meta name="viewport" content="width=320"> Famous pigeon Keeper
Noah - may not have raced pigeons because of the lack of 
competitors, but we know he raised them.

Roy Rogers - his pigeons may have helped inspire "Happy Trails" (we 
would like to think so)

King George the V

Queen Elizabeth II - The royal lofts are still being maintained 
today with Golden Jubilee One Loft Race and a website.

Elvis Presley - (The King of Rock n' Roll) Maybe that famous leg 
shake came from watching a pigeon dance.

Ray Price - (country singer) still maintains birds in East Texas

Mike Tyson - (boxer) Flights Rollers and Clean Leg Tumblers) At one 
time belonged to the Eastern Tumbler Club. Still has a mixed stock 
of many kinds of pigeons

Terry Bradshaw - Champion quarter back (4 times in Super Bowl) for 
Pittsburgh Steelers. Now a Sport Commentator.

Marlon Brando - (actor) How many pigeons do you imagine have been 
named God Father?

Yul Bryner - (actor) I have seen a Bald Eagle but have yet to lay 
eyes on a Bald Pigeon.  Kept several fancy breeds including Oriental 
Rollers at his home in France.

Tony Curtis - (actor)  There is a long held story of two famous 
actors chasing big game fishing in the Southwest of Western 
Australia, the port of Albany to be exact. Before the whaling 
station was closed and probably now almost 30 years ago, there were 
huge white pointer sharks frequenting the area and our two actors 
were allegedly down there chasing them. Word has it that one of our 
well known Albany fanciers was paid a visit by the pair, in their 
spare time, asking to see his pigeons. A knock on the door and he 
opened it to front Lee Marvin and Tony Curtis.

Charles Darwin - (theorist) Scientist and Author whose writings 
include " On the Origin of Species (1859) The Descent Of Man (1871), 
The Voyage Of The Beagle (1909)" and a "A variety of plants and 
animals under domestication". Together with Wallace, offered the 
theory of evolution. Darwin kept all kinds of breeds and who showed 
us that all breeds can be traced to Columba livia, the wild rock 
dove. He had a loft with a variety of fancy breeds which he used to 
experiment and develop his hypothesis of "Theory of Domestication" 
using selective breeding techniques. He was an active member of some 
London pigeon clubs, and reference to his pigeons and his scientific 
results is published and available on-line. Hans questions whether 
there was a "theory of domestication" as such.

Andy Devine - (actor) Reported to have been in the same racing 
pigeon club as Roy Rogers.

Walt Disney -Famous for his "white" birds. They were some of the 
original Belgian Pletinckx of the early '60's. They are reportedly 
beautiful, very fast, and cross well with other strains including 
Stassarts, Devriendts, and Janssens .The lofts are still maintained 
at Disneyland in Southern California (Anaheim) and the birds are 
still flown & displayed. The lofts there are reported to be part of 
the parks original architecture. The loft at Disney World is on the 
property. There are also lofts at Disney World in Florida although 
here the lofts and birds are maintained by a fancier who lives a 
short distance from the park. The California State Racing Pigeon 
Organization has a flying award (The Disney award) that was 
originally sponsored by him or started in his honor. Walt Disney was 
awarded the NPA Levi Service Award for the movie "Pigeon Fly Home".

NOTE:the walt disney world loft was ALWAYS located on property and 
maintained by disney employees.  But it was closed down about two 
years ago due to Hawks.

George Foreman - (boxer) (World Champion Boxer) was very interested 
in racing pigeons and did get some from George Girdler in Texas.

Willi Brandt -  former German Chancellor, was a keen pigeon fancier. 
As a Socialist (Social Democrat) he had to flee Germany under the 
Nazis and did so by going to Norway. After the war he returned to 
Germany, eventually became mayor of Berlin and ultimately the first 
Social Democrat Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Marvelous Marvin Hagler - (boxer) Rollers? Our informant 
states "Back in the 70s, I attended a pigeon show at Joe Curran's 
House in Worcester, Massachusetts, where I met a young man, named 
Marvin who was suppose to be an up and coming boxer. Years later, I 
was told that Marvin mentioned his love for pigeons in an interview".

