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Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 13, 2003 11:18 am/pm

:coonskin:  :music: Born on a mountaintop in Tennessee... :music:
Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

August 16th: Fess Parker's birthday!



Born in 1924, he's the perfect Davy Crockett, appearing on Disney's Davy Crockett TV shows and feature film in which he sparked a one-man coonskin cap trend for kids in the 50s.
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In the 60s he appeared on NBC as Daniel Boone on a top-rated weekly TV show which wasn't a Disney production.

Fess Parker is now an accomplished wine maker, owning and operating the < Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard > in the heart of the Santa Barbara, CA wine country. He also has Fess Parker's Wine Country Inn & Spa there. His fine wines were featured at many Official Disneyana Conventions where he has made personal appearances and his wines are still available at many upscale WDW restaurants (so I've heard) as well as at the ABC liquor store north of the CrossRoads shopping center.

Posted by: CarolKoster on Aug. 16, 2003 7:58 am/pm

How to look in on what Fess Parker aka "Davy Crockett" is doing these days:

< http://www.fessparker.com >  This will link you to Fess' Fess Parker Wine Country Inn and Spa.  Look on the labels of the wine, you'll see a coonskin cap.  Check out the apparel section.  You'll see sweatshirts and T-shirts logoed to his winery with an image of Fess as Davy Crockett with his rifle Ol' Betsy, slogan "I stand by my wine!"  You can also buy VHS copies of the Disney "Davy Crockett" shows there.  The inn and winery are located at Santa Ynez, California.  If you poke around the site you'll find out how to order his wines, how to order etched glass bottles of his wines for special occassions, and what retailers around the country sell his wines, and what to expect when you visit there.

< http://www.fpdtr.com/index1.html >  Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara, California.

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I already posted this on the Disneyana part of Rich's site, but will repost here, too:

This is a site called "The Davy Crockett Craze Home Page", a fan/memorabilia site about the real life historical figure David Crockett and the merchandising surrounding the 1950s TV shows about him by Disney starring Fess Parker.   Have your computer's audio up, you'll hear Tim Curry crooning the Davy Crockett theme song.  Among other genuine treats on this site:  ALL, and I mean ALL, the verses and lyrics to the Davy Crockett theme song and lots of merchandise photos, some of which show Fess Parker as his most famous starring role.  A fun, fun, fun site to browse through.

< http://www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/Set/1486/ >

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 16, 2003 8:20 am/pm

Happy birthday, Fess Parker!

Also see Carol's topic about Davy Crockett Memorabilia Fan Site, Has Lyrics to all of the song, too!

I just sent email to Fess Parker wishing him a happy birthday from the Disney Echo. I hope he replies!

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Posted by: CarolKoster on Aug. 16, 2003 8:34 am/pm

Rich mentioned in his post about August 16 being Fess Parker's birthday that he felt Fess was "the perfect" Davy Crockett.  Well, it depends on your point of view.  If you grew up with the character from the 1950s Disney TV episodes as Fess Parker played the character, that is one thing.  The discussions on "The Alamo" movie fan site about Billy Bob Thornton say something else, not mentioning Fess Parker, but saying Thornton's portrayal might be the new definitive portrayal.  Then again who can forget John Wayne as that character (I'd like to, it wasn't convincing! ).  I think Fess Parker and Billy Bob Thornton offer their own takes on what the real man was all about, what they have in common is Crockett's legendary and hero status in American history.

And get this how coincidental for both the man Fess Parker and his most famous acting role:  The real life man and historic figure David Crockett's real birthday is coming up...17 August 1786!

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 16, 2003 8:35 am/pm

Are young kids going to be able to see Billy Bob Thornton as Davy Crockett in the Alamo movie? No, most likely not, because in all due probability it will not be Rated G.

Can the whole family including young kids see Disney's Davy Crockett on DVD (with DVD players available for a low price nowadays)? Yes, and the youngsters will get a new appreciation of our country's heritage at the same time.

I rest my case.

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Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 16, 2003 8:38 am/pm



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And get this how coincidental for both the man Fess Parker and his most famous acting role:  The real life man and historic figure David Crockett's real birthday is coming up...17 August 1786!
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:musik: (Spooky music playing...)

