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For folks who grew up watching cowboys

Published September 26, 2006

Journey down memory lane and see how many of these rough guys you can remember.


Bonanza was one of the most successful TV Western series. It ran for 14 years and ranked in the top 10 shows for nine consecutive years.

1. Which actor left Bonanza after six years?

A. Pernell Roberts

B. Michael Landon

C. Lorne Greene

2. How many times was Ben Cartwright married?

A. Once

B. Never

C. Three times


Premiering on CBS in September 1955 and completing its network run in September 1975, Gunsmoke is the longest-running dramatic series in the history of television.

Gunsmoke started a trend: At one point, 30 Westerns were running on TV. But at the time of its cancellation in 1975, Gunsmoke was the only one still on the air.

3. How tall was the star of the show, James Arness?

A. 5 feet 8

B. 6 feet 7

C. 6 feet 3

4. What was the name of the saloon "Miss Kitty" Russell operated in Dodge City?

A. Bar None Saloon

B. Long Branch Saloon

C. Last Chance Saloon


The first treks were led by gruff but good-hearted Maj. Seth Adams. After him, the wagon train was led by the avuncular Christopher Hale, along with scouts Duke Shannon and Cooper Smith.

In a field awash with Westerns, Wagon Train established a style reminiscent of the anthology drama.

5. What year was the first episode aired?

A. 1957

B. 1963

C. 1950

6. Who played the role of Maj. Seth Adams from 1957 until his death in 1960?

A. Robert Fuller

B. John McIntire

C. Ward Bond



Gil Favor Eric Fleming was the trail boss of the cattle drive from North Texas to Sedalia, Kan. His ramrod was the young Clint Eastwood, playing Rowdy Yates. When Fleming left the show in the last season, Rowdy became the boss.

Rawhide is often compared to Wagon Train, because the cattle drive provided the opportunity to come across many people and situations.

7. Rawhide episodes ran 60 minutes and were televised in black and white.

A. True

B. False

C. They ran 30 minutes "in living color."

8. Clint Eastwood was born in San Francisco in 1940.

A. True

B. False



Stories and legends based, and filmed, in and around Death Valley, Calif., became one of the longest-running Western series, originating on radio in the 1930s.

9. Ronald Reagan appeared on Death Valley Days as its host and also as an actor, leaving the show to run for governor of California.

A. True

B. False

10. Can you name the sponsor of Death Valley Days?

A. Rinso detergent

B. Twenty Mule Team Borax

C. Colgate toothpaste



The Maverick brothers were TV's most reluctant heroes. They'd rather talk their way out of trouble. Buy the fella a drink, offer a cigar, play a few hands of cards - anything but gunplay, at which they weren't especially adept.

11. Who played the role of Bret Maverick, and who played the role of his brother, Bart?

A. Roger Moore (Bret) and Robert Colbert (Bart)

B. James Garner (Bret) and Jack Kelly (Bart)

C. Leo Gardon (Bret) and Peter Breck (Bart)


12. Maverick was filmed in black and white and ran 60 minutes.

A. True

B. False


Frank Kaiser is a nationally syndicated columnist who lives in Clearwater. His Web site,, includes nostalgia, trivia, humor and links to senior-focused sites. Contact him at or by writing to 2431 Canadian Way, Suite 21, Clearwater, FL 33763.



1. A. Pernell Roberts left after six years.

2. D. Ben Cartwright was married three times.


3. B. 6 foot 7

4. B. Long Branch Saloon


5. A. 1957

6. C. Ward Bond


7. A. True

8. B. False. Clint was born there, but in 1930.


9. A. True

10. B. Twenty Mule Team Borax (Mined in Death Valley)


11. B. James Garner (Bret) and Jack Kelly (Bart)

12. A. True

[Last modified September 26, 2006, 09:40:28]

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