QUESTION: Who played Daniel Boone in the Disney program from 1964 through 1970?
A) Leslie Nielsen
B) Fess Parker
C) Lloyd Bridges
D) Peter Graves
We ended last Friday's blog with a cliffhanger. We were talking about the many adventures of a still as-yet-unknown explorer named Daniel Boone. Born in Pennsylvania, he took up arms for Britain in the French-Indian War, but stayed loyal to the colonies when the Revolution broke out. Boone had lost one of his sons in a brutal attack by Native Americans hoping to dissuade western settlement but, undeterred, he stayed west of the Appalachian Mountains. When one of his daughters was kidnapped by other Native Americans, Boone and a posse managed to rescue her - an event that would later inspire James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans. Shortly after these events, Boone was captured by Shawnee angry with the frontiersmen encroaching on their land. He lived among the tribe long enough for his family to think him dead prior to making his escape.
Boone continued guiding settlers west including, as legend has it, the family of Abraham Lincoln's grandfather. His adventures continued through the Revolutionary War and after, generally in anonymity. That began to change around the time he turned fifty years old - semi-factual biographies of Boone started to see publication in which he was described as killing bears/"bars" at the age of three. The rise of his celebrity did not bring financial security, though, and he decided to leave the new United States in 1799, opting for Spanish Louisiana, to what is now part of Missouri. He stayed once the United States took over in 1804, and he lived out his life there with his son Nathan. Upon his death in 1820 at the age of 85, Boone's legend became larger than he ever was in life. The bodies of Boone and his wife were disinterred and removed to Frankfort, Kentucky, causing friction between the two states to this day. Now, we celebrate Daniel and the Boones in our blog and in our Toy Box.
ANSWER: B) Fess Parker, the only actor listed above who did not make an appearance in the 1980 satire Airplane!