What was Paladin’s first name on Have Gun-Will Travel?

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What was Paladin’s first name on Have Gun-Will Travel?

Charlie Henshaw
Macon, Georgia

The show’s creators, Sam Rolfe and Herb Meadow, preferred to have their knight errant remain an enigma. The popular television and radio shows began and ended with him being called Paladin. A novelist named Frank Robinson later gave him a name, Clay Alexander, but that was after the show. Many Paladin fans disapproved.

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Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and the Wild West History Association’s vice president. His latest book is 2018’s Arizona Oddities: A Land of Anomalies and Tamales. Send your question, with your city/state of residence, to marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu or Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327.