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Louis Burton Lindley Jr.

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Louis Burton Lindley Jr., was born in Kingsburg, California back in 1919 to Louis Sr., and Sally.  In his youth he was an excellent horse rider, but did not like the dairy business his father was in, so he made a few dollars by riding broncos and roping steers.  He graduated from Hanford High School in Hanford, California and was a member of the Future Farmers of America.

During WWII he enlisted in the United States Army Air Force, when the recruited asked what his profession was he responded “Rodeo” but the recruited wrote “radio”, thus he spent his entire enlistment at a radio station in the American Midwest.

Because of his country drawl he was recruited to the movie industry which gained him a role in the Western Rocky Mountain (1950).  Appearing in many westerns he played both villains and comic sidekicks.

His voice was so unique that in 1975 he recorded a collection of Western ballads, he also appeared in several television guest shots.  In 1982, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame.  In 1986, he was honored by the Rodeo Historical Society and posthumous inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame.

When I tell you his stage name you’ll recognize it in an instant, “Slim Pickens”.

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Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Did not know, Slim Pickens. Good information and thanks for the share.

Bill Salvatore

Jun 19, 2021 04:58 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I know I'm aging myself, James, when I say I remember Slim Pickens quite well.

Jun 19, 2021 05:08 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello James - the name Louis Lindley Jr did not resonate with me nor did Kingsburg California but your story continued to reveal some additional clues that helped me realize his better-known identity and more closely pin point his birthplace.

Jun 19, 2021 05:32 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I think my Father was a big fan of Slim Pickens, I will have to ask him about it.

Jun 19, 2021 05:52 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Rodeo was out and radio was in. Bet Slim wanted the thank the recruiter. I would like to thank the recruiter for not paying attention. Enjoy your day

Jun 19, 2021 06:33 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I had no clue on this one James Dray . Of course I have heard of Slim but I listened to little CW back in that era.

Jun 19, 2021 06:37 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

His voice was so crazy. I had to laugh every time I would see him in a movie.

Jun 19, 2021 08:33 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Slim Pickens, good one James Dray and a great one to share with us here in the Rain.

Jun 19, 2021 08:43 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Wow, so much that I didn't know, except for the stage name!

Jun 19, 2021 08:52 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

now that is truly a wonderful story - I love the twists at the end of your tales! 

Jun 19, 2021 09:11 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I guessed after the 3 sentences it was a country-western star.  I just didn't know who!

Jun 19, 2021 09:29 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Never could have guessed this one James but what a memorable person "Slim" was. So thankful you shared this tidbit today.

Jun 19, 2021 10:05 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- I know of Slim Pickens but knew nothing of his background! Thank you. 

Jun 19, 2021 10:36 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Thank you for the background story on Slim Pickens...I associate the name with Slim Pickings!  LOL A

Jun 19, 2021 11:16 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Have an outstanding weekend.

Jun 19, 2021 12:30 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well I am aging myself like Nina Hollander, Broker  used to watch and enjoy his acting, little did I know about his background Endre

Jun 19, 2021 07:07 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Hey there James! certainly a key character in many movies - including Blazing Saddles

Jun 19, 2021 09:17 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Again, I would have never guessed Slim Pickens. Thank you for sharing James Dray 

Jun 19, 2021 09:37 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear James,

Another person with a rather interesting life. He brought joy to many.

Jul 07, 2021 08:50 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Yes, I remember Slim Pickens. He appeared in many Westerns that I watched on television when I was much younger.

Oct 24, 2021 11:38 AM