Summer Times

Summers were a grand time in a small rural Texas town, and even more so for a small boy like me. Footloose, fancy free, and Saturday Matinees...

Dad always gave us a quarter for our very own; good for a movie ticket, popcorn and a coke, and I faithfully saved it in anticipation of the weekend movies in town. We had two theaters in town; right on main street, just south of the grainary, facing each other were the "Ellis" and the "Perryton", both filled with delights every Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m...

With quarters burning holes in our pockets we rushed to see the latest heroic actions of our favorite "Cowboys"... Who will ever forget the "Big Three"; Roy Rogers, John Wayne and Gene Autry? But never to be far from mind were a cast of characters that made every boy's imagination run wild... names like; Tim Holt, Tex Ritter, Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd), Johnny Mack Brown, Charles Starret, Randolph Scott and who among us will ever forget Gabby Hayes...

There was an added treat, the weekly segment of the serials, the Perryton ran "Flash Gordon" the Ellis ran "Buck Rogers "...little was I to know that by the time I was a grown man we would put men on the moon. What a full and robust life to look back on now more than 50 years later! Oh...and never forget the cartoon after each feature.

How life has changed, but I have no doubt that when I get through those Pearly Gates and stand upon God's own range, these cowboys of the past will come riding gleefully by; with a whoop and a big howdy little pard!

© 2003/2010 ~ David L. Griffith

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