A Natural Wizard

A Natural Wizard

Air Date: December 12, 1965

Written by: William Blinn, Suzanne Clauser

Directed by: Robert Totten

Guest Stars: Eddie Hodges (Skeeter Dexter), Jacqueline Scott (Joy Dexter), Karl Swenson (Doctor Woods), Douglas Kennedy (Stony)

Hoss befriends a lonely young man who shares Hoss’ love of animals.

Trivia: This was Eddie Hodges’ first and only appearance in the series. Ten-year-old Eddie split the $25,000 grand prize with future astronaut and American hero Maj. John Glenn as his teammate after successfully appearing on a very popular episode of the TV game show Name That Tune (1953) on Oct 4th 1957. He had several hit records in the early 1960s, most notably “I’m Gonna Knock on Your Door” and “Girls Were Made to Love.” Hodges retired from acting in the early 1970s to become a mental health counselor in his native Mississippi.