A few days ago I set a TV western challenge to name the actors from their birth names:
Here are the answers:
Marion Mitchell Morrison – the one and only John Wayne
James Scott Bumgarner – James Garner (Bret Maverick)
Jack Carlton Moore – Clayton Moore (The Lone Ranger)
His companion Tonto was played by actor Jay Silverheels who was a genuine First Nations Mohawk but whose real name was a disappointing Harold J. Smith!
Buddy Lee – Robert Fuller (Wagon Train)
Norman Eugene Walker – Clint Walker (Cheyenne Body)
Leonard Franklin Slye – Roy Rodgers
Roy’s horse was called Trigger but its real name was Golden Cloud.
Lyon Himan Green – Lorne Green (Ben Cartwright, Bonanza)
Eugene Maurice Orowitz – Michael Landon (Little Jo, Bonanza)
Orison Whipple Hungerford – Ty Hardin (Bronco Lane)
Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg – Jane Seymour (Doctor Quinn, Medicine Woman)
How did you do?
7-10 Blazing Saddles
4-7 How the West was Won
0-3 Custer’s Last Stand
Posted in Childhood, History, Literature, Travel, USA
Tagged Alias Smith and Jones, Bonanza, Bronco Lane, Cheyenne, Gunsmoke, John Wayne, Leif Ericson, Lone Ranger, Maverick, The Virginian, TV Westerns, Wagon Train
Leif Erikson contemplates a Voyage of Discovery…
There is no real evidence that Eiriksson discovered America but his statue faces to the west as though in expectation of belated recognition for his achievement. Today he looked out over Viking skies full of Nordic drama with mountainous clouds as big and as grey as a medieval cathedral.
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Posted in Cathedrals, Europe, History, Norway, Travel, World Heritage
Tagged Culture, Leif Ericson, Leif Erikson Day, Life, Photography, postaday, Reykjavik, Travel, Vikings
Leif Ericson, Reykjavik
Outside the cathedral in Reykjavik is a statue of Leifur Eiriksson who was an Icelander born about 970 and who explored the oceans and the lands west of Iceland, establishing colonies in Greenland and Newfoundland and who according to legend reached America long before Christopher Columbus or Amerigo Vespucchi.
The statue was a gift from the American Government in 1930 to mark Iceland’s one thousandth anniversary and October 9th is commemorated as Leif Ericson day in the United States. The date is not associated with any particular event in Leif Erikson’s life, it was chosen because the ship Restauration sailing from Stavanger in Norway, arrived in New York Harbour on October 9th 1825 at the start of the first organized immigration from Norway to the United States.
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Posted in History, Iceland, Travel, USA, Vikings, World Heritage
Tagged Culture, Leif Ericson, Life, Photography, postaday, Reykjavik