Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Winter 2019

The quarterly 27587 MAGAZINE is a must-read, in-you-hands publication that strives to give a deeper identity to rapidly growing Wake Forest, N.C. It highlights in-depth stories, targeting higher-income households.

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8 Winter 2019 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine Happy trails to you, until we meet again. Happy trails to you, keep smilin' until then. Who cares about the clouds when we're together? Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather. Happy trails to you, 'till we meet again. — From "HAPPY TRAILS," music snd lyrics by DALE EVANS, Roy Roger's on-screen singing partner and off-screen wife. Y ou can almost hear the yodeling cowboy Roy Rogers — atop his stallion "Trigger" — singing that feel-good theme song, "Happy Trails," in this frozen-in-time hideaway of Nikki Ellerbe. You see, Ellerbe is the guy with the cowboy hat, western neck scarf, and — if in full regalia — the button-adorned bib shirt. But this is not 1881, and this is not the Tombstone of marshal Wyatt Earp. No. It's a basement hideaway more than 2,100 miles away, in Raleigh, N.C., and the culmination of a decades-long fascination of a boy who "never grew up" after taking in movies dominated by B-movie westerns in his native Rockingham back in the 1940s. Gene Autry. Bob Steele. Tom Tyler. Ken Maynard. And, of course, Wild Bill Elliott, so wild that the cowboy actor once stepped out on the stage and fired his pistols with a young Ellerbe in the audience. "Everybody in my row went under the seats," he said. "I'll never forget that." And he has never forgotten them, these Saturday matinee idols. Studied them all. Even rubbed shoulders, as they say, with the best of them. "I can tell you about everyone," said Ellerbe, who today serves as president ofthe Raleigh chapter of The Western Film Preservation Society, signs the group's newsletters as "The ole cowpoke," and is pictured with many of them in what he describes as a "den of iniquity" for a hobby run wild. On Gene Autry, the singing cowboy: "He knew how to make money, became one of the wealthiest cowboys." On Bob Steele, Tom Tyler, and Ken Maynard: "They were the three that made the switch (to talkies)." On Roy Rogers: "I met him five or six times, and I'll tell you, he was genuine, a super nice guy." Rewind PHILIP M. READ Nikki Ellerbe in his western-movie hideaway. "I grew up in the '40s. On Saturday, everybody went to the movies to see westerns." Giddy up, cowboy! The Western Film Preservation Society President: Nikki Ellerbe Where: Raleigh The B-movie why: "They always projected good overcoming evil." When: Meets the third Thursday of each month — except July, August, and December — at 6:45 p.m. at the McKimmon Center at North Carolina State University. Open to the public. Annual dues: $15. Members receive a "Cowboy of the Year Collector's Badge." Join the chat: reelcowboy.org

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