The 60s Official Site




by Eva Pasco 

The Western by Eva PascoI'm not whisking a Western omelet, praising the Best Western hotel chain, or stirring up tumbleweeds of sensitivity and sentimentality between two friends vis a vis  Brokeback Mountain. Instead, a big howdy to those major network "smoking guns" of the Sixties where you could spot the good guys by their white cowboy hats. Westerns were popular in the Sixties. Gunsmoke was number one in 1960 and Bonanza dominated the ratings for almost the entire decade until the genre went bust in the dust.


Back at my own ranch, my father and I dueled over control of the television set.  I would have preferred to shoot myself in the foot rather than watch a Western.  Though concessions were made on my behalf, I still had more than my fill of horse operas that made no horse sense to me: The Lawman, The Big Valley, The Wild Wild West, Maverick, A Man Called Shenandoah, Death Valley Days, Wanted Dead or Alive, The Rebel, Cheyenne, Travels of Jamie McPheeters, and the hoof beat goes on…


By 1962, 90 per cent of U.S. households had a TV, and even though Walt Disney's "Wonderful World of Color" premiered in 1961, we weren't one of the families hitching our wagon to purchase a color set. Those Westerns kicked up dust in black and white for us a while longer during an era when the term "couch potato" hadn't been coined, as changing channels wasn't yet a "remote" possibility.  In fact television viewing was a constant giddy up to switch the channel by clicking a dial or turning several independent knobs to adjust the volume, brightness, or quell interference from jumpy horizontal or vertical lines. Factor in adjusting the rabbit ears and trips to the cantina to rustle up grub during commercials, and you have a bobbing effect which rivaled jostling in the saddle of the Wild West.


Now that there's a ghost town of a chance to find a network Western, I've backtracked along the dusty trails of nostalgia in appreciation of the very elements I once found corny and patented: shady card dealers and saloon brawls serenaded by out-of-tune piano playing; double-crossers; corrupt sheriffs and incompetent mayors; ambushes and ricocheting bullets along a mountain pass; villains with scruffy beards and menacing grimaces; shootouts with little to no visible bloodshed.  However, there's no fools gold about good guys finishing last or wrongly accused yellow-bellies overcoming adversity to show their true heroism. All this is worth a gallop into the sunset perched high in the saddle. 




Click the book images to order your copy of the books.


Underlying Notes by Eva Pasco  An E. Quiche by Eva Pasco



 Signed copies of the Paperback, 40 % off suggested retail, may be acquired at the Authors Den Signed Bookstore via Eva’s web page:


Your Daily Oldies Fix


An Enlightening Quiche, a novel by Eva Pasco


Hullabaloo! Dave Hull


My Summer on Haight Street by Robert Rice Jr.


Inside Songs of the Sixties by Brian Forsythe 

Culinary Tributeto the Beatles 


The 60s - Carl - 1968 - Vietnam

 Vietnam -1968

The 60s - Webmaster - 2006


Altamont AugieEva Pasco's Book


Somewhere in the Distance by David Soulsby 

The Isla Vista Crucible


Read my Blog

 Franchise Trees

40th Anniversary of Woodstock

Vibration of a Nation Video 

Sign the Guestbook 



Go to The 60s Official Site Jukebox






Updates and New Content
My Home Town - Circleville Ohio
My Jade East Adventure
The 60s Tradition of Eating Together as a Family
The Blown Perfect Game
The Great Pumpkin Caper
The Haunted Bridge Near Yellowbud
Union Street Beat
Union Street Peeping Toms
What Ever Happened to The Cool Jocks?
Top Ten Countdown
The Sixties With Eva Pasco
David Soulsby Reflections
Ask Big Dog
Things You Just Don't Hear Anymore
1960s Candy
60s Articles - Baby Boomers
60s Fads & Fashions
60s Music A Decade of Great Music
60s Songs That Peaked on the Charts in 1970
Grammy Award Winners
Our Music, Our Times, Remember When?
The 60s Craziest Songs
The Top 100 Recording Artists of the 50s and 60s Era
Webmaster's Pick of the Top 100 Songs of the Decade
60s Rock 'N Roll Headline News
A Story of Life - A Thousand Marbles
60s Slang- Do You Remember These?
A Tribute to Elvis
Elvis Presley's Top Recordings
Stories About Elvis Presley
Baby Boomer Cities
British Music Invasion
British Top Hits of the 1960s
Chickenman Has Been Identified
Class Reunion Tips
Dance Crazes of the 60s
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech"
Drive-In Theater Memories
Flashback Time Capsule High School Years
Great TV Commercial Jingles
Living in Black and White
Moms Cookbook
Movies of the 60s
Quotes of the Baby Boomer Generation
Remembering Valentine's Day
Previous Spotlighted Artists
Vikki Carr
Bob Dylan
Lovin' Spoonful
Rhythm and Blues Music of the 1960s
Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame
Route 66 - The Mother Road
Summer of Love
Television in the 60s
The Economy and Prices
The Headlines and Key Facts of the 1960s
The Pickle Jar
The Top Ten Songs on this Day
The Vietnam War - The War that Changed a Generation
Medal of Honor Soldiers
Music Favorites from 'Nam
My Tour Pics of Vietnam
Pictures From The Vietnam War
Tet Offensive - An Explanation
Vietnam War Myths
Vietnam War Time Line
Today in Baby Boomer History
Top DJs of the 60s
Toys and Games
Whatever Happened to
Woodstock Rock Festival

 Your Daily Oldies Fix


 My Blog


Go to The 60s Official Site Jukebox

Sign the Guestbook