What History Taught Me

Dr. Buck Montgomery, Wild Western Festival Producer

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The secret to producing festivals is the “Disneyland Theory”—always offer something different for your guests to experience every year. Walt changed attractions; I change performers and shows to keep it fresh!

When it comes to authenticity, my stunt shows are considered more hysterically correct than historically correct.

I fell in love with the West, at the age of 6, while watching a train robbery gunfight at Knott’s Berry Farm. I asked my Dad, “Who are those guys?” “Cowboys,” he said. “I know that, but what is their job?” “Son, they are stuntmen.” I replied, “That’s what I’m gonna be when I grow up…a cowboy stuntman!” He finally believed me when, at 19, I called him from the studios and told him I just did my first “gag,” falling off a horse for 50 bucks.

Don’t get me started on the high cost of funeral expenses and why Tupperware hasn’t bought my idea for the “Burp-A-Bod,” a multipurpose, pastel-colored, cost effective substitute for those expensive polished hardwood caskets. But if anyone at Rubbermaid is reading this, we should talk.

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