new to Texas from New York
brought his feather bed
"His comical face and satchel-sized mouth seemed to overshadow the fact that Brown was a remarkably gifted athlete and had an almost deceptively ripped physique, which he maintained throughout his entire life."
Click to enlarge the photo, and you might notice the symbols on Joe's hat band, as I did... looks like a swastika! Although a symbol that's been around long before the Third Reich, I wondered about "Joe and the Nazis?" Turns out Mr. Brown was strongly against the Nazis, and "testified before Congress in 1939 before the House Immigration Committee in support of a bill that would allow 20,000 German-Jewish refugee children into the United States. He would later adopt two German-Jewish refugee boys himself."
"He was one of only two civilians awarded the Bronze Star during World War II. At his own expense, he would travel frequently to Europe to entertain the troops, performing in all weather conditions and frequently in hospitals. He was even known to have done his entire routine for dying soldiers. On each trip back to the United States, he would bring sacks of mail from the servicemen to deliver to their families." (Excerpts from the IMDb website.)
- a raw, inexperienced person; novice.
- a newcomer to the ranching and mining regions of the western U.S., unused to hardships.
- one in the lowest rank of the Boy Scouts of America or Girl Scouts of America.