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Who Were These Men?

by Joyce Aros

Published by Goose Flats Publishing at Smashwords

Illustrations by Joyce Aros

©2011 Joyce Aros

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For decades since the exciting time period when western movies and cowboy heroes ruled the airwaves, both on television and on the radio stations, our rugged and manly men of the wild frontier filled our imagination with what seemed like a pretty good way to solve problems, protect gentle women, honor even the soiled doves, and maintain peace and order in a rugged and explosive environment.

We had Paladin who sold his gun but always to right wrongs; we followed the many personal stories each week with Ward Bond and his wagon train…always a satisfactory ending. There was the Lawman, the Ponderosa bunch, the Virginian, and an endless list of cool but righteous individuals. America loved it’s folksy heroes and all little boys wanted to be Gene Autry or Roy Rogers. Gunsmoke with marshal Matt Dillon appealed to the more mature audience and could get quite violent in some of the earlier episodes, but western fans were now demanding a little more realism and less guitar pickin’.

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