~KING and the COWBOY ~ True Showbiz Story "Wild Bill, we loved the book and your wonderful insights.
You lived and wrote most every little boys dream." Bill and Jan Snell North Carolina
On Stage at Shines Holland Theater in Ohio
True Showbiz Story of author Bill Cummins
(Excerpts from 1986 Engineering publication)
Bill Cummins picked himself up by the bootstraps, literally and figuratively. Although well spoken and self assured, Bill still maintains a country boy approach to living.
Bill was born and raised on a farm in Ohio where he cooked meals on a wood stove for his widowed father and four brothers. All the while aspiring to be a cowboy entertainer, country western singer, and radio star!
Bill acquired his first pony when he was six years old and his first guitar when he was ten. His hero was America's favorite singing cowboy, Gene Autry!
In his sixteenth year, Bill's music repertoire included over 300 songs, many of which he was the composer and lyricist! He had his own Saturday morning radio show and stardom was on the horizon!
By his late teens, Bill was adept at breaking and training western horses and trick roping. He trained a big Palomino Stallion named King, to do stage tricks, formed a country and western band, and headlined shows across the state of Ohio.
"Smilin' Bill and his Wonder Horse, King" were on their way!
During this adventuresome time, Bill traveled over 300 miles on horseback from his hometown in Ohio to Chicago, Illinois, sleeping under the stars for eight days and enjoying the life of a cowboy alone with his horse.
In time, Bill gave up "show biz", married and took a full-time job as a registered professional engineer. His entertaining talents were shelved, save for his own amusement, until rediscovered by at the peak of his engineering career.