December 13, 2008: Happy Birthday wishes go out to John Hart: It's John Hart's 91st birthday today and we couldn't let the day go by without wishing him a very Happy Birthday from all his fans and friends: "Happy Birthday John"
December 9, 2008: Mother Goose & Grimm with a Lone Ranger theme today! If you didn't catch the Mother Goose & Grimm cartoon in today's newspaper, you can view it on their web site: "Mother Goose & Grimm cartoon"
December 9, 2008: Lone Ranger Change for WHT viewers! Attention viewers of The Lone Ranger show on WHT, there are some changes coming to the WHT channel, beginning January 1, 2009. The Lone Ranger will still be broadcast but it will be seen an hour earlier (i.e. 2:30 p.m. CST). Daniel Boone has been removed from the line-up. WHT will also be adding episodes of Lassie, beginning with season 1, episode 3. They will also be showing The Rifleman, Bat Masterson and Patty Duke episodes, Monday through Friday with 2 episodes of The Rifleman and 1 episode of Bonanza on Saturday afternoon. Check your January schedules for WHT broadcasts for details in your specific area.
December 8, 2008: Beverly Garland Dies at the age of 82! Thanks to Bob Booth for notifying me that Beverly Garland died on Friday, December 5, 2008 at her home in Beverly Hills, CA after a long illness. Deepest sympathy to her family and friends. Beverly played in one episode of The Lone Ranger, "The Beeler Gang" in season 1. Beverly was credited as Beverly Campbell in that episode. Here is an obituary from the New York Times: "Beverly Garland dies at the age of 82"
December 6, 2008: Updated Chuck Courtney's page: I've added a few more picture captures from several other shows that Chuck appeared in. You can go to Chuck's page by clicking on the Internal Links button on my front page, scroll down to the bottom of the page to find Chuck's link or go directly to his page by clicking here: "Chuck Courtney's page"
December 5, 2008: Al Dittrich's HUGE Lone Ranger collection going up for auction in January, 2009! You will read about Al's very big auction in the Silver Bullet but SCOOP has some of the details out in their news letter today. Al has been a Lone Ranger fan and collector for over 50 years and has decided to sell most of his collection at auction in late January, 2009. Al told me about it a few days ago and I was holding off till the Silver Bullet came out but since the news is out now, I'll include the SCOOP link which has some photos of a part of Al's collection. Take a look here: "Al Dittrich's Lone Ranger Auction" Here's the web site for the company that will be handling the sale: "Just Kids Nostalgia"
December 3, 2008: Added a photo of Clayton Moore & John Hart: Mick LaFever was kind enough to share a photo of Clayton and John with all of us. Mick believes the photo was taken at the 1997 Golden Boot Awards. Thanks Mick! A permanent link to the photo can be found by clicking on the Internal Links button on my front page and then scrolling down to "Clayton Moore Associated Stories" and then clicking on "Clayton Moore & John Hart". I'll include a quick link to it here: "Clayton Moore & John Hart photo"
November 28, 2008: Classic Media Lone Ranger DVD set at Sam's Club! The other day, I saw the Lone Ranger DVD set of seasons 1 & 2 at Sam's Club. I don't recall the exact price but it was $78 plus some change. Also, if anyone has purchased and/or viewed the set, I'd be interested in hearing from you and your thoughts about the purchase. I've heard from a fan who has problems with glitches in it. He told me "...finding that the picture is distorted and fragmented between the end of Enter The Lone Ranger and the beginning of The Lone Ranger Fights On. Also, my player freezes after the intro to Legion of Old Timers ………and I’m still just on the first disc." So, if you have experienced any problems or no problems, please let me know.
