Wow I am stunned by this. It is so strange to read this article with Audie's name in it for a TV pilot in 2012. John Wells who is working on the pilot is older and may know who Audie was and thought it would be an interesting name to use in a TV show. I can't imagine someone in the press will not ask how they came to choose the name Audie Murphy and did they think the real Audie was this kind of person. I agree with Christie that clearly Audie always fought for the underdog and did not tolerate anyone who took advantage of someone else in lesser circumstances. It will be interesting to see if the pilot is picked up by Fox and if so if their Audie will be more of a Ferris Bueller or one of the Menendez brothers. I hate the idea of Audie's name fictional or otherwise being used in anyway that comes off in a negative light. But good to know this information and thanks for the heads up on it.
Oh and an FYI..........on March 14th Terry Murphy turns 60 years old and Skipper 58 on March 23rd. How old does that make all of us feel???
John Wells was born in '57, if you believe IMDB, which would make him 14 or so at the time of Murphy's death. There seems to have been a "second wave" of Murphy fans, who discovered his films on television as smallish children in the late sixties/early seventies. Wells would have been a bit old for that, but also a bit young to pay much attention to the handful of anti-establishment types who went out of their way to bad-mouth Murphy in the early years after his death.