TV ad: "... a real dude ranch"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 25 13:59:42 UTC 2014

As is usually the case, Wilson speaks true.

To judge from the extant literature of the period, the genuine cowboy's
notion of the "dude ranch" was that it was a ridiculous and somewhat
contemptible sell-out to city-slickerdom, "dudes" being by definition

Of course, I can't speak for all genuine cowboys of a hundred years ago, or
even any of them. Another GOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLL!!!!!! for Jacques Derrida.


On Sat, May 24, 2014 at 7:47 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:

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> On Sat, May 24, 2014 at 4:38 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at
> >wrote:
> > I thought a dude ranch was a place where cowboys did cowboy things.
> Sigh! Well, those of us to whose eye the phrase, "Ken Maynard and Tarzan,
> The Wonder Horse!", brings a tear of nostalgia for childhood past recall
> the "dude ranch" as a vacation resort set up to resemble a "working ranch"
> for the entertainment of "dudes" - i.e. swells, lames, squares - from the
> effete east wanting all of the fun, but none of the work, of the cowboy
> life on the western plains.
> In other words, cowboys did do cowboy things on a dude ranch, but only to
> put on a show as entertainment for vacationing dudes. Cf. the
> "professionals" working at ski resorts, for instance.
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> -Wilson
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