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There were a number of reasons why the show ended
after a successful five-year run, including the
undeniable fact that Chuck felt it was clearly time
for a change. Times also had changed as far as
viewer interest, in contrast to the glory years for
the westerns of the 1950s to the early 1960s. For
the 1958-59 season, twelve of the top 21 television
programs were westerns, including The Rifleman
in the number four spot. By the end of the 1962-63
season, there were only two of the top 21 spots
filled by westerns. The always popular Bonanza was
number four and "Gunsmoke" was number ten, as
viewers were now watching comedies and panel shows.
There were goodbyes to be said to the cast and crew,
but one of the toughest goodbyes for Chuck was to
his horse, Razor, who he loved dearly. Razor was
given by Chuck to the president of the Houston
Livestock Show, Neill Masterson, to be auctioned
off, with the proceeds going into a scholarship
fund. Chuck was in Houston that first week in March,
1963, as the celebrity guest of the rodeo, and he
made all the scheduled shows despite having the flu
the whole week. Appearing with Chuck was Johnny
Crawford, who came into his dressing room and asked
of his famous TV-dad, "Well Chuck, is this the end?
What are we going to do now?"
Chuck replied, "I'll tell you what we're going to
do. In a week or ten days I'll be back in Los
Angeles. We're going to have a man-to-man talk. I'm
going to try to impart a few of my ideas."
Chuck wanted Johnny to cut back on his show business
activities somewhat and go on to college. Johnny
went on to pursue a career as a musician, and today
he is the leader of the "Johnny Crawford 1928
Society Dance Band."
Taken from Chuck Connors.....The Man Behind the
Rifle, written by David Fury
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Man Behind the Rifle by David Fury
Edited version of the 1997 book, with lots of new
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