from "The Sons Of The Pioneeres", and made his first starring film in 1938, Under Western Stars. He made almost 100 films. The Roy Rogers Show ran on NBC from October 1951 through 1957 and on CBS from 1961 to September 1964. In 1955, 67 of his feature films were released to television.

Dale Evans

American leading lady of musical westerns of the 1940s. Born Frances Octavia Smith in Uvalde, Texas. She was raised in Texas and Arkansas. Married at 14 and a mother at 15, she was divorced at 17 (some sources say widowed). Intent on a singing career, she moved to Memphis, Tennessee, and worked in an insurance company while taking occasional radio singing jobs. After another unhappy marriage, she went to Louisville, Kentucky, and became a popular singer on a local radio station. There she took the stage name Dale Evans (from her third husband, Robert Dale Butts, and actress Madge Evans). Divorced in 1936, she moved to Dallas, Texas, and again found local success as a radio singer. She married Butts and they moved to Chicago, where she began to attract increasing attention from both radio audiences and film industry executives. She signed with Fox Pictures and made a few small film appearances, then was cast as leading lady to rising cowboy star Roy Rogers. She and Rogers clicked and she became his steady on-screen companion. In 1946, Rogers' wife died and Evans' marriage to Butts ended about the same time. Rogers and Evans had been close onscreen in a string of successful westerns, and now became close off-screen as well. A year later she married Rogers and the two become icons of American pop culture. Their marriage was dogged by tragedy, including the loss of three children before adulthood, but Evans was able not only to find inspiration in the midst of tragedy but to provide inspiration as well, authoring several books on her life and spiritual growth through difficulty. She and Rogers starred during the 1950s on the popular TV program bearing his name, and even after retirement continued to make occasional appearances and to run their Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum in Victorville, California. Following Dale's death, the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum moved to Branson, Missouri.

Ralph Moody

Ralph Moody was born on November 5, 1886 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Ralph Roy Moody, the oldest son of Franklin Jerome Moody and Ida M. Hicklin. His introduction to show business was first as an actor on the stage in pre-radio days and then as a radio personality. His first acting role was in 1900 as the boy, Heinrich, in Rip Van Winkle. At the 1904 World's Fair he sang tenor in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He had a wide following as Uncle Abner on WIBW, CBS Radio, in the 1930's in Topeka, Kansas, USA. As Uncle Abner he was the town's barber, constable, postmaster, and chief source of information. Beginning in the mid-1940's he was a frequent radio cast member on The Roy Rogers Show. When Gunsmoke began its radio show run in 1952, Ralph Moody was one of the regular cast members. He began making film and television appearances at the age of 62. His first television roles were on three 1949-50 Lone Ranger episodes, each time as an Indian chief with a different name. Frequently on TV westerns he had roles as an Indian, but was not type cast. His range of characters included a variety of roles with Jack Webb on Dragnet. Many of his dozen appearances on The Rifleman were as Doc Burrage. He had six appearances on Bonanza, most as an Indian, at the end of his 23 year acting career. He was married to Hazel B. McOwen. He died on September 16, 1971 in Burbank, California, USA.

Sons of the Pioneers

In October of 1931, Bob Nolan answered an ad in the Los Angeles Herald that read: "YODELER, for old time act to travel. Tenor preferred." He met a man named Leonard Frank Slye, who had dropped the 'e' from his family name and introduced himself as Len Sly. (Leonard Frank Slye aka Len Sly would later change his name to 'Roy Rogers') Rogers was a member of a group called the Rocky Mountaineers. Not comfortable singing solo, he wanted to hire another singer for the act and had placed the ad that led to meeting Bob Nolan. The latter left the group in the summer of 1932 and Rogers placed another ad in the newspaper classifieds for a replacement for a baritone who could yodel. Vern Spencer, better known as Tim Spencer, got the job. A third singer in the group was a singer named Bill "Slumber" Nichols, whom Rogers had hired to create a harmonizing-and-yodeling trio. The trio of Rogers, Spencer and Nichols left the Rocky Mountaineers to join Benny Nawahi and His International Cowboys, then left on a personal appearance tour of the Southwest, barnstorming radio stations along the way, as the O-Bar-O Cowboys, including brief stays in Roswell, New Mexico (where Rogers met Arlene Wilkins, his second wife) and Lubbock, Texas where Spencer met his future wife Velma Blanton, who returned to Lubbock following Spencer's death in 1974. The tour ended in Texas, where Nichols got a fiddling job in Fort Worth, and Rogers and Spencer returned to California, where Spencer returned to his former job at a Safeway store and Rogers got a solo singing position with Jack and His Texas Outlaws. Rogers, convinced that a yodeling trio was the way to go, re-connected with Spencer and Nolan and formed The Pioneer Trio. Before long, they were hired at KFWB (the Warner Bros, station in L.A.), working in the mornings as The Pioneer Trio, in the afternoons as as The Gold Star Cowboys (after their sponsor), and in the evenings on a show called "Painting the West in Song" with the Jack Joy Orchestra, where during one of these broadcasts, staffer announcer Henry Hall, thinking they were too young to be pioneers and they had added a fourth member, introduced them as The Sons of the Pioneers. Rogers, Nolan and Spencer were all adequate rhythm guitarists and the fourth member of the group was a Texas fiddler named Hugh Farr, formerly of Jack LeFevre's Texas Outlaws. These four cut their first record for Decca on August 8, 1934. By the time they recorded their fourth session in October, 1934, Hugh's brother, guitarist Karl Farr had been added to the group. Their songs and their singing led to appearances in two shorts and a feature film called "The Old Homestead," Over the course of the next two years The Sons of the Pioneers sang in westerns starring Gene Autry, Dick Foran and Bing Crosby. The group was contracted, by Columbia Pictures, to appear in their series of B-Westerns starring Charles Starrett, beginning with "Galland Defender" in November of 1935. They did so until mid-1941 when they signed on at Republic Pictures and were reunited with founding-member Roy Rogers. Changes to the group (made up with Rogers, Nolan, Spencer and the Farr brothers) first came when Spencer left the group for a while in 1946, and was replaced by Lloyd Perryman. Spencer returned and made it a six-member group, and after Rogers left to pursue his own career as a Singing Cowboy, his replacement was 'Pat Brady'. Following their third production-year season with Republic, the group was renamed Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers and billed as such until Nolan left in 1949. WWII brought more changes when Perryman and Brady were servicemen and were replaced by Ken Carson and George "Shug" Fisher for the duration. Ken Carson was kept on after Perryman and Brady rejoined following the war. Tim Spencer, as a performer, left the group in 1948 but continued to act as manager for several more years. Nolan, very close to Spencer, left in 1949 as a performing member but continued to work with the group, off-and-on, in recording sessions until 1957. Spencer was replaced by former Tommy Dorsey singer Ken Curtis and Nolan's place was taken by Lloyd Doss, who became Tommy Doss to avoid the confusion of having two Lloyds in the band. Dale Warren joined the group in 1953 after Curtis left to pursue his acting career. Hugh Farr left in 1958 and Kark Farr suffered a heart attack and died on stage in Springfield Massachusetts in 1961. Other short-term members over the years, for various reasons, included Wesley Tuttle, Doye O'Dell, George Bamby and Bob Minser.

Rand Brooks

After passing his screen test, Rand Brooks played a bit role in the 1938 film Love Finds a Way. He then found several other roles before landing the part of Charles Hamilton in Gone with the Wind. He went on to play small roles in films such as Laddie, And One was Beautiful, The Son of Monte Cristo, Jennie, Niagara Falls, among others. Beginning in 1946, he took over the role of Hopalong Cassidy's youthful sidekick, Lucky, and played in twelve of the feature films. Among these, which starred William Boyd as Hoppy, were The Devil's Playground, Fool's Gold, Unexpected Guest, Dangerous Venture, and Hoppy's Holiday. Brooks continued playing roles in films throughout the 1940s and into the 1950s, which also started his television career. He made co-starring appearances on series such as The Roy Rogers Show, Highway Patrol, Lassie, Wagon Train, Maverick, The Real McCoys, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, Bat Masterson, Laramie, Gunsmoke, The Munsters, Perry Mason, Columbo, and Bonanza, as well as nine episodes of The Lone Ranger, where he began a friendship with Clayton Moore. In 1966, Rand Brooks started Professional Ambulance Service in Glendale, California, with two used ambulances and a credit card. By 1977 his company had become the largest private ambulance 9-1-1 paramedic provider in Los Angeles County. During his ownership the company received dozens of awards and commendations and was widely recognized as one of the finest ambulance services in the country. In 1995 Brooks sold it to corporate giant American Medical Response. He lived at his ranch in Santa Barbara County with second wife Hermine, a former executive with his company, until his death in 2003. Brooks has two children; a daughter and a son, Rand Brooks Jr., who owns a trucking company in Los Angeles. Brooks can be seen portraying a police officer in the two-hour premier episode of the television series Emergency!, which was first aired in January of 1972 on NBC. Rand Brooks' acting career spanned over 140 films and television series, as well as writing, producing, and directing one film called Legend of the Northwest.

Kim Winona

A full blooded Sioux Indian, Kim spent her childhood on the rosebud reservation in South Dakota. When she was 17, she and her parents moved to Spokane, Wash. where she met her husband who was also of Indian extraction. At this time she had no theatrical aspirations. Soon after her marriage they moved to Los Angeles. Harvey was a printer by trade and established his own business. Kim took a secretarial job in the office of a commercial artist. The firm in which she was employed had many artists and photographers, many of whom noticed Kim and her unusual natural beauty. Soon after, Kim was supplementing her income as a model. A talent scout spotted one of her pictures, interviewed her, and shortly had a screen test for a role in "The Last Hunt". She lost the part to a better known actress but was soon named "Miss Apache", and toured the U.S. to promote the film. In June of 1955 Roy rogers' Frontier Productions was looking for someone to play the tribal maiden Morning Star in the "Brave Eagle" series. Mike North, the executive producer was having trouble finding someone with the unique requirements that they needed for the role of Morning Star which called for riding ability, physical stamina to meet the active pace of location shooting and a player with more than a token knowledge of Indian lore. Kim filled all those perfectly. Kim was also an accomplished painter and sculptress. One sculpture, in wood, on display at the Carnegie Institute. Kim's husband's grandmother was a Custer.

Trey Parker

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Trey Parker was born and raised in Auburn, Alabama. His entertainment career started at seven when he landed the job to hype the crowd at football games as the University of Auburn's Mascot "Little Aubie".

Also a natural born actor, Trey exhausted the cities creative avenues from musical theater as the leads in "Winnie the Pooh", "Grease", "Scrooge", and "Music Man" to local television spots and commercials.

With idols like Michael Jackson and watching Soul Train, the fluid movements of rhythm easily became a part of his style. The style incorporated with his own pop influence was immediately recognized and appreciated by being accepted at the School of Performing Arts in New York. Next in line was an honorable full scholarship to the Broadway Dance Center.

Trey began landing national TV commercials such as McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Teddy Ruxpin, Roy Rogers, and Toro just to name a few. He was also chosen for Nordstrom's and Macy's ad campaigns. Off-Broadway plays include "Peter Pan" (lead) and "A House in the Woods". During his stay in New York he was chosen to appear on TV specials with Emmanuel Lewis and Debbie Allen.

After conquering one coast, he headed out west to Los Angeles, California at the age of fifteen. He was teen sensation Tiffany's lead dancer on the New Kids on the Block tour. He appeared in made for TV movies such as "Caddie Woodlawn", "Please God I'm only Seventeen", and "Straight at Ya" hosted by Kirk Cameron. He also landed several episodes on prime time televisions such as "Baywatch", "Doogie Hoswer MD", "Thirty Something", and "The Judge". This lead to landing a lead role on the NBC prime time series "Hull High". Disney then immediately signed him to a three picture deal beginning with a lead role in their musical drama "Newsies".

