Brenau Alum T.B. Burton Parlays Sixgun Skill into 20-year Role as Doc Holliday

When Thad “T.B.” Burton returns to his alma mater in full regalia on Tuesday, March 3, instead of the academic cap and gown of a Brenau University graduate he will wear a Stetson and a sixgun. Those are part of his normal attire in his portrayal of the legendary 1880s era Old West gunfighter-gambler Doc Holliday, a roll he has played for the past two decades with an Old West gunfighting re-enactment group.

T.B. Burton majored in criminal justice at Brenau and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1979 after going to school on the G.I. Bill.  He is a Vietnam veteran with the U.S. Marines.
T.B. Burton majored in criminal justice at Brenau and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1979 after going to school on the G.I. Bill. He is a Vietnam veteran with the U.S. Marines.

Although there won’t be any gunplay at the Brenau event, Burton and a couple of his colleagues from the Shadows of the past reenactment group,  will lend an air of authenticity to the special program about the life and legend of the Georgia-born dentist who went West to notoriety as Wyatt Earp’s wingman in the infamous 1881 “Gunfight at O.K. Corral” in Tombstone, Arizona.

The program in Pearce Auditorium features Georgia Author of the Year Victoria Wilcox, who has produced a trilogy of novels based on the life of Holliday titled Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday.

The program starts at 7 p.m. but arrive early wearing your best Wild West attire and get yourself photographed with Doc, wyatt Earp or Ike Clanton and whatever props and accessories the theater department can throw together.

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