Dukes & Related topic Articles

These are articles that I have it took me HOURS to type all this out (so in other words don't take them for your site) Some of the information, (such as John's age) is not actualy correct but I type it out as the article says, not as what I know it should be. I have more I just have to find them and type them out.

This is from The Augusta Chronicle Tuesday August 18, 1998 (Thanks for the Article Nicole)

Mr. President, do the right thing and step down
(Editior's note: The author is former U.S. Rep. Ben Jones, D-Ga.)

    You know me and I know you, so let's cut to the chase. I am not one of those sanctimonious virtuecats out hustling a book or a television ministry. I'm just a citizen who cares deeply about our country.
    Many of us in the Democratic Party feel that the advice you have been getting at the White House has managed to put you between a rock and a hard place.
    Since I am a progessive Southern Democrat like you, I thought you might be interested in my two-cents worth. It certainly won't serve you any worse then what you've been getting from that expensive know-it-all "K" Street crowd. They seem to fit the Mark Twain's definition of a Mugwump: one who is educated beyond his or her intelligence.
    I also know quite a bit about personal moral excesses. There was a long period in my life when I burned the candle at both ends and in the middle. My philosophy was, "When on thin ice, dance!"
    Well, it all caught up with me. And it will catch up with you, too. There is finally no avoiding it, no matter how "slick" you are. What goes around comes around.
    Your relationship with Monica Lewinsky was a private matter until it came into a courtroom. Then it became our buisness. And I believe that you have failed us.
    It appears to me that your choices are simple: First of all, if you are innocent of these accusations, there is simply not a thing to worry about. As soon as you are cleared, people like me, who believe that you have committed adultery, perjury and obstruction of justice, will owe you a serious, honest and very public apology. I will be the first in line. Your exoneration will be cause for celebration That won't explain why you have stonewalled this revelation of innocence for six months, but I'm sure there must be some good reason.
    If, on the other hand, our suspicions are correct and you are guilty of this illegal behaviour, then you must take a bold, decisive and honorable action. You must resign.
    A lip-biting mea culpa, the current conventional wisdom of the Beltway elders, may have sufficed in January, but not now. A public apology on the heels of your excellent State of the Union address may have stopped the bleeding and healed the wound. The euphemisms of yuppie psychobabble would have probably excused the indiscretion. But not now.
    If you are lying, you have been lying every day for six months, and the institution of the presidency has been diminished in vain.
    And you have "chumped" your defenders, who have used the energies, resources and political capital of the party in an embarrassing defense of the indefesible. Perjury is perjury is purjury. And the purjury by an elected official, in any circumstance, is cause for swift and sure removal from office. It is the worst violation of the public trust.
    Unable to argue the facts, your defenders have indulged in moral relativism, denying the obvious danger of winking at any perjury. That is to basically misunderstand the rule of law. There is no number two here. You have encouraged this attack on the rule of law, in fact orcestrated an attack on the law enforcers themselves. This has not been in defense of principle, or for national security, but to cover your own rear end from the consequences of your lilicit behaviour.
    It is time for you to face up to the consequences of those actions. Your behaviour and the stategy of obfuscation you have engaged in for the last six months have done a lasting disservice to this country. The damage  to our nation's moral compass has been inflicted by you and your cynical derenders. Teh erosion of respect of the office you hold is direct result of you hubris.
    The only way you can now achieve any respectable legacy is to realize and accept that you have clipped your own wings, and that you can no longer effectively carry out the duties and responibilities for which you were elected. Your ability to function unfettered has long sice dissipated to the point of diminishing returns.
    Until the matter came to light, you had an accomplished tenure. In most ways, you will be leaving the country in better shape than you found it, and will be leaving it in very capable hands.
    To continue to "compartmentalize," a fancy word for denial, is to continue to subject our country to more hearings, leaks, rumors, smears, court decisions and ultimately the likelihood of impeachment proceedings. You are a talented man, President Clinton, but as they say, we "didn't elect you that much."
    Well that is my advice. Do the honorable thing. Step down. The nation will be grateful. And you will be well regarded in the future.
    Mr. President, I have bad news for you. The last dog has died.

This is from the Windsor Star TV Guide Week of July26th- August 1st, 1997.