Trey still found the time to strive to form the very successful group E.Y.C (Express Yourself Clearly). MCA records quickly signed them to a global record deal breaking them out in Europe. E.Y.C. opened up for many renowned and respected patron of the music industry such as Prince, Whitney Houston, and The Backstreet Boys. This immediately opened doors for their own ventures, which forced E.Y.C to graciously turn down opening up for Michael Jackson to start their own international tour. Over the next three years they gained an incredible international fan base while traveling all around the world. E.Y.C. had over seven Top 20 Hits in Great Britain. Their success landed them an Australian Grammy Award for Best New International Act and won a Smash Hits Award in the United Kingdom. The group went Platinum in Southeast Asia after holding the #1 and #2 spots for weeks. E.Y.C's high energy performances, constant crowd participation, and a strong loyalty to their fans helped them to achieve top status all over the world. Due to the take over of MCA records in America, E.Y.C came home for a much needed break. The group came back together for one last time for The Backstreet Boys Millennium Tour, the group went their separate ways shortly after.

Trey Parker resumed his acting, instantly booking national commercial such as Dr. Pepper, Ford, and Captain Morgan. He also shot the pilot for ABC, "The Kirk Franklin Show". He was also in the Universal film "American Dreamz", starring Hugh Grant and Mandy Moore. Music also being a priority, Trey and his production team have been writing songs for many different artists including the hit single "Why'd you Lie to Me" on Anstasacia's new album and landed on her Greatest Hits album, which has to date sold over 4 million copies worldwide.

Trey recently wrote and produced his new single "Hold My Heart" (co-written and produced with Wes Quave, former La Face Recording Artist). "Hold My Heart" has been dedicated to and will be performed at Andrew Firestone's upcoming wedding on July 5th 2008. Andrew Firestone was the star of the ABC hit TV show "The Bachelor".

Gary Bullock

Born July 19, 1941, and raised in Elizabethton, Tennessee. His father, Robert Bullock, was a great movie fan, and Gary got to see a lot of movies when still a small boy, from Fred and Ginger, Bogart and Bacall, to Gary Cooper and of course, Roy Rogers. Fascinated with acting, he nonetheless had an earlier career as a computer programmer, working at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and the Millstone Radar site, in New England. He abandoned that career path to become an actor later in life, and met his wife, Mil Nicholson, during a stage production of The Crucible. She is the love of his life. Mil and Gary now record audio books, with Mil performing all the characters of Charles Dickens' novels, while Gary is in the process of narrating a documentary of the 325th Fighter Group of World War 2, "The Checkertails". Gary has also authored two screenplays, "Elsewhen", a sci-fi romance, and "Ridge Runner", and true Civil War story, with others in the works. He is also writing a novelization of the screenplay "Elsewhen". In his spare time, he builds and flies model aircraft, numbering about 35, and growing.

Clifton Young

Clifton "Bobby" Young gained notoriety as a child actor playing "Bonedust" during Our Gang's sound transition period. Of all the graduates of Our Gang (with the exception of Jackie Cooper and arguably Dickie Moore), Clifton had the greatest shot at adult stardom - at least as far as strong character roles were concerned. With his Kirk Douglas cleft chin, Clifton was active in several top-drawer postwar pictures: Dark Passage, especially memorable as a weasely blackmailer that picks up escaped convict Humphrey Bogart, Pursued, directed by Raoul Walsh, Possessed and Blood on the Moon. He was also a semi-regular in Warner Bros.' popular "Joe McDoakes" comedy shorts and played a bad guy in two 'Roy Rogers' Republic oaters. Clifton hit a rough personal period in 1951 and had moved into a hotel after a painful divorce, where he died smoking in bed.

Jeremy Kewley

Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Jeremy Kewley made his professional acting debut at the age of 14 in The Devil's Playground. The film, directed by Fred Schepisi, went on to win the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award for Best Film of 1976. This was followed by his role as Gideon MacPherson in Mad Dog Morgan opposite Dennis Hopper and Jack Thompson. While still attending school at Melbourne's prestigious Haileybury College, Kewley was cast in a number of films and television series in Melbourne and eventually moved to Sydney to star in the ill-fated Arcade. The highly publicized television series was a critical and commercial failure but it gained Kewley a following, and lead to a succession of roles both on stage and on screen - particularly in comedy. Returning to Melbourne, Kewley spent the next decade working regularly not only as an actor, but also as a writer and producer. With his business partner Don Percy and their company Pearly White Productions, he has won numerous awards for his television commercials and short films, and for his Australian television documentaries Funny by George: The George Wallace Story and Young Talent Time Tells All. Kewley spent many years performing on stage in comedy shows (which he also wrote and directed), and gained a reputation as one of Australia's foremost television audience warm-up comedians, particularly on Young Talent Time which he worked on in the 1980s and The Footy Show which he has been part of since it began . . . including the high-rating UK specials, broadcast live from the Theatre Royal in London during 2001 and 2005; the World Cup special broadcast live from Munich in 2006; and the ever-popular annual Grand Final specials, performed in front of live audiences of over 12,000 people at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena. In 1994 Kewley was cast as one of the leads in Janus, a hard-hitting law and order television series which brought him back into the spotlight as a dramatic actor and led to on-going roles in two different Australian television series, Blue Heelers and Stingers. He played the semi-regular role of Mt.Thomas journalist in Blue Heelers on and off between 1997 and 2006. At the start of 2000 he joined the cast of Stingers to play the role of bumbling cop Detective Senior Sergeant Bryan Gray, and continued in the role until the series ended its run at the end of 2004. In 2007 he began playing the recurring role of Adam Gardiner in the Australian outback series McLeod's Daughters followed by recurring roles in the Australian comedy series Very Small Business and Whatever Happened to That Guy? for Foxtel's The Comedy Channel. In 2010 he played one of the lead roles in Underbelly Files: Tell Them Lucifer Was Here and in 2014 he played Des 'Tuppence' Moran in the series Fat Tony & Co. He toured Australia in a stage revival of West Side Story from 20101-2011 and then starred in stage productions of Equus, Flesh Wound, Death Of A Comedian, and Doomsday Devices between 2012 and 2014. As well as his roles in a number of Australian pictures, like Amy, Kewley has also appeared in the US pictures Disappearance(set in New Mexico), and The Extreme Team shot in the New Zealand Alps. His more recent motion pictures include roles 10Terrorists; playing the lead role of US film producer Jerry Goldman in the comedy Frank & Jerry, and starring as Roy Rogers in The Legend Maker for Ian Pringle.

Billy Lee

Billy Lee, whose real name was William Schlenaker, was born in Nelson, Indiana. As a toddler, young William lived a quiet life on his family's farm, but that all changed when he turned three years old. Billy and his parents moved to California around 1933. Billy's parents enrolled him, at age 3, in The Meglin School For Kiddies in Los Angeles. The supervisor of the school, Ethel Meglin, took a special interest in Billy Lee, noting, as his parents had, that Billy was a very bright and cooperative child, quick to learn and full of enthusiasm. Mrs. Meglin, who was Billy's personal dance instructor, got Billy Lee started in movies by age 4, only a few months after he was enrolled at the school. Billy's first role was in a "Little Rascals" short, "Mike Fright", as himself (as a tap dancer), and he gives quite an impressive example of his talent. From there it was on to Billy's first feature film, "Wagon Wheels" (1934), wherein Billy landed his first acting role, which his dance instructor, believing in his talent, had him audition for. Billy also has a solo singing part in the movie. This takes place when the primary cast, including Randolph Scott, takes turns singing lead on the movie's theme song. So it was that, at age four, young William went from being a young Indiana farm boy to Billy Lee, young Hollywood actor. In 1937, Billy Lee appeared with famous child singer Bobby Breen in Make a Wish, playing Breen's best camp buddy, "Pee Wee". The two boys sang "Polly Wolly Doodle" as a duet. Billy may be best known for his starring role in the very moving 1940 movie The Biscuit Eater. He continued acting throughout the 1930s, appearing in over 30 movies and working alongside some of Hollywood's finest, including Lon Chaney Jr., Roy Rogers, Charles Boyer, Randolph Scott, Olivia DeHavilland, and Broderick Crawford, to name just a few. Billy also appeared in a few short subjects. One Hal Roach short in particular cast Billy, now age 11, in the starring role of "Pinhead" in the 1941 musical comedy film Reg'lar Fellers along with Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer as "Bump". The characters in this film were based on the popular "Reg'lar Fellers" comic strip. This film not only provided Billy with a chance to play in a lead comedic role but also allowed him to show off his drumming skills during one musical number that had been recorded by "Billy Lee's Band" according to the credits. In the film, Billy is the only real musician when he is accompanied by the other kids performing as Pinhead's band. Billy also sings the closing song of the film, "Hooray For Fun". Another short in which Billy landed the lead was called War Dogs (aka "Unsung Heroes"). Billy plays the doting son of his aging, decorated military officer dad, who has turned to drink after his request to rejoin the service to help in the war effort (WW2) is turned down by the military. Billy's last film appearance came in 1943, when he was 13 (surprise, surprise) in a movie called, Eyes of the Underworld in the role of Mickey Bryan, devoted son of police chief Richard Bryan, played by Richard Dix. After this film, Billy Lee became one of the many fine young actors who, once reaching his teens, found that retiring from film making was something that was just chosen for you. Billy Lee lived until 1989; he died eight months after his 60th birthday of a sudden heart attack.

Dean England

Dean England entered the entertainment business as an entertainment/military/general reporter for Q106, one of the most successful FM stations in North America and San Diego at the time. Interviews and press conferences included: Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Iran-Contra figure Oliver North, Vice President Dan Quayle and numerous celebrities.

During this time Dean appeared playing a reporter in "Renegade" with Lorenzo Lamas and "Silk Stalkings" with Rob Estes. Tempted by the acting world, though he stuck to focusing on a reporting career.

In an attempt to cross over into television news, Dean left his surfboard behind, packed up his car and drove into the desert heat of Mesa, Arizona hoping a TV station looking for a reporter there would hire him. Well, after sleeping in his car too many times to count and thousands of miles and many states later knocking on TV station doors in cow pastures and small cities across the United States he was defeated and driving back to California from South Carolina when he landed a weekend anchor job in South Texas. He documented this entire journey with a video camera.

Now, with a TV anchor/reporter demo tape in hand, he once again took a gamble and hit the road without the next TV job lined up. This landed him at a small independent station in the high desert of Victorville, California and about two hours from his goal of Los Angeles. The highlight of his time being an anchor/reporter here was meeting Roy Rogers.

Throwing the dice again, he moved to L.A. without work. He was amongst several hundred who auditioned for the role of a Universal Studios tram tour guide. After several weeks and several auditions he was amongst a handful selected for the role at Universal Studios Hollywood, trading in his dialogue "In other news tonight" for "Watch out for that shark!" For fun, he took a role as a featured extra playing an Oscar nominee in "Naked Gun 33 1/3" with Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley and Anna Nicole Smith.

Next came an opportunity to fill in as a temporary per diem news writer for KCAL-TV in Los Angeles during a Christmas holiday. He turned this into a full time writer/producer position producing KCAL-TV newscasts with Jane Velez-Mitchell and Pat Harvey for CNN. During this time he was also a weekend reporter for the ABC affiliate KESQ-TV in Palm Springs.

A cross over to E! Entertainment television news as a script supervisor followed, which then led to a position as one of the head writers for the E! Entertainment Network. Shows included: "Wild on" with Brooke Burke and "Live from the red carpet (Oscars, Grammys, Emmys) with Joan Rivers."

In March of 2012 Dean decided to go back in front of the camera. He's since co-starred in short films, feature films, TV shows and has appeared in various commercials.

