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Cowboy culture is no myth. The most celebrated legacy in Americana is all about being one with the land, keeping your wits and smiling in the face of hardships. For more on the traditions of the Old West, check out this week's cover story beginning on page 16.
Fredric Silba -  - North Nevada -  - Professional cowboy -  - What is the coolest thing about cowboys? - Being out in a pasture riding a horse, nobody - around. - Cows, horse and God. No traffic...  I worked for 12 - different ranches in 35 years. I'm a west Texas cowboy. -  - What is the best cowboy accessory? A horse. - You can't be a cowboy if you ain't got a horse to ride - around on. -  - Why have cowboys been so romanticized? - Because of their sense of individuality and rugged - appearance. They're not tied down to anything but a - horse and a sense of freedom. More or less, ladies love - outlaws, and cowboys are outlaws. We believe in being - free and there's just a sense of spirituality to us.  -  - What was your most frightening experience as a - cowboy? - A 2,700-pound bull caught me in the pen. The bull - just decided he wanted to jump the fence, and you're in - a pen, it's about 8-foot tall, 30-foot wide, 20-foot long, - and you can't climb a steel wall or a brick wall to get out - of his way. I didn't have a chance.
  • Fredric Silba

    North Nevada

    Professional cowboy

    What is the coolest thing about cowboys? Being out in a pasture riding a horse, nobody around. Cows, horse and God. No traffic... I worked for 12 different ranches in 35 years. I'm a west Texas cowboy.

    What is the best cowboy accessory? A horse. You can't be a cowboy if you ain't got a horse to ride around on.

    Why have cowboys been so romanticized? Because of their sense of individuality and rugged appearance. They're not tied down to anything but a horse and a sense of freedom. More or less, ladies love outlaws, and cowboys are outlaws. We believe in being free and there's just a sense of spirituality to us.

    What was your most frightening experience as a cowboy? A 2,700-pound bull caught me in the pen. The bull just decided he wanted to jump the fence, and you're in a pen, it's about 8-foot tall, 30-foot wide, 20-foot long, and you can't climb a steel wall or a brick wall to get out of his way. I didn't have a chance.

Pat Masias -  - Citadel area -  - Children's services librarian at Penrose Library -  - What is the coolest thing about cowboys? They're - brave and they're hard-working and they're - all-American. -  - What's your all-time favorite Western song? I - love the theme song to The Magnificent Seven. - Oh, I also like "Rawhide." -  - Who's your all-time favorite actor in Westerns? - Hands down, John Wayne. -  - What is the best cowboy accessory? You know, - I love those chaps. -  - Why have cowboys been so romanticized? In - the cowboy movies that we had growing up, and even - now, they're brave and honest and they always win over - the bad guy.
  • Pat Masias

    Citadel area

    Children's services librarian at Penrose Library

    What is the coolest thing about cowboys? They're brave and they're hard-working and they're all-American.

    What's your all-time favorite Western song? I love the theme song to The Magnificent Seven. Oh, I also like "Rawhide."

    Who's your all-time favorite actor in Westerns? Hands down, John Wayne.

    What is the best cowboy accessory? You know, I love those chaps.

    Why have cowboys been so romanticized? In the cowboy movies that we had growing up, and even now, they're brave and honest and they always win over the bad guy.

Caroline Bryant -  - Southwest Side -  - Pioneers Museum and Brooklyn Bagel employee -  - What is the coolest thing about cowboys? Their - sense of adventure. How they went out and did really - hard work all by themselves and went to places that - people didn't go. -  - Who's your all-time favorite actor in Westerns? - Clint Eastwood -- he's pretty good at playing that - silent type. -  - What is the best cowboy accessory? Belt - buckle. You can tell a lot about a guy by his belt buckle. -  - Why have cowboys been so romanticized? - They're tough and they're adventurous, and people - want those qualities in themselves.
  • Caroline Bryant

    Southwest Side

    Pioneers Museum and Brooklyn Bagel employee

    What is the coolest thing about cowboys? Their sense of adventure. How they went out and did really hard work all by themselves and went to places that people didn't go.

    Who's your all-time favorite actor in Westerns? Clint Eastwood -- he's pretty good at playing that silent type.

    What is the best cowboy accessory? Belt buckle. You can tell a lot about a guy by his belt buckle.

    Why have cowboys been so romanticized? They're tough and they're adventurous, and people want those qualities in themselves.

Pete Young -  - Central -  - Disabled Veteran -  - What is the coolest thing about cowboys? - Being on the open range, being able to ride and go - wherever you want to go and will. -  - What's your all-time favorite Western movie? - The Magnificent Seven.  -  - What is the best cowboy accessory? Probably a - horse, because that's what they get around on most. -  - Why have cowboys been so romanticized? The - way they live their life free, just going where they want to - go and doing what they want to do when they want to do - it.
  • Pete Young

    Central

    Disabled Veteran

    What is the coolest thing about cowboys? Being on the open range, being able to ride and go wherever you want to go and will.

    What's your all-time favorite Western movie? The Magnificent Seven.

    What is the best cowboy accessory? Probably a horse, because that's what they get around on most.

    Why have cowboys been so romanticized? The way they live their life free, just going where they want to go and doing what they want to do when they want to do it.

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