Posted by: CarolKoster on Aug. 16, 2003 9:00 am/pm



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Are young kids going to be able to see Billy Bob Thornton as Davy Crockett in the Alamo movie? No, most likely not, because in all due probability it will not be Rated G.

Can the whole family including young kids see Disney's Davy Crockett on DVD (with DVD players available for a low price nowadays)? Yes, and the youngsters will get a new appreciation of our country's heritage at the same time.

I rest my case.

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Again, it depends on individuals, families and the state of anyone's interest in the 1950s Disney episodes of Davy Crockett's adventures vs. an historical 2003 film depicting David Crockett in, perhaps, a much more historically accurate context.  Talk on "The Alamo" movie fan site speculates that "The Alamo" will receive a PG-13 rating.  Disney's 3 episodes from the 1950s are all family friendly, of course.  But the earlier will spark interest in American history and American icon figures, of which David Crockett is a luminary.  Is Walt Disney's take on it in the 1950s "better" than Disney's take on the end of the historic figure's life in a 2003 movie?  It's apples and oranges to compare the two.  For those who find history fascinating, it's good to be inspired at an earlier age in the context of family viewing by learning about historical men and women in such film fare as "Davy Crockett", "Johnny Tremain", etc.  But as one grows up if one is still interested in history and historical figures you want to know more, and tastes also naturally go to more sophisticated fare and historic accuracy and realism.  I'm not disparaging Fess Parker's portrayal.  No one on any site is.  However, for those subsets of people who want historic realism to be in their entertainment, "The Alamo" portraying David Crockett will give them meat to chew on, while maintaining Fess Parker's portrayal as something unique and very special and beloved that served a purpose in it's time and context.  

If anyone is planning a trip to San Antonio, Texas try to see, in addition to the Alamo, the Texas Institute of Culture.  We missed it on our trip to San Antonio last year, but it's a museum on the site of the Hemisfair World's Fair in downtown San Antonio.  Shows pop culture views of Texas and Texans, apparently has an exhibit about Disney's portrayal of Davy Crockett.  Even though he was born in Tennessee, Texas also claims him as one of their heroes because he died at the Alamo, shrine of Texas liberty.  At the Alamo you can see genuine David Crockett memorabilia, too.  There are popular books by Texas culture observers and historians which discuss accuracies and inaccuracies of movies and popular entertainment about the Alamo, including about Disney's shows about it all and Crockett.  One thing you have to know about Texas and Texans is they take their history and culture seriously, but enjoy it too.  They only want to see it "right" so that others can share in the same appreciation they would have.  They take the Alamo absolutely seriously.  

So let's just say the pop culture surrounding Texas and the Alamo is colorful and sparks interesting conversations, and that includes about Fess Parker and actors who portray Davy/David Crockett anytime, anywhere. :)

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 16, 2003 9:04 am/pm

Agreed! I'll drink to that... especially if I had some of Fess's Frontier Red.
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Posted by: CarolKoster on Aug. 16, 2003 9:18 am/pm

Fess Parker, now a vintner, and the real David Crockett with birthdays one day apart.  Truly a reason to celebrate and have two-for-one this weekend!  Cook some frontier-style food, pop some popcorn and watch some good Disney entertainment:  The 3-episodes of "Davy Crockett" Walt Disney did _and_ the trailer for "The Alamo" (a Touchstone movie, division of Disney Studios).  

BTW, Disney is on a roll this year with movies, so "The Alamo" I hope will be in step.

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 16, 2003 9:21 am/pm



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BTW, Disney is on a roll this year with movies, so "The Alamo" I hope will be in step.
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If "The Alamo" is a hit like "Davy Crockett" was in its day, it'll be a Texas Two-Step for Disney!
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Posted by: CarolKoster on Aug. 16, 2003 9:30 am/pm

If "The Alamo" is a hit like "Pirates of the Caribbean" is this summer, it'll very likely be remembered for Oscar consideration.  Films released in at least New York City and Los Angeles as of December 31 qualify as Oscar candidates in the following spring.  But this drifts off-topic now....
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