Texans Boast Of An Old Yellow Dog!

A Slice Of Texas

OLD YELLERI would be a very rich woman had I been paid for every single time I have said it, “You just never know.” Why I had no idea that Texas had yet another Texan of which to boast, I have no idea, but the fact totally went over my head. I think you will find it interesting.

His story began on February 7, 1908, in Mason, Texas when a baby boy was born to a young couple known as Beck and Emma. He grew up a farm boy and continued in the farm life until 1933 when, during the height of the Great Depression, the boy now grown up enrolled in the University of Texas.

While at the university, he wrote for two different publications until he left school (without a degree) to pursue a career as a newspaper man. In 1946, his first novel was published but it would not be until Fred Gipson wrote Old Yeller that his would become a household name.

In 1957, Old Yeller became a Walt Disney movie and its sequel, Savage Sam, followed in 1962…all because a young Texas farm boy had an idea. What a slice of Texas!


About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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One Response to Texans Boast Of An Old Yellow Dog!

  1. missy jones says:

    I watch Old Yeller and Savage Sam every chance I get. Old Yeller portrays pretty accurately, I think, about a family living in Texas in that time frame. Also, you will notice that there are not movies made like this any more, and your children are missing out on a lot. If you want your children to learn how to wiggle (or dance, is it called), or stand out on a street corner, or stand around all day with a little box in their hands, using their thumbs to push letters and numbers, hey, you are in luck.

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