With Rosco and Enos nowhere to be found, Bo Duke was able to cross the county line Monday night to make a visit to McMinnville.
TV legend John Schneider performed on stage and had dinner with fans at the Park Theater during a fundraiser for leukemia patient Glenna Adcock, who was celebrating her 48th birthday on Monday.
“The general reaction from everyone I talked to was they were just overwhelmed with how nice he is and how good a singer he is,” said event organizer and local resident Chris Terry, who serves as Schneider’s tour bus driver. “People were saying, ‘I grew up watching this guy on TV and now I’m shaking his hand. I can’t believe it.’”
Schneider, 59, first gained fame starring as Bo Duke on “The Dukes of Hazzard.” It’s a role he landed as just a teen.
His TV career also includes playing Superman’s dad in the show “Smallville” and he currently appears on “The Have and Have Nots,” which kicked off its seventh season on the Oprah Winfrey Network last week.
No matter his other roles, Schneider will be forever known as Bo Duke to legions of fans and Schneider said he always wants to embrace that part of his life.
The fundraiser trumpeted all things Hazzard County with two General Lee cars on display outside the Park Theater, along with a sheriff’s car, Daisy Duke’s 1973 Road Runner, and a mobile “Dukes of Hazzard” museum.
“I just love the show, especially when they jump the cars and when Bo slides across the hood of the General Lee,” said local resident Coty Jones while admiring the cars. “Rosco would get so excited and think he’s going to catch the Duke boys and it would never work out.”
Added local resident Jason Greeno, “I hope they bring it back to TV.”
Cookeville resident Kenneth Mahan said his personal auto collection includes all the cars from the show. That includes the yellow 1973 Road Runner driven by Daisy Duke in the first six episodes.
According to Mahan, the Road Runner is so sporty, producers decided to write it off the show.
“It’s a good-looking car and some people were liking it more than the General Lee,” said Mahan. “They didn’t want to have two cars competing for top billing so in Episode 6 of the first season it went off a cliff and exploded. After that, Daisy drove a Jeep.”
Mahan has built several General Lee cars himself and says the frame from many Crown Victoria models works just as well as the frame from a 1969 Charger and those frames are much easier to acquire.
Asked what it takes to build a General Lee, Mahan said, “It takes a big bankroll to start with. There are probably more General Lees out there today than there ever have been before.”
“Dukes of Hazzard” memorabilia remains popular today with several fans talking about items they have at their home. One fan said he has an entire 300-square-foot garage dedicated to nothing but the show, which made its premier in 1979 and aired until 1985.