Stewart, J D Jr 1972-06-26

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J. D. Stewart, a cousin of the late "Bonanza" star Dan Blocker, discusses the actor’s life and career and relates personal memories of him. Note: This tape is difficult to understand because someone is practicing the piano in the background and nearly drowns out the voices.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: J.D. Stewart Jr.

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: June 26, 1972

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Jeff Townsend

Length: 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Stewart lived with the Blocker family for a time, Describes a trip to the Northwest after Dan’s graduation from high school, Study habits in school and love of fun, Love of classical music recalled, Attendance at military school, Discusses Dan’s college career, Transfer from Hardin-Simmons to Sul Ross explained, Teaching career mentioned, Intention of returning to teaching after "Bonanza" ended, Dolphia, Dan’s wife, characterized, Brief boxing career recalled, Explains Dan’s political beliefs, Endorsement of candidates, Antiwar thinking examined, Various monetary contributions Dan made, Discusses Korean War service, Friends made during his service, Mother’s involvement in church activities, Reasons Dan transferred to Sul Ross (again), Influence of Dan’s size on his life, Lamented loss of privacy after he gained fame, Article in Saturday Evening Post, Public appearances mentioned.

Tape 1, Side 2: Incident of being thrown off a horse at age 12, Influence of Dan’s size on his life (again), Sports activities, Diet described, Visits to O’Donnell after he became famous, Appearance at O’Donnell rodeo, Swimming when Mr. Stewart and Dan were young, Dan’s interest in writing discussed.

Range Dates: 1940-1972

Bulk Dates: 1940s-1950s

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