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Profile Headline: Have Gun - Will Travel
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Username: Paladin1957
Gender: Male
Eyes: Blue
Age: 115
Country: United States
Sexual Preference: Straight
Smoke: Non Smoker
Marital Status: Married
About Me: My choice of name is a reference to the Paladin of the American Western Television Series Have Gun Will Travel that aired on CBS from 1957 through 1963. Paladin Created by Sam Rolfe and Herb Meadow "A knight without armor in a savage land." -from the theme song. Perhaps the only genre more popular than private eyes in television's early years was the western, so it's probably not all that surprising that someone soon came up with the idea of combining the two. In 1957, Have Gun-Will Travel made its debut on CBS, and soon became one of the most popular programs of the fifties. It ranked in the top five almost immediately and after that trailed only Gunsmoke and Wagon Train for the rest of its run. The theme song, co-written by star Richard Boone, even became a hit single. On the surface, dapper, black-clad PALADIN was just a high-priced gun-for-hire, but in reality he was actually a sort of troubleshooter and private lawman-for-hire (a private eye, if you will), often sent out into the wilds to places where there was little, if any, law. But his strong sense of ethics soon established for viewers that he was no mere assassin. A man of morals and conscience, he would at least try to settle a dispute without violence whenever possible. He occasionally would even turn on his clients, if he felt they were in the wrong. Paladin was also a man of culture, West Point-educated (he served as an Union officer in the Civil War), literate, with a taste for fine food and clothing and the theater. He dressed like a dandy and made his headquarters in the ritzy Hotel Carlton in San Francisco. His calling card featured a picture of the white knight in chess (a paladin is a knight renowned for his heroism and chivalry) and the inscription from which the show drew its title: "Have Gun, Will Travel...Wire San Francisco." It was only when he was at work that he ditched the fancy duds, and clad completely in black, with his six gun strapped low on his thigh, he rode off in search of justice, or something like it, a "knight without armor in a savage land." Boone, as Paladin, brought a sense of dignity and weight to the role. Despite the western trappings, one of the more watchable of the early P.I. shows.
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Favorite Books: My choice of name is a reference to the Paladin of the American Western Television Series Have Gun � Will Travel that aired on CBS from 1957 through 1963. Paladin was like the James Bond of the old west. Like a chess master, he sought control of the board through superior position, and usually killed only as a last resort. Paladin's great advantage over adversaries was not his impressive equipment, or his ability as a marksman (superior as this was). Paladin's edge was his rich education; he had an infallible ability to relate ancient antecedents to his current situations. He was a champion of justice, highly-principled and ethical, always concerned with "what's right�. The name Paladin, his real name was never revealed, and his knight symbol is in reference to his name � possibly a nickname or working name � and his occupation as a champion-for-hire. The theme song of the series refers to him as "a knight without armor." There are numerous chess references and symbols. In addition, Paladin drew a parallel between his methods and the chess piece's movement: "It's a chess piece, the most versatile on the board. It can move in eight different directions, over obstacles, and it's always unexpected." Palidin's routine switch from the all-white suit of his urbane urbanite personna in San Francisco, to his other-side who wears all-black attire for quests into the lawless and barren western frontier, is also a chess reference. Paladins choice of weapons including the derringer draws a primal comparison to an "extra" advantage weapon so typical of the arsenal of gadgets of which James Bond availed himself for an edge. Paladin's intuitive sense of chess-like strategy often anticipating moves ahead of his adversary and backing it up with formidable skills in all areas of personal combat, plus his epicurean tastes and implied lust for women (when relaxing in San Francisco) made him very much a "James Bond" of the old west.
Favorite Songs: LYRICS of PALADIN SONG Have Gun Will Travel reads the card of a man. A knight without armor in a savage land. His fast gun for hire head�s the calling wind. A soldier of fortune is the man called Paladin. Paladin, Paladin Where do you roam? Paladin, Paladin, Far, far from home.
Favorite Movies: Paladin is defined as: 1. A heroic champion (especially a knightly one). 2. A defender or advocate of a noble cause. (A defender of faith). 3. Any of the twelve Companions of the court of Emperor Charlemagne.
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