TWO weeks of BBE fun…

Fun stuff over the last couple of weeks… returned to Running Creek Elementary, and was WAY honored to do a show for former warriors at Fitzsimons Veterans Community Living Center… there’s something about being around vet’s that just feels like home, ’cause that camaraderie never fades…

 

Buffalo Bill Cody reenactort Gunny Jeff Norman showin' how all the folks swarmed out West!

Buffalo Bill Cody reenactort Gunny Jeff Norman showin’ how all the folks swarmed out West!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buffalo Bill tellin' about his friends and adventures at Running Creek Elementary!

Buffalo Bill tellin’ about his friends and adventures at Running Creek Elementary!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gunny Jeff Norman as Buffalo Bill Cody showing off his .50 caliber Springfield "Lucretia Borgia" for the former warriors at Fitzsimmons Veteran Community Center!

Gunny Jeff Norman as Buffalo Bill Cody showing off his .50 caliber Springfield “Lucretia Borgia” for the former warriors at Fitzsimmons Veteran Community Center!

Honored to be Colonel William F. Cody for these heroes!

Honored to be Colonel William F. Cody for these heroes!

 

 

 

Back at the Platte!

Great to be back at the Platte River Academy yesterday! I’m pretty sure these kids set a record for the most interesting questions… you can always tell just looking in their eyes that the wheels are turnin’… the question asking if I ever set myself on fire when demonstrating flint and steel was indeed a first though, lol. We’re booked through May in the schools and have a couple public events comin’ up! Fun stuff… if you think you’d like to do some re-enacting just go to the “Re-enacting” page on this site to learn how to get started!!

Buffalo Bill showing what the US looked like before the Louisiana Purchase!

Buffalo Bill showing what the US looked like before the Louisiana Purchase!

Gunny Jeff Norman of the Buffalo Bill Experience watchin' the wheels turnin'!

Gunny Jeff Norman of the Buffalo Bill Experience watchin’ the wheels turnin’!

Buffalo Bill showin' how folks traveled the Oregon Trail!

Buffalo Bill showin’ how folks traveled the Oregon Trail!

Ah yes! Once again the Buffalo Bill Experience's buffalo bladder is the show stealer!

Ah yes! Once again the Buffalo Bill Experience’s buffalo bladder is the show stealer!

Gunny Jeff Norman as Buffalo Bill, takin' questions after the show!

Gunny Jeff Norman as Buffalo Bill, takin’ questions after the show!

 

 

Tellin’ stories at South Ridge Elementary!

Many thanks to the 4th grade team at South Ridge Elementary for bringing Buffalo Bill back to share his Colorado adventures as they study Colorado history! I always try to make ’em aware that Colorado’s thick with frontier history, and much of it is just a few miles away!

Buffalo Bill tellin' his Colorado stories!

Buffalo Bill tellin’ his Colorado stories!

Gunny Jeff Norman as Buffalo Bill Cody, making a "point"!

Gunny Jeff Norman as Buffalo Bill Cody, making a “point”!

BBE goes to San Antonio!

What an unforgettable weekend…
I was invited to fly down and be a part of day-two, of a four-day 95th birthday celebration for a living legend in San Antonio. The entire Witte Museum was the venue, and was coincidentally featuring Buffalo Bill in their exhibit. There were photos and posters of Bill everywhere. As Bill was already the theme, I was to greet the several hundred guests and mingle in the ballroom a bit while “Asleep At The Wheel” performed for the dancers and magicians went table to table mystifying guests up-close with their unbelievable tricks.

I was scheduled to fly home the next day, but heard that day-three was to be at a different venue hosting a private three-ring circus performance event… unbelievable… I’m pretty sure day-four was a much needed restful brunch. To talk to the hundreds of friends she has gathered over her 95 years, and hear her story, from working in a roadside beer joint to becoming an internationally recognized “queen of catering” was nothing less than inspiring, and she was an honor to meet… gracious, funny, and down-to-earth.
I’m hoping to get some photos to share from the many pro photographers that were there, and since this celebration apparently happens every 5 years, I’ll sure want to be there for her hundredth!

Here’s a taste of her incredible life;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCaFfdX25Qw

Back to work!!

Schools back in session! I received some great thank you notes over the summer, and here’s one of my favorite quotes…

“You put smiles on facts”… one of my missions in a nutshell! Thanks Levi!

Letter to Buffalo Bill

Letter to Buffalo Bill

BBE goes back to its roots…

Was GREAT to be back where it all started at the Castle Rock Museum and Historic Society! At first the size of the room had me thinkin’ it was going to be a smaller crowd than I’d hoped for, but they soon had to open the divider between conference rooms to make space for everyone showin’ up. SO… ultimately I’m callin’ it a pretty successful evening, as I’m reasonably sure I was able to convince one gentleman in particular that ol’ Bill did a TAD more than just shoot buffalo…

I’ve come across more than one person who has that idea stuck in their head, and it takes some convincing to un-do some pretty ingrained historical misconceptions! Out of the several thousand folks that I’ve shared the Colonel’s story with, I’m hopin’ I changed a FEW like minds once they know the facts, ’cause providing buffalo meat for the railroad workers was probably one of Bill’s LEAST significant accomplishments!

