Si Robertson

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Silas Robertson
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Silas Robertson in 2013
Born
Silas Merritt Robertson

(1948-04-27) April 27, 1948 (age 71)
Residence West Monroe, Louisiana, U.S.
Other namesUncle Si
OccupationHunter
Television personality
Reed maker
U.S. Army veteran
Years active2002–present
Television Duck Dynasty
Going Si-Ral
Political party Independent
Spouse(s)Christine Raney (1971-present)
Children2
Parent(s)Merritt B. Thurman-Hale
James Harold Robertson
Relatives Phil Alexander Robertson (brother)
James Francis Robertson (brother)
Harold Gene Robertson (brother)
Thomas Silas Robertson (brother)
Judith Ann Robertson (sister)
Janice Ellen Robertson Dasher (sister)
Zach Dasher (nephew)
Military career
AllegianceFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Service/branchFlag of the United States Army (official proportions).svg  United States Army
Years of service1968-1993
Rank
Sergeant First Class insignia Army-USA-OR-07.svg
Sergeant First Class insignia
Sergeant First Class
Battles/wars Vietnam War

Silas Merritt Robertson (born April 27, 1948), known as Si Robertson and often referred to as "Uncle Si", is an American television personality, preacher, hunter, outdoorsman, retired U.S. Army soldier, and a retired duck-call maker at Duck Commander. He is best known for his role on A&E's Duck Dynasty , on which he has emerged as the breakout character. [1] He has also appeared on other shows such as the Outdoor Channel's Buck Commander and The Duckmen of Louisiana, and was the eponymous host of the Duck Dynasty spin-off Going Si-Ral Si has also made a guest appearance on Last Man Standing .

Duck call

A duck call may be either the sound-imitation process by which a hunter lures waterfowl, or the actual tool which the person uses to do so. Early duck call tools were basic woodwind instruments, while later innovations are constructed of rubber and plastic, and allow the hunter to adjust the volume and tone of the calls with reeds. Today's duck calls usually fall into three main categories: a single, double, or triple reed call with many variations, although the triple reed is rare. The goal of a duck call is to sound like a realistic live duck, in attempts to decoy, or fool a duck into believing the decoys that are seen by a duck, and the sound that is heard appears lifelike.

Duck Commander American company

Duck Commander is both the brand of a duck call and the name of the company in West Monroe, Louisiana, United States. The company manufactures these calls and other duck-hunting merchandise, as well as deer-hunting merchandise under the Buck Commander brand.

A&E (TV channel) American cable and satellite television channel

A&E is an American pay television network. It is the flagship television property of A&E Networks, a joint venture between the Hearst Communications and Disney Media Networks subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The network is headquartered in New York City and operates offices in Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; London, United Kingdom; Los Angeles, California and Stamford, Connecticut. The network focuses primarily on non-fiction programming, including reality docusoaps, true crime, and documentary miniseries.

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Early life

Robertson was born to James and Merritt (née Hale) Robertson in Vivian, Louisiana, the sixth of seven children. He has four brothers, Jimmy Frank, Harold, Tommy, and Phil (who was born 2 years before he), and two sisters, Judy and Jan. Because of financial setbacks of their family during Si and his siblings' childhoods, the Robertson family lived in rugged conditions with significantly fewer amenities than the average American enjoyed. In high school, Si attended North Caddo High School in Vivian, Louisiana which is in Caddo Parish, Louisiana. He played on the football team in the footsteps of his brother Phil, even wearing the same #10 jersey. [2]

West Monroe, Louisiana City in Louisiana, United States

West Monroe is a city in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is situated on the Ouachita River, across from the neighboring city of Monroe. The two cities are often referred to as the Twin Cities of northeast Louisiana. Its population was 13,065 at the 2010 census and it is part of the Monroe Metropolitan Statistical Area. The mayor is Staci Albritton Mitchell.

Phil Robertson American professional hunter, businessman and reality television star

Phil Alexander Robertson is an American professional hunter, businessman, and reality television star on the popular television series Duck Dynasty. He is also featured on the television show Duck Commander, a hunting program on the Outdoor Channel.

