Lead: In the settlement of the West, two institutions are firmly linked in the common memory: the Pony Express and William F. Cody.

Intro.: "A Moment in Time" with Dan Roberts.

Content: Few characters in the development of the Western United States were as well-known as William F. Cody, "Buffalo Bill." His story is shrouded in legend as much as fact. The hero of dime novels and magazines, the subject of rumor, myth and down right lies, as much as any figure Cody came to symbolize the romance and allure of the West. He served as an Army scout, cowboy, contract hunter for the railroads, gold miner, and then was one of America's foremost showmen.