Off-day Ode to James Arness

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    Off-day Ode to James Arness


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qlLtvX4xOM

    I know: This isn't about baseball.
    Jim Arness was a personal favorite growing up. Great role model.
    I'm sure the Gunsmoke series was a part of many lives here.
    Many wonderful memories.

    He passed away the other day. Sadly, all the initial regulars of that long-running series are now gone.

    He was wounded in the Anzio beachhead landing. The leg wounds plagued him throughout his life. He was awarded the Bronze medal, Purple heart, several other metals.  He was 88.

    May he rest in peace.
     
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    One of America's best. The America he grew up in now has debased values. As these type of men go, the most decadent generation in American history continues to ruin the Nation. RIP, James Arness, and thank you for being a great American.

     
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    ...but didn't softy say it was wrong to change your last name to gain fame?
     
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    I don't think the man deleted one letter in his surname to try and hide from his ancestry. Softlaw was right about those that use "King" to try and disguise their ancestry. They should be proud of it and stand up for it, not run from it.

     
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    [QUOTE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qlLtvX4xOM I know: This isn't about baseball. Jim Arness was a personal favorite growing up. Great role model. I'm sure the Gunsmoke series was a part of many lives here. Many wonderful memories. He passed away the other day. Sadly, all the initial regulars of that long-running series are now gone. He was wounded in the Anzio beachhead landing. The leg wounds plagued him throughout his life. He was awarded the Bronze medal, Purple heart, several other metals.  He was 88. May he rest in peace.
    Posted by harness[/QUOTE]


    Good actor, but he wasn't always a cowboy. He starred in this classic also:

     
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    I was 11 when Gunsmoke went off the air, but I don't remember watching it often when it was on primetime -- just enough that I did know the actors and characters from the show.

    I remember him more from the series he was on for two or three years in the late 1970, How the West Was Won. He played Zeb McCahan (sp?). I loved that show. It was only on a couple of years.

    Mike -- You're right about him not always being a cowboy. He was in a decent movie with John Wayne. I think it was the Duke who either recommended Arness for Gunsmoke -- someting like that.

    Here are photos from Gunsmoke and How the West Was Won.


     
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    JOHN WAYNE did recommend ARNESS to play MATT DILLON. in fact, WAYNE, who CBS actually wanted to play the role, personally introduces ARNESS before the 1st episode of GUNSMOKE.
    WAYNE and ARNESS both worked together in the western HONDO.

    PS--as most of you already know, JAMES ARNESS was the older brother of PETER GRAVES.
     
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     The America he grew up in now has debased values. As these type of men go, the most decadent generation in American history continues to ruin the Nation. RIP, James Arness, and thank you for being a great American.
    Posted by SoxSoldRed[/QUOTE]

    "I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on
    frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond
    words... When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and
    respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly wise
    [disrespectful] and impatient of restraint" (Hesiod, 8th century BC).

    yawn
     
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    i blame ROCK 'N' ROLL for the decadence that has become AMERICA.
    especially, ELVIS.
    i also blame AMERICAN IDOL for the stupidity that has become AMERICA.
     
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    gosh how I loved that show. I remember how festis used to call him "mathew". Doc, Kitty and all. That and The Rifleman were my two favorites back then.
     
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    Tom-Peoples Republic of The Untied Kingdom, it's not about the folly of youth. It's about the value tenets of an entire generation. The current generation, as it's leaders show, is the most decadent generation in American history. What was once a powerful economic Nation of hard working and brilliant people and a beacon of hope for so many, has been ruined by a public policy vision of socialists. People used to come to America for opportunity. They now flock to America for socialists' "visionary" entitlements.

     
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    Decadence is a difficult word to use since it has become little more than a term of abuse applied by critics to anything they do not yet understand or which seems to differ from their moral concepts. Hemingway, Ernest

     
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    In Response to Off-day Ode to James Arness:
    [QUOTE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qlLtvX4xOM I know: This isn't about baseball. Jim Arness was a personal favorite growing up. Great role model. I'm sure the Gunsmoke series was a part of many lives here. Many wonderful memories. He passed away the other day. Sadly, all the initial regulars of that long-running series are now gone. He was wounded in the Anzio beachhead landing. The leg wounds plagued him throughout his life. He was awarded the Bronze medal, Purple heart, several other metals.  He was 88. May he rest in peace.
    Posted by harness[/QUOTE]

    You start too many non-baseball threads.

    Stick to baseball. 

    We have to put the quality of the forums above the self-interest 
    of any one poster, and we will.
     
