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Celebrate Fifty Years With THE VIRGINIAN


In Loving Memory

In loving Memory of James Drury (April 18, 1934- April 6, 2020)

We lost a true legend on Monday, April 6, 2020. His memory lives on in all who admired him.

The Heavens surely gained another hero. I know the horse tales must be very interesting as he meets his co-stars that got there before him. What a party it will be as he celebrates his 86th birthday April 18th.

In these sad times, it’s our memories that keep us sane. God bless everyone.

Remember the cowboy way when you think of James Drury. He lived it. He was an inspiration to everyone.

The Cowboy Way: If it’s not true, don’t say it. If it’s not yours, don’t take it; and if it’s not right, don’t do it. The Virginian


It seems like only yesterday the episodes were seen.

Cattle drove by cowboys, dusty trails and beans,

Blue horizons captured of the big Wyoming sky,

Shiloh brought excitement as an entertainment high.


Branding out a memory for decades yet to come,

Young and old took values from every single one.

The tale evolved around a handsome foreman’s trust,

And knowing not his name did not discourage us.


The mystery brought excitement waiting to be found,

The Virginian’s act of courage surely won his crown,

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With cattle by the hundreds and the cowhand's brutal pride,

The magic sought for westerns was more than satisfied.


Gone, but not forgotten as the show went off the air,

Reruns reunite the fans with memories still there.

The golden anniversary of The Virginian will be,

A celebration of many friends, just like you and me.

Poem written in 2012

I wrote this poem back in 2012 as we celebrated fifty years of the long running show, "The Virginian". I was blessed to have been able to be among the stars that year at the Memphis Film Festival in Olive Branch, Mississippi. What a fine celebration it was.

If I looked to be having a great time, I was.

If I looked to be having a great time, I was.


Diana L Pierce (author) from Potter County, Pa. on October 20, 2012:

Thanks for stopping, Jannell. The Virginian is now part of INSP's Saddle Up Saturday. It joins The Big Valley, Bonanza and another newby to the line-up The High Chaparral. I love them all.

Jannell Dickinson on October 19, 2012:

The Virginian was one of the best TV WESTERNS every put on TV.

Next to 'The Virginian was BIG VALLEY. I never cared for Rawhide.

Diana L Pierce (author) from Potter County, Pa. on April 19, 2012:

I'm addicted also, BLACKANDGOLDJACK. I'm so thankful to Encore Westerns for giving us a chance to view them again. I trust them to put the Virginian back in their line up soon. It just didn't seem right them taking it off when their fifty year anniversary is this year. But for now we'll have to watch the other great westerns they chose to offer us.

Jack Hazen from Blitzburgh area on April 18, 2012:

Yeah, I'm rather addicted to these old western series. Not as much as football, hockey, and baseball, but that's my next favorite and I used to watch "The Virginian" all the time until Encore Westerns changed the schedule and now it's "Rawhide."

Why don't they make any good western series any more? I can't even watch this stupid stuff that my teenage daughter loves.

Diana L Pierce (author) from Potter County, Pa. on April 18, 2012:

Thank you, Debbie. His Facebook fans seem to like it. James Drury celebrated his 78th birthday today.

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on April 18, 2012:

wow the Virginian.. we love the Virginian.. right before my mom died last year I had set the DVR to tape the Virginian every day.

Great hub


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