January 19, 2018
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.

Davy Crockett Lives

Seeing the news of the loss of Fess Parker reminded me of the great nights watching the Disney Davy Crockett show on our Philco console.  Fess as Davy, like a lot of the cowboy heroes in movies and TV, stood for moral values.  These included caring for one another (Davy opposed the Indian Removal Act) as well as thinking before you act (“make sure you’re right and then go ahead”).  Such a liberal mensch.  His values are still here (although hard to find).  One place is in the history books where the great progressive tradition of social justice can be learned, from Jefferson to Lincoln to Roosevelt to King.  Except in Texas where the school board is blue penciling-history for a story concocted by the Extreme Right celebrating Jeff Davis and Phyllis Schlafly!  In Davy’s adopted home state, the one he died for at the Alamo. Davy would be a gunnin’ for those varmints for sure.  First I think he would grin ’em out of countenance.

About 20 years ago I got to draw the animated Davy for Rabbit Ears Productions which was voiced by Nicholas Cage with music by David Bromberg.  I wanted a new Davy and redesigned him for the fun of it.. But Fess Parker is the Davy  Crockett for all times.  Being brave and decent all the way. He’d be a-scratchin’ for Health Care reform this week.  Because to care about America means caring about Americans.  And he was pro-America every time.

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  1. Jay Blackburn says:

    I’ve always been glad that I was able to attend Davy Crockett Elementary school in McAllen, TX. He was, and still is, a state hero for his connection to the Alamo. And I just found out this morning that Fess was originally from Fort Worth.

    It was too hot in South Texas to really want a coonskin cap very badly, but it was cool to go to a school that was associated with such a mythical character. It’s frustrating, to say the least, to see what’s going on with the Texas school system now.

    Thanks Steve.

  2. Steve says:

    I think Texas was founded by Ross Perot, Fess Parker, Pee Wee Herman, Jason Giambi and the cast of Grease. At least that’s what it says in my textbook! Even if it isn’t true Fess/Davy was a class act all the way. A time when America and American culture valued education and spiritual generosity.

  3. Victor Juhasz says:

    Disney would replay the Davy Crockett movie at least once a year when I was a kid when they had the Sunday night slot on NBC. I always looked forward to it. Fess Parker was so cool, and, from what I understand, a very decent human being in real life as well. Made some great wines from his vineyard as well. There was something very traditionally American about Fess, the way he comported himself, that was enjoyable to see or hear. Well, another hero from childhood gone. But he had a great run.

  4. Steve says:

    Amen Vic. Decent, non-hating American. The kind of guy you could talk to about civil rights. And then he’d lead the charge.