” … But the real money for George didn’t come from box office receipts. Between 1977 and 1978, Star Wars sold $100 million worth of toys. 35 years later and Star Wars themed toys have generated $12 billion in revenue. Today, Star Wars licensed toys produce $3 billion a year in revenues. And keep in mind, after the first film George owned 100% of the rights to the entire franchise. The next five Star Wars movies would go on to earn an additional $3.5 billion at the box office. In total, the Star Wars empire has sold $4 billion worth of DVDs and VHS, $3 billion worth of video games, $2 billion worth of books and another $1.3 billion through various other licensing deals. That brings the grand grand revenue total after 35 years worth of Star Wars licensing to $27 billion. After expenses, taxes, fees, etc. George Lucas had earned himself an impressive $3.3 billion net worth by 2012. Then, Disney came calling.
Back in 2012, Disney paid George $4 billion to purchase the entire franchise outright …
… for that single brilliant decision made back in 1973. George Lucas essentially traded $350,000 for more than $5 billion.
George Lucas is a very rich man. In fact, out of all the extremely rich celebrities on the planet, George Lucas is the most extremely rich celebrity, with a personal net worth of $5.4 billion. ”
If this had all never really happened who would believe it ?
Cool Water / The Sons of the Pioneers / Written by Bob Nolan
Some things have been around so long we just take them for granted. We shouldn’t. For some things are treasures and a wonderful part of our Heritage. Cool Water is one such gem.
“”Cool Water” was written in 1936 by Bob Nolan.
It is about a parched man and his mule traveling a wasteland tormented by mirages. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as No. 3 on the Top 100 Western songs of all time.”
Justly so. Nolan also wrote Tumbling Tumbleweeds. How many can claim that they wrote 2 of the greatest Western Songs of all time?
Bob Nolan (1908 – 1980) was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, April 13, 1908. In 1929 he moved to California. With Roy Rogers and Tim Spencer, he formed The Sons of the Pioneers in the 1930’s until it broke up in 1949.
That’s a heck of Legacy Bob. In the song “Dan” is usually assumed to be the subject’s horse, but the term “Old Dan”
usually refers to a trustworthy mule in traditional cowboy colloquialism. While he wrote cowboy songs including subjects like the desert, this song became popular
during the droughts of the Dust Bowl and Great Depression era. He wrote this poem as a teenager
after he had moved with his divorced father to Tuscon Arizon, and he put it to song twelve years later.
Bob Nolan’s original Cool Water lyrics:
All day I’ve faced a barren waste, Without the taste of water, cool water. Old Dan(2) and I with throats burnt dry, And souls that cry for water, Cool, clear water.
(CHORUS:) Keep a-movin’, Dan, Don’t you listen to him, Dan, He’s a devil not a man, And he spreads the burning sand with water. Dan, can you see that big green tree, Where the water’s running free, And it’s waiting there for me, And you?
The nights are cool and I’m a fool, Each star’s a pool of water, cool water. But with the dawn, I’ll wake and yawn, And carry on to water, Cool, clear water.
The shadows sway and seem to say, “Tonight we pray for water, Cool water.” And way up there He’ll hear our prayer, And show us where there’s water, Cool, clear water.
Dan’s feet are sore, he’s yearning for, Just one thing more than water, Cool water. Like me, I guess, he’d like to rest, Where there’s no quest for water, Cool, clear water.
Sung by Many
“It was first recorded by The Sons of the Pioneerson March 27, 1941, for Decca Records and briefly charted in 1941 with a peak position of No. 25. However, the best-selling recorded version was done by Vaughn Monroe and The Sons of the Pioneers in 1948.
