I called Mr. Powell (Foreman Scotty) a few years back, I don't remember when it was exactly, but it must have been several years before he died, and we talked for a few minutes. He was very nice and gracious. He invited me to come out to his house if I ever got back to town, and I told him that I would. I asked him about his gun, because I was so fascinated about it when I was a kid. He said that he had two revolvers that he used on the show. The first one that he had was an old Colt Peacemaker, .41 Colt caliber, 5.5 inch barrel, nickle plated with stag grips. Most of the time he only wore that gun. He repeated a story to me that I first heard when I was about 7, starting with the question, "Do you know why Colt made this gun in .41 caliber ?" He followed up with an explanation that it was to allow a cowboy to only have to have one kind of ammunition for his pistol, rifle and derringer. I enjoyed talking to him and hearing that story again, although it was not strictly correct, as the Derringer was a .41 Remingtom rimfire, and no rifles were made to fire the .41 Colt cartridge that I knew about. The old cowboys did use .44/40, .38/40 and .32/20 revolvers and rifles, and interchanged those cartridges, though. Any way, it was a good talk and a good time.
"Foreman Scotty" also told me that he also had another Colt Peacemaker. It was a newer .357 Magnum that was also 5.5 inch barrel, nickle plated and with stag grips. Sometimes, if he was going to have a really "big adventure on the show", he would take off the one-gun holster and put on the two-gun holster. That seemed so cool to me back then. I figured that he carried and made public appearances with the .41 Colt most of the time, because the cartridge was relatively uncommon, and if something happened and somehow a kid managed to get his gun, or something, there was very little chance that he would have any real cartridges that would fit in the gun and fire. I think that when he fired a gun on the show, he was probably using the .357 loaded with .38 blanks. I offered to buy his guns, but he politely said "No, those are for my boys." I understood and left it at that.
I recall that on one show, Foreman Scotty was going on a secret mission for the Government. He came in, and the Government man handed him another revolver, and asked him to carry it on the mission. It was explained that the Government had a gunsmith to specially make a revolver for Foreman Scotty to carry that exactly like his personal revolver, but it had no markings of any kind and no serial number, so it could never be traced back to the Government or Foreman Scotty.
I also recalled that he also carried an Army M1 .30 carbine on some of the shows. It seems like he had a jeep in some of the shows. I also recall that on one show, he was sent on a secret mission by the Government, and he has an Army M14 rifle for that show. I always wondered where that gun came from. He must have been crawling around the hills on Britton road for that episode, I think. He didn't seems to remember any of that stuff, but I still remember it vividly.
Anyway, after I was grown, I got a gun like Foreman Scotty's. When we visited on the phone, I told him that I had always wanted to be able to go shooting with Foreman Scotty. He very graciously agreed that we would do it, if I ever got back to Oklahoma City. It was on my list of things to do, but due to personal circumstances, I never made it. I thought that it was so nice of him to offer to do that for me. I wish that I would have taken the time to do it before he was gone.
I have many great memories of growing up in Oklahoma City. The first or second year that I lived there, my baseball team, the Longdellow Lynx, was runner up in the City baseball championship. Everything seemed so good back then. When I talked to Steve Powell about my memories, and especially how much I loved the Foreman Scotty show, he responded that he was glad that I had good memories of those times, but the shows probably weren't as good as I remembered them to be. He said that they didn't record any of the shows back then, except I think one show that is saved in the State Historical society section of early Oklahoma television. I contacted them and, as I recall, at that time they didn't have that available to buy, but they were working on it, so it may be available by now.
Anyway, Foreman Scotty was a really nice man. He was my hero when I was little, and I am sure that many others felt the same. I am sorry to hear that he is gone. I do wish that somehow they could have recorded the adventure segments of the show for us to have and enjoy now.
And yes, to whoever asked, I remember the "Widow Weep". I think that she was played by Danny Williams. As I recall, she was always after Willie, and wanted to get married to him. That is why he took off and you never saw them on screen together.
What a great town to grow up in. I finally did get back for a visit with my son, and visited a couple of the houses where I lived (1613 N.E. 47th Street in OKC, 137 Oakside Drive in Moore, and 2800 N.W. 45th Street in OKC. It really brought back a lot of good memories. I was able to locate my old best friend David Towe, who is now a successful insurance man in Lawton. I always wondered whatever happened to Francine Riddle, the (then) 13 year old girl that I sat next to in the afternoon art class at Taft Jr. High School in OKC (I graduated from HS in 1973). When I moved away in 1968, it broke my heart to move away from her. Oh well, she is probably a really beautiful grandmother by now. But it would be nice to say "hi" again.
The 1960s in OKC, those were the days. We will never have times like those again. I have one of the tokens, I think that I got mine at the Oklahoma State Fair.
Know anything about this token? Please send me a note: stevensf(at)pullman.com
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