Gunny Jeff as Buffalo Bill Cody doin' some re-enacting for the folks at the Castle Rock Museum and Historical Society

Gunny Jeff as Buffalo Bill Cody doin’ some re-enacting for the folks at the Castle Rock Museum and Historical Society

The Buffalo Bill Experience tellin' some little known Buffalo Bill adventures!

The Buffalo Bill Experience tellin’ some little known Buffalo Bill adventures!

Buffalo Bill Cody's favorite rifle, "Lucretia Borgia", an 1866 Springfield .50 cal!

Buffalo Bill Cody’s favorite rifle, “Lucretia Borgia”, an 1866 Springfield .50 cal!

BUSY week!

Was a BUSY week for the BBE… two classroom presentations and one at Anthem Ranch for the Colorado Heritage Club… we even got to bust out the ol’ mini-museum! Have a GREAT week everybody, and might want to keep an eye out for practical jokers today… (BWAAhahahaha… )

"Buffalo Bill" at the Highlands Ranch Stem School round 1!

“Buffalo Bill” at the Highlands Ranch Stem School round 1!

Round 2! Great kids and VERY engaged!

Round 2! Great kids and VERY engaged!

"Gunny" Jeff Norman doin' his Buffalo Bill Experience for the Colorado Heritage Club!

“Gunny” Jeff Norman doin’ his Buffalo Bill Experience for the Colorado Heritage Club!

Full house for the Buffalo Bill Experience! I'm thinkin' we ALL had a blast!

Full house for the Buffalo Bill Experience! I’m thinkin’ we ALL had a blast!

The Buffalo Bill Experience's legendary mini-museum!

The Buffalo Bill Experience’s legendary mini-museum!

The Pow Wow’s comin’ to Denver!

On the weekend of March 23rd, Denver will be hosting the 45th Annual Pow Wow! It’s a GREAT opportunity for kids to see and learn about Native American customs, dances and regalia.

Here’s the link to the event; http://www.denvermarchpowwow.org/

AND some shots of last Monday’s BBE show for the kids of Cherokee Trail Elementary!

"Buffalo Bill" fielding some great questions from the sharp kids of CTE!

“Buffalo Bill” fielding some great questions from the sharp kids of CTE!

Gunny Jeff Norman as Buffalo Bill Cody, showin' off his frontier dancin' moves!

Gunny Jeff Norman as Buffalo Bill Cody, showin’ off his frontier dancin’ moves!

Love those beamin' faces!

Love those beamin’ faces!

Buffalo Bill’s busy birth-month!!

February is rockin’ for the Buffalo Bill Experience! Had a blast with these kids!! 

Gettin' excited! Buffalo Bill Cody reenactor Gunny Jeff sure loves tellin' stories!

Gettin’ excited! Buffalo Bill Cody reenactor Gunny Jeff sure loves tellin’ stories!

 

The Buffalo Bill Experience's Gunny Jeff Norman reenacting Buffalo Bill Cody at the Platte River Academy!

The Buffalo Bill Experience’s Gunny Jeff Norman reenacting Buffalo Bill Cody at the Platte River Academy!

Kids always yell "Oh GROSS!" when I tell 'em about Plains Indians using a buffalo bladder to carry water and things, but they sure love to touch it at the end of the show!

Kids always yell “Oh GROSS!” when I tell ’em about Plains Indians using a buffalo bladder to carry water and things, but they sure love to touch it at the end of the show!

Back to school!!

February’s a pretty popular time for CO kids to study Colorado history, and “Buffalo Bill” is always glad to oblige! Three schools down, five to go. Here are a few pic’s from the last three shows!

Buffalo Bill pointing out where it all started... the Oregon Trail!

Buffalo Bill pointing out where it all started… the Oregon Trail!

Buffalo Bill Cody reenactor Gunny Jeff Norman pointing out some Plains Indians!

And to my left! Some Plains Indians!

Buffalo Bill tends to overact!!

Buffalo Bill tends to overact!!

Yet more overacting by Buffalo Bill! ; )

Yet more overacting by Buffalo Bill! ; )

Yes, it's a real arrow, made by Eric Smith, of the Chickasaw Nation.

Yes, it’s a real arrow, made by Eric Smith, of the Chickasaw Nation.

Buffalo Bill LOVES post-show photo op's!

Buffalo Bill LOVES post-show photo op’s!

More photo fun after the show!

More photo fun after the show!

Those telegraph workers put Buffalo Bill out of his job at the Pony Express!!!

Those telegraph workers put Buffalo Bill out of his job at the Pony Express!!!