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#1 Mar 3, 2013
This show is a giant hit for reasons I haven't figured out yet. I see that Phil Robertson used to run a 'honky-tonk' bar near here. Was that the Long Branch?

Since: Jul 12

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#2 Mar 3, 2013
After a little Googling, the following from a book excerpt on Amazon is all I've found:

"He quit his teaching job before they could fire him and signed an eighteen-month lease to run a honky-tonk at the bottom of the Ouachita River near El Dorado, Arkansas."

I don't believe Madame Prothro began using the name until after she moved across the road into her present location in the former Delone oil company building when she and Doyle learned they could buy it for less per month than they would be paying David Brown if they continued in The Ranchers. When her older sister arranged for her to come to the U.S. form Korea, she spent a great deal of time acclimating herself by watching Bonanza and Gunsmoke on TV. She came to identify with Miss Kitty.

The bottom of Ouchita description sounds more to me like the Spillway at the old spillway location on Calion lake, but I am doubtful if it was still open at that time. Could have been one of the places that sold beer on 167 between Entegra and the river or the former Phillips Drive In/ Hideaway/ Hideout on the old Calion highway cutoff. I will investigate with mature habitués of Crabapple Bar and Bait Shop. It's possible Ernie Smith may have leased before Ronnie Hill. Jack Ethridge was known to lease the Hideout over and over to people who dreamed of being in the bar business but were success challenged.
Who cares

El Dorado, AR

#3 Mar 3, 2013
Who cares what Phil did before he started making duck calls? If he ran a honky tonk...so what? Some people just can't stand to see other people that are successful. That's a real pity.
hill

El Dorado, AR

#4 Mar 3, 2013
The building is still there. It's just north of Jc, its a small block building on the left side of 167 just before you drop off in the bottoms. The name of it was " The Hill". The best thing we can do with our mistakes in life is learn from them, tryour best not to repeat them and move on. There's not one of us that hasn't made mistakes. God gav Phil another chance just like he gave me. He'll give you one too.

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#5 Mar 3, 2013
The "Hill" was a fair size wooden building no longer standing, run at one time by Aubrey and his wife ?( Maggie's sister ). The small block building to which you refer was Peace's Liquor Store ( as in Ty's father ). I believe Ty's mother ran The Hill after Betty.
Get your own life

Canyon Lake, TX

#6 Mar 3, 2013
Why don't you Google him and look up his history? Lot more educated than anyone trashing him on here. College degree and bet you didn't know he taught high school English at Junction City years ago. He is a well educated christian family man with good values. If you want to trash someone go for poor Honey Boo Boos family.

Since: Jul 12

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#7 Mar 3, 2013
Although Robo'2 doesn't seem to appreciate the program, I don't think anything negative has been written about Mr. Robertson unless the idea of operating a legal tavern is offensive. We're just trying to nail down a piece of local history before it is too late. There are far too many people in El Dorado who believe that Elvis performed on the stage in the Howdy Doody Club.
well

El Dorado, AR

#8 Mar 4, 2013
roboblogger2 wrote:
This show is a giant hit for reasons I haven't figured out yet.
Maybe it appeals to gay people?
FYI

El Dorado, AR

#9 Mar 4, 2013
roboblogger2 wrote:
This show is a giant hit for reasons I haven't figured out yet. I see that Phil Robertson used to run a 'honky-tonk' bar near here. Was that the Long Branch?
In the late 1960s in Ruston, Louisiana, two Bulldog quarterbacks’ life paths diverged sharply. You might have heard of Terry Bradshaw, who went on to attain the top pick in the 1970 NFL Draft, a lengthy career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, four Super Bowl victories, a spot in the Hall of Fame and a second career in front of the camera. You might not have heard of Phil Robertson, who was ahead of Bradshaw on Louisiana Tech’s depth chart but gave up football with one year of eligibility remaining because the game and any future in it interfered with his heart’s dearest passion: duck-hunting season.

“At the time, no one quite understood what exactly was my problem because I didn’t put football as the ultimate goal, being this stud hoss football player, but what they didn’t see then, they get it now,” Robertson said.“Because as it turns out, what am I talking about now?”

Robertson was referring to the duck call business he started out of his home, which became the Duck Commander regime and led some 40 years later to the creation of Duck Dynasty, which premiered Wednesday on A&E. This is one of those times where a one-sentence pitch will tell you immediately whether a show is for you:“Duck Dynasty follows a backwoods millionaire family running a duck call empire on the Louisiana bayou.”(Being inveterate hilljacks, we are immediately drawn to this premise, even though it’s not a shot-by-shot remake of Dynasty cast with waterfowl. We checked.)

Coming out of Vivian, Louisiana’s North Caddo High School, Robertson said he fielded offers to join the football programs at LSU, Ole Miss, Baylor and Rice, but chose Louisiana Tech to remain close to home. After redshirting his freshman year, he was joined by some soon-to-be famous company on the depth chart.

“The quarterback playing ahead of me, Phil Robertson, loved hunting more than he loved football,” Bradshaw wrote in his autobiography, It’s Only a Game.“He’d come to practice directly from the woods, squirrel tails hanging out of his pockets, duck feathers on his clothes. Clearly he was a fine shot, so no one complained too much.”