Michael Landon - (actor)  produced and starred in the movie "Where 
Pigeons Go to Die". It also starred Art Carney. The film was mostly 
made in Kansas where they contacted Bill Bonwell, who was then AU 
Legal Advisor. Mr. Bonwell and the racing fanciers in Kansas 
supplied most of the pigeons for the movie. At the same time Jim 
Jenner was in the process of producing "Marathon in the Sky" and 
Bonwell put Landon & Jenner in contact with each other. Jenner 
loaned Landon the aerial pigeon shots in exchange for Landon 
narrating "Marathon in the Sky". He is reported to have been a very 
avid fancier and flyer.

Alan Jordaan -  Manager of the South African Cricket Team (Racing 
Homers).

Gypsy Rose Lee - (Queen of Strippers) She kept Fantails

Irene Brown - who keeps Homers and Danzig Highfliers. She's famous 
for her studies upon pigeons. (Cornell University, NY, USA)

Lee Marvin - (actor)

Willie Mays - (baseball player) U.S. Baseball Player. I don't know 
if Willie had, or has pigeons, but he appeared in ad that ran in the 
Pigeon Debut, for the Flight Club around the New York City area.

Monet - (artist)

Wayne Newton - (actor) Or as he is called here in Las Vegas, Mr. Las 
Vegas. a famous American entertainer that had pigeons as a boy. He 
had homers, rollers, tumblers and high flyers. 

Pablo Picasso - (artist) who kept Fantails. Picasso loved pigeons so 
much that he named his daughter Paloma, which means pigeon in 
Spanish. Picasso's father also kept pigeons and specialized in 
painting the same.

Johnny Otis - (jazz and blues musician) of California. Johnny is a 
jazz/rhythm and blues musician, who, along with other musicians of 
his era, is credited with developing the beginnings of rock n' roll. 
Johnny (around 70 years of age) continues to breed Saxon Fairy 
Swallows (Wing Pigeons) and has strong ties with Southern California 
Color Pigeon breeders such as Bill Griebel and Leon Stephens. He 
also continues to perform his music and was recently nominated for a 
Grammy Award.

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward - may have been more involved, but 
didn't like the autograph hounds, at the one show they attended they 
were "swamped" by fans in the showroom. Ms Woodward was very 
interested in pigeon racing and competition, but this incident 
turned them off.

Clint Eastwood - (actor) At least there was a Clint Eastwood that 
raised rollers (maybe still does) but there is some question as to 
whether this is the same one as of Dirty Harry Fame.

Scott Baio - (U.S. Actor), Played in TV Show, Happy Days and many 
other series over the years. He had flying Flights in Brooklyn with 
his dad.

Bles Bridges (Singer), the most well known Afrikaans singer in South 
Africa owned some great Stichelbauts (Racing Homers).

Nicola Tesla. - ( American electricity pioneer) He designed the 
hydro-electric plant at Niagara Falls for Westinghouse. Our 
informant says "I don't think he raised or bred them, but I know he 
loved pigeons. He was kicked out of a few high brow Hotels for that, 
he would bring in injured birds and try to rehab them in the room. 
There are a number of references in the books on this marvelous man. 
Any way he was definitely a pigeon fancier." 

Maurizo Gucci - (fashion designer) a famous Italian fashion 
designer. His products are sold in the most upscale stores in the 
world. He is also a fancier of show pigeons who is on record as 
having paid more than $10,000 for an American bird.

Jimmy Smits - (actor) US TV show NYPD blues. He is also reputed to 
have narrated the second video on pigeons produced by Jenner "our 
oldest feathered friend". He made an appearance at the NPA National 
this year. Racing Homers is his game.  

Gordan Richards - (top Jockey) 

Bill Lawry - Australian cricket captain and one of the worlds top 
cricket commentators still races his birds in Victoria, Australia 

Bob Guilteon - a Davis cup tennis player.  his birds were sought 
world wide, his birds bred the champion bird of Taiwan a couple of 
years ago 

The Sultan of Jahore

The King of Belgium - and his family 

President Mitterands - or his brother raced - President of France

Andy Capp - famous cartoon character

Prince Bernard  - of the Netherlands, Consort of Queen Juliana and 
father of Queen Beatrix. Prince Bernhard has his own loft with 
pigeons which are raced during the season and also very often show 
up at racing pigeon shows, The loft has a special proprietary card 
with a little crown on it which shows that that is a pigeon form the 
royal loft, these are often sold on charity exhibitions in the 
Netherlands. Prince Bernhard is also one of the leaders of the Dutch 
World Nature Federation (WNF) which is a sub division of the WWF.

