Friday, August 14, 2009

“Hey Cisco…Hey Pancho!”

Yes, that's the footnoteMaven on her steady steed. From the picture you can tell I am not a cowgirl, but a farm girl. We had no lovely ponies to ride. This was our "E Ticket." Dad used this horse to plow and it wasn't a horse that would get away from you. While he worked he'd thrown we little ones on and we would sit there for hours, going nowhere; just spending time with Dad and our imagination.

My imagination leaned heavily toward westerns. I was never the damsel in distress. I was the hero or the villain of the piece depending on my mood. I had a Cisco Kid black double holster cap pistol set with a black hat and vest. They were silver guns that fired strip caps that made a popping noise and smelled like sulfur. No sissy set of guns for me.

Or Girl!

The Cisco Kid was the first program I saw on television. My parents didn't buy a television until I was twelve. I attribute my love of reading and vivid imagination to a lack of the captivating television in my formative years.

The Cisco Kid was a half-hour western television series starring Duncan Renaldo as The Cisco Kid, and Leo Carrillo as the jovial sidekick, Pancho. Technically, Cisco and Pancho were desperadoes, wanted for unknown crimes. They were the western version of Robin Hood assisting the downtrodden when law enforcement officers proved corrupt or unwilling to help.

The Kid was the product of O. Henry's The Caballero's Way. "The Cisco Kid had killed six men in more or less fair scrimmages, had murdered twice as many (mostly Mexicans), and had winged a larger number whom he modestly forbore to count. Therefore a woman loved him. " My kind of reading.

As you can see, I had my own sidekick, my own Pancho, little sister Biblio. The men we killed and the cattle we drove. Yes, give me a pony/horse and a gun. Now that's real adventure.


Maven On Horse.
Photograph. 1952. Privately held by the footnoteMaven, Preston, Washington. 2008.

Maven and Biblio On Horse. Photograph. 1952. Privately held by the footnoteMaven, Preston, Washington. 2008.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always find your posts enjoyable and well written. The commercial is cool, made me laugh.

August 15, 2009 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

What a wonderful thing to say, thank you. I too laughed at the commercial; they thought only boys used the guns.

"Wranglers, buckaroos, trick shooters, ropers, and cowboys of all sorts," I wish I'd lived on the Bliss ranch. Just think, I might have been another Annie Oakley. Loved your story!

August 15, 2009 at 8:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great memory. Thanks for the commercial too, I love those old ones. I have some great memories with my Red Rider BB gun.

August 15, 2009 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


We would have been a terror as a twosome.

Be careful, you might shoot your eye out!


August 15, 2009 at 9:07 PM  
Anonymous Sherry Kline said...

I tweeted this, too! I was a terror on a stick horse! (folks grew up w/horses, and dad was determined I wouldn't!) I had two six guns, cowboy boots and a hat, and long summer blonde braids. Some of the boys at school called me Annie Oakley!

August 15, 2009 at 9:58 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


My parents never thought twice about allowing me to have guns as toys. Didn't ruin my psyche.

And as you can see, I had the braids, but mine were red.

As I sit and watch the blood and gore on TV tonight I long for the simple days of yesteryear. Even if it never occurred to Mattel that a girl would want a gun.


August 15, 2009 at 10:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see we (my sister and I) weren't the only girls with guns. No tv here either, but we did spend Sunday nights next door watching Walt Disney and Ed Sullivan.

One question - does your sister approve of the Biblio tag you've given her? Loved it!

August 16, 2009 at 3:02 AM  
Blogger valenaann68 said...

I loved this post, fM! Cute pics! And I love that you girls played with guns. I'm with you on less TV, more imagination. That's how my brother and I were growing up. He was my little Pancho and boy do I miss that.

August 16, 2009 at 6:26 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


I never thought when I wrote this post that so many of the women of Geneablogging had to holster their guns to comment.

My sister has only read the footnoteMaven once that I know of and she cried. Hasn't been back since.


August 16, 2009 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


The guns continued into adulthood where I shot competitive trap and skeet.

We all need a sidekick. Biblio is on the opposite side of the country so I've replaced her with Zoe, Hunter and Poppy who listen as I read everything I write. They are very approving.


August 16, 2009 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger Bill West said...

Great post, as usual. Do you have a Borders bookstore near you? We recently had some bargain DVD sets of old tv series at ridiculous prices like 9.99 or less. They included the entire Cisco Kid series and the old Richard
Greene Robin Hood series. You might be able to find them online. I shocked a co-worker who was unpacking the box
with my "Oh Cisco...Oh, Pancho" and my acappella rendition of the Robin Hood theme song.

Was Cisco sponsored by Teddy Bear Peanut Butter where you watched it as it was here in the Boston area?

Thanks for the smile your post gave me!

August 16, 2009 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


Thank you! I have got to get to my local Borders! There are several I'd like to have.

May I join you?

Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen. Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men. Feared by the bad, loved by the good, Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Robin Hood.

I've never heard of Teddy Bear Peanut Butter, but sounds good.


August 16, 2009 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

fM, you are so adorable in both photos (and Biblio is a cutie too of course). Now I must ask, why did your sister cry after her one and only visit to your blog?

August 17, 2009 at 4:37 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Lee, so good to hear from you!

It was the story I wrote about our Mother. The one where I talked of her life before she became a Mom. Biblio cried because Mom's death is still a bit raw for us. She suffered terribly with pancreatic cancer.

I've asked Biblio to write something here. She is after all the writer in our family. Maybe she will!


P.S. Thanks for the adorable. I haven't been that since the day this photograph was taken.

August 17, 2009 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

I agree. There are no greater adventures than those we conjure up in our minds! These are great photos. That horse is SO huge, or y'all are really small [or maybe a little of both]! Thanks for sharing!

August 19, 2009 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Karen Packard Rhodes said...

I am surely glad to discover that I wasn't, after all, the weirdo my family kept trying to convince me I was! I, too, was a cowgirl, complete with guns. They kept giving me dolls (ugh!), but I kept saving my money and going down to the five-and-ten and buying capguns and caps! Don't know that it helped any, but when I served in the Coast Guard I qualified as either marksman or sharpshooter with the .38, the 1911 military .45, the M-16, and the riot shotgun!

August 19, 2009 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


The horse was so big and I was so small. I enjoyed using my imagination. I think that's why I love blogging. You get to use your imagination here as well.


August 19, 2009 at 2:10 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


I think it helped. I shot competitive trap and skeet and was very good, even receiving an invitation to compete in the Olympics in Los Angeles.

I was never afraid of guns. I also never injured myself nor anyone else with a gun, I did run a needle through my finger with a sewing machine though.


August 19, 2009 at 2:16 PM  
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