The record was on the Billboard chart for 13 weeks …”
Over the Cool Water years it’s been interpreted by many Artists:
Cool Water Bob Atcher 1940 First recording on June 13, 1940 Cool Water Sons of the Pioneers April 1941 Cool Water Sunshine Girls with Cliffie Stonehead’s Harmony Homesteaders 1945 Cool Water Smiley Burnette with The Sunshine Girls 1945 Cool Water Dude Martin and His Round-Up Gang June 11, 1946 Cool Water Foy Willing and The Riders of the Purple Sage July 1946 Cool Water Kate Smith May 1948 Cool Water Nellie Lutcher and Her Rhythm July 1948 Cool Water Tex Ritter and The Dinning Sisters August 1948 Cool Water Sam Browne with The Quads and The Squadronaires directed by Jimmy Miller December 1948 Cool Water Vaughn Monroe with The Sons of the Pioneers 1948 Cool Water The Four Tunes November 1950 Cool Water Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters with Orchestra Directed by Matty Matlock 1952 Cool Water Bob Nolan 1954 Cool Water Frankie Laine March 1955 Cool Water The Norman Luboff Choir 1955 Cool Water Roy Rogers and Dale Evans August 1956
Cool Water Dave Pell Octet February 1957
Cool Water Roger Williams September 1958 Cool Water Polly Bergen and Bill Bergen May 1958 Cool Water Cliffie Stone August 1959 Cool Water Marty Robbins September 1959 Cool Water Johnnie Ray October 1959 Cool Water The Ames Brothers with Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra and Chorus 1959 Cool Water Jimmie Rodgers [US2] 1959 Cool Water The Diamonds 1959 Cool Water Hank Williams January 1960 Released more than 10 years after its recording Cool Water The Browns featuring Jim Edward Brown March 1960 Cool Water Jack Scott July 1960 Cool Water Kate Smith with Bill Stegmeyer and His Orchestra 1960 Cool Water The Randy Van Horne Singers 1960
Cool Water Jack Marshall April 1960 Cool Water Burl Ives June 1961 Cool Water Stu Davis 1961 Cool Water Tex Ritter with Stan Kenton’s Orchestra July 1962
Cool Water Billy Vaughn 1962 Cool Water The Rooftop Singers November 1962
Cool Water Boston Pops Orchestra – Arthur Fiedler, Conductor 1962 Cool Water Jack Elliott March 1963 Live Cool Water Eddy Arnold August 6, 1963 Cool Water Patti LaBelle and The Bluebelles 1963 Cool Water Odetta 1963 Cool Water Four Jacks 1963 Cool Water The Willis Brothers 1963
Cool Water Bobby Gregg and His Friends 1963
Cool Water The Bill Black Combo 1963 Cool Water Kai Winding August 1964 Cool Water John Hore accompanied by The Nick Smith Trio with Jerry Merito 1964 Cool Water Walter Brennan 1964 Cool Water John Hore 1964 Cool Water The Rangers [US2] 1964
Cool Water Dick Contino 1964 Cool Water Hank Snow with The Jordanaires November 1965 Cool Water Jim McNaught January 1966 Cool Water Gary McFarland and Gabor Szabo 1966 Cool Water Tom Jones March 24, 1967 Cool Water Teresa Brewer May 1967 Cool Water Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians July 1967 Cool Water Frank Ifield July 1967 Cool Water Nick Taylor 1967 Cool Water Johnny Nash March 1969 Cool Water Keith Manifold 1974 Cool Water Sleepy LaBeef 1976 Cool Water Sven Liljegren 1977 Cool Water Paul Bogart 1977
Cool Water Grady Martin 1977 Cool Water Royston 1978 Cool Water Trevor Adams 1978 Cool Water Spinning Wheel 1979 Cool Water Windsor Davies & Don Estelle 1979 Cool Water Lee Conway 1980
Cool Water Floyd Cramer 1980 Cool Water Fleetwood Mac August 18, 1982 Cool Water Shady Grove Ramblers 1983 Cool Water Riders in the Sky 1983 Cool Water Mason Williams 1984 Cool Water Joni Mitchell March 23, 1988 First release Western Medley: Back in the Saddle Again … The Jordanaires 1991 Cool Water The Son of San Joaquin / 1992 Cool Water Jim Hendricks 1993 Cool Water The Gatlin Brothers June 8, 1994 Cool Water Michael Martin Murphey with The San Antonio Symphony Orchestra September 12, 1995 Live Cool Water Wylie & The Wild West 1996 Cool Water Roland 1998 Cool Water Opera Cowpokes July 1999
Cool Water Craig Duncan 1999 Cool Water Swingsters 2001 Cool Water The Stay Tuned String Band 2002 Cool Water Viva Las Vegas 2002 Cool Water Trails & Rails October 2008 Cool Water Johnny Cash February 2010 Cool Water Michael Martin Murphey June 28, 2011 Cool Water Cow Bop 2011 Cool Water Daniel O’Donnell October 22, 2012 Cool Water Christian Masser 2013 Cool Water A Little Farther West January 6, 2017 Cool Water Jen Mize – Mark Sholtez 2018 Cool Water Hank Shizzoe 2019
There are many interpretations of Cool Water that are not listed here.