All the while, behind the scenes, he is still writing and producing TV and movie projects.

Bob McFadden

Bob McFadden was born in East Liverpool, Ohio in 1923, and got his first break singing and doing impersonations in a weekly talent show while stationed in Puerto Rico with the Navy during World War II. After leaving the Navy, he worked in a Pittsburgh steel mill, and got into show business as an opening act at hotels and nightclubs for the McGuire Sisters, Harry Belafonte and others. Although McFadden was not a household name, he was still happy just to be in show business. He met his wife in Boston in 1950, when the two were working together. While he sang onstage, she and her twin sister performed synchronized swimming exercises in a pool below. The McFaddens moved to Queens in the the mid-1960's and Bob became a voiceover talent in advertising and cartoons. He made hundreds of thousands of dollars selling his voice to advertise products for Ban deodorant, Campbell's soup, Ford, Frankenberry cereal, Geritol, Mountain Dew and Pepto-Bismol. Once he was paid $12,000 to make swishing sounds to imitate a jet airplane. Bob McFadden's most memorable commercial was the voice of a parrot for Wisk. He said "Ring around the collar" and "Nice shirt". This commercial would be played over a 25 year timespan. He also barked like a dog for Crest toothpaste. In 1982, TV Guide called Mr. McFadden "one of the elite of TV commercial voice-overs." Among his other works, he did ethnic characters for comedy albums including "The Yiddish Are Coming!". He was a stable voice for Terrytoons and was best known as Cool McCool's "Pop the Cop" for King Features Syndicate in 1966. He was also Milton the Monster. Despite retiring to Delray Beach, Florida, he would perform in supper clubs imitating Jack Benny and Ed Sullivan. He did singing impressions of Frankie Laine, Billy Eckstine and the Inkspots. In 1959 in Cuba (days before Fidel Castro took over), McFadden was asked to perform a show in Spanish but did not know the language. His brother-in-law wrote the show in Spainish allowing McFadden to pronounce everything phonetically. The best part was Roy Roger's sidekick, Gabby Hayes, singing underwater in Spanish He died January 7, 2000 of ALS or Lou Gherig's Disease.

Christina Miller

Raised in Albion, Illinois, daughter of Angela Bouvier and Marvin Miller, Christina grew up in Southern Illinois and Indiana. She began studying journalism and entered into radio broadcasting while attending Wabash Valley College, receiving her FCC 3rd Class License in Chicago, she was the first disc-jockey to go live from a 10 watt station to 50,000 watts at WVJC-FM in Mt. Carmel, IL. Christina worked for WYER-FM radio in Mt. Carmel, IL before heading to Virginia, where she was hired at WUEZ-AM radio in Salem as the Morning News Lady and WROV-FM in Roanoke to cover elections. Christina accepted her first television broadcasting job in Abilene, Texas as the Weekend Weathergirl at KTXS-TV [ABC] and was voted top feature reporter interviewing such celebrities as Steve Martin, Roy Rogers, Maureen Reagan and Mae West. She later went to work for KMID-TV [NBC] in Midland, TX as the stations Weekend Weathergirl and Co-Anchor for the 10:00 p.m. newscast. Christina was an investigative and lead reporter covering breaking stories along with producing the nightly broadcast. She furthered her career to Los Angeles in 1985 by receiving her first acting break on Young and Restless [CBS]. In 1987, Christina was cast as Evelyn, a news reporter on General Hospital [ABC] and continues to work the show. She has acted in many music videos along with student films including two time award winning USC short, The Roommate in 1998. Christina was cast to voice-over commercials, cartoons and has worked in all capacities of the entertainment field including EMI Music Publishing, A&R/Soundtrack for Arista Records, ICM Talent/Literary Agency and many major feature film studios executive assisting Academy Award winning producers.

Mildred Shay

Mildreds star shone for what seemed like a split second and yet she knew everybody in town and the whole of tinsel town knew Mildred Shay. Adrian, Hollywoods premiere costumer made all her gowns and a pair of false breasts. She worked with, and unlike the rest of Hollywood got on with Joan Crawford despite the fact that as Helene, the French maid to Crystal Allen (Crawford) in George Cukors The Women 1939, Mildred Shay stole every scene.

She dated eligible bachelors in Hollywood and married three of them. Errol Flynn, naked but for his shirt and sock garters, held her captive in his apartment before she succumbed to his advances. Cecil B DeMille wine and dined her at his Paradise Ranch, feeding her oysters, complete with the pearls still attached.

Born into Palm Beach money, Mildred was educated at a Swiss school for genteel ladies in France. At fourteen her wealthy New York lawyer Father Joseph A. Shay brought Mildred and her younger sister to London. From London the family returned to their chateaux in Nice, then moved to Florence before finally settling in California.

Mildred's father had taken up work acting on behalf of the Hollywood powerbrokers at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, United Artists and Fox. So it was living in the heart of Hollywood that young Mildred rang her father and told him that she wanted to be an actress. Within weeks Mildred was making her first screen test for MGM.

Her first assignment was dubbing for Greta Garbo in Grand Hotel (1932). Later she played in The Women (1939) as well as Balalaika (1939) with Nelson Eddy, and All Women Have Secrets (1939). The following year Mildred headed East to New York where she appeared on Broadway. It was whilst in New York Mildred met and then eloped with Winthrop Gardner Junior, one of Americas finest and wealthiest bachelors. Gardner suffocated her with diamonds and furs. Walter Winchell jested on being shown an enormous gem, Mildred you could house Manhattan on that rock! As long as Mildred stayed in Hollywood she was always going to make headlines. She had a torrid affair with Victor Mature and Roy Rogers. In 1940 she met Geoffrey Steele, an army Captain in the Blue and Royals, they married the following year.

With motherhood, Mildred gave up her career, only to return in 1974 with a starring role in The Great Gatsby. Two years later, and Mildred was asked by Ken Russell to appear in his new film Valentino (1976). At 91, she shows no signs of retirement. Mildred has just recently been photographed alongside Kevin Spacey, Catherine Zeta Jones, Shirley Temple, Kirk Douglas and Stephen Fry for an exhibition of film actors to be held in London and Beverly Hills over Oscar week 2004.

Rudy Sooter

Rudy Sooter was born on June 17, 1904 in Canada as Roby Cecil Sooter. His parents were John Franklin Sooter and Hattie Blanch Tussing Sooter. Rudy first became known for his country and western music, both as a writer and performer. Bob Nolan and Roy Rogers were in his band before they formed the Sons of the Pioneers. Rudy Sooter worked in radio and in B Western Movies on a very regular basis and became a go to musician and band leader for B Western movie projects. In 1936 his Horse Opera Company featured guitar and mandolin. His Ranchmen recorded with Jimmie Davis for Decca Records. Their collaboration included the popular "You are My Sunshine." Between 1936 and 1951 Rudy appeared in eighty-one western movies as musician or singer in all but twelve where he had roles as character actors. From 1936 to 1943 he appeared in thirteen movies with Tex Ritter. In three of those films he both performed songs and wrote those songs. The 1937 Roy Rogers movie Billy the Kid Returns had a featured appearance by Sooter. In 1947, he collaborated with band leader Spade Cooley, playing in his band and co-writing several songs, including "It's Dark Outside," "Down at the Cuckoo House," and the probing "Who Dug the Hole I Am In?" Later in his acting career he became a familiar face on Gunsmoke, appearing in eighty-four episodes in a wide variety of roles. In six episodes he had a musical role and in four episodes he was a bartender. He died on June 9, 1991 in Reno, Nevada, USA.

Gary Lee Davis

Gary Lee Davis was born January 2, 1946, in a log a cabin beside Hwy. H near Charity, Missouri, and is the 4th great grandson of Danial Boone. He is the son of O.E. "Gene", a carpenter and long haul trucker, and Nettie Davis, a deputy sheriff and deputy conservation agent. As a child, he admired and loved the woods. Hunting and fishing were not only pastimes, but contributed to family daily life. His family moved to the big city of Buffalo, MO in 1953. City life did eventually rub off on Gary. One of his favorite pastimes was going to the picture show at the "Buffalo" and "PIX" Theaters. It cost a dime to get in, a nickel for popcorn, nickel for a candy bar, and a nickel for a coke. For one quarter, he would ride the range with Roy Rogers and Gabby Hayes. He wanted to grow up and be a cowboy and he did. Sometimes he would watch Audey Murphy movies and want to grow up to be a soldier.....and he did. Sometimes he would watch the fantastic things the stuntmen did and wanted to do what they did...and he did. He would watch movies about far off and exotic places and dream about going there. And he did. Needless to say the movies had a major influence on his life.

After graduation from Buffalo High School as an outstanding athlete, he went on to attend Southwest Missouri State College (before it became a university). He unloaded boxcars at night to pay the bills. In 1964, Gary moved to Lees Summit, MO and worked at Western Electric Corp. until October 5, 1965 when he decided it was time to find out about the Vietnam War. He joined the Air Force, which was the only branch that could guarantee him a position running heavy equipment. Basic training was conducted at San Antonio, Texas then transferred to Chanute AFB, Illinois installing underground communication equipment in the central U.S. One year later, he was transferred to Hickem Air Force Base in Hawaii for the rest of his time in the U.S.A.F.

Six months after arriving at Hickem, the Air Force was looking for volunteers for remote duty in South East Asia. He soon found himself at Ching Chung Kwan. His stay in S.E.A. included duty in Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Laos and the Philippians. His tour of duty ended in April 1968. After 8 months at Vandenburg AFB CA, including a 3 month TDY in Guam, he was offered his Staff Sergeant stripes or an 8 month early out and took the latter without remorse.

With a new 1968 Camero under him and a couple of laps around the USA, he returned to Western Electric Company. As a young man looking for adventure and ready to move on and pursue another childhood dream, to ride the range, he sold the Camero, bought a 1970 Ford Truck, loaded up his registered Buckskin Poco bred Quarter Horse "Tom Star Buck" and headed off to Leota, Kansas. Over the next 2 years, Gary led the life of a ranch cowboy, doing open range and feedlot work. He then went on to Sperry, Oklahoma to complete the course of study at the Oklahoma Farrier's College as a Master Farrier.

Gary moved back to Missouri and shod horses for a year before he headed West again to the North side of L.A. California to an area with more privately owned horses than anywhere else in the United States. While doing farrier work, he picked up a job as a bouncer and head of security at the Palomino Club North Hollywood in 1973 to 1976 where he soon acquired many Hollywood Stuntmen, as well as Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) members as shoeing clients. These clients soon became friends and they owned cattle, practice arenas and bulldogging horses. He joined the PRCA in 1974 and rodeo'd hard for the next 5 years. During this same time (1976), Gary got his Screen Extras Guild Card, soon followed by his Screen Actors Guild card. By 1979, a big choice had to be made.....the life of a rodeo cowboy with nothing at the end, or a career in the Motion Picture Industry. Rodeo became a hobby and "the business" became a profession. Lasting over 30 years with 237 commercials and hundreds of movies, T.V. shows, and industrial films.

In 1984 he married Carrie Campbell, a banker, and in 1990 his only son Jake was born. Up until the fall of 2000, Gary continued to work in the Motion Picture Industry, acting and doing stunts. For fun, he team roped, winning the L.A. Pro Celebrity Rodeo in 1991. With the Screen Actors Guild on strike, He was almost 55 years old with a broken kneecap and a break was needed. He headed to the Wildlife Waystation, a 160 acre rescue, rehabilitation, and relocation center for over 700 wild and exotic animals that he helped found in 1976. Since founded, the Waystation has saved over 76,000 animals. Founder and C.E.O. Marine Colette, who was like a sister to him, had called to say that county, state and federal agencies were trying to shut her down due to un-permitted construction. Gary, as facilities manager, had decided to stay and help out with everything, from reconstructing 160 animal enclosures, to re-landscaping, after relocating more than 180 people a and their 60 mobile home living quarters off the compound grounds and into apartments and being the project supervisor for the construction of 6 maximum security enclosures for adult chimpanzees. After 3 1/2 years of 7 days a week, 12-16 hour days, it put a strain on his relationship with his wife, Carrie. They divorced in April 2003.

