Celebrities 2020

Cowboy Way Jubilee!
July 23 to July 26, 2020!

(Normally held, the First Weekend in May @ Ft. Concho, San Angelo, TX)

Celebrating EVERYTHING COWBOY!
It’s a Modern Day Wild West Show Experience!

Celebrities for 2020

All Celebrities & Dignitaries are scheduled to be on-site daily 11am to 5pm (Friday through Sunday). They may make an appearance at the Thursday, July 23rd sing-a-long and most will be attending the Sunday, July 26 Sunday Dinner Banquet.

Cindy Mitchum Azbill

Niece of actor Robert Mitchum and daughter of actor/poet John Mitchum. Raised among the Hollywood Stars, she calls Ernest Borgnine, “Uncle Ernie”, among others!

Cindy has complied an amazing CD of her Father’s & Robert’s poetry read by Hollywood greats such as James Drury, and Robert Duvall

Cindy’s Dad, John Mitchum was a character actor with over 800 TV episodes and 60 feature films to his credit. John had a beautiful voice and trained to be an opera singer. You might have seen him as Pick Along in Riverboat or heard the album he did with big Dan Blocker, Our Land Our Heritage on RCA? He was also known for his poetry. Ken Curtis requested John write a special piece for Festus to record, An Ode To A Mule. Mitchum was nominated for a Grammy for authoring John Wayne’s America, Why I Love Her album in 1973.
When John passed away in 2001, Ernest Borgnine came up with the idea of having John’s friends each pick their favorite piece to record as a tribute to John. It is with great pride, appreciation, and love that Cindy and her husband Steve are presenting A Tribute to John Mitchum’s Unabashed love of Cowboys, Country, and God for the first time during Cowboy Way Jubilee. Jim Drury was first to record two choices, Charlie Goodnight and The Pledge of Allegiance. Another great Texan, Dean Smith did a fine job with A Breed Apart. Barry Corbin naturally did an outstanding job with the piece for Ben Johnson. Robert Duvall and The Sons of the Pioneers did a spectacular job with the iconic poem America, Why I Love Her. The list goes on. Over 50 of John’s dear friends joined together to make this once in a lifetime CD happen. Ben Mankiewicz said “this CD is not just Hollywood history, it is pure Americana.”

Lisa Belcher, Director

Lisa Belcher is an award-winning writer, director, and actor. Her short film The Gift, that was shot in Hong Kong, has had a successful worldwide festival tour, received an international distribution deal and is currently available On Demand. She has a full resume of acting credits both in Hong Kong and the US and has held other production and crew titles during her career. She has earned many awards for The Gift, Every Tuesday and Guest of Honor as well as multiple acting awards. She produced, wrote, directed and played the lead in Guest of Honor which is currently doing the festival circuit and was recently picked up by a large non-profit in the US. Her short comedy western called Javelina Run is just beginning its festival run. She’s also the founder of Austin based production company Jump Rock Pictures and is in development on a feature she will direct that has been greenlit for 2020.
Jump Rock Pictures website:  www.jumprockpictures.com
Javelina Run website:  www.javelinarunmovie.com

 

Shelby Bond

Shelby Bond (Cowboy Max) grew up in West Texas, riding and roping from a young age. He has been cracking jokes and whips for decades and has performed live for over 700,000 people worldwide. He’s entertained at events like The LA County Fair, The Imagine Festival London, The World Busker Festival in New Zealand, UK’s Camp Bestival, Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe and rodeos across Australia. He also voiced a character in “Red Dead Redemption 2” bringing Texas spirit to the video game.

Shelby says, “I love doing cowboy shows because it evokes an era gone by and the tricks and comedy are enjoyed as much by the adults as they are the kids.” He is also known as “Cowboy Max.”

Randy Boone

Born January 17, 1942, Clyde Randall Boone is an actor and country music singer. He is most well known for appearing in recurring episodes of all three 90 minute western television shows that aired during the 1960s: Wagon Train, The Virginian, and Cimarron Strip.”

At age twenty, Boone co-starred in his first acting role as Vern Hodges in the 1962–1963 NBC comedy-drama It’s a Man’s World, based on the activities of four young men living on a houseboat on the Ohio River. After It’s a Man’s World, Boone’s career skyrocketed. He guest starred on The Alfred Hitchcock Hour thereafter came his three Wagon Train episodes. Boone also appeared in an episode of The Twilight Zone. In 1963, Boone also

The Virginian cast in its second season appearing in 46 episodes over three seasons as the singing cowboy Randy Benton, a romantic interest for a time for Betsy Garth, played by Roberta Shore.   Boone composed original songs that were featured in the series. For example, in a season four episode, “The Inchworm’s Got No Wings At All”, he sang and played his song during the opening credits, and the song’s melody continued throughout the episode, adding dimension and continuity to the story.

