A Walk Down Memory Lane


Hope y’all had a great weekend and are biting at the bit to start the new week.  Well, at least happy to be getting back into the swing of things.

Hope you will all bear with me as I blog again about Grandfather George Randall.  George wasn’t actually any blood relation to my husband or me, but he was a good friend.  He lived with us for about 15-17 years, I can’t recall the exact number now.  And when we moved East, George, being family to us by then, came with us.

After George died, Starr Miller, a good friend and reader, did some research on some of George’s acting parts, and so I thought I would share some good memories of Grandfather George once again.


Over to the left here is a picture taken of George and me when we were traveling back from the Stars in the Desert celebration.  Although I don’t quite remember the date of this event, I believe is was somewhere in the late 90’s.

One would think I would remember his tribe, but I don’t exactly recall it.  Goodness, I do have to work on my memory.  I do believe that it might have been the Ojibway  or Ojibwe tribe in the Northern Mid-West.  George and I became friends when a friend of mine, Maria Ferrara, and I were working to establish a literacy project on the Blackfeet reservation.  That’s when I was introduced to George.

Off to the left is another picture taken when George and I were at the Stars in the Desert event in New Mexico.  And off to the right is a picture of George with Maria Ferrara when we were on the Blackfeet reservation in Montana.

The Following is a partial listing of some of George’s movies and television appearances.  This partial list was put together by Starr Miller and her family — many, many thanks to Starr and family for their work on this.

Wakan – George appeared as Grampa White Owl
Durango Kids – George played the part of Doc
The Magnificent Seven TV Series – In this TV Series, his part was Shamon 
Yellow Wooden Ring – as Takota (I so love this name, Takota)
Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman – as Little Thunder
Scalps — we don’t know more about the part he play in this movie
The Indian in the Cupboard —  George played the part of the old chief who died suddenly

Off to the right here, is George — of course standing next to the pretty girl.  We used to kid George that he had a girl in every port (so to speak).  Indeed, once George told us a story about him patiently awaiting a bus, when a woman suddenly rushed up to him (one he didn’t know) and suddenly kissed him, right there in the street, stating she thought he was so handsome.

Well, I hope you have enjoyed the blog today.  A friend of George’s in the Los Angeles area, is putting together a “Go Fund Me” page in order to help pay for George’s Memorial and burial — or in this case paying the fee to obtain his ashes, since cremation was George’s wish.

We miss George in many different ways.  We don’t have the heart yet to go through all his things, and we still have the door to his room closed (as he liked it to be), in honor of him.  We also know that George is in a good place, and will bring much joy to those wherever he may be.

Would love to hear any comments you have today on the blog, any memories you have of your elders, or grandparents or of your dearly departed loved ones.  So be sure to come on in.  Also, in honor of George, I’ll be giving away a paperback book of SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE, which is part of the Blackfoot Warrior Series.  It was really while working on the literacy project on the Blackfeet reservation where my husband and I became friends with George. 

Of course, all our rules for give-aways apply — they are listed here on our site over to the right of the page.  But please do come on in and if you please, share some of your own thoughts and experiences with me.



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KAREN KAY aka GEN BAILEY is the multi-published author of American Indian Historical Romances. She has written for such prestigious publishers as AVON/HarperCollins, Berkley/Penguin/Putnam and Samhain Publishing. KAREN KAY’S great grandmother was Choctaw Indian and Kay is honored to be able to write about the American Indian Culture.
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16 thoughts on “A Walk Down Memory Lane”

  1. George sounds like an very intriguing man. I bet he was amazing to talk with. Thanks for sharing.

  2. What a wonderful thing you and your husband did for George. This must have been so cool for the three of you. What a fantastic thing to have as a memory. My great grandmother on my mothers side was 100% Cherokee Indian. She had a lot of wonderful stories. Her life was not easy marrying a white man, but they made it work. She was beautiful, as well as there four daughters. Who all had some of the Cherokee in their features. My moms mother married a man who was Irish, German, Scottish, so mom wound up with those features while her brother looked Cherokee. Mom married a man who was German and Irish. I was the oldest of five. Us four oldest took after the Irish and German while my youngest sister is almost the spitting image of my great grandmother.

  3. Hi Lori!

    Thanks so much for telling me a little bit about yourself and your family. I love reading about these stories. And I love that you and others who have native heritage keep it alive.

  4. By the way, the book that I’m giving can be the mass market paperback or the newer version in e-book. Your choice.

  5. I love your memories of George! Thank you for sharing with us. I love listening to my elders tell stories of their lives. We all need to hear them!

  6. Hi Karen !I got to know Joe Firecrow jr. and I was sadden to learn he was ill and passed away. I got to meet him and his wife, Jo, at a few pow wow’s. I have a couple of his musical cd’s that they sold. I miss seeing both of them. I was able to go to the last pow wow and enjoyed it even tho I missed him. Grandpa George will always live in your hearts!

    • Hi Pam!

      Am so glad to see you here on the blog. Am sorry to hear about Joe Firecrow, Jr. passing away. I don’t know much about him, I’m sorry to say. Would love it is you might provide a website or something of that nature so I could find out more about him. Thanks for coming here and sharing your thoughs.

  7. Thank you so very much for mentioning me and my family Karen (Kay) it wasn’t necessary but I appreciate it. Bless you dear friend.

    Death is not easy to go through, it was never supposed to happen, it wasn’t God’s will for us humans. Why do we die then? Because the first human man and woman disobeyed their Creator. Genesis 2:16, 17 tells us the command given to Adam. ‘“From every tree of the garden you may eat to satisfaction. But as for the tree of knowledge of good and bad you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will positively die.” They disobeyed and died, this is why sin and death entered into humans lives. Look also at Romans 5:12.

    Is there any hope for those who have died? YES! A great multitude will survive the great tribulation in which the present wicked world ends, and they will enter God’s new world. Also in this new world those who have died will be resurrected to life on earth again. In a cleansed earth, no war, wickedness, sickness or death. I look forward to that wonderful promise because over the last few years I’ve lost dozens of my family to death. In fact today I was called from Texas, my stepsister-in-law was found dead on the floor of her house by her daughter. Even though it saddens me, I’m happy because she is in God’s memory and she will live again soon.

    Anyone who wants to know more can email me at starrmiller49@yahoo.com only if you are serious about learning more.

    Bless you all,

    • Hi Starr,

      Thank you so much for coming here today and not only blogging, but leaving us with these words of wisdom from the Bible. As well as offering hope.

      Am so sorry to hear about your step-sister-in-law. Am sending you sympathy for your loss.

      Again, I appreciate your and your family’s work on behalf of George. God bless.

  8. You are very welcome, Janine. I appreciate your coming here today and leaving a message.

  9. Just a note to encourage you all to come back Wednesday eve or Thursday eve to see if you are the winner of the paperback book.

    Life sometimes gets very busy for us authors and your coming back here saves us a step and is very appreciated.

  10. Fantastic site you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any message boards that cover the same topics discussed here?
    I’d really like to be a part of community where I can get feedback from other experienced people that share the same
    interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me
    know. Appreciate it!

  11. Hi Tammi,

    What a good observation. We are definitely a diverse group here — I specialize in Native American Historical Romance — it’s the only genre I write — while others specialize in Western — both contemporary and historical.

    In my personal newsletter, I cover many topics of the West, including many topics of Native America that are usually Western oriented, but sometimes not. For instance, it’s interesting to note the reactions of Easterners and Europeans to seeing Native Americans who traveled with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

    While Western, it also has flavor of Europe and Eastern America at that time period. I’m also going to privately message you on your question.

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