#1 Posted on 18.3.10 1839.02 Reposted on: 18.3.17 1839.46
Of course, other than maybe the Doc, none of you knew the craziness that was Fess Parker. Now, before I was born (mid 50s) Fess played Davy Crockett - and caused a sensation of coonskin caps. That was still around when I was a youngster in the early 60s. My older cousin (2 years older) had received a coonskin cap and they occasionally showed the Davy Crockett episodes on wonderful world of Disney. Then in the mid 60s, Fess played Daniel Boone. Coonskin Caps! I got mine.
I worshiped the man. I had no idea he was still around until today.
Rest in peace, Fess. I believe I am going to pretend to be Mingo and follow you around for awhile.
#2 Posted on 18.3.10 1901.50 Reposted on: 18.3.17 1903.11
We got wind of this through the local rumor mill before the national obits went up.
He was a pretty controversial local celebrity. His name is on the Fess Parker Double Tree Resort, and there's a Fess Parker Winery as well (decent, if not great, wine). He aggressively pursued a second hotel resort coastal development that no one in town wanted (if memory serves, it lost in a city-wide vote), and, when it didn't go through, more or less kept out of the public eye.
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#3 Posted on 19.3.10 0628.24 Reposted on: 19.3.17 0628.35
My awareness of Parker comes mostly from his association with Disneyland. Parker's name is one that crops up in Disney fan circles fairly often; he was present, in character as Davy Crockett, for Disneyland's opening day in 1955, as seen here (with Art Linkletter and Ronald Reagan!). (Uh, the first 30 seconds were not a part of the original broadcast.)
He was inducted as a Disney Legend in 1991, at which time he was honored with a commemerative window in Frontierland ("Davy Crockett Coonskin Cap Supply Co., Fess Parker Proprietor," it reads).
Mice Chat has a nice photo essay with pics from both '55 and '91.
#4 Posted on 19.3.10 0817.28 Reposted on: 19.3.17 0818.12
AWA is right, first as Davey then Dan'l, he was quite the sensation for us as kids. Daniel Boone was one of the first shows as a kid I remember where there was an Indian partner (Ed Ames as Mingo) who was well spoken, articulate, and treated as an equal.
Anyway Fess Parker's characters were our idols growing up.