Because of Laramie, Robert Fuller and John Smith will be forever linked with western fans. The show continues to draw enthusiasts from around the world to western festivals. While Bob continues to draw huge crowds wherever he goes, there are plenty of stories about “Smitty.”
Robert Fuller will always pay tribute to John and the stories he shares are always told in the best of fun and very honorable to John’s memory. Like any special friend, I’ve found Bob to never say anything that would lessen the memory of “Smitty,” and I respect that immensely.
I won’t go into the many stories about the “trouble” these two caused – with help from a cast of characters that included Frank McGrath and Terry
Wilson from Wagon Train. Needless-to-say they would pay a few visits to Universal Pictures president Lew Wasserman’s office from time to time to do penance. It all makes for some great festival stories for sure, to be told at a different time.
The one thing to remember is that while they made an effective team on Laramie they should be honored for the contributions they made separately to the western genre and continue to make through the memories of those who know Robert Fuller and those who knew John Smith.
...from The Western Legends Live On.
Pages 183 & 184
Charlie LeSueur is AZ's Official Western Film Historian, Encore Fellow @ Spirit of the West; Scottsdale's Museum of the West.