In 2005, he sold his properties in order to put his son through four years at a major university. For most of 2006, he worked as a trainer of movie animals in Piru, California.

In 2007, Gary moved back to Missouri to help out his aging father. He also watches his son, Jake, develop his career as a stand-up comedian and actor. He currently (2015) resides in a totally refurbished USDA pig sale barn, known locally as Ft. Davis. It's a cowboy palace and a place to put your boots up.

Valerie Spencer

Valerie Spencer is a 2nd generation LA native with Hollywood-infused DNA: one grandfather wrote songs for Roy Rogers' cowboy band The Sons of the Pioneers, and the other wrote for radio and TV before being Blacklisted during the dreaded Red Scare. A UCLA Theater Arts grad, Valerie has been a member of Critical Mass Performance Group since 1989, appearing in multiple original works at venues such as the Kirk Douglas, South Coast Rep, the Getty Villa, PlayMakers Rep and Portland Center Stage. Film includes Blink (dir. Michael Apted), Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, the indie feature A One Time Thing, and the FXM short, The Housekeeper. Recent short films include The Moment I Was Alone, Rosethorn, and Hair. Recent TV: The Comeback Kid, a single-camera drama pilot. Appearing alongside performance artist John Fleck in several groundbreaking pieces by video artist Bill Viola, Valerie has had the surreal experience of seeing her image hanging at the Met and the Guggenheim. During her 22-year voice-over career, she's hawked avocados, waxed rhapsodic about naked mole rats for Disney, played one of the Desperate Housewives in the slightly insane video game, and looped over obscenities in Bordello of Blood. She considers the two years she spent as Carol Burnett's acting stand-in to be the best comedy training on planet Earth. Gifted with a musical ear, Valerie can cram just about any foreign dialect into her mouth, and she sings a damn fine song. An accomplished seamstress, Valerie has stitched opera costumes for Pavarotti and Domingo, Halloween costumes for her now-grown daughter, and too many pillows to count. Valerie loves working with people who share her passion for transformational storytelling and feels called to give voice to the voiceless who share our planet with us, who urgently implore us to do better.

Chuck Loring

Chuck Loring aka "H" has been playing bass since 1983. He got bitten by the bass bug while doing Light Design for the Boston based band "Luna". After working with his best friend Chuck Colbert, the two formed "The Bad Habitz". H moved on to play for "White T's" and "Central Artery" then toured the East coast for 6 years, opening for bands like Foghat, J. Giles, Til Tuesday. Before leaving Boston H performed with Rex Trailer the East coast Roy Rogers. Once in LA, H worked with The Mood swingers in a live comedy review, played bass for many LA based Churches, has appeared as Meatloaf's bass player in the VH1 Meatloaf Story and as a recurring Elvis impersonator on NBC's Las Vegas and soon to be on screen with Steve Carell of The Office and 40 year old Virgin, in a film called Little Miss Sunshine. Won SAG award "Best Cast in a Motion Picture"

Carol Adams

Born Lurline Uller in Los Angeles in 1918, she was "discovered" at age 5, while playing in her aunt's yard, near the corner of Sunset and Gower and recruited to appear as a flower girl in "Navy Blues" (1923) with Dorothy Devore.

Lurline spent her early years appearing in various "Our Gang", "Mickey McGuire" and "Buster Brown" silent shorts and training with the Meglin Kiddies. In 1929, she began honing her prodigious dancing skills alongside adolescent Francis Gumm (Judy Garland) as a member of The Hollywood Starlets.

Uller spent her teen years performing song and dance on the vaudeville stages throughout California, She was eventually re-discovered at age 18, while dancing in a show at the Paramount theatre, and signed to a 2-year contract at 20th Century Fox. She worked as a contract player in over thirty 20th Century films. Uller was eventually renamed Carol Adams when she moved to Paramount Studio.

Her dancing and camera-friendly appearance brought her to the attention of casting directors on bigger and better motion pictures, soon appearing in "Rose of Washington Square" . Then came larger, credited roles in "Sally, Irene and Mary" "Dancing On A Dime", "Ice Capades" and "Sis Hopkins". By 1941 she was starring alongside Gene Autry in "Ridin' on a Rainbow" and Roy Rogers in "Bad Man of Deadwood".

During the war (WWII) she performed extensively for the troops and donated many hours to Bette Davis' USO efforts.

In 1944, Carol also appeared in several of James Roosevelt's "Soundies" (the precursors to music videos) including:"Rhythm on the River", "Jukebox Joe's", and "Doin' the Hotfoot".

At the age of 26, after appearing in 60+ films, Carol met and married a young studio executive, who later became head of the Art Department at Paramount Studios. She retreated from show business to become dedicated housewife and mother.

Matty Roubert

Matthew Roubert was born in New York in 1907 was a child star from about 1910-1921, and his father William L. Roubert was involved with "Little Matty Roubert" and his silent screen adventures. Matty's earliest film appearances were at Vitagraph and Biograph. He was one of the kids in "John Barleycorn" (Bosworth, 1914) which was produced by actor Hobart Bosworth's Los Angeles based film company (and Matty's father was the general manager). Matty was one of the "Powers Kids" for Pat Powers' Powers Picture Plays company. And then came his starring role as "The Universal Boy" for Carl Laemmle's IMP (Independent Motion Picture Company). By late 1915, his father was Vice President and general manager of the new Aurora Film Plays Corporation and his son starred in "The Waif" (Aurora, 1915) ... which was directed by the senior Roubert. Circa 1920, Matty was doing two-reel comedies for Reelcraft. And later that year, Matty Roubert Productions, Inc. was formed (with assist from Matty's dad), and they released "Heritage" (1920) ... which naturally, had young Matty in the lead. By the 1930s Matty discovered that significant film roles were no longer being offered. Reasons may have been his youngish face and a mop of curly hair ... and he was short. Matty was typecast as a newsboy, bellhop, messenger or elevator operator. In his mid twenties, he returned to his former Universal home for an uncredited role as a a Culver Military Academy cadet in "Tom Brown of Culver" (Universal, 1932). By the late 1930s, he learned how to ride a horse and do screen fisticuffs, and transformed himself into a B-western henchman as well as a stunt man who occasionally doubled several of the shorter cowboy heroes. He seemed to find a friend in Don 'Red' Barry, and Matty's first with Barry was "The Adventures of Red Ryder" (Republic, 1940) serial. This was followed by eleven of Barry's Republic films and three of his later Lippert and Screen Guild productions. A January, 1941 newspaper article had Barry and Roubert stopping in Abilene, Texas while touring and promoting the serial. Excerpt from that article: "... Barry and Matty Roubert, another western player, were en route east for personal appearances in Tennessee, Virginia and Pennsylvania." In addition to Barry, Matty was similar in height to Bob Steele and Lash LaRue ... and p doubled both. He worked in nine Metropolitan, Republic and PRC westerns with Battlin' Bob and five with Lash. There were other westerns: nine with Eddie Dean, ten Durango Kids with Charles Starrett, three with Autry, and three with Roy Rogers. He appeared in a few late 1930s Universal westerns and serials with Johnny Mack Brown. Roubert did military duty during World War II and continued working uncredited roles in films and on television. He married Mary L. Bowman in Los Angeles in 1955.He passed away on May 17, 1973 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Jean Harvey

Eugenia (Jean) Bartness, the daughter of Leslie and Bessie (Barham) Bartness (and granddaughter of Tim Barham, a famous old U.S. Marshal in the Medicine Lodge Country) was born November 19, 1900 in Ohio. She lived with her grandmother in Malden, Missouri, where she attended school. Her stepfather, Harry Clark, was the organizer and company director of the Model Players stock company. They were located at the Crawford farm in Chase County, Missouri, where part of the house was converted into a theater where they rehearsed their shows and went on a tour about the area. They had their circuit where they played five nights a week, each night at a different town. They went to Harrington one night, to Osage City the next, and one of the others was Council Bluffs. They did the same show in all five places. They would present that show and rehearse another show for the next week. Jean, an attractive blonde, was the ingénue in the company. Clark came to Council Bluff, where he spotted Don Carlos Harvey working as host of a weekly amateur night, and signed him up as the leading man for his stock company. Jean and Don met doing the plays and after one season they were married on March 3, 1934. The ceremony was performed at midnight on a Saturday night at the home of Don's half-brother Hal Sheldon. On the night of the wedding a bunch of Don's old school friends found out that they were going to be married that night so they came down and were going to chivalry's him, and Jean was just scared to death. She thought they were going to do something to him and so they locked themselves in the bathroom and they couldn't get them out. Finally Don's brother went out and asked the kids to please go home. But it was a pretty wild place for a while. A chivalry is when they have an impromptu party for the couple that is being married, and in those days it was pretty customary. They'd take the couple and make the husband wheel the wife down the street in a wheel barrel and think up things like that for them to do. Jean was just scared to death that Don might be hurt, and she was quite a little older. Some people thought because of the age difference that the marriage would not last, but it worked fine. Don always referred to Jean as My Missouri bride. Don and Jean left Kansas and went to Des Moines, Iowa where Don began work on the radio, and became acquainted with fellow newscaster Ronald Reagan. In 1945 they moved to Hollywood, California, where her husband began his career in motion pictures and television. Jean started professional acting at the age of four, and has done almost every child part ever written for the stage, and was in show business all of her life. She really liked working in Hollywood and always hoped that she and Don would be able to work out their time on earth right there in Movie Town. Her first film part was in Caged with Hope Emerson, and other films on the theater screen have been City of Fear, Solid Gold Cadillac, Women's Prison, The Ten Commandments, Gun's Don't Argue and The Werewolf. She also appeared in a lot of work on television in such shows as Dragnet, Johnny Staccato, McKenzie's Raiders, Tales of the Texas Rangers, Rescue 8, Wyatt Earp, Underworld USA (a pilot), 77 Sunset Strip, December Bride and The Millionaire. Jean and Don were the owners of a movie horse named Goldie that was used by Bill Williams in his Adventures of Kit Carson television series. They were both people of very high principals, always caring for other people. Don spent time entertaining the residents of the Actors Country Home. They were active members of the Little Country Church of Hollywood, as well as members of the Roy Roger's Hollywood Christian Group, which was a fine group of almost four hundred and fifty men and women from the entertainment industry who believed that Jesus Christ has a place in the world of movies, television and recordings the same as he does in any other business. They both appeared in a play, Geraldine The Story of an Adolescent, donating their time and talents to help raise funds for the Reiss-Davis Clinic for Child Guidance. On the evening of April 24, 1963, Don had just come home to his Studio City apartment before dinner. He told Jean that he was tired and laid down on the couch, and she went back to getting dinner in the kitchen. A short while later she came in the room to call him to eat and saw his arm drop down beside him, and he died. Among those who attended his funeral were co-workers Myron Healey and Dale Evans. Jean never quite recovered from this loss and died, it was said of a broken heart, on Dec 14, 1966 in Studio City.

Horace Murphy

The son of a physician, Horace Murphy started his career as a child actor on showboats on the Mississippi. He later played the cornet in the band and eventually became half-owner of the showboat "Cottonblossom Floating Palace". After two seasons he sold his interest and organized a string of dramatic tent shows from New Orleans to Los Angeles, each of which also had a baseball team. Later he sold these and built two theaters, one in Los Angeles and one in Burbank. He entered movies in 1936 and went on to a career mostly in B-Westerns. He is perhaps best known as "Ananias", Tex Ritter's partner in a string of films. He also appeared on radio with Gene Autry and Roy Rogers.