He won the Bronze Wrangler award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in 1966 for his acting in the episode titled “The Horse Fighter”.

While on The Virginian, he guest starred on David Janssen‘s ABC series The Fugitive. He also starred in the film Country Boy as Link Byrd, Jr., a country singer. After The Virginian, Boone guest starred on episodes of Combat!, Bonanza, and Hondo. From 1967 to 1968, Boone co-starred in the western series Cimarron Strip in the role of 25-year-old photographer Francis Wilde, who is also a part-time deputy to Marshal Jim Crown, portrayed by series star Stuart Whitman. Boone made several television appearances, including Emergency!, Kolchak: The Night Stalker and the cult movie Terminal Island in 1973. The following year, he appeared as Deputy Dickie Haycroft in the television movie Savages, and starred in Dr. Minx in 1975. His last role was as Farkas in the 1987 film The Wild Pair (also known as The Devil’s Odds), about a narcotics officer and an FBI agent.

John Buttram

Nephew of well-known actor and side kick to Gene Autry, Pat Buttram, John Buttram has made a name for himself as he tries to carry on his uncles legacy. John has emceed the Gathering of the Guns festival for many years, starting out with them in Olive Branch Mississippi and trailing along when the event moved to Tunica Mississippi.

John is proud of the way he can imitate his uncle Pat voice to the letter. He has been asked to be the voice in two films:Gene Autry: White Hat, Silver Screen (TV Movie documentary) , Gene Autry: White Hat, Silver Screen in 2007. And his voice can be heard in The Trail of Tears:Cherokee Legacy in 2006. Come visit with John and listen to the tales he can tell about Uncle Pat.

 

Gary Clarke

Being and performing in front of people has always been paramount in Gary’s life except for the time that his father embarrassed him so badly that he peed his pants. That incident lead to the early discovery that making people laugh would create many positive opportunities and open many doors to contributing to people around the world. It soon became clear, however, that one could not simply joke his way through life. Life, he discovered, is much more than “This rabbi walks into a bar…”

He followed fate’s fickle finger when it pointed to acting. As a result, his first professional job was the starring role in a full-length movie. Over the next 12 years, scores of plays, numerous television appearances and several movies led to starring roles in three television series: “Michael Shayne,” “Hondo” and “The Virginian.” Photoplay Magazine voted him “The Most Promising Newcomer.” We don’t know if the results of that poll would repeat itself today given that Gary’s late mother is no longer on Photoplay’s board of directors. But, we digress.

Gary’s penchant for writing, though given a back seat years before, ultimately burst forth in a blaze. An idea for a story for a new series being developed by NBC (something about a bumbling spy) caught the eye of the show’s co-creators, Mel Brooks and Buck Henry. Gary was hired to write several segments based on the character that he’d created especially for the show, which was, by the way, called “Get Smart.” The character he created was “Hymie, the robot.”

Writing screenplays and plays are his passion (aside from his lovely wife, Jerrene, and his two beautiful daughters, Ava, 23, and Natalie, 16). Along the way he has made major dramatic contributions to his church by writing and producing their radio and TV commercials, and their in-church dramas for the past eleven years. Also, along those same lines, he has won an Emmy and a Telly.

James Drury (Rest in Peace Sir!)

The 2020 Cowboy Way Jubilee will be holding a memorial for Mr. Drury, Saturday July 25th, 2020 @ 7pm, on-site in Barracks 6.*

* Those of you who wish to share a memory of Mr. Drury @ the Memorial, please submit to Leslei Fisher or Sheriff Karen by July 8th, 2020.

Starting his film career in small roles at M-G-M, it was at 20th Century Fox that Jim started to be noticed by fans in films like, Forbidden Planet and The Last Wagon. In his next film, Love Me Tender, he played one of the Reno brothers alongside Richard Egan and Elvis Presley, in his first film role. On television he guest starred on many westerns such as, Broken Arrow, The Texan, Bronco, Have Gun Will Travel, Cheyenne, The Rebel, The Rifleman, and Lawman, just to name a few. During this time Disney Studios took noticed and cast him in several projects including, The Nine Live of Elfago Baca, Toby Tyler, Pollyanna, and Ten Who Dared.
In 1962 Jim appeared in the film classic Ride the High Country alongside western legends Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea. That same year would bring fame and great appreciation of fans all over the world when Jim was cast as The Virginian, which ran for ine seasons and 249 episodes ending its run under the name, The Men from Shiloh in 1971.
In 1991 he was recognized for his contributions by being inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, in Oklahoma City. His website is www.TheViriginian.net.