(November 1, 1858 – August 26, 1957)
Was a Canadian geologist, cartographer, and mining consultant. He discovered dinosaur (Albertosaurus sarcophagus) bones in Alberta’s Badlands and coal around Drumheller in 1884.
Canada’s Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Alberta was named in his honor.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum / Drumheller, Alberta, Canada – opened 1985.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum is not really an inspiring piece of Architecture. It appears academic and clinical. That’s because it’s a World Class research centerfor Paleontology
– housing several labs and research facilities
– apart from it’s function as an amazing museum.
There’s a few things to see outside though before you go in:
Albertosaurus – An enthusiastic Greeter
Covid interrogation. Didn’t used to be part of a Tour. On normal (pre-Covid) days there will be a dozen tour buses out front. People come from all over the world and the museum would usually be packed.
Sadly, much of the time right now the Museum is closed. PachyrhinosaurusAnd child.
No riders. Enthusiastic tourists have occasionally damaged the models.
So they must be protected. Incredibly for the first several years Admission was FREE! Then they went to a donation box.
Finally they realized that people would pay anything to get in here.
But it’s worth it.
Exhibits are continuously being added and expanded.
Adult (18 – 64) $21.00 Senior (65+) $14.00 Youth (7 – 17) $10.00 Children (6 and under, ticket required) Free Family (2 adults and their children 7 – 17, max. group size 8) $50.00 Members Free Experience Alberta’s History Pass Holders Free
Effective December 13, 2020, the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology is temporarily closed
Despite the popularity of Dinosaurs, some people feared that nobody would come all the way out to Drumheller to see this. Since it’s opening in 1985 more than 13 million visitors have come from over 150 countries. They were wrong.
There’s a lot of excellent vids on You Tube of the Alberta Badlands. As I said earlier, when I used to explore here as young Teen I felt I was in going into areas that had never before been seen by any human being but me. This really fueled my wonder about all things of exploration and Paleontology.
Have a boo of this short, but entertaining video.
Come see this beautiful country for yourself some day.
Sky above, sand below, peace within. – anonymous It’s incredible how a single event can change the course of your life.As a young lad I dreamed of becoming an Archaeologist (Ancient History) or Paleontologist (Dinosaurs).Then one day somebody told me this would mean 8 years of University study. I believed this meant studying 8 years in a classroom. Such an idea was intolerable to me. I didn’t know that much of such study takes place (outside the classroom) in the field. His single statement crushed my dream.
Becomes the boulder of reality
today, when I see Archaeologists or Paleontologists sitting in the dirt digging around with trowels and brushes,
this doesn’t fit my once glamorous vision of discovery and exploration in exotic places.
So … Did he do me a favor?
Was I saved from a lifetime of scratching in the dirt?
Or did he destroy my dream?
I really don’t know.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum
The Royall Tyrrell Museum / Drumheller, Alberta, Canada
Have my high dreams and wonder of ancient things diminished then? Not a bit. Without our dreams and wonders we are nothing. Just mundane muggles. Don’t let that happen to you.
Many years ago my niece Sarah made a small figurine for me. I called him Wizard. Wizard accompanied me on my many trips and moves – quietly gracing my desktop. But in my journeys, he also took a heck of a beating. I lost his Crystal Ball (shameful!) and broke his Magic Staff (doh!). These are two really bad things for a Wizard. A Wizard without his Crystal Ball and Magic Staff is like a soldier without a rifle. Almost useless. Something had to be done! Wizard needed to be fixed. I sent out the call to Sarah: Please fix Wizard!
Sarah immediately responded, expressing astonishment that I still had Wizard at all!! after all these years! She then determined to go beyond merely repairing Wizard and would create a whole new Wizard for me! I didn’t expect such a generous offer! But happily accepted.
