Posted by Woodchuck on October 17, 2002
In Reply to: Found phrase: richer than Davy Crockett posted by Adrian on October 17, 2002
: : RICHER THAN DAVY CROCKETT - " 'I am richer than Davy Crockett,' says (Harry) Anderson, 50. 'I can settle back and do what I want to do. And what I want to do is card tricks and magic.'" People magazine, Where Are They Now? October 21, 2002.
: : Anyone heard this phrase?
: I doubt it. Davy Crocket (or is it Crockett?) was a frontiersman, not particularly associated with having a load of money. Perhaps he really meant 'as rich as Creosus'-who was a rich King.
Perhaps, but I wouldn't be surprised if Crockett did amass some wealth. Colonel David Crockett served several terms in both the Tennessee Legislature and the U.S. Congress. He made a famous speech opposing the use of tax dollars for charity which is still cited by fiscal conservatives. Sadly the mythic young "King of the Wild Frontier" has overshadowed the more remarkable historical figure.