There are several things that come to mind when given ‘cowboys’.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid for starters.
Of course no cowboy post would be complete with out these two: John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. Like Cassidy & Sundance I haven’t seen their movies since I was a kid, but the echos of their coarse voices and manly ways still exist in the back of my memory. They were a man’s man, and quintessential examples of cowboys. Both back in the day and today. These two can never be replaced (which is why the remade True Grit, although good, will never overtake the original).
Wrapping up with one last memory: Paladin or Have Gun Will Travel. I’ve mentioned before that my dad had old time radio tapes. These were broadcasts from the 40s (as evident by the commercials advertising for people to buy war bonds or that the presentation ‘will be transmitted to our men and women overseas by shortwave’) and have endured the test of time. 40 years later and I, as a kindergartner and younger, was listening to the tales of the Gunslinger Paladin. A California based cowboy who would go out in the country side doing good on his terms (you can check it out on the Old Time Radion Network: http://www.otr.net/?p=hgwt).
That’s it, gut reactions to the given ‘cowboys’. There were lots of fantastic entries from the league. For the complete list check out the main wrap-up post here, some of my particular favorites were ShezCrafti, Rediscover the 80s, Flashlights are Something to Eat, and Goodwill Hunting 4 Geeks (purely for a Twinkie dressed up as a cowboy).