Inside Scoop
by Eric Kohamik

Steady Pay for Schneider, and new homes for old faces

THE show doesn't have the catchiest title in the world, but at least it's a steady summer job for John Schneider. The former Dukes of Hazzard co-star is teaming up with former Miss America Leanza Cornett to host Ordinary/Extarordinary, a new reality-based series (premiering Aug. 1; CBS) that will explore stories about ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary things. So far, the reports run the gamut from people who swim alongside huge sharks to a kindergarten teacher who husks coconuts with . . . wait for it . . . her teeth!
    Fortunately, there are bigger, and undoubtedly better, things cut out for Schneider this fall: He is set for a string of recurring apperances on CBS's frontier drama, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.

This is from Country Weekly week of April 22, 1997 Article by-Linda F. Cauthen

Dukes sing a new tune in Hazzard reunion

Look out - the Dukes are back! And we don't mean reruns!

    Sure, Bo, Luke, Daisy and the rest of the clan have been on TNN for the last year, pickin' up a whole new generation of followers, but now fans can catch the heros of Hazzard County in a new adventure.
    CBS-TV gets the gang back together for the made-for-television movie The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!, which will aire Friday, April 25, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Eastern.
    Almost all the orginal Dukes cast returns, including John Schneider (Bo Duke), Tom Wopat (Luke Duke), Catherine Bach (Daisy), Denver Pyle (Uncle Jesse), Ben Jones (Cooter), James Best (Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane), Sonny Shroyer (Deputy Enos) and Rick Hurst (Deputy Cletus.) Steve Wariner is aboard as musical director, while Don Williams takes over the narrator role orginated by Waylon Jennings.
    Missing is the late Sorrell Brooke, who portrayed the villainous "Boss" Hogg. The Dukes' nemesis in The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! will be cigar-smoking sexpot Mama Max, played by Stella Stevens.
    From the beginning, country music played a large part in the appeal of the show. Orginal Dukes producer and creator Gy Waldron says, "When I was structuring this show for TV, I followed the record industry. I looked at the strength of country music, and I realized that if we could get people who listen to country music to watch The Dukes of Hazzard, we would have the strongest audience in television."
    One of the orginal show's running gags was that "Boss" Hogg was too cheap to hire famous acts to perform at his bar, so he had Sheriff Rosco set up a speed trap on the highway to nab unsuspecting country stars. The acts were then forced to sing for their bail. Stars caught in this sting included Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and the Oak Ridge Boys. Waylon Jennings and Mel Tillis also acted on episodes of Dukes.
    The CBS-TV movie  has some new twists. "It's the 200th anniversary of the founding of Hazzard County," Waldron explains, "so there's a big homecoming with a possum cook-off and a rattlesnake chili contest."
    Since the last episode was filmed in 1985, the characters have faced changes in their lives. "Bo Duke was going up to see the Grand Ole Opry, took a wrong turn at Charlotte and eneded up a proffessional race car driver. Luke Duke left home to go out and change the world, and ended up being a senior smoke jumper for the forestry service," Wlderon explains.
    "The biggest change, probably, is in Daisy. She ran off and got married to the wrong man and he abandoned her. She got a divorce and did the one thing she's always wanted to do - go back to school. Rosco's now both boss and sheriff, and he's the most inept villain ever to come down the pike. Cooter took a bath, got shaved and ran for Congress! Uncle Jesse's the only on that stayed home."
    The actors' lives have also changed in the last decade. Besides movies and TV work, Schneider has four No.1 country songs and a No.1 album.
    His San Antonio-based company, Faithworks, distributes family movies and music, and he now has a recurring role in the hit TV series Dr.Quinn Medicine Woman.
    Tom Wopat, who was host of TNN's Prime Time Country for a while, has been pursuing dual careers in acting and music. He is currently in the CBS-TV series Cybill, and is recording a new album.
    The two co-stars show off their singing talents on the new show's opening theme song "Carryin' On," produced by Steve Wariner who says, "They both did a great job. You can tell they're having fun. They're whooping and hollering and acting crazy."
    Steve's instrumental expertise is used for the incidental music, which Waldron describes as "fantastic." He adds, "What we should have done was put out an album for this show. The music's that good."
    And the comraderie of the cast is as good as ever, too. John Schneider says, "It felt like we finished work on a Friday and came back to work on a Monday and no time had passed."

This is from The Toronto Star STAR WEEK tv magazine

Put up yer Dukes Hazzard County's good ol' boys are back, a little older but none the wiser.

