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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Bart Skelton, Mar 2, 2006.

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  1. Bart Skelton

    Bart Skelton Member

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    It was quite recently that I ran into THR site, and I was thrilled to see a number of threads pertaining to my late dad, Skeeter. I'd like to take a minute and thank all the readers and participants for remembering my old man. It's sure nice knowing there are a number of gun folks out there who still remember him. He'd be pleased, humbled and impressed. I must agree with several of the folks that contributed threads regarding him - there will never be another one like him. But that also goes for other men, like Keith, Bill Jordan and Col. Charles Askins. They all lived in a different era, and they were definitely products of those times.

    Thanks again.

    Bart Skelton
     
  2. Vern Humphrey

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    Thank you and your dad -- I was a fan of his and I read what you write. You both give us all a lot of pleasure.
     
  3. redneckrepairs

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    Your Dad was one of a kind ,I especialy enjoyed his " me and joe " storys. I also enjoy reading your work, and let me say Welcome to the high road , pull up a chair and a snort of ol widowmaker and visit .
     
  4. thatguy

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    I grew up reading your dad's writing and was terribly saddened at his premature passing. I don't think you realize how much of an inspiration he was to those of us who followed his exploits in print. Why do you think I own so many 5" Model 27s and 5" 1950 Target .44 Specials?

    My best to you and your family and I think your father would be pleased with his legacy, including you.
     
  5. saltydog452

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    I wonder if anyone has re-published the collection of 'Me and Joe' stories? I miss his humor as well as the information that he shared.

    salty.
     
  6. Bob F.

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    Bart: Great to hear from you. I, too, grew up reading Skeeter's stories. Loved each and every one. Felt like I knew him. He was truly one of a kind! I'm sure he'd be proud of you, too!

    Best wishes to you and yours!
    Bob
     
  7. Mannlicher

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    Well I'll be darned. Welcome to the group. Boy do I remember reading your Dad's articles :)
    Come to think of it, you are not a bad writer yourself;)
     
  8. Larry Ashcraft

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    Welcome! And please stay around and join in the discussions.

    I'm of of the "old guys" who read your dad's articles 25 or so years ago.
     
  9. Ric

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    I'm afraid I came to shooting late and have not read your fathers work. I have read yours and enjoy it a lot. From the things I have heard I wish I had read some of his stuff, but then "good follows good".

    Keep up the good work.
     
  10. Old Fuff

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    Welcome to the High Road…

    It was my pleasure and privilege to have known both your Dad and Mom – at least a little bit. Both were outstanding folks. I will always remember that your Dad’s shooting skills were only exceeded by his sense of humor. I hope we see you often on this forum. :D
     
  11. depicts

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    Welcome to THR

    Bart, it's a pleasure to welcome you to the High Road. I grew up on your Dad's writing, and like others, pictured myself in the Me and Joe type of lifestyle. I often thought I'd end up writing stuff like that myself.

    I remember one story about how Skeeter got the nickname, from a high school team when he was slim and quick, darting in and out.

    I read all your stuff too, and think you're very good, if not slim and quick :evil: No matter, I have a few too many pounds on me also. You shouldn't admit it in print though. No one will ever know, and keep cropping your pictures up around your neck :)

    There are some incredible, interesting people on here...come back and see us from time to time.

    Hope you can take a joke...we only kid the ones we love!!!

    Bill
     
  12. Bart Skelton

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    Thanks for all the kind words. By the way, my dad wasn't slim and quick but for a few years, then developed a noticable belly himself for a while.
     
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    A BS aside, I would have to rank your dad as the greatest gun writer that ever lived (with Elmer Keith running a close second). No question in my mind.
    I grew up reading his writing. I couldn't wait for the next issue to come out, in the mean time I probably read all of his articles a dozen times while I was waiting on the next issue. I would sit at the kitchen table and tell my mom what Skeeter had to say this month (like she cared :rolleyes: ). Since that time, I have bought a whole lot of guns. I have shot even more. I have read books, magazines, and internet forums all geared toward guns. But, I still enjoy his writing as much as I did when I was 10 or 11 years old.
    I have all the books. I bought them the second I knew about them.