November 26, 2008: Fred Foy interview on the radio in Hollywood on November 30th: This was passed on to me by Joe Southern: "Hi my name is Sonny Starr. I host the national classic Hollywood program "Starr Talk". We will pay Tribute to the wonderful radio and television series, "The Lone Ranger". Our Guest...the legendary Fred Foy! Join us this this Sunday 11/30/08 on (Starr Talk with Sonny Starr). It takes place (Live) at 9 pm Western time. (Please adjust time to your location). Starr Talk is the nations top Classic Hollywood radio program. Join us for a talk with the legendary Fred Foy. He was the narrator and announcer for both the radio and television programs. He was also the announcer for many years on the "The Dick Cavett show". Mr. Foy worked for many years with ABC and made a number of documentaries along the way. Again, join us as Fred walks us through those wonderful days of yesteryear. The program will be loaded with wonderful sound clips and of course, great music. It all takes place (LIVE) this Sunday night 11/30/08 at 9 pm Western time. (Please adjust time to your location). You can hear it around the world on the web at: www.radio84.com We are expecting a large audience. Our flag ship station is KKNX on the West coast. Hope you can join us!": "KKNX Radio 84 - Fred Foy Interview" Thanks for the tip Joe!
November 21, 2008: Hake's Lone Ranger Auction Ends in about 12 days! There are some interesting items for Lone Ranger fans, currently on auction at Hakes.com, including some unique Christmas related things. One is a Clayton Moore signed Christmas card. Fun to look at, even if you can't afford the opening bid for some of them. Check them out here: "Hake's Lone Ranger Auction"
November 17, 2008: Lone Ranger Merchandise: With the closing of Jim Hollaerts web site, you might need a place to find some Lone Ranger merchandise. The following items have been out for a while but with the approaching holiday season some of you might be interested: "Lone Ranger gifts at Giftapolis"
November 17, 2008: The Lone Ranger Rides into a Town near you! Earlier this year, Entertainment Rights began connecting with fans and families around the country when it launched a series of The Lone Ranger live events held at historic U.S. railroads. The Lone Ranger and Tonto will make special appearances at themed railroad attractions where the duo will save gold on the train from the bad guys. The events kicked off in Texas and will expand to other locations in 2009, including Colorado and North Carolina. This news from Digital Post Production web site on November 11th and on other web sites: "Digital Post Production"
November 10, 2008: Robert Arthur Died: I just learned from the latest issue of "Western Clippings" that Robert Arthur died on October 1, 2008 at his home in Aberdeen, Washington. Deepest sympathy is extended to his family and friends. Robert appeared in three episodes of the Lone Ranger and I did a web page on Robert back in 2002. You can see his obituary from Variety here: "Robert Arthur Died"
October 27, 2008: Enid Hart Douglass! Deepest sympathy is extended to John & Beryl Hart and all of their family upon learning of the death of John's sister, Enid Hart Douglass, on October 17, 2008 in California. Thanks to Chuck Campbell for sending me the notifcation.
October 23, 2008: Chuck Courtney in "Adam-12": I've added a page on Chuck Courtney's guest appearance on "Adam-12" from October 31, 1970. (I have also updated Chuck's other television appearances on his page) A permanent link is on Chuck's page but a quick link can be found here: "Adam-12 episode"
October 23, 2008: When the West Was Fun: A Western Reunion! The DVD has been out for a while but I wanted to remind you that Deep Discount has it for a very reasonable price, $9.03 and free shipping. This was a made for televison special on ABC in 1979 and Clayton was one of many western actors who made an appearance. "When the West Was Fun on DVD"
October 22, 2008: Lee Felbinger in the News! Thanks to Joe Southern for passing along this web site about Lone Ranger collector, Lee Felbinger. Lee has written several books about Lone Ranger collectibles but his knowledge and collection doesn't end with The Lone Ranger. Take a look at the following "The Reporter" online web page. "Lee Felbinger in The Reporter"
October 2, 2008: House Peters, Jr. is dead at 92! I just learned today that a wonderful man, House Peters, Jr., died on Wednesday, October 1st. Deepest sympathy to his wife, Lucy and to his children and grandchildren for their loss. House died of pneumonia at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital in Los Angeles. You can see the news item and a nice photo of House with his father at the following Rocky Mountain News web site: "House Peters, Jr." House appeared in a dozen Lone Ranger episodes as well as in many other western television shows and movies. I did a web page on House several years ago and you can read more about House here: "House Peters, Jr., Another Side of Hollywood" Thanks to Chuck Campbell for informing me of the loss of House.
