My older siblings knew Fess Parker as Disney's Davy Crockett. I came along about the time Fess had donned his coonskin cap to play television's Daniel Boone. There was a time when kids everywhere, boys and girls alike, wore a coonskin cap. They knew all the lyrics to the theme song 'Davy Crockett'.
The giant man who played the giant rolls of both Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone died today at the age of 86. I know that Fess was only an actor, but somehow he became just as legendary as the two great American's he portrayed. Godspeed Mr. Parker - see you in the next frontier.