SUCCESS HARD TO HANDLE FOR "OLD YELLER" AUTHOR

by Bartee Haile
 
At the peak of the "Old Yeller" craze, the Palace Theater in Dallas invited dogs and their human companions to a special showing of the film version of the best-selling book on Jan. 11, 1958. Frederick Benjamin Gipson was born on a farm near Mason in 1908. Life on the western edge of the Hill Country was more hardscrabble than idyllic, but to the young boy it was a rustic paradise that made a deep and lasting impression. Gipson was in the tenth grade, when he saw his written words in print for the first time. A short story about two lads, who tracked down a cattle rustler, was the sophomore's modest contribution to "The Branding Iron," the Mason High yearbook. He did not consider it a particularly noteworthy achievement, but his classmates and teachers sure did.
 
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