Who was that masked man? He left this silver bullet.


“A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty Hi-Yo Silver! The Lone Ranger rides again! … With his faithful Indian companion Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains led the fight for law and order in the early west! Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear! The Lone Ranger rides again!”

In this day of superheroes, I want my masked man back. And his horse. And his faithful companion.

I grew up with the Lone Ranger and Tonto racing around my bedroom. Until I got the wallpaper, I was sure he was the Long Ranger … as in “he rode a lot and covered great distances.”

Other girls had Fairies and 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.

Come back, Masked Man! More than ever, I need you now!

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27 replies

  1. Yea!!! Hi Yo Silver, Away!!! Who was that masked man? I was always left with a good feeling which meant a lot in the household I grew up in. And he had a good friend, too. As a child I loved The Lone Ranger!


  2. Also, he was a real person vulnerable to injury and death just like the rest of us. The difference is, he learned from his mistakes and near misses with a possible negative fate. Personally I preferred the quiet wisdom of Tonto to LR’s flamboyant masked persona. I’m just saying’….


  3. I grew up watching him too. He always seemed so strong and in control. If you get him to come back, see if you can talk him into a political career. You have a way with words. I have no doubt you could convince him. 🙂


  4. As long as Johnny Depp is not Tonto.


  5. what a great take on the prompt Marilyn-masked men, horses, good vs evil with good always winning out. Thanks for the memory!


  6. I can’t say I was a big fan as a child, but I have developed a strong relationship with Silver Bullets as an adult. That would of course be Coors Light Silver Bullets!!


  7. Like angloswiss, I grew up with all those cowboy movies. There was always a strong “good guy” “bad guy” theme and the good guys always got their man.


  8. I grew up with the Lone Ranger and Tonto, Rin tin Tin, The Cisco Kid, Hoppalong Cassidy and someone that wore a fringed dress called The Lone Rider. I always wondere whether the Lone Ranger had a face, and whether he was white around the eyes if he was in the sun too long. Perhaps Tonto wasn’t what he looked like, who knows.

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    • I bet he WAS super white in the “mask” area, but I never thought about. That would have been a definite giveaway if he’d unmasked to go into town.

      I love that you got all the same TV shows I grew up with. I loved those old shows. Those guys were my true heroes and besides, they had such beautiful horses. I wanted one SO bad.

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    • Ah, westerns! My heroes have always been cowboys. “Out of the night, when the pale moon is bright…comes the horseman known as Zorro…. Zorro!!!! Makes the sign of the Z…”)
      And, not to forget Lash LaRue, (Little) Bob Steele, The Range Rider, Tim McCoy, Hoot Gibson, The Restless Gun (John Payne), Paladin, Dave Blassingame (“The Westerner”), The Texican (Rory Calhoun), The Deputy (Hank Fonda), Cheyenne, Maverick, Lawman, The Mavericks, The Ponderosa Clan, Johnny Yuma, A Man Called Shenandoah, Hondo, Whispering Smith, Wyatt Earp, Johnny Ringo and all the others who now ride the high country.
      Saddle up, Pilgrim, we’re burnin’ daylight!!



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