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Western Star’s 10-Gallon Hat A Tub Of Trouble

August 21, 1988

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Dale Robertson, the rugged star of Western films and television series, decided to leave his cowboy hat back at the bunkhouse when he was inducted into the Western Walk of Fame.

″It’s so big, it blocks people’s view,″ he said Saturday. ″Then I have to put it on the floor and it gets dirty. There isn’t any sun in here anyway. What in the hell do I need a big hat for?″

Robertson was honored along with Doug McClure and the late Hoot Gibson at a ceremony that drew 600 Western buffs and some past inductees, who celebrated wwith a barbecue and square dance.

The Western Walk, on San Fernando Road between 5th and 9th streets in Newhall, was started in 1981 by merchant Milt Diamond as a celebration of Newhall’s Western heritage.

The walk is modeled after the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, in which star’s names are imbeddeded in the sidewalk.

Robertson, who appeared in television’s ″Tales of Wells Fargo,″ ″The Iron Horse″ and the recent ″J.J. Starbuck,″ and such Western films as ″Hell Canyon Outlaws,″ ″The Outcasts of Poker Flats,″ and ″Sitting Bull″ borrowed a line Saturday from a film he wasn’t in.

″Frankly, Scarlett, I don’t give a damn 3/8″ he bellowed, explaining later that Clark Gable’s line from ″Gone With The Wind″ was intended to be no insult for the Walk.

″I’m just glad to be honored for anything,″ he said.

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