Peter Berkow

Peter Berkow is a television producer who has created more than 200 programs for PBS and public television. He is also a CD and album producer, a recording artist, and widely published writer and educator. ' He has produced artists such as: Tommy Emmanuel, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Dave Brubeck, Frankie Moreno, The Nell Robinson/Jim Nunally Band, Sam Bush, Robben Ford, Rodney Crowell, Fank Vignola, Antsy McClain, Joe Craven, Marcia Ball, Richard Thompson, Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings, Strunz and Farah, Delhi 2 Dublin, Blame Sally, and Tom Rigney, Berkow's projects as a producer started in 1969, when recorded on a four track Ampex tape recorder in Urbana, Illinois. They included the original demo tapes that were used to sign multi-platinum recording artist Dan Fogelberg to his first deals with Columbia records - as well as his own first recordings as a singer and songwriter. Berkow studied as an assistant to producer Rick Jarrard (Jefferson Airplane, Harry Nillson, Jose Feliciano, David Cassidy) between 1973 and 1974. Berkow released his first album, "Thesis" in 1975. Thesis was followed by "Faculty Recital," "Live at Cabos" and "Bootleg Demo." He also recorded a duet album with Gordy Ohilger (AKA the Banjo-Ologist) - billed as "The Rhythm Rowdys." All four subsequent albums were released on vinyl between 1976 and 1982. In 1982, Berkow's daughter Wysteria was born, and he switched careers. Between 1982 and 1994, Berkow worked as a journalist. In 1995, Berkow was hired as a full time teacher of writing and journalism by Shasta College. Berkow's breakthrough PBS project was a 15 program series called "News Writing." The series included interviews with icons of the 20th century news business, including: Bob Woodward, Charles Kuralt, Helen Thomas, Dave Barry, Larry King, Steve Kroft, Andy Roony, Siskel and Ebert and many others. He also wrote a book to accompany the series and to teach journalism. The book was printed and distributed by Wadsworth Publishing. In 2001, Berkow released a 26-program PBS series called "Writing for an Audience." This series included interviews with nearly 100 famous writers and people from all walks of life who use writing in their work, including: Frank McCourt, Tom Robbins, Wiliam Gibson, Sue Grafton, Michael Moore, Rush Limbaugh, Al Franken, Bill Walsh, Joe Satriani, and many others. He also wrote a book to accompany the series and to teach English Composition. The book was printed and distributed by McGraw-Hill Publishing. In 2001, Berkow as also named the nation's leading distance education college faculty professor by the Instructional Technology Council. In 2002, Berkow returned to producing albums (now in CD format) as well as DVDs and music concerts for public television. In 2005, he produced the 20 program series "Astronomy Observations and Theories" that won two LA Area Emmy awards. He produced the 13 program series "Sierra Center Stage" in 2007. Season One of his 10 program concert series "Music Gone Public" was released in 2010.

Josephine Powell

Josephine Powell was born October 11, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan, where her parents ran a family operated Polish Beer Garden until they relocated to North Hollywood in 1946. Her mother Anna was a seamstress at Republic Studios, fashioning shirts for Roy Rogers and Gene Autry, before purchasing a Country and Western tavern.

Ms. Powell graduated from Hollywood High School in 1954 before joining the staff of the Arthur Murray Studios; she aspired to become a combined Carmen Miranda, Betty Grable and Ginger Rogers.

Mastering the art of Mambo dancing, she became known as the Hollywood Mambo Queen when she was discovered by Latin percussion orchestra leader Tito Puente, whom she partnered for numerous years. After a ten year stint in Las Vegas and a trip to Vietnam to entertain the troops, Ms. Powell became a Realtor to rock stars. Using her vast knowledge of Cuban music and dance she also became a consultant for the motion picture The Mambo Kings, which soundtrack was nominated for an Oscar.

Jim Cuddy

Jim was born in Toronto, ON, but moved when he was very young. He and his family have lived in Montreal, QU, Brantford, ON, and the USA. He first asked for a guitar when he was 10 because he wanted to be like Roy Rogers. The first song he learned was Gordon Lightfoot`s "That`s What You Get For Loving Me." His first songwriting experience came when he was 11 and he re-wrote some of the lyrics in the song. He first met Greg Keelor in a grade 11 math class. After high school the two of them put together their first band, The HiFis. After a few years the band broke up, and Jim and Greg went to university where Jim got a BA in English. After university they went down to New York City and formed another band, Fly To France, which Jim says is: "A truly stupid name." After about 3 years, they broke up the band and came back to Toronto. Within a few months they had put together Blue Rodeo and were working on the first album. Since then they have been very successful and are still doing great. Blue Rodeo has been together for 15 years, won quite a few Juno awards, and are gaining new fans every year. Jim has also recorded a solo album: All In Time. He is married to Rena Polley and has three kids: Devin, Emma, and Sam.

Nick Mazzone

Nick Mazzone has entertainment in his blood. Nick has been around showbiz since birth and has been working in the business since 12 years of age.

Nick grew up around big name entertainers and has always experienced the finer things in life. Growing up, Nick was raised by his mother who was one of the first professional African American stunt women in Hollywood, which he is very proud of and wants the world to know.

This Italian/African American self proclaimed, "Hollywood Prince of Victorville", is a fun, loving Gemini who is dedicated and focused with an aura that can be described as no less than mystique. Nick likes to have fun and enjoys break dancing, body surfing, and BMX biking, just to name a few. He also plays a bit of the Alto Saxophone. Nicks favorite quote is, "Knowledge Is Power". Knowledge is the key to your success because it opens up the door to your life.

Nick wants you to think of and remember him as the first urban "Roy Rogers", one of a few legendary men who has inspired him growing up. He states he wants to do what Mr. Rogers has done by giving back to the community, and remaining consistent and humble to work.

Nick had the opportunity to study in Al Pacino's scene study, which consisted of Mr. Pacino watching and critiquing him and other students, which helps the upcoming actors/actresses become better entertainers.

He has worked in just about everything music, television, and film from national commercials like "Nintendo", "Sharp Electronics", "Bose", "Mead 5 Star Notebooks", print and internet, to product endorsement deals such as, "Fun Quenchers", which is a purified vitamin water for kids.

Nick worked with tons of music and film industry people such as, Producer/Rapper "Missy Elliott", R&B Singer "Ne-Yo", Actor "Nick Cannon", Rapper "Snoop Dog", Rapper "Sean Kingston", former American Idol "Jordin Sparks"music video (One Step At A Time), R&B singer Ray J's music video (Beds), first music video with all "B2K" members, Rapper "Flo-Rida" with "David Guetta" music video (Club Can't Handle Me) Rock Band "Linkin Park" music video (Shadow Of The Day), R&B Singer "Jason Derulo's" music video (What If), Actor "Marcus Paulk", "Myles", who costarred as R&B Singer "Brandy's" little brother in the 1996-2001 hit TV show "Moesha", Actor "Orlando Brown" from Disney channel and product endorsement, who made the statement to Nick, "You are going to be the biggest star", and "Chantal Christie", the daughter of former NBA star "Doug Christie", on the "Knowledge Is Power PSA". Nick is looking forward to being able to work with "Jamie Fox" in the future.

Nick also worked and assisted great friend, who he considers family, "LL Cool J". He is following in "LL's" footsteps and inspires to be like him, because he feels "LL" has proven that he is a hard worker, dedicated, focused, stylish, and have a ton of swag. Nick says, "LL Cool J" has all the great qualities that will get you ahead in all your career endeavors and in everyday life itself.

Keeping himself busy, he has worked with and appeared on large networks and TV shows like "Nickelodeon" (The Last Air Bender), "TLC", "Lifetime" (Jada) (Wristcutters, A Love Story) (Angel In The Family), "Disney" (Animal Planet, I'm Alive Series Season 2), "BET", "VH-1", "MTV", and "MTV3". Nick performed lead role for theatre play, "Santa Ana's" that was directed by "Sean Howse", Nick's directing coach at the time. He also appeared as "Bow Wow's" stunt double in the movie "Fast and Furious" (Tokyo Drift). Nick has been casted in roles that are romantic/comedic, but is now working to break into action roles, which is his first love.

Watch Nick as he is cast a role on the Emmy Award winning show, The Doctors TV Season 3", which will air next month on CBS (channel 4). Also look for him on an upcoming pilot show that will be airing on The CW and MTV.

Forrest Draper

Forest Draper is an actor and musician who appeared on a variety of television shows and movies between 1955 and 1976. Known for his rugged good looks, he played the part of a cowboy in popular TV westerns such as "Big Valley", "Bronco", "Cheyenne", "Colt 45", "Gunsmoke", "Larabee", "Laredo", "Lawman", "The Lone Ranger", "Maverick", "The Rebel", "Rawhide", "Restless Gun", "The Rifleman", "Roy Rogers", "Sugarfoot", "Texas Rangers", "The Virginian", "Wagon Train", and "Whispering Smith".

Draper also appeared in TV dramas such as "Naked City", "Streets of San Francisco", "Car 54", "The Untouchables", "Hawaii Five-O", "Seahunt", "77 Sunset Strip", "Ben Casey", and "Hawaiian Eye", and in early commercials for Maxwell Coffee House and Gallo Wine. He was an actor in "The Tender Trap" (1955) with Frank Sinatra and Debbie Reynolds, "How The West Was Won" (1962) with Gregory Peck, John Wayne and James Stewart, "Send Me No Flowers" (1964) with Tony Randall, Doris Day and Rock Hudson, "The Night Walker" (1964) with Robert Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck, and "That Funny Feeling" (1965) with Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee.

Draper began his musical career as a drummer and vocalist with the Tony Pastor Orchestra from 1947 to 1954. He played drums for Rosemary Clooney, appeared on the Perry Como show twice and on the Ed Sullivan show once, toured with stars such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Jack Jones, and was the drummer on more than 150 songs recorded at Columbia Records between 1950 and 1965, with artists such as the Four Lads, Johnny Ray, Rosemary Clooney, Guy Mitchell, Kitty Kallen, Tommy Leonetti, Kalin Twins, Don Cherry, and Bobby Darin.

John E. Blazier

John E. Blazier was born into a large family of nine children. In his youth, he appeared in several school productions including "The Nativity" (A Wiseman - 1961), "War 'N Wedlock" (Greg Preston - 1967) and "Stardust" (Arthur Scott Jr. - 1969). His television debut was on the Harlow Hickenlooper Three Stooges Show (Channel 6, Indianapolis) in 1967. He attended Indiana University (1969-1974) majoring in Radio and Television. Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Member of the Alpha Epsilon Rho Honorary Radio and Television Fraternity (1973). Worked at WFIU Radio (news writer), WIUS Radio (news reporter and broadcaster), and WTIU Television, Channel 30, in many capacities. He worked on several television productions including "Family and Consumer Law" (cameraman/floor director), "Interview With Frank Zappa" (floor director), and the production of "Androcles And The Lion" (cameraman). He also produced a holiday television special called "A Christmas Present". In his film career he has worked directly in scenes with many film celebrities including Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Christopher Lloyd, Charlie Sheen, John Cuzak, D.B. Sweeney, John Mahoney, Shannen Doherty, Kristy Swanson, Matt Adler, Burt Young, Yolanda Golet, Nick Nolte, Dee Wallace, Jimmy Nail, Ivan Rogers, Ben Affleck, Jeremy Davies, Phillip Rhee and Mark Rolston. He has worked with well known directors such as John Sayles, David Auspaugh, William Bindley, Strath Hamilton, William Friedken, Robert Knights, Ivan Rogers and Mark Pellington. In 1989, he appeared on the Dick Wolfsie A.M. Indiana television show with actor Burt Young discussing the difference being a well known actor vs. being an extra. During his career he has personally met many celebrities including Bob Hope, Anita Bryant, Arthur Godfrey, Michael Landon, Art Linkletter, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Red Skelton, Petula Clark, Vincent Price, Frank Zappa, Charles Lindburg, Supreme Court Justice William Renquist, Junior Samples, Peter Marshall, B.F. Skinner, Tony Dow, Jerry Mathers, Merlin Olsen, Tex Terry, Dick Butkus, Bubba Smith, James Garner, Peter Tork, Claude Akins, Richard Mull, Sheri Lewis, Leon Helm, Jon Provost, Lani O'Grady, Jay Leno, Bobby Vee, Larry Storch, Russell Johnson, Peter Tork, Jim Nabors, Mark Lindsey, George Hamilton,Fess Parker and John Astin. His special accomplishments are: Founder of the National Indy 500 Collectors Club (1985) Author of "Forgotten Heroes of the Speedways: The Riding Mechanics" Author of "The Legendary Bricks of Indy". In 1994, he was presented with the Hardee's Hometown Hero Award for Community Service. Award presented by Indiana Governor Evan Bayh.

