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PostSubject: Michael Landon Tribute   Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:04 pm

As we come upon the 17th anniversary of Michael Landon’s passing July 1st, 1991, I’ve been trying to think of a way to celebrate what he has left for us all.  This is a different sort of story because it is written in rhyme. I find I can express myself easier that way and these ditties, as I so call them, happen to be a hobby of mine. I hope you will enjoy my tribute to Michael, for I feel he has left his mark on the world in many ways.



THE Man

Little Joe Cartwright sat at his desk, pen in his left hand
Frustrated, he thought, “What can I say... It must be good... it must be grand.”
He paused once more before he began
Then he wrote a letter to THE man

“Dear Mr. Landon, at first I was just a character name written simply on a page
You made me a woman charmer and a young man quick to rage
You gave me an infectious laugh that made others follow suit
You taught me to show kindness and compassion, AND I must say I enjoyed how all the ladies deemed me cute
You filled me with energy, and gave me confidence to conquer all
Demonstrating how a quick wit could win any brawl
You allowed me to fail, so that I could then succeed
You brought tears to my eyes to show pain and how my heart would bleed
You devotedly wore the green jacket along with the Stetson hat
And you taught me to board Cochise without using the stirrup... just like that
You made me mischievous and daring
But also loving and caring
The fourteen years we were together made me who I am today
A western icon from the 60’s that will never just go away”


Little Joe heaved a sigh and signed his letter as such

“Best wishes to you always, Joe Cartwright. You gave the Ponderosa the right touch”

Charles Ingalls sat under a big oak tree
Looking out at the vast prairie
He too, was having problems finding the right words to say
Tears welled in his eyes as his emotions gave way
He heaved a huge sigh and with pencil in hand
He thoughtfully wrote a letter to THE man

“Dear Mr. Landon, I was more than just a character on a page
For I was a true historical person that lived at another time, another age
You used what was known about me when I was alive
And built up my character with anything you could contrive
You kept me clean shaven, but I still played the fiddle loud and strong
And you knew just what to say when my children had done wrong
You made me a caring man one that the community looked up to
For you always knew the right answers when others didn’t have a clue
You saw the goodness in people and taught me to leave prejudice behind
Stressing the importance of family and the goodness of mankind
You made me experience humility and heartache
And taught me to learn from every mistake
At times you were sentimental and a tear rolled down my cheek
Other times you were angry at injustice and then fairness you’d have me seek
You taught me family values and the importance of treating one another with respect
Our 10 years together I will always look back on and fondly reflect
You taught me that life is not always a bed of roses, that’s true
But I’m a remembered pioneer icon because of you”


Charles Ingalls looked out to see his children running through the tall grass
He paused for a moment hoping this image would never fade, never pass
With a smile on his face he signed his letter nice and clear

“Best Wishes My Friend, Charles Ingalls ... for it is you I will always revere.”

Jonathon Smith sat quietly on a park bench
His next assignment made his gut wrench
He was asked to look deep beneath his skin
And write a letter to THE man within

He looked up to the sky
On this sunny first day of July
He thought for a while and laid out a plan
Then picked up a pen and wrote to THE man

“Dear Mr. Landon, you showed me how to make the world a better place
How to get along with others regardless of differences, beliefs, or race
You opened my eyes to the problems going on in the world
And showed me the effects of “kindness towards others”... when it is unfurled
You healed broken families before their loved ones had to depart
But most of all you taught me how to speak directly from the heart
You once said that we often live life by reliving life, ‘tis true
I learned to look towards the future and not dwell on the past because of you
Our 5 years together went by way too fast
But the lessons learned will forever last”


Just then a bird soared high into the air
Jonathon looked skyward squinting into the sun’s blare
He smiled broadly and nodded his head
Putting a closing on his letter he then finally said

“Thank you for all that you have given me,
Fondly, Jonathan Smith... I mean every word sincerely”


The characters have spoken and now it’s time for the author to add a brief note
For we must acknowledge all that THE man directed and all that THE man wrote
His true passion was not acting... or writing... but directing, ‘tis true
He was a leader that could get people to try something they never thought they could do

Thank you Michael! Wave
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Landon Tribute   Fri Jun 27, 2008 9:07 pm

Pbeaking, how sweet! I loved reading this, about what each of the characters would say. You're absolutely right, Michael Landon did bring those characters to life; he brought something so special to them. I can't believe he's been gone for 17 years. I wonder what else he would given the world. It seems like nowadays, there aren't any family TV shows to watch; certainly nothing that comes close to teaching the lessons Michael taught in his shows. He is dearly missed.