Weatherin the Hazzards
by Erik Knutzen

    Smoke, mirrors, a touch of paint and thin layers of latex - and everything shot through linoleum - may make you forget the spry cast of The Dukes of Hazzard first roared into view aboard the General Lee 18 years ago.
    Billed as a "good ol' boy" action-comedy with deep cleavage and spectacular auto wrecks, The Dukes of Hazzard enjoyed spectacular success for seven seasons (1979 - 85) and is in perpetual reruns. In the U.S., the cornpone show is aired daily on The Nashville Network (TNN) and has been dubbed into dozens of languages, including French and Japanese.
    Friday, at 8 p.m on chs 4 and 11 - after four years of development in fits and starts - the motley gang is back together for the first time since the series crashed and burned in a mendering saga aptly titled The Dukes of Hazzard: Reuniun! Reprising their roles are Tom Wopat (Luke Duke), John Schneider (Bo Duke), Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke), Denver Pyle (Uncle Jesse Duke), James Best (Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane), Sonny Shroyer (Deputy Enos Strate), Ben Jones (Cooter), and Rick Hurst (Deputy Cletus).
    Somebody at Warner Bros. remembered the show's formula (roughly the equivalent of the recipe for ice cubes) and hammered together a story of sorts (it really doesn't matter) with Stella Stevens guest-starring as big-breasted Mama Max, a cigar-chomping hussy seeking to turn Hazzard County's useless swamp into a profitable amusement park. If everything goes according to her plans, a highway to the park will go through Uncle Jesse's farm and turn his house into a speedbump. To save the homestead and the swamp's eco-system, Bo and Luke challenge Mama Max and her outlaw stock car team to a winner take all race.
    Few concessions have been made to the advancing age of "Hazzard's" principal players, according to Tom Wopat, 46, who puts the pedal to the metal with Schneider and Bach, both 43.
    "The fact that we're all older is mentioned in passing just once or twice," he says. "Uncle Jesse (Pyle, 76) does ask us to be a little more careful than usual in one scene and I have a line were Luke admits 'We're not as young as we once was.' Of course, Bo is now a race car driver and Luke is a smokejumper, so they've kept in shape."
    Wopat found the first day on the set at the Warner Bros. back lot in Burbank was a "little odd" as it was the first time the entire cast had been together in 12 years.
    "I had kept in touch with John, Catherine and Denver over the years, but I had missed a private reunion with everyone six years ago because I was working on Broadway. It was great to be back, but a little sad because Sorrell Brooke (Boss Hogg) passed away two years ago."
    The Warner Bros. lot has changed dramatically in recent years with high rise buildings and huge parking structures everywhere, but peaceful Hazzard Square (offically called Midwest Street) is still there.
    It was in this vicinity where the hard-driving Dukes of Hazzard company demolished close to 200 General Lee's (1969 Dodge Chargers) and approximately 100 police cars during their seven seasons in the sun.
    What was left of the orginal auto fleet was sold to a Hazzard fan and collector shortly after production wrapped and three new '69 Chargers were purchased for the occassion, according to Wopat.
    "They're durable, but when you put a 4,000-pound car 15 feet in the air and drop it, it's gonna get some damage. Whenever a frame was shot, the mechanics would remove the sheet metal and patch together another General Lee with it. We were pioneers in recycling."
    A contract dispute with Warner Bros. over merchandizing rights (to Hazzard toys, T-shirts, ect.) led to a walkout by Wopat and Schneider, who were promptly replaced during the 1982-83 season by Byron Cherry (Coy Duke) and Chistopher Mayer (Vance Duke) - reportedly another set of Duke cousins. When the show's ratings nose-dived, Wopat and Schneider settled with the studio.
    "I remember the first day back on the set after that little strike," grins Wopat, a muscular six-footer with an easy laugh.
    "John and I took a (Dodge Charger) out on the back lot to do a little driving, accidentally bumping into a few things along the way. Then we started running into a bunch of things, banging the car up pretty good, and (eventually) we totalled a General Lee. No stuntmen or drivers were killed during the whole seven years of filming, but an accident with a camera car left a couple people dead."
    The personable actor, one of seven siblings born on a small dairy farm in Lodi, Wisconsin, still doesn't know if The Dukes of Hazzard had a benefical or adverse effect on his showbiz career.
    "It's a mixed bag. We did a foolish one-hour comedy that was neither fish nor fowl that gave me television name recognition. At the same time, there was no creditabilty to gain from it."
    But it was enough for Wopat to move on to star in his two series, Blue Skies (1988) and A Peaceable Kingdom (1988). When TV projects dried up, the singer/musician moved on to such Broadway musicals as City of Angels and Guys And Dolls (1992-94). On occassion, he sings show tunes with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He also does up to 50 concert dates a year with his country and blues Full Moon Band.
    In 1987, he made his recording debut with the country-rock album Tom Wopat, followed by A Little Bit Closer, Don't Look Back and Learning to Love. Two singles - "Susannah" and "The Rock Of Love" - hit the Top 20 country charts.
    Wopat faded back to TV during the past couple years as the host (ever so briefly) of TNN's Prime Time Country and in the recurring part of stuntman Jeff Robbins, Cybill's thrice divorced first husband on Cybill.
    In real life, Wopat has been married and divorced twice and has five children ranging in age from 1 to 12 living with their mothers in California, Texas and Tennesse.
    The easy-going preformer makes his home in Nashville and maintains an apartment in L.A. for business purposes and claims not to have a girlfriend at the moment. He is however, "taking resumes and 8X10s." Despite ups and downs, the multi-faced artist is looking forward to the future.
    "I'm happy and think my best work is ahead of me."

