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A final tribute to the cowboys and cowgirls who rode the Saturday matinee movie range. This is the most complete list ever assembled of birth dates, death dates, and real names of those beloved B-Western performers. It includes actual obituaries of B-Western heroes, heavies, helpers, heroines, and sidekicks. Also included is a listing of actual burial locations of many of the stars. Over 1000 entries!
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Bobby Copeland began going to the Saturday matinee b-western movies as a boy. He was immediately impressed by the moral code of these films, and has tried to pattern his life after the example set by the cowboy heroes. After graduating from high school and attending Carson-Newman College and the University of Tennessee, he set out to raise a family and start a career at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His love for the old western films was put on the shelf and lay dormant for some 35 years. One Saturday, in the mid-eighties, he happened to tune in his television to a Lash La Rue picture. This rekindled his interest. Since that time, Bobby has had some 100 articles published, contributed to twelve books, made several speeches, appeared on television over 20 times, and has been interviewed by several newspapers and four independent radio stations as well as the public radio broadcasting system to provide commentary and promote interest in B-western films. In 1985 he was a co-founder of the Knoxville, Tennessee-based "riders of the silver screen club," serving five times as president. He initiated and continues to edit the club's newsletter. In 1996, his book Trail Talk was published by Empire Publishing, Inc., And in 1988, he published the bob baker story and the Whip Wilson story. Bobby has attended some 45 western film festivals, and met many of the western movie performers. He continues to contribute articles to the various western magazines, and received the "Buck Jones rangers trophy," presented annually to individuals demonstrating consistent dedication to keeping the spirit of the B-western alive. In 1994, he received the "Buck Rainey shoot-em-ups pioneer award," which yearly honors a fan who has made significant contributions towards the preservation of interest in the B-westerns.
Bobby is a deacon, Sunday school teacher and an usher at Oak Ridge's central Baptist church. He retired in 1996 after 40 years at the same workplace. Bobby plans to continue his church work, write more B-western articles, and enjoy his retirement with his faithful sidekick, Joan.
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