Kathy Garver

Kathy Garver

Born in Long Beach, California, Kathy Garver is most fondly remembered for her starring role as “Cissy” in the long running television hit, “Family Affair”. She is the ultimate actress with film, stage, and radio experience. Ms. Garver has also done voice-over animation, audio book narration, songwriting, and is an energetic motivational speaker.

At age 15, Kathy entered UCLA as a speech major. It was there that she began her professional career in radio and stage productions. Her breakthrough role was as a slave girl in Cecil DeMille’s “Ten Commandments.” He was impressed enough to have a scene written especially for Garver. While still a freshman, Kathy won the role of “Cissy” and the next five years was busy! The Family Affair cast would film up to six episodes at a time. It was cancelled at it’s peak due to the ‘rural purge’ in 1970s Hollywood.

After “Family Affair,” Kathy continued her studies at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She returned to UCLA to earn a Master’s Degree in Theater Arts. Ms. Garver has won Best Actress from the Family Television Awards as well as a Golden Halo Award, an Audie Award (for voice work), and the Emerald Award for her lifetime achievement in the entertainment world.

Ms. Garver produced, narrated and wrote lyrics and original music for eight audio Beatrix Potter tales and eight Mother Goose based audiotapes for Smarty Pants, Inc., which have sold over two million copies and have won numerous awards.

Most recently her work includes appearing in “The Princess Diaries,” “Sweet November,” and Kathy is starring in a new television series, “Aunt Cissy” premiering in January of 2020 based on her role as “Cissy” in “Family Affair” but now all grown up. You may follow “Aunt Cissy” on Facebook.

Kathy met her husband of 33 years, business executive David Travis, on a tennis court in Palm Springs – truly a love match. Their son, Reid Garver Travis, continues the tradition of show business by appearing in national commercials, TV, movies and by doing voice overs. Her website is www.KathyGarver.com.

Burton Gilliam

Best known (and beloved) for his role in Blazing Saddles, Burton Gilliam is a consummate character actor. A native Texan and Dallasite, he appeared in the role of “Floyd”, the desk clerk in the movie Paper Moon. Gilliam has also appeared in popular motion pictures such as Back to the Future Part III as well as roles in several other motion pictures such as Honeymoon in Vegas, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Farewell, My Lovely, Fletch, Gator, Telefon, and The Terror Within II.

His television appearances include Alice, Charlie’s Angels, The A-Team,The Dukes Of Hazzard, The Fall Guy, and he appeared as a regular on Evening Shade.

Gilliam is married to Susan Gilliam. They have two children together. His granddaughter his gymnast Hollie Vise.

James Hampton

From his first film, “The Cliffdwellers”, which was nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Short Subject Film” in 1962, to the multi-award winning movie  “Sling Blade”, James Hampton’s career as an actor, writer and director spans over 40 years.  One of the most familiar faces on television and film, James has had memorable roles in motion pictures such as “Teen Wolf”, “The Longest Yard”, “The China Syndrome”, “Police Academy V”, “Condorman”,  “Hangar 18” and “Pump Up The Volume”.  On t.v., James was the tone-deaf bugler Hannibal Dobbs on “F Troop” and starred in countless other hit shows such as “Gunsmoke”, “The Rockford Files”, “The Dukes of Hazzard”, “Melrose Place”, “Full House”, and “Murder She Wrote” to name just a few.

James has been honored with a Golden Globe Award Nomination, a Screen Actor’s Guild Award Nomination, a Bronze Halo Award and has appeared in over 20 Academy Award and Emmy Award winning projects.  He has been referred to as a ”living bridge” between Old Hollywood and New Hollywood, having worked alongside many stars such as Jimmy Stewart, Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Jack Lemon, Burt Reynolds, Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Michael J. Fox, Jason Bateman and Billy Bob Thornton.

In the 1990s and 2000s, James also directed nearly 50 television shows such as “Sister Sister”,”Smart Guy”, “The Tony Danza Show”, “Evening Shade”, “Boston Common”, “Grace Under Fire”, “Lincs” and “Hearts Afire”.

James has completed filming the upcoming movies “Flutter” produced by “24’s” Glenn Morshower, “Big Stone Gap” starring Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson and Whoopi Goldberg and “Divine Access”, starring Billy Burke and Gary Cole.  He also recently appeared in “The Last Ride” starring “E.T’s” Henry Thomas, as well as the horror film “Jacob” starring Michael Biehn.

