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I would look good in this Walt Disney Davy Crockett Jacket
Back in the 1980s, my family finally got cable, and shortly after, we were thrilled to get the Disney Channel. At that time, the channel didn't have as much original content as it does today, so they filled their programming with classic cartoons and Disney movies from the past. For me, it was a slice of heaven.
During this time, I developed a strong obsession with Disney's Davy Crockett, starring the charismatic Fess Parker. I made sure to plan my schedule around the show's broadcasts, using my trusty Disney Channel guide. I was so into it that I tried to get my friends on board with the Crockett craze, but they just didn't share the same enthusiasm for this frontier hero.
My mom, who actually lived through the original Davy Crockett mania that swept the nation in the 1950s, would tell stories of how kids back then would proudly wear raccoon skin hats and leather jackets, just like the ones in the movies. I daydreamed about walking proudly in a fringed buckskin coat, defending commerce from river pirates on my way to the trading post in Manhattan.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find anything like it in my suburban town, which was probably a good thing because wearing something like that to my school might not have been received well. You should have heard the reaction when I wore a shirt that some described as "pink." It was light red, people!
As I grew older, I had to let go of my frontier hero dreams, but sometimes, when I stumble upon sites like Hake's selling an amazing and original Davy Crockett jacket from the 1950s, those old familiar feelings return. Suddenly, I'm not just dealing with programming issues, but I'm wrestling with bears in dense forests of some bygone age.
I can't help but wonder how much an adult version of this coat would cost (and if I'm cool enough to pull off that fringe!). Ah, the allure of those adventurous days of yesteryears!