Monday, January 22, 2018
Buck Jones Rangers- Festivals and Dominick Marifioti
Dominick Marafiotifi resurrected The Buck Jones Rangers and established an annual western festival in Rochester NY. He is pictured above with Scott Shepherd, who was at the time the official Lone Ranger for Golden Books ; the then current owner of the Lone Ranger rights. Scott was removed when Classic Media, the new rights rights owner took over.
Dominick hosted this festival for many years with guest stars appearing. Among those stars was SunsetCarson, Iron Eyes Cody, Richard Martin, Victor French, Peter Breck, Charles Starrett, Peggy Stewart, Claude Akins, and Kay Linaker. There were many more before my time with the organization.
Dominick Passed away in 2004, and the festival came to an end. By this time there were few old time western stars left and it was difficult to find and attract guest stars. Robert Horton and Hugh O'brien were very gracious, but declined to appear because of personal restrictions. Membership was declining and attendance at the festivals declined as participants aged or/and passed on; just another sign of the waning western.
Dominick did not provide for a successor to carry on the festival. Since he had not asked me, I did not think I should take it upon myself to continue the organization.
He had turned his house into a museum in Buck Jones honor and had a treasure house of memorabilia. Unfortunately these items were sold in an ordinary garage sale. I did not attend for I would feel like a vulture. I sometimes regret that decision. I often think about Sunset Carson's hat that he had given to Dom. Oh Well.
I include this in my blog now for I may reference it in the future. I am thinking specifically of Dickie Jones who starred with Jock Mahoney as I featured in an earlier article.
Thanks, for riding the trail.