At bit of Sam Maloof trivia here (at least to the best of my recollection).

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Blog entry by NH_Hermit posted 01-08-2011 05:14 PM 6624 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I first met Sammy (this was the name I recall everyone calling him) when I was about 9 or 10 years old. We were living in southern California where my father was the pastor a small church, and Sammy’s sister-in-law (sister of Alfreda Maloof) was a sometime congregant of that church. In today’s world, we’d probably call her part of the “C and E crowd” (Christmas and Easter), but perhaps more than that as I recall she and my family were friendly enough for my older brother to get a part time summer job helping her husband at his dog kennels.

I remember visiting Sammy’s new workshop with my father and walking around it in awe. I also remember my father not thinking that Sammy would ever make it as a self-employed furniture maker, but that of course says more about my father than about Sammy. My father was of the era where men were supposed to join a company or firm and stay there until retirement, and the true test of the man was on how high in that company he got promoted. Once he told me, “Son, just think how far you could have gone had you stayed in one place and shaved off that gosh awful beard.”

Anyway, back to the story, and that story is about Sammy’s brother-in-law who owned the kennel. I forget his name, but do remember that he trained dogs for the Hollywood studios and one dog in particular – Bullet. Yes, Roy Roger’s dog Bullet.

And a bit of trivia about Bullet. Yes, Roy did have a dog Bullet, but he was not always the same dog we saw on the TV. In reality there were several Bullets, as each one would become gun shy and would have to be replaced.

I also recall that the sister and Dale Evans were very close, and Dale even stayed awhile with them while she authored her book “Angel Unaware”, about her daughter Robin.

Anyway, this is how I remember things back then. Interesting?

-- John from Hampstead

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#1 posted 01-08-2011 06:55 PM

I find it interesting, thanks for sharing.

Goes to show you that if you put your heart and mind towards a purpose something great will come of it.
I wish I could have met your Sammy, I only know him as Sam through his videos and books, but i’m very glad to have met him that way at least.


-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#2 posted 01-08-2011 07:37 PM

A great story about a woodworking icon and the value of self-determination John. I think it also says something about pursuing what you love to do. Though I am thankful that I didn’t love woodworking when I made my career choices. I would have hated being poor the rest of my life,lol.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 01-08-2011 07:47 PM


nothing wrong with being poor
it’s the starving that is hard

thanks for the memories john
always good to know
what make up the real people
past the hype

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 01-08-2011 08:59 PM

Would you believe the name of the trainer just popped into my head. Bill Keeler, but then that was 57 years ago.

and that’s very true David. starving is the hard part of being poor.

-- John from Hampstead

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#5 posted 01-09-2011 12:40 AM

Great story John, I enjoyed reading it.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#6 posted 01-09-2011 10:53 AM

Interesting tidbits alright. When I was a little kid I wanted to be Roy’s kid :-)) I figuered that his kids would have their own horses and no chores to do:-))

I never heard of Sam until I came on to this site. He cxertainly made it as a furniture maker. I’m glad I wasn’t a wood worker too. I just can’t get my head around doing it every day all day ;-(( any more than I can get it around living in cubeland in front of a monitor, all day every day :-((

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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