THE 2022 TOURS, TOUR GUIDES & PRESENTERS

NOTE: TOURS SELL OUT QUICKLY • THERE IS A WAITING LIST FOR TOURS.
WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU SEE THE FILMS OR ATTEND THE PRESENTATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE TOURS.

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Page Williams & Thomas Kelsey

Ansel Adams

Fri. 8:00 AM • Sat. 8:00 AM

"Sometimes I think I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter."  - Ansel Adams

 

Join California Historian Page Williams and Photojournalist Thomas Kelsey to follow in Ansel Adams’ footsteps to five specific sites in which he created images that capture our beautiful landscape. We have changed out one of the photos to a new stop on the tour this year. Bring your camera of choice. Learn about Ansel Adams, and take your own photos of the areas. When you get home and look at the photos, send your favorite one in, and we will post them on the Lone Pine Film Festival Facebook page. 

NOTE: Camera, sunscreen, sturdy walking shoes! Some walking over uneven ground!

(Photo courtesy of Thomas Kelsey with permission from The Ansel Adams Publishing Trust.)

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Thomas Kelsey

Ansel Adams at Manzanar

Fri. 12:30 PM
FULL Sat. 11:00 AM 

This tour begins with a brief overview of the Manzanar National Historic site with a National Park Service Ranger (covid permitting) and then will tour and photograph nearby locations where Ansel Adams made his enduring images in and around this World War II Internment Camp. The tour will be led by Thomas Kelsey who attended Ansel Adams’  last Workshop in Yosemite National Park in 1981 and has had a 40-year career as an award winning photojournalist and author. 
NOTE: Camera, sunscreen, sturdy walking shoes! Some walking on uneven ground!
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John & Mike DelGaudio and the

CHINA LAKE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

Astronomy
Friday at 9:30 PM FULL
Saturday night at 9:30 PM FULL
 

Members of the China Lake Astronomical Society will bring their expertise and telescopes to view the heavens above the Alabama Hills.

 

Our sky guides are:

  Keith Weisz

  Brian Wolfe

  Ted Hodgkinson

  Roger Brower

https://www.chinalakeastro.org/

NOTE: Sturdy walking shoes! Some walking over uneven ground!

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Richard W. Bann

BAR 20 - THE RANCH TOUR
 

PRESENTATION Friday 12:30 PM
Museum Theatre
(1 hour +)

Please attend the presentation before you take the tour.

Tours Fri. 2:00 PM is FULL

Sat. 9:00 AM is FULL

Visit the still-working ranch which served as the original "Bar 20” in the first Hopalong Cassidy feature film made in 1935. Come and see the historic and beautiful Lubken Ranch. Incredibly, the many westerns film location books have all ignored it because until 2011 its storied movie history was unknown, even at our own festival. We begin in the museum theatre with a video compilation of western excerpts shot at this pastoral venue covering the period from 1926 through 1949.

This is a history overview which travels into the splendors of Lone Pine scenery via car caravan to tour the sacred grounds of the Lubken spread. There we will search for the ghosts of cowboy heroes who made scenes here we have known practically all our lives: Gene Autry, Randolph Scott, Bob Steele, Tim Holt, Ken Maynard, Fred Humes, Gabby Hayes, Richard Arlen, Big Boy Williams, Bill Cody, Hoot Gibson, Tom Mix, Johnny Mack Brown, Tom Tyler — even BONANZA shot here!

NOTE: Some walking is required.

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John & Mike DelGaudio with Jay Dee Witney

Bonanza S8:E4 and E5
"The Pursued"


Watch the episodes online...

Watch PART 1 here:


Watch PART 2 here:



Tour Fri. 1:00 PM

In 1966 the makers of the popular television series, Bonanza, came to Lone Pine and the Alabama Hills to produce a two-part episode entitled, The Pursued. It is about a Mormon family in Nevada that is being persecuted by a new, intolerable town parson and others.  The family, played by Eric Fleming (of Rawhide fame), Dina Merrill and Lois Nettleton take refuge in the Alabama Hills along with Joe Cartwright (Michael Landon) when one of the wives goes into labor and is at the perilous mercy of the pursuing persecutors. This one-stop tour will visit the area where the dramatic ballad played out and came to a bittersweet conclusion in the Alabamas.

Directed by William Witney, the director's son, Jay Dee Witney will share personal experiences about the filming.

 

NOTE: The tour requires a small amount of walking, including on uphill sloping terrain.

