Barbara Winget once said there wasn’t much she hadn’t done.
She slept with Dennis Weaver. Well, what really happened was they were both asleep in a car and her husband, Les, was driving across the country for a rodeo show.
She met Harry Truman.
Granted, it was at midnight at a little whistlestop of a town named Seneca, Neb. But there was Harry, with Bess and Margaret standing at the back of a train talking with the Wingets.
She had autographed pictures of James Arness, Milburn Stone and Amanda Blake — thanking her for her hospitality.
And, she and her husband once drove across the country so a Kansas buffalo named Clyde could play a major role in two episodes of the old television show, "Wagon Train." The same buffalo was also an entry in the parade for the presidential inauguration of John Kennedy.
From the mid 1940s to the late 1960s, the Wingets — then a farm couple from Inman — were traveling the country organizing pro-circuit rodeo shows.
From the rodeos in Cheyenne, Wyo., to Madison Square Garden in New York City, the family spent most of its time on the road and at shows.
A highlight of her career was the filming of the Wagon Train episode, for which she and her husband had to cart two bison from Kansas to Hollywood.
In the show, actor Frank McGrath, who played the cook, Wooster, comes across a buffalo near the wagon train's encampment. Wooster is supposed to shoot the buffalo, but
doesn't. The animal looks forlorn and Wooster takes it back to the camp and tries to make a pet out of him. Question: What were Les and Barbara Winget’s positions in pro-circuit shows?
Answer to Tuesday’s question: Milburn Stone played cranky but lovable "Doc" Galen Adams on the CBS series "Gunsmoke" from 1955 through 1975.
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