Asked whether there was any truth to the squirrel tails anecdote, Robertson one-upped his own legend: ”Squirrel guts! Squirrel guts hangin’ out my pocket!” He spoke fondly of Bradshaw and of his time with the Bulldogs, though he’s never been back since giving up football.“Bradshaw’s a great guy,” Robertson said.“I was the one that named him the Blond Bomber, and while he was at Tech, I said ‘Son, you’ve got the want to and the drive to play in the NFL, you got a great arm,’ and I said ‘You got brains,’ and when I got to brains, Bradshaw said,‘Are you serious about the brains?’ I said,‘Well, you have enough sense to play in the NFL.’ As it turned out, I put it this way, he must’ve been smart enough to win four Super Bowls.”

http://college-football.si.com/2012/03/22/duc...
FYI

El Dorado, AR

#10 Mar 4, 2013
Grigori wrote:
Although Robo'2 doesn't seem to appreciate the program, I don't think anything negative has been written about Mr. Robertson unless the idea of operating a legal tavern is offensive. We're just trying to nail down a piece of local history before it is too late. There are far too many people in El Dorado who believe that Elvis performed on the stage in the Howdy Doody Club.
http://eternallifeseries.com/blog/reflections...

his story about his ownership in a drinking establishment (bar) in the backwater areas of northern Louisiana. I wasn’t quite sure where this drinking establishment was located and I don’t think Phil wanted us to know either. He was the owner and described it as a rough place that us city slickers would not be welcomed. He had sold it after becoming a Christian. He described the bar as “a two room establishment. The room in the front for whites, the room in the back for blacks and me in the middle at the bar with a gun keeping the two groups from killing each other.”

Mostly he would tell stories related to his life experiences. He would says to us,“Boys, I’ve seen enough life to know there is nothing here that truly satisfies my life. I’m going to try this Christianity thing and see if it works for me because I’ve seen enough of the drinkin’ and runnin’ around. There ain’t no joy there.”

He was also working on securing patents for his duck calls. His faith was challenged deeply when a man claiming to be a Christian attempted to steal his patents but Phil was successful in defending them. He went on to create many more and build his Duck Commander empire.
FYI

El Dorado, AR

#11 Mar 4, 2013
Robertson was born and reared in Vivian, La., a small town near Shreveport. With six siblings, money was scarce and hunting became a vital part of his early life.

In high school, he made all-state in football, baseball and track. He landed a football scholarship to Louisiana Tech.

For two years, he was the team’s star quarterback, playing ahead of a young man named Terry Bradshaw.

Bradshaw, of course, later won four Super Bowl titles as the quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

But Robertson turned down offers for an NFL career. He didn’t want to miss duck- hunting season.“Terry went for the bucks, and I chased after the ducks,” he likes to tell people.

Robertson later worked in Louisiana’s gas fields, taught school and fished commercially. But none of those jobs felt right.

So he moved to the woods, invented the celebrated Duck Commander duck call,  pioneered duck-hunting videos and became a celebrity on the speaking circuit, peddling Duck Commander calls, decoys and apparel, not to mention his own line of Cajun seasoning.

In the 1970s, he was baptized and became a Christian. He left a life of drinking, carousing and fighting.

“I looked at my life and I said,‘Man, I am lucky to be alive! What in the world good did I ever get out of all that?’”

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#12 Mar 4, 2013
Very interesting stuff.

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#13 Mar 4, 2013
From one of FYI's posts:
He described the bar as “a two room establishment. The room in the front for whites, the room in the back for blacks and me in the middle at the bar with a gun keeping the two groups from killing each other.”

After calling a retired man who lives in Calion and has frequented bars from downtown to the Calion shore for forty years and learning the name did not sound familiar, I emailed a link to this thread to the proprietor of Crabapple asking him to discuss it with his more mature customers. Though the above quoted post claims Louisiana, his son's book claims near the Ouchita near El Dorado. This points strongly toward Crabapple as it still had separate bar rooms for black and white through Ronnie Hill's time. When the Mayos took it over, they did away with the separate rooms to the displeasure of both groups.

Crabapple, though surrounded by it, is not part of the city of Calion. Earnie Smith had enough stroke to keep it from being annexed. Another Mayo business move was to ask a deputy named Linda Law ( supposedly deceased, though this could be part of her undercover legend, so if someone recognizes her and contacts someone in Union County through his druggie network, he will be told, "Hell no. She was killed years ago in Texas." ) to begin patrolling Crabapple Point and harassing outside drinkers, thinking this would force them inside to buy beer from her rather than bringing their own. This pissed off more people. There was a mixed sex group of serious morning beer drinkers self styled the breakfast club. Most of them are now passed over at not advanced ages. They became so dissatisfied with the Mayo management that they agreed on a boycott requiring the first of them to enter the bar to pay the rest of the club $100.00. The boycott broke with an argument about whom had gone in first.
The Tedder

Bossier City, LA

#14 Mar 6, 2013
I would bang all.the duck dynasty dudes
Mr big

El Dorado, AR

#15 Mar 11, 2013
The bearded quack pack will be in eldo in may for crawfish boil

Since: Jul 12

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#16 Mar 11, 2013
I emailed their "Contact Us" under the Fan Mail option last night asking the name of the bar.
wrong

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#17 Mar 12, 2013
Mr big wrote:
The bearded quack pack will be in eldo in may for crawfish boil
no beard at BBB in eldo! Mrs. Kay will be in eldo. Uncle Si will be in Hampton!
francis

United States

#18 Mar 12, 2013
How does little Hampton outdo El Dorado
shorty

United States

#19 Mar 13, 2013
wrong wrote:
<quoted text> no beard at BBB in eldo! Mrs. Kay will be in eldo. Uncle Si will be in Hampton!
what the crap she gonna do at bugs bands and bikes? Cooking seminar? She dont play music and don't ride bike
Cracker Jack

El Dorado, AR

#20 Mar 13, 2013
who gives a shit ?
the show is contrived and therefore a waste of time.

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