James Hoffpauir

James Hoffpauir is an actor and director, known for Hero In The Rain (2005), Truth or Fiction (2011), and Sundown (2013). He has written, directed, acted, and produced lasting and innate messages throughout his work. James is a perfectionist. In 2012 he founded his own production company called Crossroads Live. Hoffpauir has interviewed many well know stars such as Robert Fuller, Alex Cord, Michael Dante, and many others. His interviews can be seen on his Facebook page “Crossroads Live Show with Jim and Debbie.”

 

 

Dean Reading

Dean Reading, best known for his  online show, Crossroads Live!, was raised on a ranch in Fort Bend County, Texas. Having competed in high school and college rodeos, he went on to compete in professional rodeos in the seventies and eighties. Reading graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and English and a secondary Teaching Certificate. In the 1980s, Reading was the Program Director for Group W Cable in Grapevine, Texas for several years where he produced, directed and appeared in several TV programs. Some of these programs were syndicated thru the Group W Cable systems and several TV stations throughout the Southwest. Six Shooter Junction, Texas Traditions, and Entertainment Clipboard were among these productions. Reading then worked on several films in the transportation department, local casting department, and appeared periodically as an actor. He taught advanced film acting at Actor’s Preparatory Studio in Fort Worth for two years as well as teaching video production at Video Technical Institute for a year.

Roberta Shore

Roberta Jymme Schourop (born April 7, 1943, Monterey Park, California), better known as Roberta Shore, is an American actress and performer, most famous for her youthful television and movie roles in the 1950s and early 1960s.

Though never a Mouseketeer, Shore co-starred in several Walt Disney productions featuring the Mouseketeers and thus came to be associated with them. She appeared as Annette Funicello‘s rival Laura Rogan in Annette’s self-titled series and as French-speaking Franceska in The Shaggy Dog (1959).

Aside from Disney, Shore had a featured role in the 1959 screen version of Blue Denim, duetting with Warren Berlinger, and an uncredited cameo appearance in A Summer Place as Sandra Dee‘s gossipy schoolmate Anne Talbert. Later she played Ricky Summers in the 1960 movie Because They’re Young, Jenny Bell in The Young Savages (1961), and in an uncredited role as Lorna in Stanley Kubrick‘s 1962 version of Lolita.

Shore’s television credits include appearances on Playhouse 90, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, The Donna Reed Show, The Lawrence Welk Show (a singing appearance in 1959), several Western series including Maverick, Wagon Train, The Tall Man, and Laramie, and regular roles on Father Knows Best (as Joyce, Bud Anderson’s girl friend), The New Bob Cummings Show and The Virginian.

In 1957, Shore played the role of popular literary detective Nancy Drew in a 1957 pilot that was produced by Desilu for CBS. The project was not picked up due to disapproval from the owners of the franchise. She co-starred alongside actors Tim Considine and Frankie Thomas.

Shore was featured very prominently as a series regular within the first three seasons of The Virginian as Betsy Garth, the daughter of Shiloh Ranch owner Judge Garth played by Lee J. Cobb. Though no longer a regular in the fourth season, she returned in the fourth episode of that season (#95 “The Awakening”) in a story in which Betsy meets and falls for a gentleman played by Glenn Corbett. A disillusioned former minister, Corbett’s character finds his way back to his belief in God and by story’s end finally proposes to Betsy. The episode ends with the couple being wed at Shiloh Ranch by Judge Garth himself before the newlyweds ride off to Pennsylvania where Corbett’s character is to become the minister of a church.

After the mid-1960s, Shore did little in the way of movies or television. In 1962, she starred alongside Candy Moore in a failed television pilot Time Out for Ginger. She emerged in 1984 as a radio disc jockey and program host in Salt Lake City, Utah. Active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,[2] Shore and then-husband Ron Frederickson auditioned for the parts of Ishmael and his wife Leah in a 2004 movie adaptation of the Book of Mormon. While her husband won the role of Ishmael, the producers felt Shore’s earlier fame would detract from the movie’s message and chose actress Sheryl Lee Wilson to play Leah. As a child Roberta was cast as the Yodeler for “It’s a Small World”.


Rick Mantooth, Question & Answer Sessions Moderator

Vice President and General Manager of Foster Communications Co., Rich Mantooth has been involved in radio broadcasting for over 40 years, 34 years of which have been in San Angelo. He has also served as an on-air personality at radio station 94.7 KIXY-FM, where he performs under the name of Jay Michaels while speaking to listeners in the San Angelo area.

Rick also has experience in newspaper and television ventures and has won numerous awards for producing great local advertisements.

While not working in the media, Mantooth is a pillar in the San Angelo community, participating in numerous local charitable efforts, taking on many leadership roles on various councils and committees in the San Angelo community and serving at his local church. He grew up on Westerns and knows a lot of trivia about them.

Authors

We are grateful to have several returning Authors for 2020. And we welcome several new faces, too.

