In 1902 Owen Wister, a good friend of Theodore Roosevelt, wrote a novel set in the romantic American West called The Virginian. It grew in popularity over the years, was transformed into movie after movie, and served as the basis for the prolific 1962-1971 TV series.
Recently, near Toledo, Ohio, cast members of the show reunited for a charity benefit called Cowboy Up for Vets. A deserving military family will receive the funds raised. And everyone involved had a wonderful time, celebrating old and new friendships.
A mounted shooters group and singing cowboys provided plenty of entertainment.
Many fans came to see James Drury, who starred in the title role.
Randy Boone is still the singing cowboy.
Event organizer Judy Shafer gets a well-deserved hug from L.Q. Jones, who played Belden on the show. He appeared in as many as seven westerns regularly.
Roberta Shore was Betsy Garth, and also a teenaged beauty in “The Shaggy Dog” and other Disney productions. At Disney World that’s her voice yodeling in “It’s a Small World.”
Gary Clarke was cast for the character of Steve Hill in the first three seasons of The Virginian series. He has been involved in many facets of the film industry, including writing and producing. Below, a young fan poses with a re-enactor of The Lone Ranger. Kids of all ages enjoyed meeting the masked man and his sidekick, Tonto.
Replicas of the Shiloh Ranch bunkhouse.