North Caddo High School is a high school in Vivian, Louisiana. The school is home to the Rebels and red and black are the school colors. It is a part of Caddo Public Schools.

Military career

After dropping out of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana after three quarters, he was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War. [3] During the war, his mother sent him a set of Tupperware cups, beans and rice, two boots, and two jars of jalapeño peppers in each boot because he loves jalapeño peppers. [4] [5] He is rarely seen without one of his plastic cups drinking iced tea, which he treats with equal importance. [4]

Louisiana Tech University university in Ruston, Louisiana, USA

Louisiana Tech University, colloquially referred to as Louisiana Tech, La. Tech, or simply Tech is a public research university in Ruston, Louisiana. It is a space grant college, member of the Southeastern Universities Research Association, member of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and Carnegie Doctoral University with high research activity (R2). It is a member of the University of Louisiana System.

Ruston, Louisiana City in Louisiana, United States

Ruston is a small city and the parish seat of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is the largest city in the Eastern Ark-La-Tex region. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 21,859, reflecting an increase of 6.4 percent from the count of 20,546 counted in the 2000 Census. Ruston is near the eastern border of the Ark-La-Tex region and is the home of Louisiana Tech University. Its economy is therefore based on its college population. Ruston hosts the annual Peach Festival.

United States Army Land warfare branch of the United States Armed Forces

The United States Army (USA) is the land warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces. It is one of the seven uniformed services of the United States, and is designated as the Army of the United States in the United States Constitution. As the oldest and most senior branch of the U.S. military in order of precedence, the modern U.S. Army has its roots in the Continental Army, which was formed to fight the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783)—before the United States of America was established as a country. After the Revolutionary War, the Congress of the Confederation created the United States Army on 3 June 1784 to replace the disbanded Continental Army. The United States Army considers itself descended from the Continental Army, and dates its institutional inception from the origin of that armed force in 1775.

Si retired from the Army in 1993 with the rank of Sergeant First Class (E-7). [6] Robertson is recognized for his military career with an exhibit at the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum in Monroe, Louisiana. [7]

Chennault Aviation and Military Museum

The Chennault Aviation and Military Museum is a museum based in Monroe, Louisiana, which highlights the career of General Claire Chennault, the impact of lesser-known regional military personnel, and the establishment of the aviation industry in the northeastern portion of the state.

Monroe, Louisiana City in Louisiana, United States

Monroe is the eighth-largest city in the U.S. state of Louisiana. It is the parish seat of Ouachita Parish. In the official 2010 census, Monroe had a population of 48,815. The municipal population declined by 8.1 percent over the past decade; it was 53,107 in the 2000 census. After a recheck in 2012, the Census Bureau changed the 2010 population from 48,815 to 49,147. Mayor Jamie Mayo, however, maintains that the Monroe population is more than 50,000 and indicated that he will pursue a continued challenge to the count.

Business with Duck Commander

Upon retirement from the Army in 1993, Si found employment at his brother Phil's Duck Commander business. [6] Si has been a big part of the growing business. His job is to fashion the reeds that are inserted in every patented duck call. Si thinks that it is a pretty easy job and is depicted in Duck Dynasty as having difficulties staying on task; he often seeks breaks to take a nap or play around with equipment in the warehouse. [3]

<i>Duck Dynasty</i> American reality television series

Duck Dynasty is an American reality television series on A&E that portrayed the lives of the Robertson family, who became successful from their family-operated business, Duck Commander. The West Monroe, Louisiana business makes products for duck hunters, primarily a duck call called Duck Commander. The Robertson men—brothers Phil and Si, and Phil's sons Jase, Willie, and Jep—are known for their long beards and their conservative Protestant Christian views. The family was previously featured on the series Benelli Presents Duck Commander and its spin-off, Buck Commander, on the Outdoor Channel; Outdoor Channel acquired rerun rights to Duck Dynasty in 2016.

Personal life

In an interview with Good Morning America , Robertson talked about his wife. He said, "One woman has already got my heart, we've been married for 43 years and her name is Miss Christine Robertson". He has talked about how after he had asked for her hand in marriage about 70 times, she finally said yes. [8] The two married in 1971, and they had a daughter, Trasa, and a son, Scott. They also have eight grandsons.

