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My experience with the Masked Law Man, the Lone Ranger started while listening to him on the radio and later on The Lone Ranger serials before the Saturday matinee at the movie theaters. When television was born the Lone Ranger and Tonto was one of the first shows on television. I later watched the Lone Ranger while I was stationed in Japan, on the Far East Television Network. It was still the same Hi-Yo Silver! And in Japanese Hi – Yo no shirubā! These following words always got everybody’s attention. ….. A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust Hi-Yo Silver! His faithful companion Tonto always road by his side. They were united to bring law and order to the Wild West. Tonto always called the Lone Ranger, Ke-mo sah-bee, “it means ‘trusty scout.'”
A story of the Lone Rangers start.”Six Texas Rangers, including brothers Dan and John Reid, were tracking a gang of desperadoes led by the notorious Butch Cavendish. Led by a tracker named Collins, who was actually a member of the Cavendish gang, the Rangers were lured into a canyon called Bryant’s Gap and ambushed. Except for young John Reid, they were all slaughtered.”
“Reid managed to crawl to safety near a water hole where he was later found and nursed back to health by a friendly Indian named Tonto. Tonto remembered Reid, who had once saved Tonto himself. “You Kemosabe,” said Tonto; “it means ‘trusty scout.'” Tonto now vowed to stay with him as the “lone” Ranger vowed to avenge the deaths of his brother and their comrades. Six graves were left to hide the fact that one man lived to fight. Realizing that if his identity were known, he would be a marked man, Reid had Tonto make a mask from the vest of his dead brother.
“The Lone Ranger is a fictional masked former Texas Ranger who fought outlaws in the American Old West with his Native American friend, Tonto. The character has been called an enduring icon of American culture. He first appeared in 1933 in a radio show conceived either by WXYZ (Detroit) radio station owner George W. Trendle, or by Fran Striker, the show’s writer. The character was originally believed to be inspired by Texas Ranger Captain John R. Hughes, to whom the book The Lone Star Ranger by Zane Grey was dedicated in 1915. The radio series proved to be a hit and spawned a series of books (largely written by Striker”The television show that ran from 1949 to 1957, comic books, and several movies.”
2 thoughts on “The Masked Lawman”
The Lone Ranger was before my time, but I still remember the toys all the little boys I knew had. Boys always got the fun toys!
I loved the Lone Ranger…In Mexico, Tonto had another name because in Spanish, tonto means stupid! Somehow “The Lone Ranger and Stupid” just doesn’t carry the same mystique.