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                        Ronald Koertge


First Line: They were never handsome and often came

The above poem is protected by copyright and cannot be displayed without permission of the copyright holder. It can be found in:

  • Koertge, Ronald. Life on the Edge of the Continent. Fayetteville, AK: University of Arkansas Press, 1982.
  • Collins, Billy, ed. Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry. New York: Random House, 2003.

    The poem references four sidekicks: Gabby, Pat, Pancho and Andy. George 'Gabby' Hayes and Pat Brady appeared in many Roy Rogers films; Pat Buttram was a long time sidekick to Gene Autry; Pancho (Leo Carillo) was the sidekick to the Cisco Kid; and Andy Devine appeared in many Roy Rogers films and was sidekick to Wild Bill Hickock.