David Venerose

Actor, Vocalist, and Master of Ceremonies; David was born and educated in Youngstown, Ohio on August 18, 1970 as David John Andrew Venerose, Jr. to David John Venerose, Sr. and Edith M. Venerose of Youngstown. He has one brother Joseph "Josef" Frank Venerose. David and Joseph are 11 months apart. His brother is serving as an United States Marine for 25 plus years to date. David grew up in Youngstown, Ohio as a son of a mill worker and a stay at home mom/cosmetologist. It was his father's love of movie cowboys that got David hooked on movies and acting. "Meeting Roy Rogers at the age of five led to a lifetime friendship with him, his wife Dale Evans (actress) and family". Later in life David studied at the prestigious Dana School of Music/Theatre which is ranked in the Top Ten Best Music Schools in the United States. He studied acting and vocal training with Wendell Orr, and the world renowned vocal/acting coaches Dr. Vogol, Dana School of Music and Lorenzo Malafalti of Pittsburgh, PA. His vocal/acting training achieved him success as a vocal singer, actor, and MC. David went to work in the corporate world after graduating with his BA: in 1993 where he used his education in marketing, PR, management, advertising, and philanthropy. He raised over a million dollars for charity IE: Easter Seal Society as the Development Coordinator with Pat Boone (singer/actor)and other various charities. David also worked in the corporate world as a shopping mall director where he over saw a $21 million dollar mall budgets for various shopping malls and had managed a cable television company throughout his business career. He also opened his own medical company called Mobile Freedom where he operated two stores/location serving people with disabilities throughout the United States and an eatery and pub called The Iron Shamrock. David is listed in Who's Who in Business and holds many accreditations, and awards. After a successful run in business, he later moved to Birmingham, Alabama and became the state director for National Hospice. Throughout his many accomplishments in education, the corporate world, and in business; he always still found time for his true love of acting, singing, and traveling as an entertainer for orchestras, the stage, movies, television, commercials, print work, Internet video commercials, radio, voice over work, fashion shows, music videos, bands, cruise ships, and concert halls as well as reality television. David also (hosted/MC) Miss. Teen USA. In his spare time, he volunteers at The Butler Art Museum of American Art, enjoys collecting entertainment memorabilia, art and coins. David has served as past president and secretary of The Youngstown Opera Guild, served on The Italian American Scholarship League, The Youngstown Symphony Board and the Dana School of Music New Music Society. He is affiliated with The Metropolitan Opera House, the Country Music Hall of Fame, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to name a few. His work on stage includes work with Bob Hope, (actor/comedian) to the Pope, (John Paul two). On December 31,1999 David along with 17 others world wide was invited/chosen to the Vatican in Rome to partake in the last Catholic Mass of the Millennium with His Holiness Pope Saint John Paul 2. His name was recorded in a book along with the other chosen 17 for attending the mass to be sealed for the next 2,000 years for attending the last mass of the millennium. At that mass, David received the sacraments of the church holy communion, the blood of Christ, a rosary and two gold coins by The Pontiff. "Receiving the sacraments and posing in pictures with The Holy Father and soon to be canonized a saint stand out as my most memorable occasions in my life that I will never forget". David's work includes but not limited to live performances with Bob Hope, and the world's greatest entertaining singers like Tony Bennett, (singer/actor) Frank Sinatra, (singer/actor) Luciano Pavoritti, (opera singer) and others as a vocalist/musician. He has worked everywhere from Carneige Hall to the neighborhood bar. A man who has always been known for wearing many hats and performing many tasks in the entertainment world and corporate America a versatile entertainer.

Ace Hudkins

Ace Hudkins was born in Nebraska in 1905 and began boxing at 12. He began fighting professionally in 1921 and boxed until he was 27, and was never knocked out. His nicknames were "The Wildcat" and "The Nebraska Wildcat". In the years around 1925-1926, Hudkins and Clever Sencio were the top drawing cards at Los Angeles'Olympic Auditorium. One of his most famous fights was a 1927 fight in New York, a knockout of hot prospect Ruby Goldstein. One writer wrote of Hudkins' win over Goldstein as "the fight that broke the Jewish banks."

It was Hudkins' toughness that most impressed his faithful fans; his fight against Sammy Baker was described as "the bloodiest fight ever seen;even the referee was drenched in ruby red;" Fighting from lightweight to light-heavyweight, he won several California State Heavyweight Titles and was Southern California's biggest boxing drawing card in the 1920s.

In 1930 he lived with his extended family at 2302 Observatory Avenue in L.A.; his brothers Clyde and Art served as his managers. As his boxing career wound down in the early 1930s his personal life was a mess as he battled alcoholism and went on extended benders. On January 10, 1932 he was charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon in L.A. for punching T. Leonard Park in the head with his bare fist and fracturing his skull. Hudkins claimed that he and a friend, Ellen Dorsey, were standing at an intersection when Park and another man approached and insulted the woman. The charges were later dropped but Park sued Hudkins for $50,000 and was awarded $1. On March 24, 1932, his live-in girlfriend Rhea Hill sued for $160,000; $100,000 for breach of a promise to marry, and $60,000 for beating her. After winning the lawsuit on April 2nd, Ace went out, got drunk, and was arrested for public drunkenness and fighting with the police.

On July 16th he was arrested for drunk driving and speeding near Fresno. Released from jail the next morning he went to a nearby bar and when he left, drove his car directly into a service station building, destroying both car and building and landing back in jail charged with drunk driving again. In December, 1932 he was arrested and convicted twice more in Fresno on the same charges. In March, 1933, Hudkins spent a month in Hawaii and was arrested twice for disorderly conduct following fights in hotel bars and spent a week in jail. On August 7, 1933, a drunk Hudkins started a brawl in a Hollywood café and pulled (what turned out to be an unloaded) gun on the bar's owner Richard Harris, who pulled his own (loaded) gun and shot Hudkins twice in the chest. He lingered near death for two weeks at a Glendale hospital while receiving two blood transfusions, but somehow survived. On November 9th Hudkins was yet again arrested after a drunken early-morning brawl when his friend David Chalmers' father-in-law - a huge San Pedro longshoreman - took the gun he was still carrying and knocked him unconscious with it. Leaving the fight, he and Chalmers tried to drive away without paying for 8 gallons of gas and were arrested for petty theft. Just two weeks later on November 21st he was arrested when police found both he and Chalmers passed out drunk and asleep in his car at a stoplight at Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. By the time of his December 2nd arrest a drunken rampage at his 416 South Burlington Avenue apartment building, his problem was public knowledge. The judge sent him to the county jail for five days.

In the late 1930s, Hudkins married and after operating a bar in Hollywood moved to Toluca Lake and bought a stable where he and his brother Art ran a string of race-horses. He lived there with his wife Mildred and their adopted son Robert D. Herron and rented horses, wagons, and cowboy gear to studios for westerns and his land for filming. His Hudkins Brothers Movie Ranch was a favorite of dozens of cowboy stars who boarded horses at the ranch (the property is now part of Forest Lawn Glendale), and among Ace's friends were Smiley Burnette, Guinn Wilson, Fred Kennedy, Gene Autry, and John Wayne. Ace was soon doing stunt work in their movies and his horses appearing in dozens of Republic Studio movies. In 1938, Republic rented one of his horses - whom Ace had named `Hi Yo Silver' - for a movie version of The Lone Ranger. The horse's name became The Lone Ranger's trademark yell. Ace's favorite horse was used as Olivia de Havilland's mount in the 1938 classic The Adventures of Robin Hood. When filming was done, cowboy actor Roy Rogers came looking for a horse to ride in his first starring vehicle, Under the Western Sky, and took de Havilland's horse for a ride around the ranch. After the lengthy ride Rogers and the horse had become instantly attached, and although Rogers was only making $75 a week at the time, he agreed to pay Ace $2,500 for the horse. It took him several years to pay for his new partner, whom Ace had named "Trigger." Trigger co-starred in all 82 movies made by Rogers between 1938 and 1952 and also appeared in all 100 TV episodes of 'The Roy Rogers Show.'

In the 1954-57 television series 'Annie Oakley,' both horses used to play the role of Oakley's horse Target were Ace's horses.

In Ace's trophy room, among other things, was a document from the Governor of Kentucky stating that he had made Ace a Kentucky Colonel. He died April 8, 1973 in Los Angeles and was posthumously inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1995. His adopted son Robert Herron had a long career as a stuntman, stunt director, and actor and was one of the founding members of the Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures and served on the board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild.

Rick Blanchard

Rick Blanchard Mini-Bio

Rick Blanchard is an entertainer, an actor, and a musician.

Rick's climb up the proverbial show business ladder began no different than millions of other starry-eyed hopefuls. At age nine, he outgrew his treasured Roy Rogers guitar, and at 12, became the youngest member of a teen combo who logged their share of Moose Lodge, VFW and Elks Club dances. As a teenager, Rick was often invited to play with the various musicians and traveling acts performing for the troops at military bases and U.S.O. shows throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

At 15, with his electric guitar in one hand and poorly forged ID in the other, he began playing regularly in local honky tonks and taverns. It was while working in these backstreet bars that he learned to play a variety of instruments and began to develop a style and stage presence uniquely his own. His quick wit and boyish charm soon brought him from sideman to front man.

By the age of 20, Rick had become a well-seasoned professional. While working in one of San Francisco's landmark nightclubs, his ability to transform an audience into a group of old friends was noticed by a local television Producer. He offered Rick the part of a comedic character on his program and of course, Rick accepted. The acting bug had taken a bite.

While still an active musician, Rick went on to appear in various other popular local television Shows and independent film productions.

Continuing his steady climb, Rick became associated with Grammy Award winning record producer Larry Cumings and Ground Floor Records who released his hit single, "Matter of Time" to critical acclaim. Not long after the release of his record, Rick became the nightly host of a San Francisco based television program that took a comical look at the TV programs of the 1950's and 1960's.

Rick considers himself extremely lucky to have been able to work along side some of his favorite actors and musical heroes. He has continued his modest career in various motion pictures and television shows as both actor and soundtrack composer. He still possesses his incredible quick wit and boyish charm and continues to challenge himself in the entertainment industry.

