Monday, June 19, 2006

Legacys and Legends

Dana at CSPT reminded me of some of the best westerns we've seen in our days.

Paladin's Calling Card - The business card of Paladin (Richard Boone), a former Army officer turned professional gun for hire on the western adventure HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL/CBS/1957-63 contained the message: "Have Gun Will Travel. Wire Paladin, San Francisco." The card was adorned with a small white chess piece (knight). Paladin's normal routine was to look for clients by perusing the various newspapers to which he subscribed. When he read a story about someone with a potential need for his services, he sent them his card, along with a clipping of the story. Paladin's standard fee was 1000 dollars. His headquarters was the posh Hotel Carlton in downtown San Francisco.


Have Gun Will Travel reads the card of a man. A knight without armor in a savage land.

His fast gun for hire head's the calling wind. A soldier of fortune is the man called Paladin.

Paladin, Paladin Where do you roam? Paladin, Paladin, Far, far from home.

Those were the days my friend......we thought they'd never end...........those were the days......

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