February 26 is the birthday of JOHNNY CASH (1932), not to mention WILLIAM F. “BUFFALO BILL” CODY (1846). I say “not to mention” Cody because I wish it were instead the birthday of CARY GRANT, so I could have titled this post CASH & CARY. No such luck, but give me credit….for trying.

Now, I’m not a big fan of country music (Cash excepted), and not even a small fan of a man killing 4,282 buffalo in 18 months, as Buffalo Bill purportedly did under contract to provide Kansas Pacific Railroad construction crews with buffalo meat. That’s a helluva way to run a railroad chow line, but in the unsettled west at that time (1867-68), what was the meat alternative — prairie dogs and rattlesnakes? I suppose the RR could’ve hired vegetarian railroad workers, but the nearest vegetable stands and supermarkets were probably hundreds of miles away, so let’s not go there.

Anyway, having come this far, we may as well finish paying our Buffalo Bill respects before turning to Johnny Cash. Buffalo Bill was one of the most colorful characters of the Old West. He was a U.S. Army soldier during the Civil War and an Army scout 1868-72, but is most famous for his “Wild West” show in which many historical western figures appeared, including Sitting Bull and Annie Oakley. The show toured throughout the U.S. and Europe, where it was enormously successful and made him an international legend. At the turn of the 20th century, he was regarded as the most widely recognizable celebrity in the world by some historians. Today, we see that he was ahead of his time in his support for conservation and the rights of women and Native Americans, regarding whom I found this Cody quote: Every Indian outbreak that I have ever known has resulted from broken promises and broken treaties by the government.

As for Johnny Cash, I think he is of recent enough vintage that I need not detail his life here, and in any case, his music is his enduring legacy….music such as:

I suppose I should quit while I’m ahead, but Feb. 26 is also the birthday of probably the youngest HUSBAND in history, as recorded on his birth certificate: HUSBAND EDWARD KIMMEL….a name which some say lives in infamy. Husband E. Kimmel was a four-star Admiral and Commander-in-chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor….following which he was demoted to a two-star Admiral. There is debate to this day as to whether he was made a scapegoat for the failure of the U.S. to be prepared for the disastrous sneak attack, but there is no debating that he was already a Husband when he married (Dorothy). She HAD to know, don’t you think?


16 comments on “CASH & CODY

  1. arekhill1 says:

    That’s a lot of buffalo, but considering that it would probably take at least 18 months for one railroad worker to eat a whole buffalo, and that there were probably at least 4,000 guys working on the railroad, it’s statistically possible. I wonder how many buffalo Wild Bill shot at and missed?


    • mistermuse says:

      He probably didn’t miss too many, Ricardo, because of his strategy. According to Wikipedia, Cody and another hunter, Wm. Comstock, competed in an 8-hour buffalo shooting match to win the contract and exclusive rights to the name “Buffalo Bill.” Cody won by killing 68 bison to Comstock’s 48. Comstock chased after his buffalo for miles, while Cody rode to the front of the herd, identified the leaders and forced the followers to circle close together, making them easy targets. He also used a larger-caliber rifle than Comstock.


  2. ladysighs says:

    I didn’t mind listening to Johnny Cash, but I just didn’t like watching him. Who knows why. 😦
    I always wondered how stars like Buffalo Bill etc toured Europe with their shows. No airplanes or good transportation etc. And lack of all the modern conveniences and whatever else we take for granted today.


  3. Haha cash and Cary. That would have been amazing. When is cash warrens birthday? You might have another chance….


  4. Don Frankel says:

    Well Muse I guess Husband E. Kimmel probably didn’t like that first name but it could have been a lot worse.


  5. mistermuse says:

    Stella’s Mommy, I checked, and Cary Grant’s birthday is Jan. 18, Cash Warren’s is Jan.10 — close, but not on the money. Then I thought of Mariah Carey, but her birthday is March 27. But you know what – I’m sure the most important birthday in your life is Stella’s, so who cares about those other characters! 🙂


    • Mélanie says:

      I love Cash’s songs & his recognizable voice… 🙂 Cary Grant is a January Cappy – like me, a living legend as we call THE genuine movie stars of the “golden age”… and yeah: who cares about their b’days?!… 😉

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      • mistermuse says:

        I also love Cash’s voice, as well as his wife’s, June Carter. I didn’t realize until I looked it up that they were married for 35 years and died just 3 months apart.


  6. mistermuse says:

    Thanks, Don – you surely were Johnny-on-the-spot with that clip (note that I didn’t call you Shirley, as I don’t want you to Sue me).


  7. BroadBlogs says:

    Well, Cash and Cody using more of the kind than Cash and Cary. And I have some nice memories of the few times I’ve been in Cody, Wyoming. And sometimes hearing Johnny Cash on the radio.


  8. mistermuse says:

    Been there once myself years ago (passing through, but stopped to see the Buffalo Bill Museum, which is about the only thing I remember about the town). Of course, Cody was named after Buffalo Bill Cody, who was instrumental in founding the town.

    Thanks for commenting.


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