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Wednesday, 29 July 2020


Available for freelance writing commissions on a variety of subjects including family history, nostalgic Belfast and its famous people, shops, shoppers & shopping (40 years in retailing), the golden age of Hollywood (including westerns) and humorous pieces on life's weird and wonderful. Op-eds, columns, non-fiction book reviews too. & @JoeCushnan

I have a portfolio of features, reviews, poetry and short fiction published in all sorts of places - Belfast Telegraph, Tribune, Ireland's Own, Dalhousie Review, Fairlight Books, Reader's Digest, Reality, Lapwing Poetry, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Spillwords, Dear Reader, Amethyst Review, to name a selection.  Oh, and the odd BBC radio contribution. I wrote a book on retailing, on dealing with job losses and a biography of Stephen Boyd.

This is a series of very short items that have nothing to do with the current news agenda.  Swift diversions for a moment or two.


Apropos of Nothing #100 – 29 July

Today, I salute two of my old-time TV western heroes.

Robert Horton was born on 29 July, 1924.

Robert Fuller was born on 29 July, 1933.

Horton played scout Flint McCullough in 189 episodes of Wagon Train from 1957 to 1962.  He played the title character in the 1965/66 34-episode series Shenandoah.  In the late 1950s, he played various characters in Matinee Theatre and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.  He was guest star in many TV shows, his last appearance in a Murder, She Wrote episode in 1989.

Fuller played ranch hand Jess Harper in Laramie from 1959 to 1963.  He joined Wagon Train as Cooper Smith for 60 episodes, 1963/65.  He was in Return of the Seven (1966).  His third long-running series after Wagon Train and Rawhide was the non-western, medical drama, Emergency! (1972/78) in which he played Dr. Kelly Bracket in 125 episodes.  Along with many old western TV stars, he made a cameo appearance in the Maverick film (1984).  His last screen appearances were in a few episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger (1997/2001). 

Both actors had great ‘cowboy’ voices.  I remember them both fondly. 

Robert Horton died at 91 on 9 March, 2016.

Robert Fuller is 87.

Roberts Horton and Fuller

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