Spring 2003 Inductees:
~~SLUEFOOT SUE: She was the rip roarin' fictional cowgirl of American Folklore who rode a giant catfish down the Rio Grande,
and into the heart of greatest cowboy of them all--Pecos Bill, much to the chagrin of Pecos Bill's Steed, Widowmaker.
She married Pecos Bill, and Bill let her ride his steed. Widowmaker sent Sue into the sky, as far as the moon. Some legends
say, Pecos Bill was able to lasso Slufoot Sue on the way back down, and they traveled the countryside together; while other
legends say she was never seen again.
~~DUKES OF HAZZARD: Fictional T.V. Robin Hoods of the Late 20th Century, who fought a corrupt system in Hazzard County,
DR. SEUSS: One of the most famous Children's Authors of all time. His "Way with words" made his Children's Writings very
unique. His most famous books included How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, and
Horton Hatches an Egg. His real name was Ted Geisel
SIR HARRY LAUDER: Even though he was from Scotland, Sir Harry was a Famous Folk Singer and Comedian who has had an
enormous impact on American Folklore. He entertained American and Brittish Troops during World War I and World War II. His
songs included Roamin' in the Gloamin'.
Summer 2003 Inductees:
GEORGE M. COHAN: He wrote and performed Patriotic Songs such as Yankee Doodle Dandy, Over There, and Grand Old
~~CLARK KENT/SUPERMAN: Fictional Super Human who came from another planet called Krypton, to America, to fight for
"Truth, Justice, and the American Way. Over the last 60-70 Years, Superman has become one of the greatest American
Comic Book, Motion Picture, and TV Folklore Legends.
ARTHUR MILLER: American Playwright who wrote Death of a Salesman and a play/story centering around "The Salem Witchcraft
Trials of 1692" entitled: The Crucible.
REBECCA NURSE: She was a strong servant of the church, and heroine during Colonial Times in American. Falsely condemned
as a witch during The 1692 Salem Witchcraft Trials (and a victim of "Double Jeopardy"), she bravely stood on the gallows and
recited The Lord's Prayer word for word, telling the world that she was innocent, and The Salem Trials were a sham.
She was a principle character in Arthur Miller's The Crucible, which made her an American Folklore Legend.
Fall 2003 Inductees:
WILLIAM EDWIN BAXTER: Award Winning Storyteller who created the Pecos Bill's American Folklore Gala, a consolidated
website on the internet which is mostly about American Folklore. He is the "Online Curator" of Mayor Willie's American
Folklore Hall of Fame. He is also the Co-Author of:
1) OLD TESTAMENT BIBLE PUZZLES.
2) NEW TESTAMENT BIBLE PUZZLES.
3) LIFE OF JESUS BIBLE PUZZLES.
JOHNNY CASH: Was a famous Country Star and American Patriot who was famous for the hit ballad, A Boy Named Sue and
his rendition of The Ragged Old Flag. He also portrayed "Kid Coulter" in the T.V. Saga, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, and John Brown in North and South.
GILES COREY: Was a prosperous farmer during Colonial Times in America, who lived near Salem, MA. He is also a principle
character in Arthur Miller's The Crucible. When he was charged with witchcraft during the Salem Witchcraft Trials of
1692, he refused to enter a plea as he felt that there was nothing to plead innocent or guilty too. He was taken out and pressed
with heavy stones until he would enter a plea or be crushed to death. He died a couple of days later at age 80. In choosing
this way instead of being convicted and hung for witchcraft, Giles Corey was able to pass his estate on to his Sons-in-law,
where otherwise his property would have been forfeited to the state. This event also drew a lot of attention from travelers,
which contributed to bringing an end to the Salem Witchcraft Trials.
BOB HOPE: American Patriot and Entertainer who entertained American Troops during World War II, and the Wars in Korea
and Vietnam. He lived to be 100. The Burbank Airport in Southern California was named after him.
ANNE HUTCHINSON: was a Bible Teacher and a woman of great courage, who through her Bible Teachings, tried to steer
her fellow colonists away from the fundamentalist and judgemental ways of the Puritan Movement in Colonial America, and more
towards the Teachings and Doctrines of The Gospels. Though she put up a good defense at her trial, she was eventually banished
from her community. Later, lacking protection for her and her family, Anne Hutchinson and her family were killed by Marauding
Native Americans. Her life and her courage became a topic for an Episode of the Mid 1960's T.V. Series, Profiles in Courage
which made her an American Folklore Legend.
JOHN MUIR: He was a wealthy citrus rancher, author, and conservationalist who founded The Sierra Club. He has
been called the Father of National Parks.
Winter 2004 Inductees:
JAMES BASKETT: An American Stage Performer who became best known for his portrayal of "Uncle Remus" in the Disney Folklore
Movie Classic, Song of the South (1946).
This role earned him a Special Oscar.
BUDDY EBSEN: American Actor and Dancer who potrayed TV Folklore Characters such as "Jed Clampett" on The Beverly Hillbillies,
and Davy Crockett's Sidekick, Georgie Russel.
FESS PARKER: American TV Actor who portrayed American Folklore Legends, Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone.
JAMES STEWART: Late Major Motion Picture Star and U.S. Air Force General who is most famous for his portrayal of "George
Bailey" in the All Time American Holiday Folklore Classic, It's a Wonderful Life. He is also famous for many leading
roles in American Westerns.
~~TOOTH FAIRY: As the legend goes, a child who looses a tooth, and puts the tooth under his pillow, will wake up the next
morning and find a shinny quarter in its place. The mythical character of American Folklore has been mixed in with Santa Claus
in several stories and film productions throughout the years.
Spring 2004 Inductees:
Folklore Legends in Sports:
JIM BOUTON: Former pitcher for the New York Yankees who became the author of the all time best selling book, Ball Four.
KNUTE ROCKNE: Many books have been written IIncluding a few written by Rockne) about the Greatest Coach who ever coached
College Football. He coached Football at Notre Dame University. Knute Rockne is the person who made the famous quote: Win
one for the Gipper."
GEORGE HERMAN ("BABE") RUTH: Back in the late 1960's, Babe Ruth was declared the "Greatest Baseball Player of All Time."
Many books have been written about him, and several movies have been made on his Baseball Career. He was often refered to
as The Great Bambino and the Sultan of Swat.
JOHNNY WEISMUELLER: Was a famous Olympic Swimmer/Gold Medalist who portrayed Tarzan, The Ape Man, during the
1930's and 1940's.