|There must be somebody who hasn't heard of Andy Devine, but if you like old western movies you have most likely seen him acting.
Andy is Kingman's favorite son and he is honored each year with Andy Devine Days which includes a parade and a rodeo.
Andy was a licensed amateur (ham) radio operator with the call sign WB6RER. The call is now owned by an amateur radio club in Kingman, AZ, which holds an annual event in memory of him.
His high-pitched, gravelly voice was the result of a childhood accident. While running with a stick (some accounts say a curtain rod) in his mouth, he tripped and fell, ramming the stick through the roof of his mouth. For almost a year, he was unable to speak at all. When he did get his voice back, at length, it had the wheezing, almost duo-toned quality that would ultimately make him a star.
John Ford picked him to play Buck, the stagecoach driver in "Stagecoach" (1939) because he had actual experience driving a six horse team. His salary for the movie was $10,000 in 1939.