Friday, January 30, 2009


On this date in 1933 The Long Ranger premiered on ABC radio.

I remember the radio and the TV show. Larry Holcomb and I used to put on our holsters and take our favorite sticks (horses) and gallop all over the neighborhood keeping law and order.

One of us was the Lone Ranger and one of us was Tonto – it is according who you ask –whoever you ask would say he was the Lone Ranger and “he is Tonto”.

Of course Clayton Moore was really THE ONE AND ONLY Lone Ranger. Just asked him. Merita Bread or whoever owns the rights to the Long Ranger practically had to hold him down and rip off his mask – but instead, they even acted dirtier – they had lawyers threaten to sue him… how low can you get?

So, who was that masked man?

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Anonymous Johnny said...

When you or Larry were Tonto did you call the masked man Kemosaby? The one with the silver bullet. Did Tonto ever get to ride Ranger? Or did the masked man get to ride Scout?

11:26 AM  
Blogger ET said...

Those people that wear masks are in their own league. I wonder if whips and handcuffs were involved?

11:45 AM  
Blogger kenju said...

I remember listening to the radio show in the 40's. I can still hear ...."Hi-yo Silver, and away!!

12:17 PM  
Blogger ET said...

Then the William Tell Overture and then the Merita Bread music with wheat stalks waving in the breeze... wait! That was TV.

12:31 PM  
Blogger Si's blog said...

Ummm, kemo sabe. To quote Jay Silverheels. What a great name. Like you, we played Lone Ranger for years. "White man speak with forked tongue. Him ride through Zimmerman's yard into alley."

But, alas and alack, The Lone Ranger was just a commercial venture. Childhood was better.

6:18 AM  
Blogger ET said...

I remember a cartoon by Gary Larson that shows the Long Ranger, aged and sick, sitting in a rocking chair at a nursing home and reading an Indian Translation book reading that Kemosabe means "Horse Manure".

6:39 AM  

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