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Katie Von Sydow

The Timeless Geologic Tale of the Hollywood's Overlooked Star: The Alabama Hills

Fri. 8:00 AM & 12:30 PM • Sat. 11:00 AM
this tour meets at the Mobius Arch Trail Parking Lot

Why do filmmakers flock to the Alabama Hills year after year? The answer is simple; the unique landscape. Though these hills have been cherished and featured in over 400 films, they are the true unheard storytellers. Hear their origin story and how natural processes shaped them for millions of years into their iconic landscape we enjoy today.

Meet at Arch Trail Parking - we will walk the 1 mile loop trail and discuss the geologic story of the Alabama Hills.

NOTE: Please wear comfortable shoes with traction, sunscreen, layers (you never know out there), water, snacks, hiking poles are optional, but there are a few steep sections.

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Tyler Malone

Dangerous Venture
with Hopalong Cassidy

Watch the film in the Auditorium
Fri. at 8:00 AM

Tours Fri. 9:30 AM • Sat. 1:00 PM
Sun. 2:30 PM

One interesting thing about the Hopalong Cassidy series is that, in the 66 films William Boyd made as the titular character between 1935 and 1948, there’s a strange absence of Native Americans. The series includes all the other hallmarks of Western lore in droves: gunfights with outlaws, disputes over water rights, shady saloon-owners, cattle rustlers, mining ventures, runaway horses, ghost towns, and hidden caches of gold. But the most common trope in the Western catalog—cowboys vs. Indians—rarely occurs. Only a few Hoppies have even minor indigenous characters. DANGEROUS VENTURE (1947) is the biggest exception, but even here Hoppy’s main antagonists are fellow white men dressing as natives in order to shift blame on a particular tribe that a group of archeologists think might be the descendants of Aztecs. On the tour, we’ll explore the cave site of these supposed “last of the Aztecs” and many other locations throughout the Alabama Hills that are featured in this classic Hoppy Western.

NOTE: Sturdy walking shoes! Some walking over uneven ground!

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Don Kelsen

HAVE GUN - WILL TRAVEL S2:E2

"In An Evil Time"

Watch the episode in the Museum Theatre
Mon. at 10:00 AM

 

Tour Mon. 10:45 AM

$50 thousand and a great character are Paladin’s rewards in this Second Season, 1958 episode. Actor Hank Patterson, (Mr. Ziffel of "Green Acres”)  is a bank robber and easy capture for Paladin.
 

Our tour makes two stops in the middle of the Alabama Hills. 
                    

NOTE: Good pair of shoes are recommended, along with long pants.

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Don Kelsen with William Wellman Jr.

HAVE GUN - WILL TRAVEL S3:E10

"The Golden Toad"

Watch the episode in the Auditorium
Sat. at 9:00 AM

 

Tour Sat. 1:30 PM is FULL

In a savage land we find our favorite Knight already on the trail of adventure, in the Alabama Hills, where Festival Tours have rarely gone before. Gene Roddenberry has a writing credit for this third season, 1959 episode. Episode co-star William Wellman Jr., will journey along on our tour.
 

Tour is a ONE, stop destination Journey. It’s a long drive on Movie Road. Don’t forget to buckle the seat belt.
                  

NOTE: Good pair of shoes are recommended, along with long pants.

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Greg Parker

Introduction Tour

 

Tours Friday 8:00 AM is FULL

Friday 1:30 PM

With the newcomer to Lone Pine and the Alabama Hills in mind this tour is designed to give the visitor a general overview of the diverse roles the Alabamas have played in hundreds of movies and television episodes during the past century.  You will see specially selected locations from several films and TV shows spanning the 1930’s to the 2000’s in genres such as westerns, army, drama, adventure and sci-fi.  These include Django Unchained, The Lone Ranger, Tremors, Hopalong Cassidy, and many, many more.  Visit the popular sites of the Gunga Din Bridge, Lone Ranger Canyon and Gene Autry rock, and see scenes with famous actors like John Wayne, Errol Flynn, Tex Ritter, Jamie Fox, Kevin Bacon, Clayton Moore and others.  The variety of different films in this tour makes for a pleasant appreciation of the Alabama Hills as a unique shooting location for generations of Hollywood filmmakers.

 

NOTE: The tour requires a moderate amount of walking, including on uphill and sloping terrain, as wells as driving on dirt roads.

