And a question for Buffalo Bill…

So… you just never know what kids pick up on… I always end my school presentations by trying to motivate the kids to “follow their own trail” and not someone else’s. Anyway, after the show I did last week at the Academy Charter School, a young man lagged behind as the others were leaving, and asked “so, what was MY trail?” Hmmm… ok… in five years, I’ve never been asked that. It took me a few seconds, but I finally offered up that after traveling on MANY trails over the years, this one I’m on now is to try and inspire folks to understand that their history is not just dates, old photos, and famous events, but it’s about real-live people, with their different emotions, beliefs, ambitions, and circumstances. He looked at me a second and said “you do that very well”… I’m pretty glad he left right after that… didn’t want him to see an old Marine get a little misty…

The Academy Charter School in Castle Rock experiences "Buffalo Bill" as a part of their Colorado studies!

The Academy Charter School in Castle Rock experiences “Buffalo Bill” as a part of their Colorado studies!

Performing for a Performing Arts School!

A couple shots from my show at Parker’s Performing Arts School… over 200 history-hungry kids gettin’ schooled on Colonel Cody and his friends. Bein’ fearless performers themselves, they seemed to love hearin’ about Bill’s initial stage fright and acting mishaps… I got a real nice note from one of the teachers…

“We really enjoyed having Buffalo Bill teach us about his and our country’s history. The presentation was engaging, educational and left the students excited about our social studies unit. I enjoyed watching their faces light up as Buffalo Bill talked about the history they are currently studying. My students came away from the presentation excited about learning and interested in the west. I highly recommend The Buffalo Bill Experience and look forward to having him back again. “

Thank you ma’am… I look forward to that as well…

"Buffalo Bill" Cody at the Parker Performing Arts School in Colorado

“Buffalo Bill” Cody at the Parker Performing Arts School in Colorado

"Buffalo Bill" Cody after performing for performers!

“Buffalo Bill” Cody after performing for performers!

BBE firin’ up some history in Elizabeth!

It was nothing but fun at Running Creek Elementary! Enthusiastic kids with great questions ALWAYS makes for a great time! 

Some fun Buffalo Bill Cody living history happening at Running Creek Elementary!

BIG fun with “Buffalo Bill” Cody happening at Running Creek Elementary!

Some serious eye contact goin' on with Buffalo Bill Cody  reenactor Gunny Jeff Norman of the Buffalo Bill Experience!

Some serious eye contact goin’ on with Buffalo Bill Cody reenactor Gunny Jeff Norman of the Buffalo Bill Experience!

It was “Old West Week” at the Global Village Academy!

… and the Buffalo Bill Experience was honored to be a part of it! The GVA is a different kind of school that includes many languages in its curriculum… the kids were attentive, enthusiastic and SHARP! SO many great questions after!

Gunny Jeff Norman as Buffalo Bill Cody at the Global Village Academy

Re-enactor “Gunny” Jeff Norman as “Buffalo Bill” Cody at the Global Village Academy

"Buffalo Bill" Cody telling about his life for the sharp students of the Global Village Academy during "Old West" week!

“Buffalo Bill” Cody telling about his life for the sharp students of the Global Village Academy during “Old West” week!

Lunch with “Buffalo Bill” at the “little schoolhouse”

Had an amazing afternoon with the staff and members of the Lakewood Heritage Center! We had a full house and a whole lot of fun together… I’d never been there before, but trust that I’ll be back real soon to spend more time checking out their way cool village, complete with a 50’s diner, motel, frontier era schoolhouse and more… walking down their village street is just like going back in time… thanks to all!

A full house awaits the Buffalo Bill Experience at the Lakewood Heritage Center!

A full house awaits the Buffalo Bill Experience at the Lakewood Heritage Center!

What a week!

Four kids’ shows at the American Academy and one for the older kids at Longmont Senior Center! Kids young and old all seem to love hearin’ about Bill! (And I sure love bein’ him for a while…)

Buffalo Bill Cody re-enactor Gunny Jeff quite possibly stretching the truth a bit for the sharp kids at American Academy.

Buffalo Bill Cody re-enactor Gunny Jeff quite possibly stretching the truth a bit for the sharp kids at American Academy.

Always lots of questions for "Buffalo Bill" after the show!

Always lots of questions for “Buffalo Bill” after the show!

It was a full house for "Buffalo Bill" Cody impersonator Gunny Jeff Norman at the Longmont Senior Center!

It was a full house for “Buffalo Bill” Cody impersonator Gunny Jeff Norman at the Longmont Senior Center!

The Buffalo Bill Experience historical presentation was warmly received by the awesome folks at the Longmont Senior Center Friday afternoon!

The Buffalo Bill Experience historical presentation was warmly received by the awesome folks at the Longmont Senior Center Friday afternoon! Thanks for the hospitality!

 

“Buffalo Bill” Cody sharin’ some “creative truth” at the Broomfield Auditorium!

"Buffalo Bill" gets top billing at the Broomfield Auditorium!

“Buffalo Bill” gets top billing at the Broomfield Auditorium!

 

 

 

 

Thanks to all the local Buffalo Bill Cody fans who filled the Broomfield Auditorium on Friday night! .

 

 

 

We got a pretty good video of the show, and are presently trying to figure out what to do with it… it just so happens I have a pro film-editor in the family… hmmm..

That "The Buffalo Bill Experience's one-man stage performance rivals Hal Holbrook's "Mark Twain" is about the nicest compliment I've ever gotten... many thanks to the Broomfield Auditorium for the stage and the opportunity to even try to get close t that amazing!

“The Buffalo Bill Experience’s one-man stage performance rivals Hal Holbrook’s “Mark Twain” is just about the nicest compliment I’ve ever gotten… MANY thanks to the Broomfield Auditorium for both the stage and the opportunity to even try to get close!

Bill’s favorite rifle, an 1866 Springfield…

Had me a blast showin’ off “Lucretia Borgia”, the Springfield .50 caliber buffalo gun that Buffalo Bill used to provide meat for the railroad workers. Good money… 12 buff a day for $500 a month. Some folks might hold him in contempt for takin’ out about 5,000 of the 70 million buff that once roamed the plains, but there weren’t any Burger Kings back then, and folks needed to eat!

Buffalo Bill's favorite rifle "Lucretia Borgia"!

Buffalo Bill’s favorite rifle “Lucretia Borgia”!

WAY honored to perform for the Order of the Indian Wars symposium!

I had the (scary) pleasure of doing a BBE yesterday morning for an organization called the “Order of Indian Wars” (http://www.indianwars.com/) at their annual Denver symposium. This the second one I’ve attended, but first that I performed at… 

I’ve gotta say… what a GREAT time it was, rubbing elbows with so many other fellow students of that era of American history with authors like John Monnett, Jerome Greene, Paul Hedren and Douglas Hocking on hand, discussing their latest findings, and their newest books, covering topics like the Indian accounts of the Fort Fetterman fight, White Bull, Cochise, Tom Jeffords, the Battle at Rosebud prior to the Little Big Horn, and so much more. 

I wholeheartedly encourage all you other history buffs that would like to be part of a fun group that’s immersed in the serious study of the Indian Wars from ALL perspectives, to check out their FB page; https://www.facebook.com/groups/463685763665830/ and be the recipient of the tons of expertise that’s shared daily on their page.