Actors Alex Cord & Ken Farmer are both well-known published authors (see above). These additional authors will be participating in the Author’s Round Tables to be lead by Charles Williams, Will Rogers’ Medallion Book Awards. (Check schedule for times & location).

Terry Bomar

Award-winning Speaker, Minister, Author, Screenwriter and Adventurer, Terry, draws from years of extensive experience serving in ministry. As an actor, Bomar is known for his work on The Book of Ruth: Journey of Faith (2009) and Western Trails. He is an exciting one-of-a-kind speaker and a fascinating story teller filled with insight contemporary application and compelling biblical principles that are guaranteed to inspire you! Terry’s adventures, experience and passion make him a captivating speaker on a variety of topics. And, he founded a nonprofit organization, Young Adventurers, that has mentored over 12,000 youth and families. He is also a spiritual coach for recovering addicts.
Mr. Bomar has been honored by State Legislators, Sheriff’s Departments, County School Boards; and he received an invitation to the U.S. Presidential Inauguration in honor of his community service. Terry is the author of The Life and Times of Dan Haggerty – the man who made Grizzly Adams famous — as well as several other books.

Linda Thorsen Bond

Dr. Linda Thorsen Bond has written and produced 20 historical plays and won two national Telly Awards for a television documentary about one of her plays.  She has written newspaper and magazine articles for publications including Wild West, Texas Highways, Texas Monthly, W, USA Today, Family Circle, Australian Woman’s Day, San Angelo Standard Times, four different Colorado magazines and more.

Her historical novel, Saving the Oldest Town in Texas, was a finalist in the Historical Fiction category of the 2019 American Fiction Awards. It is the story of the scoundrel who robbed his own bank and left his wife, his children and his mansion behind in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Daisy Wettermark, on of Ms. Bond’s ‘living characters,’ was married to Col. Benjamin Wettermark. The Colonel was mayor and president of the biggest bank in Nacogdoches, Texas. In 1903, he robbed his own bank and left his wife, his children and his mansion behind and became the most wanted man in the U.S.

The next book due out mid-2020, San Angelo A to Z: A Young Reader’s Guide is being published by ACU Press (Abilene Christian University). www.lindathorsenbond.com or amazon.com/author/lindathorsenbond.com

 

Michael Gasaway

Michael Gasaway is a widower with five grown sons who can be described as a true Cowboy Christian Gentleman, who is strong but gentle as mentioned in his poem Men of Velvet and Steel. During his life he has been an award winning photographer, successful businessman, entrepreneur, Father, grandfather, author, and rancher and is a U.S. Marine veteran. He is the author of Angels and Cowboys among others.

 

 

 

 

James Griffin

James J. Griffin is a life long New Englander who has always been fascinated by the old West, particularly the Texas Rangers. He has been a student of the Rangers since a young age, and is considered an amateur historian of the organization. He works closely with the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco, to which he has contributed his extensive collection of Texas Ranger artifacts. Jim considers Texas his home away from home. He writes traditional westerns, contemporary Texas Ranger novels, as well as Young Adult and Children’s Texas Ranger books..He is also a lifelong horseman, who visits senior centers and nursing homes with his horse, Yankee.. Jim is a member of Western Writers of America and Western, Fictioneers. He makes his home in Keene, New  Hampshire.

 

Eric Heisner

“We are the ‘Next Generation of Western Filmmakers’.The stories of grit and glamour, as well as the moral character and self reliance portrayed
in Westerns is important to keep relevant in today’s varied choices of entertainment.The Western is definitely a niche market, but we feel that we can communicate a good story that will transcend every generation.”

Eric H. Heisner is a n award-winning Screenwriter, Western Actor, Novelist, and Filmmaker. He prides himself on being hired as the cowboy character who can ride a horse, shoot a gun, deliver his lines, and not fall off. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago he worked on the hit television show “ER” as Assistant Location Manager for two years while living at State & Rush Street on the Gold Coast of Chicago. Eric was formerly roommates with Cinematographer Dan Farnam and Actor Chad Curtiss who decades later are still working contemporaries in Los Angeles, CA. Between gigs for “ER” and the feature film “High Fidelity” Heisner was able to travel to Peru and hike Macchu Piccu, traveled down to the Florida Keys and live in his truck for an extended period fine tuning his skills as a furniture maker and finish carpenter. A move out to Los Angeles put him in a job for Dustin Hoffman as a script courier and then in minor roles for the History Channel and background in several feature films such as “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Upon completion of the award-winning Western TV Pilot “Friend of the Devil” Heisner became known around town as the “Next Generation of Western Filmmakers”. Attending the Algonquin Cowboy Lunch with such Western Stars as Ernest Borgnine, Bo Hopkins, Bruce Boxleitner, and others serves as continuing education for an Actor, Writer and Filmmaker with a passion for the Western genre. His first novel, “West to Bravo” published in 2014 by a New York Publisher has put another notch on his storytelling resume that has been followed by several other Western and Adventure novels where he continues to broaden his skills as a teller of stories from the mythology of the American West. Heisner lives and works in San Antonio, Texas, and Glendale, California.

