the movie The Gray Fox
Surely one of the most direct, honest and accurate depictions of life in the "Old West," the Grey Fox does not resort to violence, bluster or machismo to present its story. Instead, the film comes across as a story of a man whose life has gone wrong as the result of carefully thought out and well-reasoned choices, though nevertheless bad choices. This alone is particularly refreshing in a Western movie and makes the film a worthwhile experience.
The late Richard Farnsworth relies on his considerable skills as an actor and makes his character sympathetic and heroic, never losing sight that he is in fact a thief. The costumes, setting, dialog and yes, even the miserable weather are true to the historical period and makes the viewer feel as if they were there alongside the characters in this elegant story.
That song takes me back to a childhood time, when I lived near a train switching yard. I loved to be there when a train got ready to leave. The engines emitted steam, and, as they set out to start rolling, the pistons gave short bursts of action that made the driving wheels spin like crazy. Spin, and the train would lurch, car by car, jolted. I don't know how many times they did this, but the train very shortly picked up speed. The engineers always waved, as did the crew in the red caboose at the end. It was a great disappointment when diesels replaced those wonderful machines. A part of my personal world forever died.
The late Richard Farnsworth relies on his considerable skills as an actor
He made uncredited appearances in numerous films, including Gone with the Wind (1939), Red River (1948), The Wild One (1953), and The Ten Commandments (1956). He was on the set of Spartacus (1960) for eleven months. He laughed when he said he did not look like a gladiator, but drove a chariot. However, it was not until 1963 that he finally received his first acting credit.
As children, as even as adults, we are often fascinated by trains. If we have to stop our cars for a train, we count the many cars that pass by. People have model train sets, and a very popular children's television program and book series is Thomas the Tank Engine. Throughout most of the 1900s, people expected to see a caboose at the end of the train. Today, cabooses are a thing of the past. No longer does a caboose signal the end of the train; instead, old cabooses are parked in various places around the United States, sometimes rusting in junk yards, or at other times finding new life as the home for a small shop or tourist site.
Railroads began to emerge in the United States in the decades preceding the American Civil War, and they continued to grow throughout the rest of the nineteenth century. Very early on, trains began to put a caboose on the end of each train. Aside from the locomotive, where the train engineer and other workers might stay, the caboose was the only other train car to house train employees. In addition to the train conductor, who used the caboose as an office to handle the paperwork associated with the train's cargo, the caboose also housed a brakeman and a flagman. Some cabooses had a cupola on top, which allowed either the conductor or another employee to ascend to view the train from above and to look for potential dangers. Early cabooses were made of wood, but eventually they were constructed from steel instead. Probably the most common caboose color was red, but it was possible to see yellow, orange, or other colored cabooses occasionally. Railroad employees had a number of slang words that they used for the caboose, such as "crummy," "clown wagon," and "waycar," among others.
When I was a kid I tried chewing tobacco and was heavily influenced by the ad on a barnside along the PA turnpike which we used to pass every time my Dad and I went fishing at Hopewell Lake. I got really really sick and have never been tempted to chew or use snuff.