I had the great privilege of watching Fess Parker play Daniel Boone during my early years. I was age 7 – 13 while it was on the air. I was even a member of the Daniel Boone club, which really wasn’t much of anything — but it was a big deal for me! We just got a plastic brown whistle and a few other things like a code book or something. I read books on this kind of thing too.
What a contrast to what boys watch on TV now.
[Fess] Parker’s Daniel Boone television series portraying another historic figure of America’s frontier days began filming in 1964. Over its six years (1964 to 1970) as one of the highest rated shows of its time, Parker was not only the star of the series but also the co-producer and director of five of its most popular episodes. (source)
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STjf6Pr1Tv8]In Memory of Actor Fess Parker (August 16, 1924 – March 18, 2010)
Fess Parker died at age 85 of natural causes at his home in Santa Ynez, California
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9iOj1M9u9w]In Memory Of Fess Parker
Here is a video paying tribute to the frontier hero, Fess Parker. He’s known for his role as Davy Crockett and will be missed by many. We once remembered growing up with him in our lives, and now the coon-skinned hat wearing hero is resting in peace.
(August 16, 1924 March 18, 2010)