Doug Hocking

Doug writes award winning history that focuses on presenting what really happened in an exciting and entertaining manner. His work has received a Spur Award, Co-Founders’ Award for Best History, a Finalist for the Will Rogers Medallion (silver) and was a 2019 Finalist in History for the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. His historical fiction brings the Old West back to life while making another generation proud of the accomplishments and struggle of their ancestors. Each book is a history lesson wrapped in an riveting story.

Doug has led an exciting life. Born near New York City, a fact he very seldom admits, he learned to speak from his Cornish grandmother. Still very young, Doug was taken West where he grew up on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation in the Rio Arriba of New Mexico among piasonos and indios. At 18 he hitchhiked to Albuquerque and enlisted in Army Intelligence.

The next decade was spent in Thailand, Taiwan, at the Pentagon, and at bases so secret the Army often wouldn’t say where they were. This made it difficult to comply with orders to report, but Doug is a great intel analyst and interpreted the “indicators” to track them down. Doug stopped in Taiwan for several years and acquired an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland. Returning to the U.S., he studied Ethnography in graduate school and then returned to the Army in Armored Cavalry, finding the cavalry more fun than musty tomes of forgotten lore. In Germany, he was eyeball to eyeball with the Soviet beast before it fell. His final tour of duty was the most difficult of all, trying to turn Military Intelligence lieutenants into officers. He also played a role in intelligence gathering and interpretation during the first Gulf War.

Since then Doug has earned honors with a graduate degree in U.S. history and garnered his certificate as a field archaeologist in historical archaeology braving a summer at a wilderness camp with college students in southern Colorado excavating Fort Massachusetts. “Bears only poked their heads into the mess tent a couple of times.” Doug has built homes, taught college, and worked in the hospitality industry. He spends time exploring lost towns, ruins, old forts and trails, interpreting foundations and trash, ranging far.

His work appears regularly in the Journal of Arizona History, the Cochise County Historical Journal, True West Magazine, Wild West Magazine and Roundup.

www.DougHocking.com

T.C. Miller

T.C. Miller’s first piece was published when he was nine years old. He has written extensively since then in a variety of genres and formats. He created the BlackStar Ops Group eight years ago and has recently released  the fourth book in the series of clean-read spy thrillers, BlackStar Ranch. His short story, Mary Elizabeth Peabody, appears in Flynn-The Series, a Western anthology published by Timber Creek Press. Miller was named Outstanding Author of 2017,  at the Rose State College Writer’s Symposium.

T.C. spent twenty-four years in the USAF, four of them stationed at Mather Air Force Base. For thirty years he has studied and taught Hakkoryu Jujitsu.

Ann Snuggs

Ann Snuggs grew up in Southeast Arkansas. A born storyteller, she was regaling her mother with stories before she learned to write. As a child, she coerced her playmates into performing in short plays she wrote in between watching her favorite cowboy heroes ride the television range. Her friendship with one of those, Dick Jones, who played Buffalo Bill, Jr. on the television show of the same name and Dick West in The Range Rider, led to her upcoming book, Dick Jones: Where the Action Was.
Also a devoted mystery/detective fan, Ann began with Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and by late elementary school had progressed to Erle Stanley Gardner and Dashiell Hammett. She cried when Mickey Spillane died.
In college at Henderson State University at Arkadelphia, Arkansas, she worked on a campus literary publication.
After college she began her career as a Jill-of-All-Trades, teaching school — in grades second to junior college and subjects from social studies to English and Speech to Math to Spanish; working at newspapers as a photographer, writer and editor; walking hots and rubbing horses in the barns as well as doing publicity work at thoroughbred race tracks; working in multiple positions at a florist; and on and on. She has often said the only two criteria a job must have to be considered are: 1. Have I ever done this before? (Answer: No) and 2. Does it sound interesting? (Answer: Yes).
Through all this she has written — something. When asked at conferences, “What do you write?” The reply is, “What do you want written?”
At one time or another Ann has written poetry, skits, song lyrics, novels, short stories, essays, newspaper columns and feature stories, advertising copy, whatever someone needed to have written. She writes for the same reason she breathes — it is necessary for her existence.
Ann is the author of two non-fiction books on Western movies, Riding the (Silver Screen) Range and Uncredited: Cliff Lyons On and Off Screen; a Western novel, Donovan’s Trail; and a mystery, Double Stalk. She also contributed two selections to the anthology, Tales From the South, Volume 1.