This is from the National Enquirer (I can't recall the week of it though)

'The Dukes of Hazzard' hit the road again

    Get ready - the good ol' Duke boys are hot-rodding home to Hazzard County for and action-packed reunion!
    "The Dukes of Hazzard" TV movie - which will air this spring on CBS - brings back series stars John Schneider, Tom Wopat and Catherine Bach. But it was a missing cast member who helped get the project off the ground.
    "Two years ago we lost Sorrell Brooke (Boss Hogg) to cancer." said Catherine Bach - who played Daisy Duke.
    "At his funeral, the whole cast came together and reminisced about Sorrell, Boss Hogg and all the fun we had shooting the series. Right then and there, John, Tom and I decided it was time to return to Hazzard and honor our pal."
    Besides Catherine, John (Bo) and Tom (Luke), other cast members returning for the TV movie include Denver Pyle (Uncle Jesse), James Best (Rosco), Sonny Shroyer (Enos), Ben Jones (Cooter) and Rick Hurst (Cletus).
    "When Bo and Luke learn their Uncle Jesse is about to lose his farm, the boys rev up their Dodge hot rod to win the grand prize in a car-racing competition," Catherine revealed. "Meanwhile Daisy's in graduate school going for her Ph.D in ecology to help the people of Hazzard. She's sure come a long way, baby!"

 I don't know what this is from I borrowed the article from my cousin.
By: Irene Zutell
Picks & Pans
Spotlight On . . . The Dukes of Hazzard Reunion

a CBS TV-movie squel (April 25) to THE DUKES OF HAZZARD, the networks's popular 1979-85 series about a apir of moonshinning Robin Hoods, John Schneider and Tom Wopat are back as the good ol's boys, Bo and Luke. And they're still roaring down the country roads in the General Lee, their '69 Dodge Charger.
    "When I jumped into the car, it fit like a beautiful old glove," says Schneider, 37, now with a recurring role on CBS's Dr.Quinn, Medicine Woman and married since 1993 to second wife Elly. "I said to Tom, 'This is great. I get to be vacuous again.' He said 'You're always vacuous.'"
    Jes kiddin', Bo. In fact, Wopat, 45, who plays one of Cybill's ex-husbands, will be teaming up with Schneider to belt showtunes in a series of Cincinati Pops summer concerts. A twice divorced father of five, Wopat is unattached. "I really don't have time for anything else but my work," he says.
    That's not the case for Catherine Bach, 42,  still fetching as the Dukes' cousin Daisy. She is also a mom to 16- month-old Sophia, he daughter by husband Peter Lopaz, an L.A. lawyer. "I want to get back into the business, but I want to make sure Sophia [a frequent Reunion! vistor] is right there with me," says Bach, whose last series gig was the Family Channel's African Skies, in which she played a single mom.
    Over the years she has kept intouch with her Dukes "family," which last gathered at the 1994 funeral of Sorrell Brooke (Boss Hogg). On the Reunion! set last December in Burbank, "there wasa lot oh hugging," says Bach, who snapped photos "before I realized I had no film in the camera." Well shoot, Daisy! Why not clip out this picture right here?

Yet another artilce I borrowed from my cousin.

May 1997

The General Rides Again!

