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Question: What do actor James Garner and Ford Motor Company have in common?
Answer: The name Maverick
Question: What’s a maverick?
Answer: Merriam-Webster defines the word as a noun—an unbranded calf (cattle) or an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party.
Also, the original Maverick was an American Western TV series that ran from ’57 to ’63 on ABC. It saw a revival in the late ’70s and the mid-’90s. As the name would imply, the show featured the Maverick boys—originally Brett and Bart, though later a cousin Beauregard was added.
What does it take to make the grade as a Maverick?
Well, I’m so glad you asked. First, you probably don’t have some cattle baron’s brand on your ass … if there is some adult movie version of the Mavericks out there where this happens, I am begging you, please, don’t tell me. (My sweet, twisted Sugar Plum, on a scale of 1 to 10—and you’re just going to have to trust me on this—I have no desire to know about it.)
With that said, a Maverick man is a handsome dandy who prefers to make his living travelling from here to kingdom come looking for poker games to win rather than working a traditional J-O-B.
He also has a smart mouth and, occasionally, it gets him into a gunfight. While I’ve never played poker, or had a showdown at the Golden Corral, wisecracking is a brother-sister-otherhood, so you can easily imagine why I have always felt a kinship with these imaginary men.
Bret Maverick ( James Garner) also had some classic one-liners, including the following:
- As my old pappy used to say, “Son, stay clear of weddings because one of them is liable to be your own.”
- Never cry over spilt milk. It could’ve been whiskey.
- As my old pappy used to say, a man does what he has to do – if he can’t get out of it.
So, yes, my friends, M is for Maverick.
I’d like to think there’s a Maverick in all of us, just waiting for the right moment to toss out a one-liner and a wink, then don a fancy-boy hat and ride off into the sunset.
As my old pappy used to say.