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    ha! sez you and all 16 of your posts. I think you'll find that we're pretty diverse in here and are able to discuss more than just how much certain posters hate time wakefield, theo epstein and tito francona.
     
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    People's Republic of UK, Hemmingway killed himself and had quite the family life. I wouldn't be quoting Hemmingway on values, but I'll leave that up to your decadent mind.
     
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    An icon and a great man. RIP Jim Arness.  Great series, too.
     
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    James Arness was no James Garner. I didn't really care too much for Arness, but I can understand a fandom for him for being on a show that lasted a long time. For bravery and actors how bout Charles Durning and Eddie Albert. Both received high medals of bravery.
     
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    danny, if we compiled a list of actors and ballplayers that went to war and fought for our country I think people would be quite surprised.
     
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    To Roy: Nice art work.

    The show meant a great deal to me growing up. I was hesitant about starting this thread, but I'm glad I did. Mr. Arness was a role model for millions of Americans.

    Someone mentioned how the show aired with an intro from J.Wayne. Here it is:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHVSCribt3U

    Looking back, it was quite prophetic.
     
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    In Response to Re: Off-day Ode to James Arness:
    [QUOTE]Tom-Peoples Republic of The Untied Kingdom, it's not about the folly of youth. It's about the value tenets of an entire generation. The current generation, as it's leaders show, is the most decadent generation in American history. What was once a powerful economic Nation of hard working and brilliant people and a beacon of hope for so many, has been ruined by a public policy vision of socialists. People used to come to America for opportunity. They now flock to America for socialists' "visionary" entitlements.
    Posted by SoxSoldRed[/QUOTE]

    By visionary entitlements, do you mean seven bucks an hour with no benefits?
     
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    Weiner admits he sent lewd picture; won't quit

    He wants to continue to be the best role model represenative that NY has. Why should he resign.
     
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    In Response to Re: Off-day Ode to James Arness:
    [QUOTE]James Arness was no James Garner. I didn't really care too much for Arness, but I can understand a fandom for him for being on a show that lasted a long time. For bravery and actors how bout Charles Durning and Eddie Albert. Both received high medals of bravery.
    Posted by dannycater[/QUOTE]

    Funny. I never cared for Garner as an actor. But I never saw a TV role filled more completely than Arness' Marshal Dillon. Neither had much theatrical training.
    Both grew into what they became.

    But UR right about Albert and Durning being war heroes. And many, Many more.
    Those three stood out for front line duty.
     
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    Good man, Arness.  Not much of an actor, but great in that role.  His first was as Loretta Young's brother in The Farmer's Daughter, for which she won the Oscar. 

    You have to give a lot of credit to those World War II servicemen, especially on an anniversary like today.  Can you image actually living through what is depicted in The Longest Day and Saving Private Ryan? 

    But I have to take umbrage with SoxSoldRed on his complaints about the current generation (s).  He of course wouldn't know about sacrifice because he never served, but these kids today, who keep going back to Iraq and Afghanistan, are just as good as the "greatest generation" and maybe even better for having to go back repeatedly and deal with a very complex and hostile/lethal environment. 

    As a nation and a people, we make our share of mistakes, but I have always admired Americans, including today's version. 
     
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    Enjoyed the Rifleman, too ....

        Great memories.  

        Amazing how much could be projected by suggestion ... didn't have to have graphic details about the blood, guts  and even s_x ....
     
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    In Response to Re: Off-day Ode to James Arness:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Off-day Ode to James Arness : Funny. I never cared for Garner as an actor. But I never saw a TV role filled more completely than Arness' Marshal Dillon. Neither had much theatrical training. Both grew into what they became. But UR right about Albert and Durning being war heroes. And many, Many more. Those three stood out for front line duty.
    Posted by harness[/QUOTE]

    Actually, I like Garner better than Arness. He was in more stuff (movies) and Rockford was one of my favorite TV shows.

    Having said that, I agree with your statement (in bold). I'm glad you started this thread. I hope young posters on this board who never heard of him check out some Gunsmoke reruns. And sadly, I'm sure there are posters who when they saw the thread thought to themselves, "James who?"

    Too many young people today know next to nothing that didn't happen since they were 10. I was in the grocery store and was talking to the cashier about the Newman's Own brand, and how it was neat that the profits went to charity. I commented on how Newman hardly needed the money, and the cashier made a comment about all the movies he made.

    The bagboy heard the comment, and said, "Oh, he made movies too?" I don't care if the kid was just 16 or 17. It's pretty pathetic that he didn't know Paul Newman was one of the great movie stars.
     
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