Clay O’Brien Cooper

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Clay O’Brien Cooper

John Wayne thought Clay O’Brien Cooper was too small to play one of The Cowboys—until the pint-sized nine-year-old lassoed and dumped him on the set.  Clay, who dropped his last name for film work, was a real cowboy, brought up on a California ranch. He stayed in show biz until 1976, but his main interest from the age of five: rodeo.  He’s a seven-time World Champion in Team Roping, earning more than 2-million dollars during his career.  He was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1997.

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.