Louis Burton

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Louis Burton Jr. was born in Kingsburg, California back in 1919 to Louis Sr and Sally.  At a young age he was an excellent horse rider.  To earn extra money, he rode broncos and roped steers in his early teens.  He graduated from Hanford High School. 

After high school he joined the rodeo and became a well-known rodeo clown.  He joined the United States Army during WWII.  When the recruiter asked him his profession, he responded “Rodeo”.  The recruiter misunderstood his response as radio, so he spent his entire enlistment at a radio station in the American Midwest.

He spent nearly 20 years in the rodeo.  In 1950, he got a role in the movies alongside of Errol Flynn.  His actual time in the movies started in 1946 and lasted until his death in 1983. 

What you may not know about Louis Burton Lindley, Jr. was that in his early rodeo days he was told by a rodeo manager there would be “slim pickins” for him. That afternoon he won $400.00, a hefty sum in those days.  He remembered that and hence his stage name of Slim Pickins, thus ends the history lesson for today.  In 1982 he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  In 1986 he was honored by the Rodeo Historical Society posthumously while also being inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame.  Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket.

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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. A really neat read today. I knew early where this was going.

Nov 18, 2017 04:20 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Many a Saturday watching him on the boob tube!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 18, 2017 04:21 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. I actually remember Slim! Thanks! Enjoy your day.

Nov 18, 2017 04:35 AM #3
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I've seen many a movie with Slim Pickens but Dr Stangelove has to be for me his signature role.

Nov 18, 2017 04:57 AM #4
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray i've never been to a rodeo.... 

Nov 18, 2017 04:58 AM #5
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Oh yea, sure remember some of his roles in the movies.

Nov 18, 2017 05:00 AM #6
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... well, now I know where the name "Slim Pickins" came from.

Nov 18, 2017 05:48 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Very cool, I think my Dad was a fan of Slim Pickens!  It is always fun to learn the history behind people.

Nov 18, 2017 06:10 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a fun post, and now I know how the words, "Slim Pickens" originated.  Wishing you a delightful weekend.  A

Nov 18, 2017 07:41 AM #9
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow, James, now that one I remember seeing lots on tv and he was good at what he did.


Nov 18, 2017 09:50 AM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - I know that name rang a bell.  Thanks for the clarification.

Nov 18, 2017 10:09 AM #11
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

He was quite an amazing man. I am glad he was honored as such. Thanks for sharing. 

Nov 18, 2017 07:28 PM #12
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I have never heard this story before but like most days I've learned something new today James Dray 

Nov 18, 2017 10:09 PM #13
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Quite a memorable career...where the memories were anything but "slim" !

Nov 19, 2017 03:39 AM #14
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I always wonder how people get their nicknames.  Now I know about Slim Pickens.  Thanks for the history lesson today, James.

Nov 20, 2017 07:02 AM #15
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