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Greg Parker

OWENS RIVER TOUR

Tours Fri. 10:30 AM is
FULL
Sat. 8:00 AM is FULL
 

In a venture outside of the Alabama Hills this tour will focus on a popular movie filming location northeast of Lone Pine at the Owens River bed, past the old train depot.  Before the river was diverted upstream into the California Aqueduct the area was used time and time again for scenes in such films as The Man from Utah (1934) with John Wayne, Between Men (1935) with Johnny Mack Brown, and the Round-up (1920), the earliest surviving movie made in the area.  See where scenes from these movies were made, as well as others from Lawless Range (1935), Army Girl (1938), The Nevadan (1950) and many more.  A bonus site is the ruins of an old bridge ridden across by many of the stars on horseback.  This tour is an interesting diversion from the rocks and boulders of the Alabamas but still a part of the Lone Pine film history experience.

 

NOTE: The tour requires some walking on level and sloping terrain in dusty areas, as wells as driving on dirt roads.

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Don Kelsen

PANHANDLE
Watch the film in the Auditorium
Fri. at 1:30 PM followed by a
Q&A with Rod Cameron's son, Tony Cameron


Tour Sat. 10:00 AM

Directed by Lesley Selander and written by the team of John C. Champion and Blake Edwards this western stars Rod Cameron as John Sands, a former Texas marshal turns to ranching, and later to a gunfighter when he sets out to prove that casino saloon owner, Matt Garson, had his brother, a newspaperman, killed.

NOTE: The tour requires some walking on level and sloping terrain in dusty areas, as wells as driving on dirt roads.

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Greg Parker

SLOW BURN
Watch the film in the Auditorium
Sat. 10:00 AM

Tours Sat. 2:00 PM • Sun. 10:30 AM

Released in 2000 this film features stars Minnie Driver, James Spader and Josh Brolin.  The three meet in the heat of the Mexican desert, portrayed by the Alabama Hills.  They begin manipulating and bluffing one another after their vehicle breaks down in attempts to insure survival and make off with a cache of diamonds found along the way.  The tour will visit the areas where the vehicle is immobilized and where the characters have different interactions.

 

NOTE: This tour requires a small amount of walking, including on uphill sloping terrain.

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Katie Von Sydow with Louis Race, 2nd Unit Director

STAR TREK VOYAGER
"Basics Part 1" & "Basics Part 2"

Watch the episodes in the Museum
Sat. 9:00 AM

Tours Sat. 1:30 PM • Sun. 2:30 PM

In 1996 the Alabama Hills were called upon to play the role of a distant, desolate planet where the crew of the Federation of Planets starship, Voyager, is marooned after the ship is commandeered by adversaries, the Kazons.  This tour will venture into the Alabama’s to see where Voyager “landed” in Movie Flats.  From there we will walk to the location of the entrance of the cave where the menacing alien creature lurked.  Lastly, we will go to Lone Ranger Canyon to see the location of the indigenous inhabitants’ camp and where Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) and her crew first fought, then forged, an uneasy alliance with the planet’s hostiles.

 

For additional entertainment be sure to catch the screening of the episode of this popular TV series before your scheduled tour to experience the special effects used to transform the Alabamas into an alien environment.

 

NOTE: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, including on uphill sloping terrain.

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Larry Maurice

THE SUNRISE TOUR

Sat. 6:00 AM & Sun. 6:00 AM

For 32 years film festival visitors have thrilled to the breathtaking beauty of the Eastern High Sierra “Sunrise Tour.” A photographer’s dream event, but so inspirational, everyone can enjoy this early morning spectacle. See why directors and cinematographers couldn’t get enough of the spectacular mornings in “The Range of Light.” Watch the morning sun ignite the peak of Mt. Whitney and bring the Alabama Hills to life. Join Cowboy Poet, Larry Maurice for good fellowship with a spectacular light show, a continental breakfast, a little music, a little poetry, and a start to your film festival day that will never be forgotten.

NOTE: Some walking is required.

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Don Kelsen with film scholar and author Luis Reyes

THE GAY CABALLERO
Watch the film in the Museum
Fri. 8:00 AM • Fri. 3:00 PM

Riding along with guide Don Kelsen, film scholar, Luis I. Reyes will provide excellent additional insight into Cesar Romero and the Cisco Kid's legacy.

 

0th Century-Fox Series: Tour: Cisco Kid’s: “The Gay Caballero”  Starring Cesar Romero and Chris-Pin Martin

The plot - No Goods trying to cheat a girl out of some land. Cisco and Gordito ride through the beautiful Alabama Hills
as they attempt, to prevent the land grab. Our tour journeys to numerous sites of the story.

 

NOTE: Good pair of shoes are recommended, along with long pants.