September 30, 2008: New poll regarding Disney's choices for the new Lone Ranger & Tonto! What do you think of Disney's choice of George Clooney as the new Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp as the new Tonto, in the movie scheduled for release in 2010? The button to get to the poll is on the front page but here's a shortcut to it. "New Lone Ranger movie poll"
September 24, Johnny Depp as The Lone Ranger or Tonto? Joe Southern passed along the information that he heard Johnny Depp might be the next Lone Ranger in the new movie that is scheduled for release in 2010. I found this page that talks about it. **Updated - September 25: Now the story says Depp is to play the part of Tonto: "Johnny Depp as The Lone Ranger or *is it the part of Tonto?"
September 21, 2008: The Lone Ranger theme, a Honda Civic and a highway! What it all means, is if you drive a Honda Civic at 55 mph on a certain section of a California highway, you can supposedly hear a very short version of the William Tell Overture. It's apparently a Honda ad campaign but Lancaster County officials said last week, that the one quarter mile long road section will be paved over. Give it a listen at this web site. "California road grooves to the Lone Ranger theme"
August 30, 2008: Lone Ranger: Tonto 75th Anniversary Mega Bust now ready for pre-ordering! The second half of the Lone Ranger duo, Tonto, is now featured in a 75th Anniversary Mega Bust by Dynamic Forces. You can see it in either of the following 2 web sites. Thanks to Eric French for bringing this to my attention: "Tonto 75th Anniversary Mega Bust at Wizard Universe" or here: "Tonto 75th Anniversary Mega Bust at Dynamic Forces"
August 28, 2008: The Lone Ranger - 75th Anniversary Collector's Edition - Seasons 1 & 2! You can now pre-order the 75th anniversary editon of The Lone Ranger television show, seasons 1 & 2, at several on-line web sites. The set will be released on Tuesday, November 11th. Some examples of pre-order pricing are: $89.99 + shipping & taxes, at Amazon.com; $89.05 + free shipping at Deepdiscount.com; $88.75 + shipping & taxes at cduniverse.com; $83.86 + shipping & taxes at Walmart.com and $82.14 + any taxes and/or shipping at Tower.com. I also saw this set priced at $101.00 at another web site. There are probably others, so do some checking and pre-order at your favorite retailer, if you desire to purchase this set. Also, here is what the set contains, according to the WalMart web site: The following content was provided by the publisher.
Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear...when with one jaunty call, "Hi-Yo, Silver!" the Lone Ranger solidified his role as America's favorite hero of the Wild West. Mounted atop a white stallion, he remains a steadfast symbol for truth and justice, capturing the hearts and imaginations of generations of fans. Celebrate the "Lone Ranger's" 75th anniversary with this 13-disc collector's edition DVD, featuring seasons 1 & 2 of the original TV series.
Limited Edition Collectibles including Reproduction Trading Cards, "Victory Corps" Membership Kit and "Safety Club" Membership Request Card; 1960s Cartoon Episodes; "Lassie" episode featuring "The Lone Ranger"; Original Radio Broadcast; 86 Page Commemorative Book; Complete Episode Guide; Rare Comic Book and Photo Reprints, Collectible Booklet, Photo Gallery.
