An American original was at Fort Sill on Tuesday shooting footage for his history series, "American Ride."
Stan Ellsworth stands 6-foot-2, weighs 300 pounds and rides a Harley. He's seen past service as a football player and high school history teacher in Utah, but today he works full time hosting his TV series on American history.
What he's shooting here is for a half-hour episode on Geronimo that will air during season four, according to Brooke Redmon, production manager for the show.
"American Ride" appears on Brigham Young University TV, but anyone can watch it on the Web by visiting byutv.org. Season three, which focused on the Civil War, began airing last week, and season four, devoted to Reconstruction from 1865-1900, will begin airing in April 2013. Ellsworth said the Geronimo episode should air in May 2013.
Ellsworth said what brings him to Fort Sill is "No. 1, a deep appreciation for the men and women who serve our country. I'd like to say thank-you to every one of them. But for you, we aren't free. So thank you.
"No. 2, in our fourth season, we're discussing the wild, wild west, and Oklahoma is one of those wild and lawless territories at that time. They had better than 37 tribes that were all getting pushed into Oklahoma along with wild outlaws who were hiding from the federal government. There were Army outposts; there were some settlers that had come in. Especially after the war, there's a lot of newly freed men, displaced Southerners, even Northerners were coming down here. I think y'all kicked them out, but everybody else was welcome to stay. Interesting history. It's extremely interesting history.