A young Harold Muckenthaler used to dress in cowboy attire as "a real man of the West." The under-developed orchards and ranch lands of Fullerton doubled easily for the Wild West in his imagination during the 1920's. Most children of the era in United States grew up on the Westerns and cowboy heroes like Tom Mix and Gary Cooper. But Harold actually lived the old West in his surroundings, just a few miles from where these films were shot. At a time when there was no television or video games, an only child had to be very imaginative to entertain himself. Harold honed an imagination that would serve him well his whole life.