Archive for March 24th, 2010

“King of the Wild Frontier”

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Fess Parker died last week at 85.  He was best known as Davy Crockett in a Disney television mini-series that debuted in 1955.  In that film production, Crockett was portrayed as a frontiersman, a legislator, and the hero in the Battle for the Alamo.  There was even a smidgen of historical truth in the Hollywood glamorization of this great Western legend.

Disney Studios liked Parker for a different reason.  Since he was a superstar to American children on television and in the movies, Parker was a merchandising gold mine.  Disney licensed over 1000 Davy products – the most famous of which became the “coonskin cap” pictured above along with the rest of the Davy Crockett outfit.

Little is known about the attractive young man modeling the Crockett fashions.  A persistent rumor is that for the rest of his life, he was locked away in an obscure asylum for the criminally insane.  Some say his craziness began when he could not remember the difference between Davy Crockett and Danial Boone.