Piqua Daily Call 22 Apr 1939
SON OF FORMER PIQUA MAN IS MOVIE STARLET AT ABE OF .12 BOBBY CLACK Plqua people who will remembor h!.-, father Arnold Clack and who know his aunt, Mrs. Richard Moody of 225 North Twentieth street Richmond, Richmond, Indiana and who before her recent marriage was Margaret Clack Kiefer of 925 Young street will be Interested in the spectacular movie career of Bobby Clack. Bobby, who was born on a ranch In southeastern Oklahoma only twelve 1 years ago, was himself a Plqua resident for approximately three years during- his Infancy.. His. advent into the movies and what transpired before Is a story of real human interest. Living -on his father's ranch In Oklahoma, near that of the late Will Rogers, -whom.he knew and idolized Bobby as a tiny youngster was interested hi horses, cattle and "lassoing."- Hve years ago his father took- him to see a rodeo and the trlok. ropers claimed-. Bobby's .unswering attention. Noticing the boy's enthusiasm his father asked him If .he thought he could learn to handle a rope as well. "Did, you get me a horse and I'll show you," Bobby replied. In due time his father .did .buy him a horse and saddle and the youngster practiced hours 'daily for months until he became, a real master of the lariat and could perform a bewildering bewildering bag full of rope tricks. It happened that a rodeo agent visited the Clack ranch one day and saw'the boy's brilliant rope handling handling and offered him a contract to perform at the Arkansis-Oklahoma rodeo at Ft, Smith. One triumph— and his first appearance was all of that—and Bobby was signed to appear.at other and larger rodeos including, the second largest in the world, at Chicago and as his'fame spread it' was inevitable that Hollywood Hollywood would beckon. By that time Bobby had already decided he wanted to be a star in western movies when he "grew up," so there was no hesitation. In accepting accepting a call from' Monogram studios. That was In-July, 1938. His first movie appearance was in "Cowboy's Pal" with Jack Randal! and-later his lariat twirling was one of the highlights in "Trigger Smith " Since then he has taken a lead part In several other westerners and Just lately has .signed with Columbia to appear in a Western feature for that company. He plans to stop at-Richmond next summer for. a visit with his aunt, Mrs. Moody, and will likely visit here briefly too.