Centennial (1978–1979)

Only the Rocks Live Forever 

In 1756, a young Arapahoe child learns his father has been killed in battle and is taught the lesson that 'only rocks live forever'. The child is called Lame Beaver. 1795, a French-Canadian... See full summary »


Virgil W. Vogel


James A. Michener (based on the novel by), John Wilder

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James A. Michener James A. Michener ... Himself (as James Michener)
Raymond Burr ... Herman Bockweiss
Barbara Carrera ... Clay Basket
Richard Chamberlain ... Alexander McKeag
Robert Conrad ... Pasquinel
Richard Crenna ... Colonel Frank Skimmerhorn
Chad Everett ... Major Maxwell Mercy
David Janssen ... Paul Garrett / Narrator
Alex Karras ... Hans Brumbaugh (credit only)
Brian Keith ... Sheriff Axel Dumire (credit only)
Sally Kellerman ... Lise Bockweiss
Donald Pleasence ... Sam Purchas (credit only)
Lynn Redgrave ... Charlotte Buckland Seccombe (credit only)
Dennis Weaver ... R.J. Poteet
Michael Ansara ... Lame Beaver


In 1756, a young Arapahoe child learns his father has been killed in battle and is taught the lesson that 'only rocks live forever'. The child is called Lame Beaver. 1795, a French-Canadian trapper named Pasquinel meets Lame Beaver and they begin trading - pelts for blankets, silver, beads, etc. from around the world. Lame Beaver says he'd like a gun next time the white man returns. The Pawnee also are interested in guns. A doctor introduces Pasquinel to a silver-smith to form a partnership to finance his trading trips. The silver-smith has a daughter, Lise, who is immediately captivated with the Canadian. When Pasquinel delivers the gun to the Pawnee chief, he meets Scottish mountain man, Alexander McKeag. Clay Basket, daughter of Lame Beaver, gives McKeag life-saving care when he is wounded. Written by clearthinkernow

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Release Date:

1 October 1978 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the "Only the Rocks Live Forever" episode - Lame Beaver and his tribe are migrating across the prairie. One of the Indian braves who is walking behind Lame Beaver has three tennis balls in hands and is juggling them as he walks. Native Americans would not have had tennis balls in the year 1795. See more »


[last lines]
Paul Garrett: [voiceover narration] But McKeag began to wonder how much the Indians had really known about Pasquinel. Did they confuse courage with honor? Still the young Scot could not leave the only friend he'd ever known, and the only woman he'd ever wanted. He only knew one thing for certain. It would be a hard winter.
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