Throwback Thursday: Ben and Hoss Cartwright create 'Bonanza' in children's ward - Aug. 4, 1961

By Kristy Bleizeffer Jul 31, 2014

Morning Star, Aug. 5, 1961

Morning Star, Aug. 5, 1961

In August 1961, the Central Wyoming Fair and Nite Rodeo scored two of the biggest television stars of the time: Lorne Greene and Dan Blocker, who starred in the hit "Bonanza" as Ben and Hoss Cartwright, entertained crowds nightly in front of the grandstands. On Aug. 4, they stopped by the children's ward of Natrona County Memorial Hospital.

We have several questions about the above photo:

  • First: What the heck happened to the left eyes of both boys, Carter Morris, 10, and Bruce Floyd, 11. Was it a coincidence? Do they know each other? Were they in the same accident?
  • Second: Are the stars showing off real revolvers in a hospital children's ward? To boys who, for all we know, shot their own eyes out with Red Ryder BB guns? Either way, we love it - especially now in an era when anyone can get strip searched for trying to take a pocket knife on an airplane.
  • Third: Is this the best cutline in Throwback Thursday history? "These youngsters, with an eye apiece going for them, put the single eyes to the work of four as they drank in every moment of the TV stars' visit."  Wow, Morning Star: Way to throw sand in the two eyes these boys have left!
    Casper-Tribune Herald, Aug. 4, 1961

    Casper-Tribune Herald, Aug. 4, 1961

The Casper-Tribune Herald also covered the actors' visit, snapping this photo of Lorne Greene placing his hat on little Carol Ann McGee. Precious!

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