Dory Funk Jr. and Terry Funk with the "King of the Cowboys" Roy Rogers
Photo taken at Texas' Boy's Ranch Rodeo Grandstand 1948
My heroes have always been cowboys. Like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers who chased the bad guys right off the screen and John Wayne and Garry Cooper, The Lone Ranger, Tex Ritter and Tom Mix.
Men who know what it means to be looked up to by an impressionable kid, Men who want to sign autograph books, and not deal under the table, Men who are willing to play the game with the people who made them heroes, Men who don't mind putting on a white hat and saying thank you and please.
My father, Dory Funk Sr,. was a Cowboy who had the highest degree of integrity in dealing fair with all who did business with him.
Cowboys never looked for trouble but when trouble came, they faced it with courage. Cowboys defended good people against bad people, They had high morals and good manners. Cowboys were honest.
Cowboys were respected when they walked into a saloon. (They usually only drank milk)
In a gunfight, they could outdraw anyone. In a fist fight they could beat up anyone. Bad Guys kept their distance.
Imagine today a young kid looking up to Cowboy James Storm and saying, "Daddy, when I grow up I want to be just like him!!! (A beer guzzling Loudmouth Bastard.)
Cowboy James Storm, "The Bad Guy" comes to the Funking Conservatory Sunday July 6th in the first of back to back !BANG! TV Tapings, the next !BANG! TV Taping featuring All Japan Pro Wrestling's Talent Scout, Osamu Nishimura coming Sunday July 13th.