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THE COWBOY WAY

The Riders in the Sky (cowboy singers) have a saying: You can do it the Easy Way or the Cowboy Way. When I was 5, I attended my first concert—Gene Autry and band. I have been a cowboy at heart ever since. By World War 2, Gene had it made, he was a singing star and a movie star. He surrendered his movie/recording contract and joined the army. Hey, it was the Cowboy Way. At that time, he was billed as the King of the Cowboys. He is still my hero. I plan to write about cowboys. It will not be easy, but it will be the Cowboy Way.

 

Here are Gene’s rules from his many movies (they were far ahead of their time):

 

Gene Autry’s 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

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