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-Isms: Views on life in rural America

I was eight years old when I fell in love with a movie genre, er - maybe it was a crush on Paul Newman.

The cause of puppy love: the bicycle scene in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” where Paul Newman pedals across the farm yard, performing acrobatic tricks, while Kathryn Ross’s character sits in the haymow, watching his antics until he crashes a fence, lands on his backside and stares down a bull.

Then, he had to pedal like heck to get out of Dodge...or Wyoming.

Movies like “The Outlaw Josey Wales” and “Paint Your Wagon” and “The Sons of Katie Elder” caught my attention, too.

Even one of...


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