Archive for May, 2009

Faron Young and Marty Robbins newsletter — 27 May 2009

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Loudilla Johnson announced, “The gentleman standing here beside us has devoted more than 30 years to the world of entertainment–to the complete joy of his fans around the world. Even through his stint in the U.S. Army, Faron Young could not abandon his love of performing. Whether onstage at the LOUISIANA HAYRIDE–where he started his career; at the GRAND OLE OPRY; in front of a movie camera or television lights, in a small high school auditorium or giant concert hall, this man just loves to perform! . . . Ladies and gentlemen, the recipient of our 10th Annual IFCO Tex Ritter AWARD, the inimitable FARON YOUNG!” (more…)

Faron Young and Marty Robbins newsletter — 13 May 2009

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009



This is a 2008 photo of the same empty lot where the Jack Robinson family lived at the time of the 1930 census. East of downtown Phoenix, at the corner of 17th and East Madison Streets, Jack constructed a shelter consisting of one tent for sleeping quarters and another for the kitchen. The parents slept in the kitchen. Marty’s older sister Lillie described it as “built of Coca Cola signs and any other tin he could find at the city dump. He would gather any lumber he could find, and though it was not of the best it at least protected us from the rain and wind. It was a house of advertising. There were Whistle Soda signs, Delaware Punch, and many other soft drink signs.” Twins Martin and Mamie celebrated their fifth birthday here. (more…)

How We Acquired an Autographed Bonanza Photo Collection

Sunday, May 10th, 2009


Bonanza was our favorite television show in the early 1960s, and my sister and I decided to write a letter to the local TV station to ask for a photo of the Cartwrights–Ben, Hoss, Adam, and Little Joe. I don’t remember whether Kayo (age 10) or I (age 12) came up with the idea, but I do remember that I wrote the letter and requested in it that the price be about fifty cents, which was all we could afford. (more…)