Old Betsy - In American history,
"Old Betsy" was the nickname of Davy Crockett's frontier
On an early WALT DISNEY PRESENTS episode "Davy Crockett
Goes to Congress" (January 26, 1955) Fess Parker as Davy
Crockett received a rifle from the City of Brotherly Love.
Davy thanked the citizens of Philadelphia with the following
"This here's the most beautiful rifle gun I ever hope to
see. I like a good gun for it makes a man feel independent
and prepared for peace or war. I just don't know how to
thank you enough. Such a pretty little lady I think I'll
give her a name. Betsy, suit you folks?" [applause] "I'll
always treasure this here testimony of your friendship. With
a gun like this a man could put a rifleball to the moon.
First chance I get I'm gonna try."
Davy later died fighting with Betsy at the Alamo on the
episode "Davy Crockett at the Alamo" (February 23, 1955).
The song "Old Betsy" (about Davy's rifle) was recorded by
Fess Parker and the Sons of the Pioneers for RCA Children's
TRIVIA NOTE: On the aviation
adventure RIPCORD/SYN/1961-63, daredevil skydivers for the
Ripcord, Inc. called their airplane "Old Betsy." See also - "Betsy
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