Up for auction on eBay right now is a screen used, autographed Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane shirt. It has been authenticated by James Best himself. The current owner is a law enforcement officer and cherishes this shirt, but must sell it in order to pay for hospital and funeral costs for his mother who recently passed away. If you can afford to put a bid on it, please do to help out this man. This collector’s item deserves to go to a Dukes of Hazzard fan that will love and cherish it as much as he does. Click here to bid.
It’s December! Time to start thinking about Christmas. And what better way to make Christmas memorable than to go to Cooter’s and meet Luke Duke?! Tom Wopat will be meeting fans and signing items at Cooter’s in Sperryville, VA on Dec 12th from 10am-3pm and on Dec 13th from 10am-12pm. Click here for more information.
Can’t make it to Cooter’s this Christmas? Shop the Cooter’s Place store.
12167 Lee Highway
Sperryville, TN 22740
As many of you know, Warner Brothers declined to renew any licenses to produce General Lee models and diecasts this year due to the controversy over the confederate flag. The current licenses expire by the end of this year. If you don’t already have a General Lee, you’d better get one now before they’re sold out. Perhaps the best way to show Warner Brothers that they made a bad decision is to make sure they know there’s a demand for The Dukes of Hazzard and fans WANT to buy dvds, posters, toys, and more featuring our beloved General Lee.
Click here to shop for General Lees at Auto World or click on the General Lees below.
It’s been a while since HazzardNet has had a fan of the month, but this month’s winner more than deserves the honor. Mark B. has been a member for a while, but has recently come back with a vengeance, filling us all in on his Dukes of Hazzard projects. He’s a model maker and an amazing one at that. Just take a look in our forums and you’ll see what I mean. Here’s a little about Mark in his own words:
I grew up with Dukes (I was 10 when the show premiered), but being a child of the 70s, was primarly a Star Wars and sci-fi guy. This has been the story ever since, but Dukes has always been a comfortable place to come back to. My Dukes fandom was rekindled a few years ago after years of visting Cooter’s Place in Gatlinburg and becoming more enamored of the ‘Deep South’ and its culture.
As an adult I couldn’t put my finger on what it was I like about the show until I ready Ben Jones’ book ‘Redneck Boy in the Promised Land’. It was pretty simple really: fun, family values, and fast cars. It may not have been Emmy-winning TV, but it was just good and didn’t need deeper analysis. I think my blood pressure actually comes down when I have the show on!
Model building (and related skills) is my profession as well as my hobby. Although I had a love of model cars in middle and high school, I’ve always chosen to build sci-fi subjects for myself. That was until I got the itch to build something ‘Dukes’. I had been inspired by the models of TJ Belthard at Cooter’s Place in Gatlinburg and had wanted to expand on his vision. The Hazzard Garage was the perfect subject for a model with a nice level of detail, weathering, and a logical setting for any of theDukes car models. The model project has of course led me down the road of owning all the DVDs and connecting with other fans through Hazzardnet and other internet forums.
Connecting with other fans on HN is a particular pleasure. Its a great community that really continues the warm feelings of home that DOH portrayed between the car chases. To borrow a phrase from Ben Jones’ book, its like ‘coming home to a place you’ve never been’.
Congrats, Mark, on being HazzardNet’s Fan of the Month! Join us in congratulating him on the forums!
The Daily Herald is reporting that the Volo Auto Museum’s director, Brian Grams, has been trying to contact Bubba Watson to make an offer on LEE1. Watson has stated he will paint over the confederate flag on the roof with an American flag. The museum, which already owns General Lee #8, has no interest in political debate over the flag, but does have a keen interest in preserving the car, flag and all, as a piece of television history. If successful in their bid to obtain LEE1, the museum plans to display it along side Lee #8, with a description of the significance of the two cars. Let’s hope they’re successful in their plans!
Bubba Watson has announced on Twitter that he’ll be painting over the confederate flag on the roof of the General Lee with an American flag. Watson purchased LEE1 in 2012 for $110,000. He didn’t seem to have a problem with the flag back then.
The reaction from fans has been swift and mostly negative, with many remarking that it just isn’t the General Lee without the confederate flag and that he isn’t worthy to own the car if he doesn’t preserve it as the piece of television history that it is. Several also mentioned they would gladly take the General Lee off his hands as-is.
TVLand has taken the Dukes of Hazzard off the air in response to the flap about the confederate flag precipitated by the shooting in Charleston. We were devastated to see such a horrible, violent attack perpetrated against innocent, God fearing people. Much has been said and done in the days since and we won’t get into that. We will simply state that banning The Dukes of Hazzard from the air waves won’t solve the problem. Anyone who has watched the show knows that the Dukes were not racist and, as Martin Luther King, Jr. requested of us all, they judged people not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. The family values that the Dukes embodied seem to be needed now more than ever.
