He may not have ‘kilt him a b’ar when he was only three,’ but we still remember his name.
On May 17th, 2011, Michael greeted readers at the Tulsa Historical Society and read from his three new books, The Wild West: 365 Days, David Crockett: The Lion of the West and Pretty Boy: The Life and Times of Charles Arthur Floyd.
“As with Pretty Boy Michael Wallis gives us a vital history of one segment of our shared past by clarifying the context of Crockett’s time, which – like the Depression – is crowded with misconceptions. The bittersweet history of our nation does not need the froth of exaggeration: All the poetry we need can easily be found in the souls of the people themselves.”
Listen to Michael’s interview with Rich Fisher on StudioTulsa. Michael discusses his latest book, “David Crockett: The Lion of the West”, which attempts to discern the truth about this out-sized personality.
An author, speaker and animated auto cop, Tulsan Michael Wallis is exactly the type of character he’d write about.
Based on the myth-busting facts presented in Michael Wallis’s new biography of Crockett, the lines in the song should have been “Born on a riverbank in Tennessee,” “Killed him a bar when he was in his teens,” and “Da-vid, Da-vid Crockett, The Lion of the West.” As for the coonskin-cap image, it would also have to go: he wore one only occasionally, after his legend had grown and people expected backwoods clothing. And don’t even think of calling the great man Davy—he was always David.
Author and Tulsa resident Michael Wallis has three books coming out this year, one of which is a re-release.
Cars 2 opens in theaters on June 24, 2011 and Disney/Pixar has now released three trailers for the sequel to the 2006 film which features Michael’s voice as the Sheriff of Radiator Springs.