The following content was provided by the publisher. Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear...when with one jaunty call, "Hi-Yo, Silver!" the Lone Ranger solidified his role as America's favorite hero of the Wild West. Mounted atop a white stallion, he remains a steadfast symbol for truth and justice, capturing the hearts and imaginations of generations of fans. Celebrate the "Lone Ranger's" 75th anniversary with this 13-disc collector's edition DVD, featuring seasons 1 & 2 of the original TV series. Limited Edition Collectibles including Reproduction Trading Cards, "Victory Corps" Membership Kit and "Safety Club" Membership Request Card; 1960s Cartoon Episodes; "Lassie" episode featuring "The Lone Ranger"; Original Radio Broadcast; 86 Page Commemorative Book; Complete Episode Guide; Rare Comic Book and Photo Reprints, Collectible Booklet, Photo Gallery.
August 26, 2008: Another Mother Goose & Grimm related Lone Ranger cartoon on the comics page today! If you didn't look at the newspaper comics section today, you missed another Lone Ranger theme cartoon but you can see it here: "Mother Goose & Grimm cartoon"
August 15, 2008: Hake's Auction # 195 now open for bidding! Hake's Auction # 195 is open for bids and the auction will come to an end from September 2nd through the 4th. There are a number of Lone Ranger items up for bid, including an old Nostalgia Merchant, autographed poster. Both Clayton & Jay signed these posters and bidding starts at $200 but expect it to go for quite a bit more than $200. Also up for auction is a one of a kind Ring Model, used by the Marshall Corporation a few years ago to make some very nice rings. Its a very unique and interesting item and bidding starts at $1,500. There are other Marshall Company ring related items and are interesting to look at, even if you don't want to bid on them. Check out the Lone Ranger items here:
"Hake's Auction # 195"
August 11, 2008: Another page added for Chuck Courtney! I've just added a page of pictures from Chuck Courtney's appearance in an episode of "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour". This episode was first broadcast in 1964 and I caught it this past Saturday night on the RTN (Retro Television Network) channel. As far as I know, this was Chuck's only appearance on this show. I've provided a quick link to the page here but it can be found on the front page of this web site, under Internal Links, Chuck Courtney: "Memo from Purgatory"
August 6, 2008: "The Legend of the Lone Ranger" (1981) coming out on DVD! Thanks to Mickey Giersch for making me aware that the 1981 "The Legend of the Lone Ranger" movie will be available on DVD on August 26th. This will be a wide screen version and is being released by Lions Gate Films. Lions Gate's web site offers it for $11.98 plus shipping, Deep Discount is offering it for $10.31 with free shipping and Amazon.com is offering it for $9.99 plus shipping for some examples of pricing. This is the Klinton Spilsbury & Michael Horse version with a small part played by John Hart as Lucas Striker. You can get a few details on the Lions Gate web site:
"The Legend of the Lone Ranger" (1981) - Lions Gate Films
July 24, 2008: Jim n' I Enterprises still has some nice things available! Jim told me that his web site hasn't been taken down by the provider yet so you can still look at his remaining Lone Ranger & Clayton Moore items that he has for sale. Be sure to check them out while you still have the chance. Jim has greatly reduced the prices for many items. Check them out here by clicking on either of the two tabs at the top of the page: "Jim n' I Enterprises"
July 23, 2008: Lone Ranger 75th Anniversary Mega Bust By Dynamic Forces! Thanks to Ken Pope for sending along a link to Dynamic Forces's Lone Ranger Mega Bust which will be available in October, 2008. Fans who want to pre-order, can do that now, at the BigBadToyStore.com web site. I know nothing about the BigBadToyStore, so use your best judgement. According to their web site, there will be 2 versions available of this bust, a standard grade and for $2 extra, a Collector's grade. There will probably be other sites that will be carrying this item and possibly your local comic book store as well. You can see the bust here: Lone Ranger 75th anniversary Mega Bust 8/01/2008- Here's another site that is taking pre-orders for the bust and a couple more photos to view: Lone Ranger 75th anniversary Mega Bust at Statue Toys
