I'm a cowboy, hootie, hootie
Trip Start Oct 06, 2013
80Trip End Mar 15, 2014
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The Lone Ranger (wasn't it sad when they took away Clayton Moore's mask) all the cowboys of Saturday morning television of my youth, before cartoons squeezed out the western. But they had all original Hollywood cowboys: Tom Mix, Hoot Gibson, Hopalong Cassidy. It was great. Of course they had real cowboy stuff too, saddles and ropes and guns. Even bob wire, we have a history, as you know.
Bobby, Fran and I spent hours looking through all the cowboy artifacts, western art, amazing Indian bead work and weaving. This is my kind of museum. Bobby and Fran were worse than I was in slowly working through this amazing collection. They were as pokey as Gabby Hayes driving a chuck wagon.
The most amazing thing is they had my Davey Crockett bedspread from when I was 5. The one with him fighting the bear in that soft chenille ribbed cotton. My sisters will remember. I have not seen that bed spread in well over 50 years. Going to bed underneath the image of Davey Crockett killing a bear with a knife gives a kid the feeling that they can do anything. Of course, Davey "killed him a bear when he was only three," so I felt I was slipping a bit having not even seen a bear by the time I was five. I still think I should have a big Bowie knife under my pillow, particularly in bear country.
I even got to shoot a scene from a cowboy movie! Check out the video. http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/hawkinsw/1/1385134034/tpod.html? view=preview#pbrowser/hawkinsw/1/1385134034/filename=destiny-rides-again.mov
The museum also had a show on the Jewish community of LA, which focused on Boyle Heights, but also talked about all the Jewish impact on Hollywood and the movies. Really interesting but close to home as Bobby's grandparents lived in Boyle Heights in the 40s and 50s.
Did you know that Upton Sinclair, that muckraking journalist, in 1935 ran for the Governor of California. Among supporters of the Stop Sinclair effort were MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer, media tycoon William Randolph Hearst, and Los Angeles Times publisher Harry Chandler. During the campaign, Mayer turned multiple studio lots in Los Angeles into propaganda machines, churning out fake newsreels to be played before feature-length films in the state. Republican Frank Merriam won the election. This was the first use of film in politics.
I also got to listen to the music of Chuck Higgins, Spade Cooley and Slim Gaillard that made music that was popular in Boyle Heights, including such hits as Dunkin' Bagels, Boyle Heights Bop and the Pachuko Hop. Sax player Chuck Higgins influenced Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart. Spade Cooley, claimed to be the King of Western Swing and brought Tex Williams into his band. Unfortunately, Spade's career was cut short when he killed his wife after she had an affair with Roy Rogers. Everyone now says Bob Wills was king of swing. By the way, Ry Cooder named his dog "Spayed Kooley." Slim Gaillard made famous that old bop favorite, Flat Foot Floogie (with a Floy Floy), a song my dad loved, and he never told me what it meant. Man those cats in Boyle Heights were cool.
Meantime. Sadie and Roamin' enjoyed each other and had the run of the place. Sadie was very happy to see us.