Saturday, November 22, 2008
Jim Winter reading.
Some of the most faithful book reviewers on this site have been writers and readers of Westerns. They have a passion about the genre that I remember well.
Because when I think of Westerns, I think of my husband's grandfather reading one after the other, sitting in a rocking chair in front of the furnace in his living room. It was nothing for him to read ten Westerns in a week. He readily admitted, he'd probably read the same ones many times since he counted on friends and family to keep him supplied. And he didn't like the fancy ones, he liked his justice rough.
Currently, we have two friends who watch reruns of The Rifleman every morning as they do their exercises. They find the that show a welcome tonic to the day ahead.
My own experience with the genre is from TV and movies in the fifties and sixties. They were as much as part of TV fare as cops shows are now. Maybe more.
Okay, Western fans. Which of the TV Westerns of the fifties-sixties were the best?My favorite was always Maverick but I have the feeling, Maverick was an outlier. According to this website, there were more than a hundred Westerns of some sort in that era. I think my brother watched all of them.
So tell me, what were the best ones.