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Happy Birthday, Davy Crockett!

August 17th, 2009 at 05:11 pm

Davy Crockett was born August 17, 1786. He died at the age of 49 at the Alamo. He was a serviceman, a husband, a member of the House of Representatives, a writer and father of 6.

Davy Crockett was popularized in the 1950's by Walt Disney in a series of televison programs and films originally produced as part of the run-up to constructing Disneyland. It is reported that American consumers snapped up $300 million dollars in Davy Crockett merchandise by 1955.

For contrast: in 1786, the year of his birth, Philadelphia printers went on strike to protest a reduction in their wages from approximately $6.00 per week to $4.33 per week. (They won.) California (Disneyland's home), was purchased in 1848 for about 15 million dollars.

Davy Crockett saw the start of the industrial revolution. Over his lifetime, the steam boat (1786), gas lighting (1792), small pox vaccination (1796), tin can (1810), steam locomotive (1814), typewriter (1829), sewing machine (1830) and the stereoscope (1832) were invented.

He is quoted as having said: "Always be sure you are right, then go ahead."

Good advice. Happy Birthday, Mr. Crockett.

1 Responses to “Happy Birthday, Davy Crockett!”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    I was a big fan when I was a kid; I even had a "coonskin" cap (well, the tail was real. This before I went vegan, of course--LOL). Although I have mixed feelings about his career, he was certainly a courageous, impulsive adventurer and a compelling, vivid storyteller. Happy birthday Davy!

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