If you would like to let Viacom know you want the show back on the air, Donald Covell, Jr. has started a petition you can sign.
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This story was written many years ago in response to a fan fiction challenge involving death. The story was never finished, but I thought this section of it would be appropriate to share now.
The Funeral of Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane
The low murmur of voices quieted in reverence as the minister neared the front of the sanctuary. People quickly took their seats. The minister laid his notes on the podium and surveyed the audience. He cleared his throat, shuffled the papers, and then began his funeral sermon.
“I am very heartened today to see so many familiar and even some unfamiliar faces here today to honor our fallen sheriff, Rosco Coltrane.”
The minister bowed his head for a moment, collecting his thoughts and glancing at his notes. Sniffles could be heard throughout the room during the momentary silence.
“While it is natural to grieve for Rosco, we must also celebrate. We must celebrate his life and we must celebrate his death. For in death, he has achieved eternal life. For the scriptures say, in Revelations 21:4, ‘death is the end of troubles, trials, pain, sorrow, and fear.’ We should rejoice for Rosco! Who here would not want eternal life, with no pain, no sorrow, none of the troubles that plague us in this life?”
Many audience members nodded in agreement. The minister walked towards the casket and gestured to it.
“This body here, many of you may think is your friend, your kin, the acquaintance you know as Rosco Coltrane. But it is not. It is just a vessel. His spirit has already gone to be with the Lord. A famous preacher once explained during a funeral sermon that the body being emptied of the soul is very much like a pecan. ‘All we have left is the empty shell, the nut is gone.’”
The mourners laughed despite their tears. Many of them thought to themselves just how true that assessment was. The minister shook his head, laughed, and then confessed softly “I’ve always loved that one.”
The minister’s smile faded slowly and he continued the sermon.
“In Ecclesiastes 12:7, the Bible tells us ‘Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.’ And that’s where our brother Rosco’s spirit is now, with his Creator. Be comforted by that truth. Find joy in it, brothers and sisters. For all of us here shall find that joy and that truth some day ourselves.”
The minister made a wide sweeping gesture with his arm. “I think it can honestly be said that Rosco had an impact on every person here today. He also had an impact on Mrs. Baxley’s trash cans, Mr. Terwilliger’s fence, the Hazzard Theater, Rhuebottom’s General Store, most of the trees on Route 7-11, and Hazzard Pond.”
The church erupted in laughter again. Several folks shook their heads, admitting “Yeah, that’s Rosco alright.” The Dukes were especially amused, considering it was while Rosco chased them that most of those ‘impacts’ occurred.
“But seriously, none of you would be here today if Sheriff Coltrane hadn’t somehow touched your life, made an impact in it. He served this community many, many years as best he could. He wasn’t perfect,” the minister confessed. “But none of us are. We are all sinners who need the grace of God. But all is forgiven and made perfect, through Christ, for those that believe in Him.”
The minister talked for another fifteen minutes or so, touching on Rosco’s life and what heaven had in store for him. He ended the sermon with a request for the audience members.
“As we leave here today, I want all of you to think about Rosco, what he meant to you, what he meant to this community. While I was writing this sermon, I did a lot of just that. It’s very hard to sum up just who a person was, but I’ll give it my best try…”
“The Rosco I knew was quick to find the joy in life, loved to laugh… boy, did he love to laugh,” the minister smiled, as did most of the audience, silently recalling the sheriff’s trademark giggle. The minister glanced at Rosco’s friends and family, “He was fiercely loyal to those he loved.” The minister then turned his attention to the casket, “He was a person worth knowing. He was a kind and gentle soul that will be missed. We must say our last goodbyes, brother Rosco, but know that you won’t soon be forgotten.”
Remember Me With Laughter
a poem by James Best
When the autumn leaves are falling.
To cover the earth with gold.
As time runs out for the aged.
So little time left for the old.
Just to see one more Spring
Or to live for just one more fall
Would be a blessing.
That’s all this old man’s asking.
Just a few more months. That’s all.
A few more moments with loved ones.
To say how much I cared.
And talk of the fun and laughter
That we have always shared.
We’ll speak of all the loving times.
As we look back in the past.
But now must face the painful truth
That good times never last.
For soon now I must leave you
But my memory will not die.
For I shall always be, with you
If within your heart you’ll try
To just remember me with laughter,
That way you’ll never cry.