Gene Autry

Some life stories can’t be contained in a blogpost. Gene Autry’s is one of them. He’s just a name to most of us, but he was an influential star of early television, appeared in 93 movies, and had a singing career that sold 100 million records.

In the 1940s and ’50s he had a hit radio show that was extremely popular with young boys. Recognizing the influence he has having, he created “The Cowboy Code”.

1. The Cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man, or take unfair advantage.

2. He must never go back on his word, or a trust confided in him.

3. He must always tell the truth.

4. He must be gentle with children, the elderly, and animals.

5. He must not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant ideas.

6. He must help people in distress.

7. He must be a good worker.

8. He must keep himself clean in thought, speech, action, and personal habits.

9. He must respect women, parents, and his nation’s laws.

10. The Cowboy is a patriot.

I tried to pick a video, but there’s just too many. So here’s Johnny Cash singing “Daddy, Who’s Gene Autry?”

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2 thoughts on “Gene Autry

  1. My favorite Gene Autry quote didn’t come from Gene. Autry owned the California Angels back in the ’70s (maybe ’80s). When they were in the pennant series, manager Gene Mauch gave a locker room pep talk, saying “Mr. Autry had a horse named ‘Champion’. He didn’t have no horse named ‘Runner Up’.”

  2. Yep, one heck of a good example… Sadly, I don’t see anyone to day that could even come close to measuring up!

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