July 10, 2008: Mother Goose & Grimm & another Lone Ranger cartoon! In case you didn't see it, there was a Mother Goose & Grimm comic strip today, in the newspaper, with a Lone Ranger theme. You can also see it in color here: Mother Goose & Grimm and The Lone Ranger
July 7, 2008: The Lone Ranger finally and officially, coming to DVD in November, 2008! The Lone Ranger Fan Club reports that Classic Media is releasing an official 75th anniversary set of The Lone Ranger television show, the first 2 seasons, on DVD on November 11, 2008. It reportedly is a digitally remastered, 13 disc set of seasons 1 & 2, with an 88 page commemorative book, a compete episode guide, a rare comic book, photo reprints and special bonus features. The set will have a retail price of $119.93. More information will be available in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
July 5, 2008: Chuck Courtney's appearance in "The Wild Wild West"! I added a page of picture captures from one of Chuck's appearance on "The Wild Wild West" in the episode titled "The Night of the Winged Terror" Part 1 from 1969. You can find it by going into the Internal Links on my front page and then clicking on the button for Chuck Courtney or just click on the next link: Chuck in "The Wild Wild West"
July 2, 2008: Chuck Courtney's appearance in "The Fugitive"! I added a page of picture captures from Chuck's appearance on "The Fugitive" in the episode titled "The Blessings of Liberty" from 1966. You can find it by going into the Internal Links on my front page and then clicking on the button for Chuck Courtney or just click on the next link: Chuck in "The Fugitive"
June 22, 2008:More John Hart items on Ebay! Mick LaFever has added a few more John Hart items on Ebay today and they will run for about a week. Check them out here: John Hart items on Ebay
June 21, 2008: Guns of the Old West magazine! My news item about the Summer issue of "Guns of the Old West" magazine seems to have been lost so I will mention it again. Issue # 58 has a very nice article titled "The Lone Ranger Rides Again" by C. Jack Lewis and it includes information & photos on Clayton, Jay Silverheels, John Hart and others. I've noticed a few errors but it's still an interesting read. Wal Mart carries the magazine in my area. Also in the magazine is a feature about Eddie Dean, a close friend of Clayton's and this article was also written by C. Jack Lewis.
June 19, 2008: Season 3 Lone Ranger episodes to be shown on WHT, beginning June 30th! Note for John Hart fans, WHT will broadcast a month's worth of John Hart as the Lone Ranger episodes. WHT will begin with episode 79 on June 30th and end the John Hart run on July 25th with episode 98. WHT will then resume with Clayton Moore episodes from where they left off, with episode # 38 on July 28th.**NOTE: 6/21/08- The change, just verified, that WHT will begin with episode # 79, the first episode of season 3 on June 30th.
June 13, 2008: Photos from the Memphis Film Festival! Joe Southern has posted some photos from the recently completed festival at which they celebrated 75 years of The Lone Ranger and 70 years of Superman, jointly. Take a look at them here: "75th Anniversary of The Lone Ranger festival in pictures" Hopefully, Joe will be able to add some captions at a later time
June 13, 2008: One copy of John Hart's "Cowboy in the Kitchen" book for sale! Jim Hollaert of "Jim n' I Enterprises" has ended his close-out sale as of today but he just discovered that he had overlooked a brand new, never used copy of John Hart's cookbook. (*NOTE: John signed it, "To Jim") If you missed your chance to get a copy, Jim is selling this one for $25, shipping included. Contact Jim by phone at: (760)247-5020 or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org SOLD - SOLD - SOLD
