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Fess Parker (1925-2010)


The teenagers had Elvis but, for a brief moment a bit more than half a century ago this spring, Fess Parker’s King of the Wild Frontier was the idol of every American six-year-old within range of a TV set. While researching a book, I came across the following:

Fess Parker, visiting Vietnam in 1968, was struck by the fact that the American warriors he met were in some ways his own creation. “I suddenly realized that all these kids fighting this war were the Davy Crockett generation,” he told Texas Monthly contributing editor Stephen Harrigan in a 1986 interview. “That was very painful.”

Spoken like a mensch.

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