Buck Stienke

Buck Stienke – Native Texan – Cowboy – Rancher – Captain – Fighter Pilot – United States Air Force vet – Bush Pilot – Author – Publisher: Buck has worn a lot of different hats in his lifetime. He has an extensive background in military aviation and weaponry. A graduate of the Air Force Academy with BS in Engineering Management, Buck (call sign ‘Shoehorn’) was a member of the undefeated Rugby team and was on the Dean’s List. He was the offensive captain of the Austin Texan’s Football team when he played there in the 70s. After leaving the Air Force, Buck was a pilot for Delta Airlines for over twenty-five years, flying both domestically and internationally on the Lockheed L-1011, Boeing 767-300ER and 400 ER. He obtained another degree in farm and ranch management and his own cow-calf operation in Montague county Texas. He has vast knowledge of weapons, tactics and survival techniques. Buck is the owner of Lone Star Shooting Supply, Gainesville, TX. As a successful actor, writer and businessman, Buck lives in Gainesville with his wife, Carolyn. Buck was Executive Producer for the award winning film, Rockabilly Baby. Every book he has written or co-written to date has reached the Amazon’s Top 100 Best Seller’s List.

Mike Thompson

Mike Thompson is an award-winning author and photographer. He retired from the government where he tested explosives and was a developer and curator of a military museum; The Yuma Proving Ground Heritage Center. He was an Amy medic in Vietnam (’66-’67) with a military career that spanned 42 years, (’60-’02), including Air Force, Army, National Guard, and Reserves. Mike, his wife Ruthie, and cats, Daisy and Molly, live on the Laughing Horse Ranch Land & Cattle Company, San Angelo, Texas. He has owned several businesses, worked as an actor, carpenter, bartender, oil land man, raised horses, was an explosives project engineer and done many other things while trying to decide what he was going to be if he grows up. Today he writes, collects cowboy art and gear, drinks beer, and western dances with Ruthie at assorted dance halls and saloons across Texas. You may find his books on Amazon, author Mike Thompson

John T. Wayne

John T. Wayne was born in St Louis, Missouri in 1958 with the name Terry Wayne Hammock. Legally, he changed his name in 2012 when he finally learned at the age of 52 who his real grandfather was, (something he didn’t learn until his father was buried and gone). His new name should give you a hint as to his actual grandfather.
He joined the Marines in 1976 and began two tours overseas. He attended the University of Oregon on his GI Bill and when his daughter died from cancer in 1985 he quit all together. He suddenly realized the professors couldn’t teach him what I wanted to know about writing, because they didn’t know themselves. While the author grew up in Missouri, he and his wife Donna now live in Arkansas. “I guess you would call that the Ozarks,” he says, “and we love our Ozark heritage.”
He began writing his books in 1985; books about the orphan’s from the Civil War. It seems no one has heard much about them. These young men became the first cowboys, as all of the grown men were off fighting a war. John T. writes, stories about the Civil War and the Old West which have been largely ignored or forgotten.

Look-A-Likes

The Cowboy Way Jubilee has enjoyed excellent support and attendance by several of the Cowboy Stars Look-a-likes. We are looking forward to announcing who all will be joining us for 2020. If you’re interested in attending as a Look-a-like, please contact Leslei.

Jerry Eastman as “Bat Masterson”

Jerry Eastman began performing as Bat Masterson in 1994 with a gunfighter group, Old Dallas Gunfighters and Reenactment Society, later changed to Old Dallas Shootist. He has researched and been performing as Bat for over 20 plus years, doing living history and presentations in Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX and surrounding areas; Tombstone, and Old Tucson, AZ; Cheyene and Laramie, WY; Wichita, Dodge City and Olathe, KS. He assisted in the review of the manuscript for the book “Friends Call Me Bat” by Paul Colt and was sought out by Castle Productions for their limited series “Gunslingers” Season 2, Episode 3, “Bat Masterson, Defender of Dodge” as a Bat Masterson Historian.

 

Richard Falkenberg as “Bob Steele”

From the Driscoll, Texas, Richard Falkenberg brings the 1930s singing cowboy Bob Steele back to life. To see him in everyday clothes the resemblance is hidden, but when Richard dons Steele’s signature all black, those steely blue eyes just pop and you are whisked back in time. He and his wife Debbie travel the U.S. sharing their love of vintage Westerns with everyone they meet.
Richard has appeared at all of the Jubilees, a true-blue supporter for sure!