June 9, 2008: "Misadventures of A Roving Cartoonist - The Lone Ranger's Secret Sidekick" now available! Tim Lasiuta has announced that his book about cartoonist Tom Gill has been published. ...Shortly before his death at age 92, Gill entrusted his manuscript to longtime friend Tim Lasiuta who adds his own comments to this remarkable book.... You can get additional details about the book at the following web site: "Misadventures of A Roving Cartoonist" or better yet, you can purchase an autographed copy by Tim, direct from him for $35 (cash or money order only), shipping included, from Canada:
309 Overdown Dr
Red Deer, Alberta
May 20, 2008: The Lone Ranger in the Mother Goose & Grimm comic strip today! Thanks to Tony Giordano for letting me know that the Mother Goose & Grimm comic stip in newspapers today, has the Lone Ranger & Tonto featured. You can also view it on-line here: "Mother Goose & Grimm by Mike Peters"
May 19, 2008: Lone Ranger items on Hake's Auction! There are some interesting Lone Ranger items on the current Hakes auction which ends in early June. Check them out: "Hake's Auction # 194"
May 16, 2008: Musical tribute to The Lone Ranger by Ron Christopher! Ron Christopher has just released a 13 song album, "Silver Screen Heroes and Other Legends" in celebration of the American cowboy on t.v. and in the movies in the 1950's & 60's, including a special song about The Lone Ranger, titled "Yesteryear's Hero". I've been listening & enjoying the song for 3 weeks and now is your chance to do the same. Go to Ron's web site to hear "Yesteryear's Hero" and read the background on Ron and how to obtain all the songs in Ron's album. All of the songs are now available from iTunes or from Rhapsody.com. Also, please note the email button where you can contact Ron directly as he would like to hear from anyone, especially those of you who remember the cowboy heroes of the 1950's. Please let Ron know that you heard about him and his music from this web site: "Ron Christopher - Silver Screen Heroes and Other Legends"
May 16, 2008: John Hart's "Cowboys in the Kitchen" cookbook --SOLD OUT! Mick LaFever reports that John Hart's "Cowboys in the Kitchen" cookbook is SOLD OUT and not available. It is hoped that another edition will be published in the future. If you weren't familiar with the cookbook, you can see what you missed out on, here: "Cowboys in the Kitchen"
Mary 2, 2008: Last month for Jim n' I Enterprises! I wanted to remind you that Jim & Maxine will be closing down their web site at the end of the month. If you haven't visited their web site recently, you might want to check them out and perhaps grab a bargain or two while you can. They have a large array of Lone Ranger merchandise and other items for sale: "Jim n' I Enterprises web site closing sale"
May 2, 2008: Old Time Radio Recreation in Illinois on May 18, 2008! Thanks to Graig Gustafson for passing along the following web site. It apears that performers from "Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear" will be doing a couple of shows on May 18th in Oak Park, Illinois. One is the 20th anniversary show of The Lone Ranger on radio in the episode titled "The Return of Butch Cavendish" from January 30, 1953. The second performance they will recreate is a Green Hornet radio show from November 11, 1947 titled "Too Hot to Handle". Catch these performances at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, 2008 at the Oak Park Arms at 408 S. Oak Park Ave in Oak Park Illinois. Get all the details from their web site: "Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear"
March 28, 2008: 75 Years of the Lone Ranger by Tim Lasiuta! SCOOP has a good and very lengthy article on the history of the Lone Ranger, written by Tim Lasiuta. See it here: "75 Years of The Lone Ranger by Tim Lasiuta"
March 28, 2008: Lone Ranger movie! There isn't anything that we haven't heard before but at least the new Lone Ranger movie is still making the Hollywood Reporter as of March 27, 2008. Small but nice photo of Clayton Moore. Read the article here: "Hollywood Reporter on the Lone Ranger movie" Thanks to Doug Palumbo for the tip.
March 12, 2008: "Silver Bullet" newsletter is in the mail today! Joe Southern has informed me that the next edition of the "Silver Bullet" newsletter was mailed today so it should be in our hands shortly. Also, Joe informed me that the T-shirt sale was extended. The newsletter says the sale goes until March 15th but the sale actually runs through March 22, 2008, so you get an extra week in which to make your purchases.
