AND STILL HE RIDES!

The original Lone Ranger and Tonto — Jay Silverheels and Clayton Moore

I grew up with the Lone Ranger and Tonto racing around my bedroom. It was the wallpaper that informed me he was the “Lone” not the “long” ranger because until then, I was sure he was the Long Ranger … as in “he rode great distances.” Or maybe he was just very tall.

Other girls had Disney Princesses, but I had “Hi Yo Silver, the Lone Ranger Rides Again!” Although my walls did not play music, I could hum well enough and I had many a long chat with Lone and Tonto, Silver and Scout as I lay abed in the evening pondering the meaning of life and how I could convince my mother to let me have a horse.

Eventually, as I rounded the corner into adolescence, the Lone Ranger and his trusty Indian Companion (who had led the fight for law and order in the early west) returned to those thrilling days of yesteryear whence they had come. They were replaced by plain, off-white paint. I would have preferred Lone and Tonto, but felt it was time for a change. The paper was old and getting a bit tattered so it was hard to argue the point.

This did not end my allegiance to the first love of my life. I don’t honestly know what it is about masked men on horses that turns on all my lights, but both Zorro and Lone made me woozy with unrequited love. As the years rolled on, I became very attached to Tonto, not as Tonto, but as Jay Silverheels, the actor, whose career I continued to follow long after the Lone Ranger had disappeared from the airwaves.

I still love the Lone Ranger and I didn’t let Johnny Depp spoil it for me by the simple expedient of not watching the movie when it came out or since then.

The Lone Ranger fought the good fight. He never asked for thanks and would run away rather than have to accept them. He was the goodest of the good guys and whenever I’m not sure what to do in a morally ambiguous situation, I can always ask myself “What would the Lone Ranger do?”

Then, I send Garry to town because when in doubt, the Lone Ranger always sent Tonto, right?

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6 replies

  1. Recently broke down and watched the Johnny Depp version.., awful! unless you just look at it as a comedy spoof. Let’s face it, neither “What’shisname”, nor Mr. Depp, will ever replace Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels. What a farce.., Mel Brooks may well have done a better job had this been his idea? Still, I couldn’t stop laughing at some of the scenes. When you feel better, and are in the mood for comedy, give it a whirl. I re-named it “Pirates of the Caribbean Go West”. Never mind “What’s with the mask.., what’s with the dead crow?

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  2. Recently broke down and watched the Johnny Depp version.., awful! unless you just look at it as a comedy spoof. Let’s face it, neither “What’shisname”, nor Mr. Depp, will ever replace Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels. What a farce.., Mel Brooks may well have done a better job had this been his idea? Still, I couldn’t stop laughing at some of the scenes. When you feel better, and are in the mood for comedy, give it a whirl. I re-named it “Pirates of the Caribbean Go West”. Never mind “What’s with the mask.., what’s with the crow?

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  3. Not going to town anymore, Kemo Sabe!!

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  4. I remember the Lone Ranger and Tonto. My brother and I would go to the movies every Saturday afternoon. I’m not sure whether the Lone Ranger was there but there were a lot of cowboy and indian movies back then.
    Leslie

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  5. Yes welcome back….whether this is a new post or old post.

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  6. I love this one, Marilyn. It is funny and sweet. Not sure if it is an old one – but welcome back anyway! Ali xxx

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