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Orange County executive buys Hopalong house

K. Kaufman
The Desert Sun
June 8, 2007

Stan Fedderly of Orange County, a direct mail executive, has purchased the Palm Desert house once owned by the late actor William Boyd, known to millions as the iconic movie and television cowboy Hopalong Cassidy.

The historic, black and white house, located at 73-498 Joshua Tree St., sold for $467,500 at an auction June 2.

“I’m just a lucky guy,” Fedderly said in released statement. “I didn’t think I was going to get the house, but I did.”

Fedderly and his wife, Lynn, will use the two-bedroom, 1,892-square-foot house as a weekend home. The couple plan to retire to the Coachella Valley.

Boyd and his wife, Grace, lived in the house from 1955 to 1971. Boyd was 77 when he died in 1972. Mario Hernandez of Rancho Mirage, an area contractor, bought the house two years ago and restored it.

Over 200 people attended the auction, where some of Boyd’s Hopalong memorabilia was also sold.

Hernandez is donating the proceeds from the memorabilia and T-shirts sold at the auction to the Boys and Girls Club of the Coachella Valley and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for research on Parkinson’s disease.

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Official Press Release

Hopalong Cassidy’s Palm Desert Hideaway Sold At Auction to Orange County Executive

PALM DESERT (Calif.) – Stan Fedderly, an Orange County direct mail executive, has purchased the desert hideaway of the late actor William Boyd, better known as “Hopalong Cassidy,” one of America’s best loved TV cowboy stars.

The historic, black and white-themed house sold for $467,500 at an auction June 2. “I’m just a lucky guy,” Fedderly said. I didn’t think I was going to get the house, but I did.”

Fedderly and his wife, Lynn, of Costa Mesa, will eventually retire to the Coachella Valley and live in the two-bedroom, 1,892-square-foot home. In the meantime, the Fedderly’s will stay there on weekends. Boyd and his wife Grace lived in the house from 1955 to 1971. Boyd was 77 when he died in 1972.

“I’m absolutely thrilled for the Fedderlys to buy the Hoppy house,’’ said Mario Hernandez, a Rancho Mirage contractor and owner of TileCare Company, Hernandez painstakingly restored Boyd’s home to the glamour of yesteryear. He bought the house about two years ago with the idea of refurbishing it and selling it. He retained Pacific Auction Exchange of Pleasanton, Calif., to put up the auction which turned into an entertaining community event.

“We had over 200 people attend the auction to witness a piece of western movie history with the sale of Hoppy’s house,” Hernandez said. Some of the items belonging to Hoppy were also auctioned June 2 with proceeds of about $600 going to the Boys and Girls Club of the Coachella Valley and more than $500 going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for research for Parkinson’s disease. Boyd had Parkinson’s disease when he died.

Hernandez also plans to donate about $9,000 in materials and labor for a new kitchen floor for the Boys and Girls Club in La Quinta.

Most of the items in the house, including authentic saddles that were mounted atop bar stools at the pool-side bar, went to auction June 4 at Bonham & Butterfields Auctioneers in Los Angeles. Hernandez said about 80 percent of the 30 lots of memorabilia sold at auction, including bolo ties, vintage radio and exercise bike, bass violin, brass horse door knockers, a coffee cup with Hoppy’s portrait, furniture and artwork from the estate home.

Boyd, a star of the silent movies under contract to Cecil B. DeMille, brought Hopalong to the screen in a feature produced by Paramount Pictures. Paramount made 34 more pictures with Boyd as Hoppy and United Artists produced 31 others, also with Bill Boyd. On June 24, 1949, Hoppy starred in what became the first network Western television series, airing on NBC. Boyd starred in 52 half-hour TV programs and 104 radio shows.
 

 

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