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John & Mike DelGaudio

THE TALL T
Watch the film in the Auditorium
Fri. 11:30 AM

Fri. 1:00 PM is FULL
Sat. 10:30 AM
Sun. 10:30 AM is
FULL

The Tall T is a popular 1957, classic movie, and is a renowned adaptation of Burt Kennedy’s short story ‘The Captives’. The shooting sites that match the whole context of the story. This film is a Budd Boetticher directorial. Over these years, fans have loved this film and tour. The film is a great action-adventure with Randolph Scott with outstanding film locations.

NOTE: Good pair of shoes are recommended, along with long pants.

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Tyler Malone with William Wellman Jr

YELLOW SKY
Watch the film in the Auditorium
Fri. 9:30 AM

Fri. 12:00 PM
Sat. 9:00 AM is
FULL
 

Five years after THE OX-BOW INCIDENT (1943), director William A. Wellman and writer-producer Lamar Trotti collaborated again on another smart, unsettling Western picture. YELLOW SKY (1948) stars Gregory Peck as James “Stretch” Dawson leading his gang of outlaws into the godforsaken salt flats of Death Valley after a bank robbery. Desperate, dehydrated, and near-dead, they stumble into a ghost town whose only residents are an old man and his granddaughter named Mike (played by Anne Baxter). What follows is a strange retelling of William Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST staged on the rugged Western frontier amid the iconic rock formations of the Alabama Hills. On the tour, we’ll explore the area where the house and barn stood, the location of the waterhole, and the site of mine—in addition to many other places showcased in this exquisite film.

NOTE: Good pair of shoes are recommended, along with long pants.

THE TOUR GUIDES AND PRESENTERS
 

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Don Kelsen
Tour Coordinator, Festival Committee Member, Photographer

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Greg Parker
Tour Guide, Festival Committee Member

Don has been attending and learning about Alabama Hills film locations since our first Festival in 1990. Inspiration for pinpointing filming locations comes from Kelsen’s association with Festival co-founder Dave Holland and their work together on Dave’s first video, ON LOCATION IN LONE PINE.

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Larry Maurice
Tour Guide, Cowboy Poet, and Festival Host

Larry has spent the last 36 years as a cowboy, horse wrangler and packer in the Eastern Sierra and the high deserts of Nevada. You’re likely to find him on a horse when he is not performing his brand of Cowboy Poetry. He received the Lifetime Achievement in Cowboy Poetry Award from the National Cowboy Symposium, and the Academy of Western Artists’ coveted Will Rogers Cowboy Award for Cowboy Poet of the Year. Maurice has been a Lone Pine regular since the Festival’s beginning in 1989.

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Richard W. Bann
Tour Guide, Author, Film Historian

Richard is a film historian and author of books on Laurel and Hardy, Our Gang, W.C. Fields, Hal Roach, and John Wayne. He’s also a regular essayist for Lone Pine at the Movies, and a major source for 16mm prints for the Film Festival the last 20 years.

 
Bann started his career as a CPA, testifying on behalf of William Boyd Enterprises; was vice president of Blackhawk Films, and served as consultant to CMG Worldwide agency, which represents the estates of Marilyn Monroe, Mark Twain, Babe Ruth, James Dean, Jackie Robinson, and others. Bann is a library consultant to European film and TV company Kirch Media GmbH, responsible for restoring and preserving the Hal Roach Studios 35mm nitrate film collection.


 

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Katie Von Sydow
Tour Guide, Museum Board Member, Geologist

 

Katie VonSydow is a field geologist who is a member of the Board of Directors of the Museum of Western Film History. She has a B.S. in Geology from Cal State San Bernardino, her G.I.T. Certification from the State of California, and her Master of Science, Earth and Environmental Science (M.S.E.E.S.) in Geology from Cal State San Bernardino. She lives with her partner, Justin, and their dog, Buddy, in Lone Pine.

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The DelGaudio Brothers
John & Mike

The DelGaudio Brothers grew up on Huntington, Long Island (yes the same Huntington as Chris Langley!) & enjoyed watching old westerns on TV with our Dad. We've been traveling out to California and attending the Lone Pine Film Festival since 1996 and have been searching out and visiting film locations ever since. Mike still lives in Huntington and is a computer programmer. John lives in Fredericksburg, VA and is retired from the NY State Police.