The new Dukes of Hazzard reuinon movie is on its way to a television screen near you! According to CBS, the air date will be sometime in May. All we can say is keep an eye on your TV Guide and a tape in your VCR. As we've just seen with the Vanishing Point movie, the networks can adjust their schedules a lot faster than our printing schedule will allow us to inform you.
     We've been talking a lot of people involved with the Duke's reunion movie project and we've gotten some interesting information about what's coming up. As we related in our March, 1997 issue, the plot of the movie revolves around Uncle Jesse being in danger of losing the farm - it seems an evil land developer played by Stella Stevens wants to turn the place into a theme park!
     The long and short of it is that Bo and Luke are forced into racing the General Lee to raise enough money to save the farm. With a basic plot like that, you can be assured of pleanty of car chasing, racing, and cop car smashing. And yes, there's pleanty of jumping involved.
     Filming began early last December and was wrapped up just after Christams! Now, for those of you not overly informed in the ways of Hollywood, that's an incrediably short time for a movie to be filmed! Unfortunately, the film had a relatively low budget, so don't look for giant special effects or scenes that will take your breath away. It'll be more like a two hour episode of the series we've all come to know so well rather than a movie.
 In early January, a stunt crew went back to do the car jumping scenes and some of the wilder antics with the General Lee. This took only a few days and did not involve any of the film's stars (other the General Lee of course).
     Since Sorrell Brooke (Boss Hogg) passed away several years back, Hazzard County is now run by his right-hand-man Roscoe P. Coltrane (James Best). According to insiders, Best didn't agree to do the movie until several days before filming began because of some things in the script he didn't like!
     As odd as it may seem, Roscoe's trusty cohort Enos (Sonny Shroyer) is now a SWAT team leader with the LAPD! He returns to Hazzard for Los Angeles for some reason. We're not sure how that ties in with the Duke boys racing the General Lee to save the farm, but you can bet your fanny it does somehow.
     One thing that struck us after seeing the few publicity stills avaiable from CBS was that our Duke boys have gotten older! Daisy still looks pretty good (Politicl correctness aside), but Bo and Luke aren't Duke "boys" anymore; they're Duke "guys". Not that we haven't aged in the last fifteen years either, but it's surpising to see them in reruns on TNN everyday and then see them today - it's kind of a weird time warp thing.
     The only actor that hasn't aged is the venerable General Lee himself. The 69 Charger used in this reunion movie are very faithful copies of the orginals. In fact Mike Striet of The Dukes of Hazzard Fan Club went to California during the filming for an up close look at the proceedings.
     Four Chargers were used in filming the movie. There is no pristine "clos up" car in this production, just three decent ones and a very scruffy puppy! At the close of filming in December, all the cars were still alive. It is belived that the scruffy one was destroyed in the January filming. The surviors have been retained by Warner Brothers, who made the movie for CBS.
     We've no doubt the movie will be well recieved if the network gives it enough publicity. Only time will tell if this will spawn a series of reunion eposides. We could be seeing the last roundup of the Dukes gang or the beginging of a renewed era; only time will tell. One thing's for sure, if they do go on producing reunion flicks or revie the series, Warner Brothers is going to have a tougher time finding enough 69 Chargers these days! Things have changed a little since the early 1980s as far as the cars' values are concerned!

Okay yes yet one more article I borrowed from my cousin.

December 24, 1996

Daisy Says: I Do
... as Duke stars ride again-but with afew more miles on their clocks
by Martin Gould

THE Dukes oh Hazzard are making a comeback - and sexy daisy is finally getting married. More than 10 years after they last went off the air, those good ol' Duke boys and their plas - a bit older a few pounds heavier - will be burning up the roads of Hazzard county again in their famed General Lee. Luke and Bo, Daisy and Uncle Jesse are reuniting for a special CBS movie.
    Catherine Bach, 41, swaps her sawn-off shorts for a tight wedding dress to play blushing bride Daisy - though the identity of her husband is a closely guarded secert.
     The Boss is the only regualr from the show not returning for the special. Actor Sorrell Brooke who played the corupt, white-suited, couny chief, died in 1994, at age 64.
     The new villain for the Duke boys to challenge is Stella Stevens who plays Mama Max, a developer detrimined to build a theme park in fictional Hazzard County against the wishes of the Dukes' Uncle Jesse.
     Straw-haired heartthrob John Schneider, 42, who played Bo, topped the country charts with four No.1 hits.
     Tom Wopat, 45, who was Luke, had his own show on The Nashville Network and for a while was Cybill Shepard's feckless ex onCybill.
     James Best, 67, Hogg's bumbling sidekick, Sheriff Roscoe, retired and had to be persuaded to join the reunion.
     Denver Pyle, 76, who played Uncle Jesse, combined acting with oil drilling in Colorado were he made a small fortune.
     Ben Jones, 54, the Dukes' grease monkey pal Cooter served as a Georgia Democrat in the House of Representives from 1989-93, but got heavily defeated by Newt Gringrich in 94.
     And Sonny Shroyer, 60, the well- meaning but dopey deputy sheriff Enos, hosted a syndicated hunting and fishing show before an injury sidelined him. He also played a football coach in Forest Gump.