David Lawrence

David Lawrence has had a love affair with Europe since he produced his first television movie over a whirlwind 5-week schedule shooting in London, Paris, Rome and Amsterdam. The project, a co-production of Lawrence's Castle Combe Productions and 20th Century Fox, was based on Gerald Green's novel "Tourist". The all-star cast, including Bonnie Bedelia, Bradford Dillman, Adrienne Barbeau and Marisa Berenson, was directed by Jeremy Sommers from a script by Norman Hudis and Lawrence. During the last dozen years, Lawrence has added a diverse and successful group of movies and miniseries to his European line-up. The most ambitious, a six-hour miniseries, was produced in association with entertainment entities all over the world -- Tribune Entertainment in the U.S., Raidue in Italy, Canal Plus in France and TaurusFilm of Germany. "Voyage of Terror: The Achille Lauro Affair" starred Burt Lancaster, Eva Marie Saint and Robert Culp supported by a huge cast from nine countries. The miniseries was filmed at sea on board the actual ship, the Achille Lauro, following the route of her ill-fated voyage during which she was high jacked by terrorists who killed the American Klinghofer played by Lancaster. Other locations included sites throughout Israel and Italy. Following this year-long schedule, Lawrence produced several films in association with Titanus Produzione of Rome including "Vendetta" starring Carol Alt, Eric Roberts, Eli Wallach and Bert Young. The miniseries about the Mafia was aired in the States over the Tribune network and was successful enough to warrant a sequel with most of the original cast. In the period between these most recent efforts and "Tourist", David Lawrence was responsible for bringing to television the movie "Helen Keller: the Miracle Continues" starring Mare Winningham as Helen and Blythe Danner as her beloved teacher. Perry King co-starred as John Macy, the man loved by both extraordinary women. The script by John McGreevey was based on Joseph Lash's definitive biography and picked up the story some ten years after the end of "The Miracle Worker". Jack Warden, Vera Miles, and Peter Cushing co-starred in the film Lawrence produced near London in association with 20th Century Fox. In a remarkable change of pace, Lawrence next produced the World War Two spy thriller, "The Key to Rebecca", based on the best-selling novel by Ken Follett. The miniseries starred Cliff Robertson, David Soul, Season Hubley supported by Robert Culp, Anthony Quayle and David Hemmings who also directed. The Castle Combe Production was in association with Taft Entertainment and was filmed on locations throughout Tunisia. It reunited Lawrence with Hemmings who had directed a feature film, "Escape 2000" based on Lawrence's story. Once again proving his versatility, Lawrence produced a landmark movie for the ABC network in association with Martin Starger. Laura Z. Hobson's "Consenting Adult" was adapted by John McGreevey, directed by Gil Cates, and starred Marlo Thomas and Martin Sheen as parents whose liberal views are tested to the breaking point when their youngest son admits his homosexuality. Proving that in spite of his love of travel, David Lawrence believes there really is no place like home, he served as Executive Producer for the last year of the long-running Daytime Drama, "Search For Tomorrow" shot in New York. He followed this stint in Los Angeles by writing and producing the entertainment special, "Howdy Doody's 40th Birthday Celebration". This musical variety event re-united the original stars of the popular children's series and included clips from the early shows. Lawrence is no stranger to this form having served as Executive Producer, and often writer, of the 74 half-hour episodes of "That's Hollywood", a retrospective of the best moments of the best movies aired on ABC and produced in association with 20th Century Fox. Castle Combe and Fox also brought to CBS "M*A*S*H -- Our Finest Hour" and to NBC TV: The Fabulous 50's", both co-written and produced by David Lawrence. This is one Executive Producer who truly deserves the credit. He is intimately involved in every phase of production from concept, sales, script, through filming and post-production, even to the point of personally editing the commercials used in promoting the finished project. His respect for the value of the proper selling tools comes from Lawrence's background as a copywriter and account executive after graduating from Los Angeles City and State Colleges. His career in television began when Procter & Gamble asked him to join their production arm heading up their West Coast office. Lawrence spent ten years with P & G Productions working with television's top creative teams to develop pilots which the sponsor financed and placed on the networks. Once on the schedule, shows like "Dick Van Dyke", "Judy Garland", "Mary Tyler Moore", "Bill Cosby", "Gilligan's Island", and dozens of others became Lawrence's responsibility to supervise and publicize in conjunction with P & G's advertising agencies and public relations companies. When he left the sponsor, Lawrence entered independent production with two original book musicals, "Saga of Sonora" for NBC and "Old Faithful" for ABC with stars including Zero Mostel, Burgess Meredith, Leslie Ann Warren, Jill St. John, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. These were followed by "Alexander" for ABC starring Red Buttons and Jodie Foster and for his old company, Procter & Gamble, "The Fashion Awards" a star-studded musical special for ABC. Lawrence's work on the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of "Emily, Emily" starring Tom Hulce and John Forsythe led to his association with 20th Century Fox and the long list of credits that followed. During these years, David Lawrence served as President of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and produced for the Academy tributes to a long list of television stars including Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Johnny Carson, and Milton Berle. Lawrence remains active with the Academy as a member of the Past Presidents Council. David Lawrence has finished his first novel, "Murder in Merry Old", which not surprisingly features as its central character an urbane, elegant and very rich travel authority who occasionally takes a dozen well-heeled tourists on a very special trip to exotic locales. Projected as a series of mystery novels, each dream vacation becomes a nightmare when Death becomes the 13th tourist.

Ted King

Ted King began his show business career at age 9, "shovling" lion, tiger and elephant dung for the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailley Circus. Finally, his hard work paid-off and he was selected to be Dopey of the Seven Dwarfs. Snow White, holding Dopey's hand, paraded the three-ring circus and got many laughs for his antics.

He later shoveled horse dung for the Rodeo of Rodeos, first with Gene Autry and Champion. Then, at age 10, in 1945, he met Dale Evans and Roy Rogers, and kept Trigger's stall clean. At the "urging" of his mother and the truant officer, Ted resumed his fourth grade studies. While in the 4th grade, he was cast in a principal role in the Eternal Way, a play that was performed by high school and college students in various school venues in the Pittsburgh, Pa. area.

Ted is currently preparing to launch into production of his own screenplay, "Tonight I Die". He is winding up financing for the $3 million project that will be filmed in Hollywood (SAG Contract). Even though Ted has produced a number of industrial films, this will be his first feature.

Milton Raison

Milton Michael Raison was a prolific screenwriter, author and poet who emigrated to the U.S. at age three with his parents Lazarus ("Louis") and Rachel Kagan in 1906. The last name changed at some point to Raisen, then Raison when they settled in New York City. His sister Beatrice (Borkum) was born in 1909.

He graduated with some honors from public school, but in his second year at Stuyvesant High School he was rebellious and was eventually expelled. His early love of Jack London, Joseph Conrad and William McFee shaped his desire to write and to go to sea, and he signed on for several years after stretching his age to find a job as a mess boy and to follow his dream to sail. At the voyages' conclusion he arrived in New York and accepted a position as a press agent for chorus girls.

He published an anthology of four poems titled "Sea Moods and Sea Men" at nineteen. In-between sailing he would look for newspaper work and write book reviews and seagoing articles. His poetry was published in the New York Herald Tribune, New York Evening Post, Vanity Fair, Scribner's, Harpers, Bookman, and in The Saturday Review of Literature. His Century Magazine poems co-featured etched illustrations by John Sloan.

At the American Merchant Marine Library Association he placed books aboard ships for the crews.

With John Farrar's encouragement, he worked on his sea diary "Spindrift", published in 1922 with illustrations by John Sloan. By the late 1920s he became publicity writer/agent for a number of Broadway producers and their shows, and co-produced "Shoot The Works" with Heywood Broun in 1931. Those were very lean years for authors, and he was one of a number of writers to be invited by Metro Goldwyn Mayer to develop screenplays.

He served in the US Marine Corps between 1942 and 1944, became a staff sergeant and wrote fifteen-minute radio and film scripts to boost morale.

His radio and film scripts included themes of mystery, action, drama, romance, Westerns and thrillers, and for television he became a staff writer and story consultant on multiple series.

He briefly was married to Ruth W. in 1922, but she charged her nineteen-year-old poet husband of indiscretion at the Hotel Claridge. He married Dorothy Krampff in 1943, possibly while on military leave, and they divorced in 1949. In the early 1940s he may have fathered two daughters, one with Dorothy and one the year before with a secretary.

His successful novels in the Tony Woolrich series included "Nobody Loves a Dead Man" (1945) which received good reviews in the US and in the UK. Others included "No Weeds for The Widow" (1946), "Murder In a Lighter Vein" (1947) (also published in Italy) and "The Gay Mortician". "Phantom of 42nd Street" was co-authored with Jack Harvey and became a film. "Tunnel 13" (1948) was one of his last novels.

In 1950, he married Geraldine Audinet and had a son, Jonathan (1950-1993) and stepson, Patrick (b. 1942). This was a productive era for Mike Raison's television series scripts with the successful "The Millionaire", "Stories of the Century", "The Roy Rogers Show" and "The Adventures of Kit Carson", plus numerous episodes in other series.

He lived in the San Fernando Valley until the pressures of his life lead to health problems and alcohol use, and was divorced in 1955. During this period he won an Emmy for an episode in "Stories of the Century." He was with the Reece Halsey Agency for many years and remained good friends with Dorris after Reece's death. Both men donated their volumes of work to the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

Mike Raison continued writing television scripts through the 1960s but also developed movie concepts, including one in 1956 with Luigi Barzini titled "The Forgotten Front", but it was not optioned by MGM.

He moved to North Hollywood, married Johanna Rabus in 1956, and lived there until his death.

Mike Raison is remembered for his prolific television scripts and his love of a good story. He was a man with a poet's soul and an artist's ear, and he was a good cook and a soft-spoken storyteller.

Irving Berlin

Worked as a film editor in movies and television from the 1930's through the mid-1960's. During this period he worked for Charlie Chaplin's studio, Columbia Pictures, Roy Rogers, and others. He was employed for a time by evangelist Billy Graham, whom he said was his favorite employer due to Graham's gentle management style. In contrast, much earlier in his career, Berlin left Chaplin' s studio because he disliked the way in which Charlie Chaplin mistreated his brother Sidney.

Roy Rogers Riders

THe Roy Rogers Riders (and the Republic Rhythm Riders--see bio on their page) were created for the express purpose of appearing in films. This group was created by Republic Pictures after the contract for Foy Willing and the Riders of the Purple Sage band was not renewed. The members of this house-band were: (Jimmy Bryant)on guitar, (George Bamby) on accordion, (Bud Dooley) on rhythm guitar, (Michael Barton), on bass, and (Darol Rice) on clarinet. (Pat Brady), working under a separate contract with Republic, also performed with the band in the final three Roy Rogers' feature films made at Republic.

Jeremy Thacker

Honest, soulful, and straight from the heart - Jeremy Kent brings every shade of emotion to life in his music. With rich signature tones and a masculine sensitivity, his songs paint vivid scenes of his life experience in a contemporary country style that blends his cowboy roots and hillbilly heritage.

Honest pain and a love for the richness of life - you can hear every shade of emotion come to life in Jeremy Kent. His rich, deep tones blend with a vocal vulnerability to paint vivid scenes of his life experience. Then, with a quick flicker of his boyish smile and a few low, sexy growls, he'll let you know, he's a man who can get down and honky-tonk with the best of them.

There's no denying Jeremy Kent's passion for country. He's literally been a country music lover since birth. With no husband for support, his mom played Dolly Parton music in the delivery room. Afterward, mom and her newborn settled in with Jeremy's grandparents for some recovery time, which began a special bond between the four.

When he was a year old, Jeremy's dad was back in the picture, making up for lost time. He was a talented guitar player who often played and sang for his young son. His father, half-sister Melody, and Jeremy formed a tight relationship by the time Jeremy was three, but their time together was cut short. His sister, 5-year-old Melody, was kidnapped by her mother from her preschool classroom. Then, just a few months later on July 4th, 1980, Jeremy's father, Kent, was killed in a private plane crash during take-off in Tombstone, Arizona. That's when Jeremy's "Poppaw" stepped in stronger than ever as a father figure.

