I got his autograph and everything. It was back when celebs would sometimes to autograph signings at department stores. I think he was in town for a concert, but it's been so long ago, I don't remember. I was about 15, I think. Most of what I remember is that he had such a big damn hat... couldn't see his eyes until you were practically under the thing with him, lol.He burned that fiddle! I just had this vid up yesterday (and that’s how I found out he died. Then I come here today and see this. I saw him years ago and he was phenomena—love when someone taps into duende without even trying.
I got Gary Burghoff (Radar from MASH) and Buck Taylor (Newly O'Brien on Gunsmoke) autographs on the same day during the same type of deal. Must've been a CBS promo tour or something. I was younger for that one. Burghoff was dressed up as Radar (Buck Taylor came dressed as Buck Taylor, lol... but he was kind of a cowboy anyway)... the only thing I remember is Burghoff being about the same size I was... and I was maybe 10-11 yrs old? Little dude.
I don't think I have any of those old autographs anymore, sadly.
Didn't know Buck was still acting... not surprising since I wouldn't have recognized him. He's a changed a bit since the early 70s! I might've recognized his voice. I'm better at that anyway.
I sure did love Charlie and that fiddle. Sad that he's gone... but that's the way life works, I guess. And the music remains, so there's that.