    My favorite stuff was about Dobe Grant.
    Then there is the story about when he had the jail inmate casting him bullets.
    Or the one where he was on a pistol team and they gave him the keys to the ammo locker.
     
  14. LawDog

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    Welcome aboard, Mr. Skelton. Very glad to have you here.

    While I never got to meet your father, I greatly admired him.

    LawDog
     
  15. slabsides

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    Add me to the list of Skeeter's admirers. I was reading his stuff even before he had a mustache! I've got many of his old articles saved...even ones from mags that never paid him! (Bart will know what I mean...can you say....Gunspo##?) Every time I eat a bowl of chili (cooked by Mrs. Slab with venison, according to Skeet's old recipe) I laugh and recall the time as a rookie BP that he stole and ate the wetbacks' supper with his Patrol Supervisor!
    Skeet was the kind of writer that presented his ideas and thoughts transparently...you felt when reading him that he was right there talking to you. I never met him, but felt I knew him. When he died, I mourned.
    Bart, you're good...one of the best of the current crop...but Skeet will never be equalled. A man, a sportsman, a lawman, and a storyteller the likes of which we won't see again. Oh, yes, he IS remembered!
     
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    Bart, I'm another oldtimer who grew up reading your dad's articles. Welcome aboard.
     
  17. Art Eatman

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    Welcome to THR! I'm another admirer of your father's writings, as well as yours. Glad to hear you've taken over his slot in Deming. (I believe I was told Deming.)

    I have a real serious personal question for you: What do you think of Jim Wilson's beard?

    :D, Art
     
  18. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

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    Skeeter Skelton was one of the best gun writers ever.
     
  19. PinnedAndRecessed

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    Funniest story I ever read was when your dad was talking about carrying a 1911 loaded with snake shot.

    He got out of his truck and almost stepped on a rattler.

    He jumped about three feet, simultaneously pulled his 1911, and shot the snake on the fly.

    The guy(s) he was with thought he shot the snake with hardball ammo. They were impressed.

    Your dad didn't dispel their myth.

    I laughed till I cried.
     
  20. Shootcraps

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    Welcome to THR Bart. I have a box full of Shooting Times magazines with your Dad's stories in them. I went through them once, trying to clean them out and realized I couldn't throw them away. Your Dad is one of the coolest men ever. :cool:
     
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    When you find out, let me know..
    Second thing I did & do with a magazine is go to the
    rear page-pages to read the stories. What a
    real pleasure. Course first thing I HAVE to do is look at the cover..;)

    Now my Mother who is closer to 90 than not, reads the
    stories as well. She loves to read about the border and
    what your Father and you found down there as well as
    coming upon some of the most interesting of characters
    both good and bad.

    I too am happy you've come by and hope you'll stay.
    Bob
     
  22. Sharps Shooter

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    Howdy Bart,
    I sure enjoy your writing and I sorely miss your Dad's. I've had the hardback of "Skeeter Skelton On Handguns" for I don't know how long. But my copy was published in 1980, so that must have been about the time I ordered it. It's great. I've read it cover to cover many times.
     
  23. Harve Curry

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    I was surprised to see your name up this morning.
    I grew up reading your Dad Skeeter's stuff. Made a influence on me to learn more about the 44spl, handloading it, and that's all I carry, a Colt SAA 44spl. I get to meet some retired Border Patrol men around here and I eventually have to ask them did they know Skeeter Skelton or Bill Jordan?
    They smile and say yea .
     
  24. mnrivrat

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    Welcome Guy !

    It seems your proof the apple don't fall far from the tree !

    I have fond memories of your dad's work that will live with me till I get a chance to meet him personaly.
     
  25. Johnnybgood

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    Alright. Now you've done it.

    I have never read these writings, but when I hear all these testimonials of this mans writings I have to ask. Where do I get these at? Maybe someone could put his writings together in a booK? Please!
     
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