When he was this big, lanky, fourteen-year-old California ranch kid, he went into the rodeo manager's office and said, "Mister, I want to sign up for the calf-roping but my pa says I ain't allowed to. So I can't use my right name." And the manager said, "Son, no matter what name you use, it'll be slim pickin's out there today." So the boy said, "That's as good a name as any, I reckon put me down as Slim Pickin's." The manager spelled it "Pickens," and the boy won $400 that afternoon. (As told to Ed Zern)
Half A Rogue January 27, 1963
In this entertaining episode, laced with humor, Hoss first meets mountain man Jim Leyton.