Film stars, stunt performers and a horse named Sandy were immortalized in concrete and several stuntmen were inducted into the Hollywood Stuntmen's Hall of Fame during grand opening activities over the weekend.
Gov. Norm Bangerter presented a state flag, and a letter of praise from President Reagan was read."I'm well aware, of course, of the tremendous contribution of stuntmen and women to the film industry," Reagan wrote in a letter to John Hagner, president and founder of the Hall of Fame.
"I don't have to tell you how grateful actors and actresses are to the stuntmen for their talented work," Reagan wrote.
The Stuntmen's Hall of Fame, relocated several months ago from Southern California to a former LDS Church here, contains thousands of stunt-related memorabilia and movie-industry artifacts collected over the lifetime of Hagner, a veteran stuntman.
Hagner is director of the non-profit museum, an author and artist.
Reagan's letter said the Hall of Fame will give the public an educational opportunity "about the wealth of hard work and daring that stuntmen have put into the action scenes audiences have thrilled to over the years."
Grand opening activities - including a stunt in the mayor's car and tours of the museum and movie locations around Moab - began last week in conjunction with the annual Canyonlands Rodeo and Butch Cassidy Days events.
Two stuntmen were posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame during a program Saturday that featured a song performance by Bert Goodrich, Mr. America 1939 and the first inductee of the Hall of Fame.
Also, Paul Mantz Jr., a stuntman who moved to Blanding, accepted an honor for his father, Paul Mantz, veteran of more than 300 movies.
Mantz was killed in 1965 performing an aerial stunt. The son also pressed his boots and hands into fresh cement and autographed the slab in his father's memory, along with Montie Montana and Iron Eyes Cody, the aging Cree Indian who gained fame for a tear he shed over pollution in a "Keep America Beautiful' campaign.
Other footprints were taken from Rodd Wolff, who recently completed roles in "Rambo III," and his horse Sandy; Kim Renee, stunt double for Linda Carter in the "Wonder Woman" television series; Richard Fraga, whose TV stunt credits include "Falcon Crest," "Hart to Hart," "B.J. and the Bear"; Shannon Coffer, daughter of stuntman Jack Coffer; and Jody McQueen, a stuntman who participated in honor of his brother and actor, the late Steve McQueen.
"This footprinting thing to me is the highlight of my life," McQueen said. "Some people can leave a big ranch. I'm not going to leave a lot, but that (footprint) will be there for eternity. That's my little mark."
Moab resident George White was also footprinted in honor of being "the father of the film industry in Moab," Stanton said.
Jay Fuller attended to acknowledge the posthumous induction of his father, Clem Fuller, a stuntman in the `Gunsmoke' television series.