Mark Mccain Has Alzheimer's

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  1. OMB

    OMB Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    Johnny Crawford who played Lucas McCain's son on The Rifleman was diagnosed with alzheimer's I believe in 2017. I watch the show on Saturdays. Of course many of us from the 50's and 60's were big fans of cowboy shows. I stumbled on this video on YouTube. Made me sad but happy to see all of his friends trying to help out Johnny.

     
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    I feel for him and all who love him. It is an evil, devil disease. Unfortunately runs in my family.

    All the Best to Johnny C. and friends.
     
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    I watched the show but remember little beyond Chuck Connors and his cool rifle.
     
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    That was a cool rifle.
     
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    Yeah...horrible disease....watched it steal my Mom's life for more than 12 years...man what a long and bumpy road. I pray he has good caretakers
     
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    I had one of the toy versions of it. Barked my knuckles many times trying to do the twirl cocking move. : )



    Johnny Crawford is in here as well as fancy shootin' and rifle cocking.
     
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    I watched that as a kid and catch it sometimes on Saturday morning. Johnny Crawford was a pretty good actor. Looks like Johnny took good care of himself. I hope he doesn't regret it.

    The bid A runs strong in my blood line. Unfortunately, so does longevity. That's a real bad combination. I'm eating lots of bacon and bologna to try to head off the latter.
     
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    Well that is sad news. Alzheimer's is such a horrible disease. I have seen it effect some of my aunts and uncles.

    I loved that show, and thought that Johnny Crawford was cool because I was about his age when I watched the show in syndication in the late 60's with my dad.

    A lot of people forget that after the Rifleman he actually became a real teenage rodeo star, and then after that he became a pin-up Teenbeat-style pop star with a few hits.

     
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    Sorry to hear this.
    Love the Rifleman
    This is my favorite song of his. Good song.
     
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    Used to catch it on METV late at night/early am coz I'm an insomniac through the winter. Love those shows & that channel.

    I hope the best fo r.c him.
     
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    Too bad. I loved the Rifleman and especially that rifle.
     
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    I hate Alzheimer's! I watched it turn my wife from someone who typically read 4-5 books per day
    into someone who read the same book for six months.
    I fully expect it to get me as my mother & her sister died of it as did my dad's brother & sister
    (my dad's heart took him out before he was old enough to get Alzheimer's.)

    So if I suddenly start buying hundreds of lefty Agile's and SX's you will know why! :)
     
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    If you start buying right handed guitars then it's all over.
     
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    My dad was a big fan. It is such a sad disease. It got my grandfather but it seemed to only take 2 years for the worst of it where he couldn't take care of himself. It's not surprising Hollywood would turn him into a popstar. He was very distinctive looking. Bone structure so obvious I can even recognize him as an old man. It's that model type of so good looking you look odd type of thing.
     
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    My mother and grandmother both lost their lives to this horrible disease it totally destroys a person and has a terrible effect on the family and friends watching their loved one disintegrate.
    I loved the old westerns I would watch them with my dad with cowboy hat on and cap pistols at my side. I remember Bonanza, The Big Valley, Wagon Train and now that we have access to those same shows through streaming apps I'm watching them again and I hate to say that The Rifleman was and still is my least favorite of all those western serials. I'm glad there are lot of us old farts around here. :D
     
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    Sorry to hear.
    Wife's grandma was pretty much a shell for her last 10 years.
    And she would get mean if you wouldn't give her a cigarette or a cookie when she wanted one.

    Thats some fancy swing cockin'.
    Chuck Connors, not grandma.

    Looks cool but I could not imagine doing that to my .30-30.
    I really dig the way John Wayne does it in True Grit.
    "Fill your hands, Ned!!"

    i watch The Rifleman episodes now and then early Saturday or Sunday mornings sometimes. When I am awake but not quite ready to get up.

    A few of those oldie channels have the early John Wayne short films, as well as the Hopalong Cassidy episodes.
     
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    My uncle passed away last year. He had dementia but was 90 when he went in to a Nsg Home for rehab because they were afraid he might fall and hurt himself at his daughters home. Well he fell in the NH and broke his hip. They did surgery. He was in excruciating pain right up to his last day.

    When I started losing my memory caused by many years of statin usage it was horrible. Couldn't remember my son's childhood, details of my job, my life or why I ended up in the other end of the house. It made me quite angry and sad. I am better now but have not regained all of my memory nor the loss of cognition that occurred. I hated to see that happen to Robert Crawford or anyone.
     
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    Uh oh...

    Seriously, my family has been incredibly fortunate in not having to deal with Alzheimer's, it's been cancer and heart issues that have taken my parents and relatives out and relatively quickly. I don't know how I'd handle watching a loved one deteriorate like that...
     
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    ...and The Rifleman opening and theme music were on my kid favorites list:



     

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