In the 1950s there was a TV show called “Trackdown.” According to the IMDB synopsis: “Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman travels the Old West tracking down assorted killers, bank robbers, horse thieves and other evildoers.”
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A little more provided by Fifties Web : “Hoby Gilman (Robert Culp) was a Texas Ranger who patrolled during the 1870s. As the show often used actual case files, it had the endorsement of the Texas Rangers and the State of Texas. No other series could claim this. Trackdown benefited from the creative force of Robert Culp, who wrote some of the stories. His Hoby Gilman was a cooler character than other deadpan Western cowboys. Culp, who often rode to the studio on a motorcycle, imbuded Hoby with a hipness that was ahead of the time but which presaged the Sixties yet to come.”
There was one show where: Walter Trump, a confidence man, puts on a long robe and holds a tent meeting in the town of Talpa. He tells the townspeople that a cosmic explosion will rain fire on the town and that he is the only one that can save them from death. Ranger Hoby Gilman attempts to prove Trump is a fraud.
Narrator: The people were ready to believe. Like sheep they ran to the slaughterhouse. And waiting for them was the high priest of fraud.
Trump: I am the only one. Trust me. I can build a wall around your homes that nothing can penetrate.
Townperson: What do we do? How can we save ourselves?
Trump: You ask how do you build that wall. You ask, and I’m here to tell you.
So, there you have it – in the 1950s there was a Trump, trying to build a wall. Fortunetelling at it’s finest? If it is, it must be noted that Trump was arrested at the end of that show for stealing…
Wow! How did this fact fly under the radar for so long? Great discovery!
It’s great, right? I saw a random post and thought that it was impossible – checked Snopes and they had vetted and said it was real. Come to find out it is an actual show.