Festus by far

by Keith Payne
(Union Grove, NC USA)

Chester was OK, but was more of a joke. Festus was a fanTASTIC joke, BUT, he also was a tremendous help to Matt Dillon.......excellent tracker and shot. Also, singing either as Ken Curtis or Festus, he was excellent. One SUPER character Ken created. And it all began because of a joke he told on the set of the Duke and Ward movie, The Searchers. Pappy Ford told Ken he wanted him to do the whole role in that dialogue. So, Festus was born! Best thing that could have happened to Ken. We all know Ford was a genius. This is just one instance of it! KEITH PAYNE

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