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"American Ride" TV show comes to Fort Sill

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FORT SILL, Okla_Some people say life is about living your passion. That's what Stan Ellsworth believes he's doing while riding his motorcycle across the nation trying to bring American history to life. Ellsworth is the host of a television show called "American Ride" and today he and his crew made a stop at Fort Sill.

The show is in its fourth season and one episode is focusing on the life of former Apache tribe leader Geronimo. While we didn't capture him riding his motorcycle we learned why Ellsworth does what he does.

Stan Ellsworth said "American Ride" is more than just visiting historical sites across the country each week.

"The biggest point of all this is be involved. Be involved in your community, be involved in your government at the local level, the state level, the federal level."

He said his passion for history started when he was a little boy in Manassas, Virginia and became fascinated with Stonewall Jackson after seeing a statue of him in a local park.

"I'd look up at Jackson and I'd say one day I'm going to be like that man, so I read everything there was about Stonewall Jackson, then Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, it just all snow balled from there."

At 6 feet 2 inches and 300 pounds, Ellsworth doesn't look like your average history teacher and as a TV host, he doesn't need cue cards.

"There's no script involved, I used to teach history. I don't think studying is the right word. I've just been hungry to know history since I was young. So we know what we're talking about, we're just going to talk about it."

While he's living his dream now, Ellsworth said it took him eight years to sell his idea of "American Ride" and get his show on the road. Now that it's up and running he's on a mission to spread an old saying.

"We need to remember our past or we're doomed to repeat the mistakes we've made before."

"American Ride" is heading to Denton, Texas next to start shooting episodes for the history of the Chisholm Trail which will most likely bring Ellsworth back to Southwest Oklahoma.

The "Geronimo" episode of "American Ride" will air in April of next year. It's on BYU-TV.

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