What History Taught Me

Dick Baxter, Show Biz Manager

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I fell in love with the West when I first saw a Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Western at the Ritz Theatre in my hometown, Shelbyville, Indiana.

Roy & Dale’s secret to success was foremost their talent and their ability to make their fans feel like family.

History has taught me to be flexible, learn to roll with the punches and always stay true to yourself.

Nobody told me show business is not easy. Actress Bette Davis said, “show business is not for the weak.”

I knew I’d be good once I got over my indecision of becoming a personal manager in show business. You see, my maternal grandfather was a medical doctor and surgeon, Dr. Francis Dunn. I felt my mother would have liked for me to have been interested in medicine.

I learned everything I know from Art Rush, Roy Rogers’s personal manager and agent; Edna Whiting of the Art Whiting Agency; Roy and Dale; and my ability to learn.

My biggest influence has been my high school music teacher Pauline Swinford.

When it comes to Western writers, nobody can touch Louis L’Amour.

The problem with most people...

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