There's a lot of General Lees out there, but few can lay claim to have actually be a part of the original Dukes of Hazzard series that ran on CBS from 1979-1985. From the crew over at the Volo Auto Museum comes news that one of the original 17 cars that were released by Warner Bros. back in 1991 has come up for sale. It's located in California, and is the last remaining 1969 Dodge Charger 440 R/T that was used in the show and has had only minor restoration. Since it's use in the television series, it's been owned by own buyer for the past 28 years and is the car that was used in the recent AutoTrader commercial in addition to making appearances on Showtime's Weeds and in an episode of Hollywood Treasures - appropriately being used to demonstrate how to tell if a General Lee is "real" or not. This one has been autographed by John Schneider and Tom Wopat, and is fully documented.

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Things have really changed over the course of the past few years. It was 2014 when I posted about the 35th Anniversary of The Dukes of Hazzard premiering on CBS. A year later, amid outcry due to events in South Carolina, Warner Bros. Consumer Products found itself under fire for licensing replicas of the show's most iconic "character" - the 1969 Dodge Charger known as "The General Lee." Now deemed "politically incorrect" due to the "stars and bars" atop its roof, licensing of the car with its signature feature - a Confederate flag - ceased, and soon after, even re-runs of the series on CMT came to an end. Regardless of what might be deemed (in)appropriate by some today, you cannot erase history, nor can you offer "alternate facts" to what came before.  It was January 26, 1979 that audiences first took a trip to Hazzard County, making today the 38th Anniversary of the series. Queue-up the Waylon...

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As a kid that grew up watching the adventures of Bo and Luke Duke on THE DUKES OF HAZZARD, I would've never imagined that nearly four decades later I'd still be talking about the Duke boys or their real-life alter-egos, namely John Schneider & Tom Wopat . I was really into the Dukes - so much that I had a full-on Dukes birthday party at one point (the cake had the General Lee on it) and would view my Coleco Power Cycle as a prized possession, right alongside those little 3 3/4" Mego action figures. All these years later, and I'm still a Dukes fan - but also a fan of what Schneider and Wopat have accomplished beyond Hazzard County. From music and film to the Broadway stage, these guys have done it all, and for 2014 they've teamed for something special - their first Holiday album, the result of a hugely successful Kickstarter effort. Highlighted as one of this year's top new albums in my Holiday Wish Guide, I'm excited to give all of you a chance to win one of three (3) copies of HOME FOR CHRISTMAS on CD! Check out a preview, and enter below...

Independence Day... The 4th of July... Americans dig their celebrations, and along with it, the grownups in the crowd do enjoy a tasty beverage on occasion, myself included... from time to time. I've featured a few brews here on THE ROCK FATHER in the past, and while I've covered beer and wine, I don't think I've ever covered whiskey in the past, but that changes today with some news that landed here at Rock Father HQ about AMERICAN BORN MOONSHINE. See, as a kid - my knowledge of runnin' moonshine came courtesy of the Duke boys - yep, THE DUKES OF HAZZARD - who were known to toss some of Uncle Jesse's signature recipe in the trunk of their bright orange Dodge Charger, and proceed to run from the law a bit. So why AMERICAN BORN MOONSHINE now? Because the makers officially enter California today... the 4th of July... and they've got a massive event schedule spread across the State.

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January 26, 1979. It was 35 years ago tonight that THE DUKES OF HAZZARD made it's debut on CBS, introducing the world to the Duke boys, The General Lee, and a full cast of iconic characters straight outta Hazzard County, Georgia. Moonshine runners had never been quite as fun, and for a kid like me, the show (which ran until 1985) became a part of my weekly routine. I even had a DUKES birthday party for my fifth (see video of that and my old DUKES Power Cycle here), and still miss those old MEGO figures with the plastic General Lee that they rode in. Let's show some respect with the classic, Season One intro below...

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So here's an oddity: Two posts involving THE DUKES OF HAZZARD (here's the first one) here on The Rock Father... not only in the same week, but just about 24 hours apart. Yes, since CMT is airing the old DUKES episodes in HD for the first time this week, it seemed pretty appropriate to break this out for my Throwback Thursday post. I mentioned way back in March of 2012 that I once had the famed DUKES OF HAZZARD Power Cycle by Coleco - a "Big Wheel" of sorts that I received for my fifth birthday, back in 1981. Well, not only did I get the Power Cycle, but I also had a full-blown DUKES-themed Birthday Party that year, and now - for the first time ever - I'm getting to share pictures and video of both, all thanks to some newly-digitized Super 8mm home movies from my youth. Here we go... time for some #TBT action!

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