“Before The Mickey Mouse Club, The Beatles and Farah Fawcett, actor Fess Parker’s role as a real-life frontiersman in Walt Disney’s Davy Crockett television series was the first big media star for baby boomers. Kids from LA to Boston were glued to their parents’ TV screens in 1954 when Disney brought the historical figure to life, which led to $300 million in Davy Crockett coonskin cap sales. The iconic hats and the show’s title song “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” would be features at Disneyland for decades, with rebroadcasts and DVD re-releases of the series continuing until 2015. Parker would keep the coonskin cap craze going for years with his portrayal of another famous frontiersman in NBC’s Daniel Boone from 1964-1970. He played numerous cowboy roles and was named a Disney Legend in 1991. After his acting career, the Texas native founded Fess Parker Family Winery and Vineyards, known for its coonskin cap logo. Fess died in 2010 and is buried beneath a headstone sporting an inscription of his signature headwear…”

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