The Legendary Life of Bee Ho Grayby Clark Gray
Born in 1885, Bee Ho Gray was named by Quanah Parker, last Chief of the Comanche and used his upbringing in Indian Territory as a springboard to an amazing career as a Wild West performer. During his fifty years of fame, he was the star on thousands of vaudeville stages and the key performer in several Wild West shows including the famous Miller Brothers 101 Ranch. His daily companions were legends like Buffalo Bill; will Rogers, Tom Mix, Bill Pickett, Iron Tail and many others who helped define the legacy of the American West.
The amazing life of this World Champion Trick and Fancy Roper, trick rider, knife thrower, whip artist, banjoist, actor and comedian is finally revealed in The Legendary Life of Bee ho Gray.
Growing up in Indian Territory among the legendary chiefs who had befriended his family, Bee Ho Gray experienced the final days of the real Wild West. As America moved into the 20th Century, the way of life in the West was quickly disappearing, soon to exist only as the subject of myth and popular entertainment. Bee ho knew he was destined for the life of a Western performer. By the age of nineteen, he was on the road with Wild West shows where he performed with Buffalo Bill, Will Rogers, Tom Mix, Hoot Gibson and dozens other Western icons, many of whom were just getting their start in the fledgling entertainment industry. His career took him from Wild West shows to vaudeville, Broadway, silent movies and radio as he presented his unique skills to thousands of spectators in several countries.
Through years of genealogical sleuthing, the author discovered long-lost suitcases full of personal scrapbooks, memorabilia, and diaries. He sought out the few remaining old-timers who once knew Bee Ho. As their fading memories were rekindled, fantastic stores allowed him to piece together an accurate history of his great uncle in - The Legendary Life of Bee Ho Gray.
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Clark Gray grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and attended the University of Texas at Austin where he relieved his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism in 1990. An avid photographer and writer, he conceived and produced an Emmy Award-Winning television series that runs in several countries and he currently produces content for major cable networks. Clark has lived and worked in New York, Slovakia and London. He lives near Austin, Texas with his wife and their three children.
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The Legendary Life of Bee Ho Gray "What an unusual name...Bee Ho Gray," I mused when I first read the title of this book. Then via the strong writing skills and great respect of author Clark Gray for his subject matter, plus Clark's amazing and meticulous research about Bee Ho, his great uncle, I feel as if I have finally met this unique real life cowboy of yesteryear. And, I am convinced that had our lives actually crossed in real time, I would have liked him, really liked him and admired him, too. Funny what an excellent writer can do with the contents of old trunks, old letters, old diaries, old newspapers, and interviews with a few senior citizens to weave such a fascinating saga of a life well-lived. Additionally, the author dangles just the right titillating quotes from myriad sources to introduce each chapter just under its title. In learning about the man, I also learned about Wild West shows and Vaudeville. My respect for both venues has grown exponentially as well as for the performers who worked their stages and arenas. Clark Gray has honored his great uncle, his father, and the entire Gray family via this biography. He has not embellished or taken liberty to fill in blanks in Bee Ho's life. He has put the pieces of a puzzle together and "voila'" the reader gets the complete picture. Most of us know about Will rogers, but now we can know about another terrific cowboy who traveled the entertainment circuits of his day and seemed to be at peace with himself and others (including the animals he trained). I found myself smiling when I finished this book. It's quite a yarn about quite a man who certainly fits his very different name. I tip my cowgirl hat to Mr. Bee Ho Gray and his clever biographer Mr. Clark gray. Hats off to both you gentlemen!