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PostSubject: Re: Michael Landon Tribute   Wed Jul 09, 2008 10:32 pm

What a nice tribute Paula. You too are so talented. Applause
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Landon Tribute   Thu Jul 01, 2010 2:36 pm

It's July 1st again, it's been 19 years since Michael's death.



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PostSubject: Re: Michael Landon Tribute   Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:54 pm

Wow! Hard to believe it's been that long.


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PostSubject: Re: Michael Landon Tribute   Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:11 am

I really love that picture of him. Gosh, it really is hard to believe....time sure does pass quickly. But I remember my son was about 1 year old when Michael passed....I bought the "LIFE" magazine with him on the cover---I think I still have it. I remember it had a picture of of Cindy and their two kids on the cover. Gosh, it seems like yesterday. But then again, it seems like yesterday that my son was born too. bawling
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Landon Tribute   Thu Jul 22, 2010 12:46 am

Great fiction...I loved it. It's so moving! bawling I can prtray all these characters coming to life by the magic of Michael Landon pen. The wallpaper is also wonderful.

I can remember very well, almost as if it was yesterday, whe I've watched at a TV show the announce of Michael Landon suffering from a pancreas cancer. I knew he will die, since no one who has this kind of cancer survives more than a couple of months (the longest case of a survival I ever knew was for the opera tenor Lucciano Pavarotti). He said he should fight his cancer and stated that he felt strong enough. He even made some little physical excercise before cameras to show how well he was.

Sadly, he died a little time after it. When the news come out, I felt like it was my own dad who was dead. cryB No

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PostSubject: RIP MICHAEL LANDON   Fri Jul 01, 2011 2:29 pm

Today is the 20th anniversary of the death of Michael Landon! cryB I made this video in memory of him!!





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PostSubject: Re: Michael Landon Tribute   Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:30 pm

Great video! But wasn't it the 20th anniversary of his death, if he died in 1991?
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Landon Tribute   Fri Jul 01, 2011 6:16 pm

amyk wrote:
Great video! But wasn't it the 20th anniversary of his death, if he died in 1991?
He did die in 1991, 20 years ago today.


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PostSubject: Re: Michael Landon Tribute   Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:54 pm

Wonderful job Rider. Canada Day is always a happy day for me except for the fact that we lost Michael on that day. He is still loved and fondly remembered.


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PostSubject: Re: Michael Landon Tribute   Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:05 pm

nice vid


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PostSubject: Re: Michael Landon Tribute   Sat Jul 02, 2011 12:11 am

I like that you included all three of his major TV series and I love the photos of him with Victor French
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Landon Tribute   Sat Jul 02, 2011 5:48 pm

Very nice work Rider. Thumbsup


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PostSubject: Re: Michael Landon Tribute   Sat Jul 02, 2011 6:12 pm

Beautiful job, Rider!
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Landon Tribute   Sun Jul 03, 2011 11:27 am

I loved that....I have never seen the picture of him at 1:28! Nice job. Smile So hard to believe he's been gone for 20 years.
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Landon Tribute   Mon Jul 04, 2011 12:28 pm


A friend of mine just visited Hollywood Studios in Orlando and took this picture for me of Michael. I thought his hair looked really good.





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PostSubject: Re: Michael Landon Tribute   Mon Jul 04, 2011 6:04 pm

Looks just like him! Thumbsup


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PostSubject: Re: Michael Landon Tribute   Mon Jul 04, 2011 9:50 pm

Real nice.

He's got his prairie clothes on. Smile


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PostSubject: Re: Michael Landon Tribute   Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:38 pm

I watched an episode of Bonanza today. I always liked him in that.


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PostSubject: Re: Michael Landon Tribute   Sun Jul 10, 2011 2:16 am

Great work,Rider. Thanks for sharing. I thought I read that Michael Landon is second only to Lucille Ball as the person who has been on TV the most. Michael Landon would have been 75 in October. Such a wonderful person. I still miss him and always will.


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PostSubject: Re: Michael Landon Tribute   Sun Jul 10, 2011 4:45 am

He probably would have been nice to see playing the grandfather in some TV series now if he were still acting.
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Landon Tribute   Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:09 pm

I wasn't around,of course...

Mike will always be my favorite actor!!!!!!!!!


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PostSubject: Re: Michael Landon Tribute   Sat Jul 30, 2011 3:12 am

A lovely fan fiction. I was 8 going on 9, when he passed away on July 1, 1991. I remember watching LHOTP & Highway to Heaven, when I was little girl. Never got chance to meet him, in person. I always admire him, anytime, I watch LHOTP.




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PostSubject: 21 years   Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:03 am

Hard to believe it's been 21 years since Michael Landon died. He will always be my favorite actor. bawling
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