Louis Burton Lindley Jr. grew up on his family dairy farm, but as a teenager began competing as a calf roper in the rodeo. One doubtful rodeo manager told him the rodeo offered “slim pickin’s” for him and the name stuck. When he enlisted in the Army during WWII the recruiter asked his profession and he said rodeo, this was misread as radio and he spent his time serving at a radio station in the Midwest. He went on to become a well-known rodeo clown. After 20 years of rodeo, Slim Pickens started working as an actor and during the next 30 years he appeared in over 150 movies and television shows. He is perhaps best known for his role as Taggart in the 1974 film comedy Blazing Saddles.
Slim Pickens was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame in 1982, the Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1986 and the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2005, for his work protecting rodeo bull riders as a rodeo clown.
This Slim Pickens History Mug is part of our Rodeo series which includes many unique rodeo stars. Activities involved in the practice of herding cattle were the basis of what became modern day rodeos. Nowadays cowboys and cowgirls compete in steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, team roping, tie-down roping, bull riding and barrel racing.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
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