Greg has been a dedicated Lone Pine movie location hunter since meeting late film festival board member, Ray Powell, in 1999. To date he has found over 2000 scene locations from over 180 movies and television shows in and around Lone Pine that began with finding the chase scenes in High Sierra with Humphrey Bogart on Whitney Portal Rd. Greg graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles and has lived in Reno, NV since 1978. With an appreciation of pioneering film-making he is an avid silent movie buff whose personal collection includes films dating back to 1903’s The Great Train Robbery featuring “Bronco Billy” Anderson. Greg has recently retired and now serves on the Lone Pine Film Festival Planning Committee.

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Page Williams
Tour Guide, Historian, Photographer

Page is a California Historian, and a fifth generation native of California. Page spent over 40 years working in the film industry until her retirement five years ago. She is an avid photographer and horsewoman.

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Thomas Kelsey
Tour Guide, Photojournalist

Thomas Kelsey’s connection to the Eastern Sierra runs deep as he has skied, fished, hiked and photographed the area since the 1970’s. During his career, he has worked as a staff photographer at nine different newspapers including 12 years at the Los Angeles Times. He grew up in California’s Central coast and graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA with a degree in Journalism in 1977. In 1981, Kelsey was chosen to attend the Ansel Adams Workshop. It was Adams’ last workshop in his beloved Yosemite Valley. Spending time with Ansel Adams in the Sierra Nevada sparked a passion into Kelsey’s photography that he has to this day. He has published two books, The Spirit of the West, a 30 year project focused on landscape & wildlife photography in the Western United States and 75 Years Later-Warbirds, Airman & Veterans of World War II, a tribute that honors the Greatest Generation in 2020.

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Tyler Malone
Tour Guide, Writer

Tyler Malone is a writer, professor, and film location hunter. He lives in Los Angeles and writes film, literature, and art criticism for the Los Angeles Times, the LA Review of Books, Poetry, CineasteLiterary Hub, RogerEbert.com, Artforum, and elsewhere.

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Marc Wanamaker
Bison Archives, Historian, Author, Presenter

Marc Wanamaker is a renown historian, archivist, and lecturer in film history. In 1971, he founded Bison Archives in Los Angeles, a leading repository of research and photographs of motion picture history. He assisted in forming the American Film Institute facilities in Beverly Hills in 1969 and was an AFI staff member for seven years. His extensive list of publications includes over a dozen books as well as articles in the Los Angeles Times and interviews in numerous documentaries related to motion picture history.

Wanamaker is a founder of the Los Angeles International Film Exposition and assisted in forming The American Cinematheque. His vast experience co-producing film festivals and expositions led to an appointment as a program consultant with the Pordenone Silent Film Conference in Italy. He has tapped into his vast collection in Bison Archives to produce several historical film festivals, conferences, and programs.

In 2012, he donated more than 70,000 photographs from his private collection at Bison Archives to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Margaret Herrick Library.

Members of the China Lake Astronomical Society, Ridgecrest, California
 

The China Lake Astronomical Society is a place for people who want to learn about, participate in, and share astronomy activities and education. and education.

We are based in Ridgecrest and China Lake, California, in the Indian Wells Valley of the Mojave Desert. We are just over the mountains from Death Valley and some of the darkest skies in the United States.

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Peter Mason
Photographer, Broadcast Engineering Consultant

Peter Mason began taking photographs in the mid 1960's. These were snapshots of family trips and YMCA camp outs. Peter was introduced to the magic of the darkroom when a neighbor constructed one behind his garage. Watching that first print appear in the tray of developer was all it took. Soon he too had a darkroom, constructed in a playhouse behind his parents' home. Over the years he experimented with several film formats including 127, 6x6cm, 35mm, 6x12cm and 4x5in. Currently he uses a full-frame "35mm" digital camera for capture and a large format pigmented ink printer to make prints.

 

His interest in fine art photography was kindled by Ansel Adams' large folio Images 1923-1974 published by New York Graphic Society in 1974. Other influences include the work of Richard Knepp, John Sexton, Don Kirby, and Stu Levy.

http://www.petermason.com/

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Louis Race
First Assistant Director, STAR TREK: VOYAGER

Louis Race was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. He is a Second Unit or Assistant Director, known for INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (1984), MAJOR LEAGUE II (1994), YESTERDAY WAS A LIE (2009), STAR TREK: VOYAGER (1996), and STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE (1996-99). Lou worked on the last Western TV series shot at Universal - SARA (1976). He says that Star Trek is just Westerns in space. STAR TREK: VOYAGER is actually WAGON TRAIN and STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE is GUNSMOKE.

He has been married to Judy Race since June 3, 1989.