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Thursday December 14, 2017
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The Tall Man series 60-62

Doug White

There I was doing a search on google for one of my favorite western series from the 1960s. It was titled "The Tall Man" starring Barry Sullivan as Pat Garrett and Clu Gulager as Billy the Kid.
My grandfather, James R. Coker, and I would watch this half hour American western television series every week. I don't believe we missed one episode. The first episode was 10 Sep 1960, and the final 75th episode was 1 Sep 1962. Gee, that was over 50 years ago!
The series ran on the NBC network. The actor Clu Gulager as Billy The Kid was 32 in 1960, 11years older than William H. Bonney, better known as Billy the Kid, was at the time of his death in 1881 at the age of 21.
The series was set in New Mexico Territory of the 1870s. My grandfather was 85 years old when the first episode aired on NBC. It was an instant hit with him and with me.
Little did I know that someday I would have in my possession the box set of the entire 75 episodes on DVD! I found them on Amazon and used a gift certificate. It was the best $22 I have ever spent, next to Jr. Brown tickets at the Cabaret in Bandera! And now the Cabaret is history, too.
I thought how neat it would have been to say to my late grandfather, "Pap-Paw, which one of the 75 episodes would you like to see tonight?"
Of course he would have been 139 years old now!
But I do believe he would have replied, "Babe, you pick one out for us."