A week and a half later Wizard 2 arrived in the mail:
Look how Wondrous he is!!! Amazing!!!
Thank You Sarah!
Wiz 2 is substantially bigger than Wiz 1! And I discovered something magical about Wiz 2: When I went into my office the next – and before I turned on the light … This is what I saw! :
Wiz 2’s Crystal Ball shines in the dark!!!
I don’t how Sarah pulled that off, but it’s really cool.
I’m not about to abandon Wiz 1 though. I now realize I can fix him myself. All I need to do is to find a Magic Staff and a new Crystal Ball. Hmmm …
Something like this: I wonder if I can find a Crystal Ball that shines in the dark also?? We’ll see. The Staff might take some searching But I’m optimistic.
Did you know that early in is career Val Kilmer played Billy the Kid? Betcha didn’t. That was in 1989 when Kilmer was 30 years old. It was a made for TV movie by Gore Vidal?!
Wikipedia: “Vidal said in his memoirs that he had written the original teleplay for The Left Handed Gun, (1958) starring Paul Newman as Billy the Kid, decades earlier, and always felt the studio had butchered the material when his television play was used as the basis for a theatrical movie, so he wanted to return to the story for a more accurate rendition. At the time of his original teleplay with Newman, it was thought that the real Billy was left handed. This was based on a photo of Billy that had been inadvertently flipped when printed. Years later, the error was discovered—Billy was right handed.” MFW: Tintype photos are often reversed and need to be flipped horizontally for an honest image.
Wikipedia: While receiving little general attention, the television movie was acclaimed by fans of the Western genre due to its comparative historical fidelity.  Kilmer was praised [according to whom?] for his portrayal based on his extensive work to not only physically resemble William Bonney as much as possible,  but also to capture his personality as related in historical accounts. This contributed to the film being widely recognized as one of the most historically accurate “Billy the Kid” films ever made.” MFW: “”, “[according to whom?]”, “”, “”… hmmm … Typical of anything (and everything) regarding The Kid, it’s all cloaked in mystery.
Kilmer has had an Up and Down career (to say the least.) But along the way he’s been in some notable Western style Movies.
Back a ways someone got the idea that he would colorize old photos. So he did. The results were quite spectacular.
It brought the photos to life. Pretty soon a few other folks joined in. And now we have a nice collection of colorized images. Some photos from the Old West are particularly impressive. Like Billy the Kid.
Interpretations vary. But they’re all good. I’ve tried my hand at it, but not that easy.
Rose and I have stayed in a few B&B’s over the years. Most have been excellent. But it’s not a cheap way to go.
So Rose found a B&B in North Drum(heller) in what I used call the “the poor side of town”. Some rough kids came out of there. But us refined ‘rich kids’ (*sniff*) lived in the New Subdivision in East Drumheller. I called us the “Subdivisionals”.
Palace ofthe Subdivisionals!
Rose didn’t know all of this important information when she booked us in at McDougall Lane Bed & Breakfast. Which caused me a bit of apprehension. Would we get beset upon by vicious hooligans whilst eating crumpets in a crumbling shack!!!?? Hmmmm … We venture forth …
Shortly I spot a sign craftily hidden in the bushes …
We’re getting close.
Whoooo! This might be OK?!
Let’s look around a bit.
I couldn’t have imagined anything as amazing as this.
How do get rid of a Tacksaur? Tackysaurs are occasionally vandalized by graffiti, and need to be repainted. But that doesn’t get rid of them. One sure method is to ram them with your car.Obviously effective, but unfortunately this also destroys your car. Tackysaurs don’t go down easy. But to be fair though, not all Tackysaurs are … well … Tacky. Some are pretty good. Clever and funny. A Stegosaurus.
Pretty good eh!?They’re everywhere! Love this one.
Us fossils gotta stick together
That was a bit of fun and I’d say
Tackysaurs are generally looked upon with fond good humour.
They started to appear in Drumheller in the late 50’s.
And seemed pretty harmless at first.
Then … slowly, surely, more and more came.
By the end of the 60’s it was too late!
The whole town was infested!
(Inserting a Wilhelm Scream here.)
The Attack of the TACKYSAURS!!
Strange, irregular beasts of every dimension and colour! Blighting every corner, park and byway!!