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IQ: Cowboy Mystique

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Whether it's through those old spaghetti westerns or modern-day electronic bull riding, the cowboy mystique has captured the world's imagination for decades. The latest offshoot is Cowboy Church, detailed in this week's cover story.

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Bill Jones
South Side Retired

What is the cowboy mystique? They were rough and rugged heroes living the outdoor life.

Do cowboys still really exist? Depends on how you define them. There are cow herders, but are they cowboys? That's tough to say.

Who personifies the classic movie cowboy? A lot of people would probably choose John Wayne, but I like Jimmy Stewart best.

Why do they call them spaghetti westerns? American westerns profile a whole lot more gunplay than really did exist in cowboy culture.

What's your favorite camp food? Feed me beef and beans, please.

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Regina Rushing
Southwest Self-Employed

What is the cowboy mystique? It's bound up in chaps, boots, blue jeans, horses and a hat ... kind of what the West stands for.

Do cowboys still really exist? We may not have cowboys and Indians like in the old days but I think there are still some real cowboys left.

Who personifies the classic movie cowboy? Gotta go with John Wayne. And I loved Robert Duvall in Lonesome Dove.

What's your favorite camp food? Barbequed beef, homemade biscuits and coffee.

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Brady Montalbano
Downtown Student

What is the cowboy mystique? A true cowboy is real hard with some leather and a horse, probably pretty rough around the edges too.

Do cowboys still really exist? Ranching cowhands are still around but the modern-day cowboy tends to ride a motorcycle more than anything else.

Who personifies the classic movie cowboy? Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

Why do they call them spaghetti westerns? Because those movies were a mix of a lot of things -- romance, guns, and cows -- put together.

What's your favorite camp food? Some whiskey.

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Mike Henry
West Side Auto Shipping & Sales

What is the cowboy mystique? It deals with working the range, moving the cattle, being lonely and stubborn. There's nothing romantic about it.

Do cowboys still really exist? I am a cowboy. I got on my first horse when I was 4 years old and helped to raise over 1,000 head of cattle. We sure are a rare breed.

Who personifies the classic movie cowboy? John Wayne ... No, no, Val Kilmer in Tombstone.

Why do they call them spaghetti westerns? Because they were your typical go-get-'em flicks.

What's your favorite camp food? I can tell you that modern-day cowboys sure do like Reuben sandwiches.

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