Growing up with his Poppaw in Arizona, Jeremy learned to love Roy Rogers movies and the Grand Ole Opry. His family jokes he's a "Cow-Billy"... from a Cowboy dad and a Hillbilly mom. His mother and grandparents are from the mountains of eastern Kentucky, so young Jeremy grew up listening to and loving country radio and Bluegrass gospel, and you can hear those early childhood influences alive and well in his music today.

Jeremy's musical style bridges the gap between traditional and modern country, appealing to anyone who has ever lived, loved, lost, and started all over again. Jeremy has an honest compassion for people that's reflected in every song he writes and sings. The rich depth of his voice wraps around you like the warmth of your favorite blanket with stories of faith, strength, and vulnerability. His playful growls and throaty country slides remind you of the lightness of life. Every note is a new and resonating experience on his vocal adventure.

Jeremy Kent's stand-out vocal style has grabbed radio's attention from LA to Nashville. He received airplay on what was then the most listened-to country station in America and he was the only unsigned artist to be included in the CMT Music Awards pre-show in 2008.

If you're looking to forget your troubles, or connect with someone who knows your pain, Jeremy Kent is there for you. He's lived it. He's loved it. And you'll know it in every song!

Blake E. Schaefer

Blake E. Schaefer: aka (B.E. Schafer) is an American writer and actor. Born in Evansville, Indiana, he has lived in Illinois and the St. Louis metro area. He has had a long interest in writing and has had a deep love of horror and science fiction in film and books. After reading his first Stephen King novel at the age of twelve, he was hooked. Sometime around the age of 15 he was introduced to many other types of fiction and non- fiction books by a teacher of his. He notes many influences in his life including King, Koontz, Steinbeck, Faulkner, Rice Bradbury and many more. His love of film came from watching the classics with his father on Sunday afternoons. From westerns with Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. And classics such as the Sound of Music and the Exorcist. He notes many film influences, from Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, Clint Eastwood, George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Wes Cravens to name a few.

His first acting performance was on the high school stage in the role of Paul Sycamore in a production of You Can't Take it with you.

In the spring of 2012 while out on a book tour he met some independent horror filmmakers. He had already begun his goal of writing books (under the pen name of B.E. Schafer) now he knew it was time to chase his dream of acting and writing for film.

He now resides in Indiana with his wife,seven children, a dog and several cats.

He is the author of the Novels Six Toes, Six Toes 2 The Legacy, and Obtuse. He is also written several screenplays.

Peter Kim

Kim is of Korean descent. Kim grew up in Ridgewood, New Jersey the son of a single mother, and his first job was in 1974 at a Roy Rogers restaurant, where he earned money to pay for college. Kim earned his A.B. in chemistry at Cornell University in 1979 and trained as a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Stanford University under the guidance of Robert Baldwin. While at Stanford, he was also a Medical Scientist Training Program Fellow.

Later, Kim was a Whitehead Fellow at the Whitehead Institute before joining Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a Professor of Biology and as a Member of the Whitehead Institute and an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Kim has a special interest in HIV / AIDS research and designed compounds that stop membrane fusion by the AIDS virus, thereby preventing it from infecting cells, and has pioneered efforts to develop an HIV vaccine based on similar principles. Kim also served as a member of the National Institutes of Health.

Bronagh Hanley

Bronagh Hanley started Big Noise PR to provide entertainment publicity services to film, television and media clients. In her twenty years as a publicist, Hanley has driven around the country in an RV with Roy Rogers singing songs, walked the red carpet with impresario John Waters, shielded Matthew McConaughey from gaggles of women at a Hollywood premiere, hosted a screening at The Shining hotel, seen Garth Brooks in his skivvies and witnessed the opening of the Medici family crypt in Florence. From riding in private jets with celebrities and executives to wearing a sandwich board on a main drag, she is as capable and familiar with strategy as she is with execution.

Hanley's primary expertise is in media relations, events and talent relations. Prior to branching out on her own, Hanley was director of public relations for Netflix, the online movie rental company, where she built the consumer public relations program from scratch and helped the company grow from 3 million to 10 million subscribers in three years. Prior to that, Hanley spent a number of years at Discovery Communications in several capacities, including vice president of communications for Discovery Networks' popular lifestyle channel, TLC, and director of communications for Animal Planet.

Hanley's career has revolved around entertainment public relations and all that entails, from publicizing television shows and media training film and TV talent to executing entertainment events and developing creative publicity stunts.

Hanley graduated from Syracuse University (SU) in 1990 with a bachelor of science degree in communications from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. She was a founding member of the SU Debate Club and currently serves as a mentor, advisor and board member for the College and the SULA program. She is a member of the Entertainment Publicists Professional Society, the Television Publicity Executives Committee, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (including serving as a judge for the College Television Awards) and an advisory board member of Redroom.com. Hanley is the author of How to Behave @ Work, a business manners guide for the digital workplace, trademark holder for The Microwave Buddy and business consultant to such varied companies as sock manufacturers and bag makers. She has also consulted with several digital companies on mobile app concepts and website ideas.

Hanley is active in several national volunteer organizations, including DoSomething.org, Everybody Wins! literacy program and Hands on Bay Area, a grassroots volunteer group. She has been to the White House for meetings, testified before Congress on the benefits of financial aid, taught elementary school and college classes and served as a speaker or panelist at numerous entertainment industry events, including Real Screen Summit and Digital Media Wire's Future of TV conference.

Born in Northern Ireland, Hanley moved to the United States with her family in the late 70s to Little Rock, Arkansas where her mom worked in the ER (she had a lot of experience from Belfast unfortunately). Raised in Washington, DC where Hanley's mother started a lobbying group for human rights in Northern Ireland, she now calls San Francisco her home with her husband and daughter.

Danny Proctor

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Danny Proctor is the middle child of three children born to Raymond and Mary Proctor. At an early age, Danny was fascinated with TV and the movies. His earliest childhood heroes were Tarzan, Roy Rogers, the Three Stooges and Daffy Duck. After studying graphic design, Danny became a full-time designer for various Nashville-based companies. Working for the first country music magazine, Music City News, led to a job as a staff writer and ultimately editor and creative director. From there, Danny became a reporter for Country Weekly magazine and other publications.

Throughout his publishing career, Danny always made time for the stage and independent film and TV productions. Highlights include working onstage with legendary stars such as Jack Carter ("A Stoop On Orchard Street"), Joyce DeWitt ("Dearly Departed," "The Waffle House Christmas Musical"), James Denton ("Oklahoma") and Grand Ole Opry stars Jeannie Seely and Helen Cornelius ("Could It Be Love"). He has appeared on nearly every Nashville theatre stage as well as shows in New York City and Huntsville, Alabama.

As an entertainment journalist, Danny has been fortunate to interview many top celebrities including Lily Tomlin, Rue McClanahan, Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Kathy Griffin, Billy Ray Cyrus, Reba McEntire, Kitty Wells, Hank Thompson, Chet Atkins, Martina McBride, Kenny Chesney and others.

The Republic Rhythm Riders

THe Republic Rhythm Riders was an in-house-band created by Republic Pictures to be used in six (Rex Allen)B-westerns produced by Republic. Three members of THe Roy Rogers Riders band, (George Bamby (1)')on accordion; (Bud Dooley)on rhythm guitar, and (Darol Rice) on clarinet. Added were fiddler (Slim Duncan) and bassist H. Michael Behan Jr. This band made no records and/or appearances beyond films.

Floyd Starr

Floyd Elliott Starr was born May 1, 1883 to Marshall and Mary Root Starr in Decatur, Michigan. By the time young Floyd was enrolled in elementary school his family had inherited his grandmother Root's farm near Marshall, Michigan where young Floyd completed his schooling. Once, when family friends Dr. and Mrs. John Harvey Kellogg were visiting, nine year old Floyd overhead the mention of adoption. Later, quizzing his mother as to what "adoption" meant, Floyd announced that when he was grown-up he was going to buy a farm and adopt 50 boys. Excelling in high school forensics and debate, Floyd was hired by the Women's Christian Temperance Union following graduation to travel across the United States making impassioned speeches on the evils of alcohol and smoking. He later took a job with the physical culturist Bernarr MacFadden as his secretary. The position entailed traveling, arranging exhibitions, advertising and in general, managing the career of MacFadden. The skills honed during these years would serve him well in his future undertakings.

Returning to Marshall in 1906 he matriculated at nearby Albion College where, in a sociology class, he made the brash assertion that "there is no such thing as a bad boy." A member and later national president of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, Floyd Starr graduated with an A.B. degree in 1910. Shortly after graduation he married his college sweetheart Harriet Armstrong. The newlyweds took a position at a settlement house in St. Louis and later an Assistant Director position lured Floyd to the Beulah Home for Boys in Boyne City, Michigan. After taking the position the Director was involved in a scandal and Floyd became the de facto Director. Beulah soon closed and 50 boys were left needing a home. Starr would make a decision that day that would change the face of American social work forever.

In 1913, with the help of his father and the aid of a legacy left by an Aunt, Floyd Starr purchased a 40 acre farm on the shores of Montcalm Lake just west of Albion, Michigan. The house had burned leaving a bare foundation, so Floyd and his first two homeless boys slept in the old barn while a cottage was constructed. The cottage was called "Gladsome" because that was how Starr felt about the beginning of his life's work. Around the kitchen table in that cottage Starr would pen the famous Starr Commonwealth Creed, a statement of his beliefs about the fundamental nature of boys and a revolutionary approach to the treatment of so-called "badness."

The crackpot idea of Starr Commonwealth, a character rebuilding institution built on love not bars, began to take shape and earn the respect of judges and juvenile authorities across the State of Michigan. Starr himself was a tireless advocate for boys and would spend the next 54 years at the helm of an ever-burgeoning institution. As news of the success of Starr Commonwealth spread it began to attract many famous celebrities. Among the famous guests at Starr were Sir Rabindranath Tagore, Madame Pandit, George Washington Carver, Carl Sandburg, Admiral Byrd, Jesse Owens, Helen Keller, Roy Rogers, Maya Angelou, Alex Haley, Muhhamed Ali, Joan Crawford, Diego Rivera, Art Linkletter, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, Ruth Bryan Rhode, Joy Adamson, Dorothy Maynor, Henry Winkler, Marlee Matlin and many, many other famous and talented personalities.

In the 1950's Floyd Starr recognized that a significant number of his new charges were coming from Ohio. In response, and with the help of one of his field secretaries, arrangements were made to purchase a property west of Van Wert, Ohio known as "Auglaise Gardens." The property belonged to Mr. Harry Beckmann the "Peony King of the Midwest." The estate featured a handsome gatehouse and a magnificent Old English house later partially converted to a chapel. As the realization of a long-held dream, Floyd Starr named a former Starr boy Gordon Langley as the first director of the Ohio branch of Starr Commonwealth.

Due to advancing age and near-total deafness, Floyd Starr retired as President Emeritus of Starr Commonwealth in 1967 at the age of 84. He continued to live on at his home, Candler Hall, on the Albion Campus where he engaged with young people and offered advice to his successor and Board of Directors. He died in 1980 at the age of 97 and is buried above the Great Cross on a hill behind the Chapel-in-the-Woods at Starr Commonwealth, Albion, Michigan. The campus at Albion that he conceived with the help of talented landscape architects and building designers and the thousands of trees, bulbs and grasses that he and his early boys planted have culminated in a spot of rare beauty in America. So striking is the setting and the scope of Starr's work at Albion that the campus has been named a Michigan State historic site. His dictum "beauty is a silent teacher" pervades the 350 acres. In addition to the Albion campus, Starr operates campuses in Battle Creek, Detroit, Van Wert and Columbus, Ohio.

Floyd Starr is remembered today as the man who insisted that "there is no such thing as a bad boy." His treatment philosophy based upon love, respect and the inherent goodness of mankind is still studied today and his crackpot school, Starr Commonwealth, now over 99 years old, is flourishing and expanding, providing help and healing to over 6,000 children and families each year

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