Bob Norris: The Marlboro Man, The Cowboy, the Elephant, the Corporate Raider, and the Cold War

Amy. Riddle
Amy. Riddle's Elephant Sanctuary 08/2004. Photo: © Ryan Easley

2010-09-07 - Colorado Springs, United States , KIMBERLY FIELD

If a Hollywood casting agent sent over the quintessential rancher, you’d get Bob Norris, the original owner of the Oldachs’ home. He’s possibly better known as the Marlboro Man — but that is the least interesting role Norris has played in his 81 years. Take the story of Amy, for starters. Amy is an orphaned ele-phant who he raised and taught to waltz and play a piano. She stole his heart when an elephant trainer showed up at Bob’s T-Cross Ranch in 1988 looking to rent stalls for six ba...

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