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 Post subject: Adam Cartwright (1959 - 1965)
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In 1959, after having seen Pernell's performance as Sam Boone in Ride Lonesome, David Dortort offered him the role of the eldest Cartwright son Adam Cartwright on his new groundbreaking television series Bonanza.

Adam Cartwright was born to the patriarch Ben Cartwright and his first wife Elizabeth Stoddard Cartwright in 1930, Adam was supposed to have been 29 at the shows first airing in 1959 which was set in 1859. Unfortunately Elizabeth died due to complications of child birth and Ben was left to raise his son on his own. Having promised Elizabeth to not give up his dream of building his Ponderosa, Ben took little Adam and set out on a journey across the country towards the West. For a while it was hard living for Adam and Ben as they traveled from place to place never knowing where they were going to stay or if they would always have something to eat. Part way through their journey Ben met and married Inger Borgstrom and had his second son Hoss while traveling with a wagon triain. However, once again Ben was widowed when Inger was struck down by an Indian arrow while trying to defend themselves at Ash Hollow. Reluctantly Ben continued on towards his dream, this time with two sons, but with the addition of Adam's help. Ben, Adam, and Hoss finally settled outside of a small town that would eventually become Virginia City. Ben was finally able to realize his dream and soon created what would eventually become the Ponderosa. A few years later Ben would meet in New Orleans his third wife Marie DeMarigny, whom he would marry and had a third son named Joseph. Marie too would meet her fate and leave Ben a widow for the third time. However, with Adam's help, Ben would be able to survive this tragic loss and keep the family together. A year or two after Marie died, Adam left the Ponderodsa and headed back East to Boston, his birthplace, and attended college concentrating in engineering and architecture. After graduating from college, Adam returned home to his family where he took his place once again as his father's right hand man and brother to Hoss and Little Joe.

We are lucky in knowing that we have been able to touch others in life. - Pernell to me, in one of our many conversations
Karma is on her way and she is going to beat you senseless! ~ Phyllis on Y&R

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