Prof. Herbst  - He is a Racing Horse owner and won the biggest and 
most prestigious horse race in Africa (the Durban July) this year 
with his horse Classic Flag. Made him a Millionaire (again) 
overnight.

Dr. Willard F. Hollander -  who knows more about the genetic make-up 
of pigeons than anyone else alive.

Gerald Durrel - Of the Jersey Wildlife Fund who rescued the Pink 
pigeon from near extinction. He is perhaps best known as the author 
of "My Family and Other Animals".

Jeff Fenech - (World Champion Boxer)  Former IBF Bantamweight 
Champion, Former WBC Super Bantamweight Champion, Former WBC 
Featherweight Champion. Purchased Rollers from Sydney Performing 
Roller Club ... Our informant believes his son raises them.

Virginia Graham - U.S. talk show host years ago. Breed unknown

Karl Hagenbeck - who kept all kinds of breeds at his zoo in Hamburg, 
Germany. Hagenbeck was the first or among the first to do away with 
cages at his zoo, using moats instead.

Boet Troskie - Famous for the movie he made "THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY"

Suleiman the Magnificent -  who kept fancy breeds at his palace in 
Instanbul, Turkey.

Alexander Alexandrovich Romanova III - the Batiushka-Tsar of Russia 
kept his pigeons in a house like a small palace at Gatchina until 
his sad and surprising death in the Crimea in 1894. These pigeons 
were named "Ostanski Golubi" and "Pokrovski" that he acquired from 
his brother Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich Romanova after 
watching them fly as the young Tsarevich at Tsarskoe Selo.

The Counts Orloff -  of the early part of this century (Russia). 
They imported rare(r) breeds of pigeons from the Middle East and 
parts of the Russian empire and are credited for having "maintained" 
them.

Samuel Pepys - Diarist and one of the most important naval 
administrators in England's history

Senator Hilaire La Haye, Secretary to the Belgium Govt, he named his 
birds after prominent members of the Belgium Govt, his gold ring of 
Belgium ** monsieur Spaak ** he gifted to Marcel Desmet in the early 
1970's 


Roy Rogers E-mail
Hello, again...
     On a 1992 trip to DisneyLand w/ my family, we stopped by Roy Rogers' museum in Apple Valley, CA. I had heard that he used to fly the birds...When I wrote and then phoned to see if I could have a few minutes to interview him for the RPB, I got lucky...His then-long-time-sect'y was from Billings. She set it up, for me.
     Roy arrived every AM (back then) about 10AM, picked up his mail, then hung around for a while to greet folks and pose for photos. After about 30 minutes of that, he told me, "Let's go." And away we went. We took a walk. The museum is huge. It's not just a museum to himself & Dale..It's a tribute to all of our old Saturday afternoon matinee heroes...You name one, he has a showcase. Role models like today's kids don't have, sad to say.
     He treated me like an old friend. There's one entire showcase devoted to his pigeon-racing days. And another for his coon-hunting days. He took Dale coon-hunting on their HONEYMOON NIGHT. But he talked about everying, like how they lost a son to alcohol poisoning in the service, a kid who'd never had a drink 'til his "buddies" got him really plastered, then dumped him in his bunk to die. Like the Roy of old, on Sat. afternoon, those steely, squinty eyes glared, and he clinched his fists and said, "I'd still like to get my hands on those guys..". 
    He flew the birds w/ Andy Devine as his partner. He was then w/ the Sons of the Pioneers. But he had to give it up, when he began to make the movies and was away for too long. But he really loved the sport/hobby.
    I was with him for maybe an unheard-of hour...I think my interview and photos appeared in a July 1992 issue of the RPB, and I don't even have a copy. My oversight. But I do have a framed 8X10 of him with all of us that morning, which we treasure. 
      Sermon: It's an indictment of our society, that Roy & Gene and Hopalong and Lash and Sunset and The Durango Kid have been replaced in the eyes and hearts of our children, by the likes................................................................................................element is a greater theat to the moral future of our society, and our nation, than AlQueda...
Enough preaching...
    I'm a lucky boy, to have been in Roy's company for that treasured hour, and to have shared his flying memories...If ever you're in Apple Valley, CA, check it out...
 
Jim Nichols, Billings, MT 

FAMOUS PEOPLE
Found this e-mail on my compuer from Connie.
If you know of any other famous pigeon keepers let us know we would be happy to list them.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTB8vJ_2ic0