<i>Good Morning America</i> American morning television show broadcast on ABC

Good Morning America (GMA) is an American morning television show that is broadcast on ABC. It debuted on November 3, 1975, and first expanded to weekends with the debut of a Sunday edition on January 3, 1993. The Sunday edition was canceled in 1999; weekend editions returned on both Saturdays and Sundays on September 4, 2004. The weekday program airs from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. in all U.S. time zones. The Saturday and Sunday editions are one hour long and are transmitted to ABC's stations live at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time, although stations in some markets air them at different times. Viewers in the Pacific Time Zone receive an updated feed with a specialized opening and updated live reports. A third hour of the weekday broadcast aired from 2007 to 2008, exclusively on ABC News Now.

Like the rest of his family, Robertson is very open about his Christian faith. "That's what got me through 65 years of life, my belief in God and what He's done for us and what He will do for us". His favorite Scripture verses are John 3:16 and 17. "When I sign people's stuff I put down John 3:16 and 17. Most people can tell you what 16 says, OK. 'For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son.' But they don't know nothin' about 17. It says Jesus didn't come to condemn us. If anybody had a right to condemn someone, it would be the son of God. If he didn't do it, then hey, we definitely are not qualified to do it." [9]

Robertson lent his voice and personal appearance to the VeggieTales video Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas, in which he narrates the video and appears as a mall janitor, in the tradition of the mid 1960s and early 1970s Rankin/Bass Christmas specials and their use of celebrity narrators. [10] [11]

Along with his nephew and Duck Dynasty co-star Willie Robertson, he appeared on an episode of Last Man Standing . [12]

Robertson's son served in the U.S. Army and completed eight tours in Iraq. His son was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, motivating Robertson to advocate for better care for veterans. [13]

Duck Dynasty

In A&E's reality television show Duck Dynasty, Si (or Uncle Si) is one of the main characters. He is perhaps the most well-known and recognized character of the bunch, due to the frequency and quality of his jokes and stories, as well as his general manner. His spontaneous nature often launches the plot of the show into action, whether handcuffing himself to his nephew Willie or spending the prize money of $2,000 at a children's arcade. [14]

Robertson also starred in Going Si-Ral , a spinoff which ran from November 16, 2016 to January 18, 2017 on A&E. He and "Si-kick" Willie study the Internet, especially viral videos. [15]

Discography

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References

  1. Walters, Barbara (December 18, 2013). Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013. ABC.
  2. Duck Dynasty star Si Robertson's football photos from high school yearbook, Starcasm.net; retrieved August 19, 2013.
  3. 1 2 Si Robertson profile Archived 2012-06-17 at the Wayback Machine , aetv.com; retrieved August 19, 2013.
  4. 1 2 Duck Dynasty star Si Robertson on His Iced Tea Habit and Keeping Everyone Happy, parade.com; retrieved August 19, 2013.
  5. Si Robertson says God has a sense of humor, christianpost.com; accessed August 25, 2015.
  6. 1 2 Si Robertson profile, duckcommander.com; accessed August 25, 2015.
  7. See which Duck Dynasty cast member was given a huge honor, newsy.com; accessed August 25, 2015.
  8. Robertson, Si (September 3, 2013). "Go behind the scenes of Duck Dynasty with Uncle Si". ABC News.
  9. Weng, Sarah (2013-09-27). "Duck Dynasty: Uncle Si Robertson talks faith in God, wife, and children". Christian Today. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  10. Si Robertson joins Owl City and Toby Mac in newest VeggieTales, christianpost.com; accessed August 25, 2015.
  11. Duck Dynasty star in VeggieTales, nydailynews.com; accessed August 25, 2015.
  12. Willie and Si Robertson appear on Last Man Standing, accesshollywood.com; accessed August 25, 2015.
  13. Uncle Si reveals who he will vote for and his post-'Duck Dynasty' plans (Fox News)
  14. Si-amese Twins, aetv.com; accessed August 19, 2013.
  15. Scott, Mike (November 3, 2016). "'Duck Dynasty' spinoff 'Going Si-Ral' gets an airdate". Times-Picayune .