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.
We'll be back right after order has been restored here in the Omni Center.
That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy - Swift
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.
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.
Last 5 movies seen: 40 Pounds of Trouble ***1/2 - Alice in Wonderland (1933) **1/2 - Where the Wild Things Are *** - The Informant! **** - Sherlock Jr. ****
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.
(edited by DrDirt on 19.3.10 0818) Perception is reality