 

 

Nikki Pelley as “Annie Oakley” (as portrayed by Gail Davis) & “Minnie Pearl”

Known as the Hollywood Cowgirl Nikki Pelley is a versatile entertainer. From appearances as Gail Davis, Patsy Cline, or Minnie Pearl to costume designer, Nikki can do it! Singer, songwriter, actress, stuntwoman, storyteller, are some of her many titles.

Pelley designed costumes for Western Religion, Hickok, and Alien Nation, among her many movie credits as designer and/or wardrobe mistress. She has appeared in dozens of movies and television commercials. And if you need an event organized, she can do that too.

Full of energy and always professional, she can be reached through her website www.NikkiPelley.com.

John Phipps as “Tonto”, “The Cisco Kid”

 

John Phipps happily revives the persona of, Tonto, the role made notable by the late actor, Jay Silverheels, in the early television series The Lone Ranger. Phipps lives in Linden, Indiana, has been appearing as a knife-throwing, whip-cracking Tonto for a decade, thrilling children and adults alike. He also performs as “Cisco” of the television series, “The Cisco Kid,” who also wields a whip. John’s hobby is collecting Western movies, so far he has more than a thousand! He travels with his little dog, “Princess.”

 

Mark Staggs — “Festus Hagen,” Master of Ceremonies

 

Mark Staggs has been doing comic celebrity impersonations since 1966. He started making people “laff” in the third grade impersonating Bill Cosby and John Wayne. “It only took me 40 years to git good,” says Mark, “Now I do over 100 voices and growing”. Mark currently travels the country doing Christian comedy and capturing the hearts of Gunsmoke fans with his wonderful Festus impersonation. He even took “Newley” by surprise “He’s scary”, quotes Buck Taylor when first introduced to Mark’s “Festus ” for the first time at The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo 2017.

 

Mike Thompson as “Theodore Roosevelt”

Mike Thompson is an award-winning writer, playwright and photographer. He retired from the government where he tested explosives and was curator of an Army museum. He is a Vietnam veteran, medic, (1966-67) with a military career spanning forty-two years, (1960-2002), including the Air Force, Army, Army Reserves and National Guard.

Mike, his wife, Ruthie, and cat Mollie, live on the Laughing Horse Ranch, Land and Cattle Company, San Angelo, Texas.  He has owned several businesses, worked as an actor, carpenter, bartender, oil landman, raised horses and done other things while trying to decide what he’s going to be if he grows up. His western, “The Turbulent Trail”, was the Arizona Authors Association 2017 #2 book of the year and his play, “Ashes Are Ashes”, was the AAA 2018 Best New Drama.  His books may be found on Amazon, Mike Thompson/San Angelo Writer’s Club.

Today he writes, collects cowboy art and gear, travels, drinks beer and western dances with Ruthie at assorted dance halls and saloons across Texas.

Ermal Williams as “John Wayne”

Ermal Williamson brings John Wayne to life as no one else can.  With an undisputed track record consisting of Marine Corp experience, as a rough-and-tough cowboy stuntman at Universal Studios, his expertise on the Wild West, and a John Wayne and Gary Cooper impersonator, he puts his daily life-long experiences to work for him in all that he does.

He has appeared in Bonfires of the Vanities, Twilight Zone, The Patty Hearst Movie, General Hospital, Golden Girls, Santa Barbara Star Quest and other movies, television and stage performances. Ermal was even named Best Male Impersonator In Las Vegas and is known as the John Wayne Look-alike. Of course, there’s his one-man show “Memories with John Wayne and Gary Cooker” but he may be even more recognizable as the Duke in all the Coors Light beer commercials! He’s written seven Western novels and is a frequent speaker and emcee. Luckily for West Texas, Ermal is also known for his performances with his wife, Paula Williamson.

Paula Erlene Williams as “Patsy Cline”

America’s Yodeling Sweetheart

The versatile Paula Williamson is a 6 -times National Yodeling Champion and recently became an international champion yodeler when she represented the USA in South Korea. You may have seen her yodeling in commercials for US Cellular and Arizona Casinos.

She has performed in the John Wayne Show with her husband Ermal Williamson for over 15 years.  Paula brings her original and classic western songs to events, and her yodeling might just knock your socks off!

Paula performed as a tribute artist to “Patsy Cline” in the “Hank and Patsy Revisited Show.” She now performs her new show, “From Patsy To Patsy.” where she starts the show as Patsy Montana and in the second half of the show she dresses as Patsy Cline and performs some of Patsy’s most beloved hits. She’s even doubled for Lucille Ball.

 


Note all appearances are posted in good faith–health and work schedules permitting.

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For more info or questions, email CowboyWayFest@gmail.com, or call or text Leslei Fisher 580.768.5559.