March 4, 2008: Jim n' I Enterprises is CLOSING UP SHOP! I learned a while back that Jim & Maxine Hollaert were seriously thinking about closing up their Internet web store, Jim n' I Enterprises. It's now official, as Jim & Maxine will be bidding a final "Adios" and closing their store, effective June 1, 2008. Jim & Maxine have travel plans in their future before settling down in a new home in a new town. In order to accomplish their plans, they will be selling off some of their collection of Lone Ranger and Roy Roger items as well as the merchandise from their store. I urge everyone to visit their web site and read Jim's explanation as to why they are closing. This may be a golden opportunity to add to your own collection as Jim & Maxine downsize their's. Jim & Maxine, I wish you nothing but the best in your current and future endeavours as well as safe journeys when you eventually hit the highways for your travelling adventures! Thanks Jim & Maxine for your part in keeping The Lone Ranger alive and for your years of friendship! "Jim n' I Enterprises?"
February 29, 2008: Earle Graser “The Lone Ranger” Week, May 12 – 17, 2008! The Mayor & City Council of the City of Farmington Hills, Michigan, have proclaimed the week of May 12 - 17, 2008 as the Earle Graser “The Lone Ranger” Week and thus they encourage individuals to mark this event with activities that will honor his memory. May 16, 2008 marks the 75th anniversary of Earle Graser assuming the character of The Lone Ranger on the radio show. The proclamation was made on January 14, 2008. Thanks to Dave Fromme for bringing this to my attention!
February 3, 2008: "Toy Collector Magazine" The February issue of Toy Collector Magazine is available for viewing and downloading and has an article on tracking 75 years of The Lone Ranger on pages 53 through 60: "Who Was That Masked Man?"
January 31, 2008: Is The Lone Ranger going to a new owner? Entertainment Rights in take-over talks! Thanks to Joe Southern for an interesting bit of news. Apparently, Entertainment Rights, Plc, owner of The Lone Ranger and other character and brand names, is involved in talks that may lead to ER's purchase by the American hedgefund company, Och-Ziff. Will The Lone Ranger have a new owner? Stay tuned. Here's one web site with the information as of January 22nd: TimesOnLine! Thanks for tip Joe.
January 15, 2008: "The Lone Ranger on NPR" Quite a bit of information on the following web site which came together from the "In Character" segment that was broadcast yesterday. Listen to the entertaining 13 minute radio segment and view the rest of it here: "The Lone Ranger: In Character"
January 11, 2008: Hake's Auction # 193 begins to come to an end on January 31st! There are about 45 Lone Ranger/Clayton Moore items up for bid at Hake's currently running auction # 193. A couple of interesting items are Marshall Corporation items, an official Lone Ranger Secret Operator fingerprint set, a Lone Ranger telescope, a 1956 Warner Brothers The Lone Ranger movie promo kit and other items. The auction is interesting to look at, whether you can afford to bid for some of the items or not. I suggest you search by the words: lone ranger and then by Clayton Moore, Tonto, etc. to find all the items up for bid: Hake's Auction # 193!
January 10, 2008: "Toy Collector Magazine" and The Lone Ranger 75th Anniversary? The February, 2008 issue of "Toy Collector Magazine" will feature an article celebrating 75 years of The Lone Ranger. You can download (in Adobe PDF format) this issue on February 1, 2008 for FREE. This is an excellent magazine with their use of high quality photos and interesting articles. You can view the magazine or save it and view it later and you can sign up and receive an email alert when the latest issue is available for downloading. Here's where you go to get the information, details and sign up for a FREE subscription. You can view or download the January issue now or look at previous issues: "Toy Collector Magazine"
January 4, 2008: The Lone Ranger & NPR (National Public Radio)! Thanks to Steve Jorgenson & Jeff Geldner for alerting me to the following item. NPR (National Public Radio) started a new series on January 2nd, which will cover: The great characters that have emerged from American fiction, entertainment and folklore have also defined the country’s moods, fears, frailties, hopes and dreams. The series is titled "In Character" and will examine classic fictional characters and their effect on life in America. The Lone Ranger will be included with a show, which appears to be tenatively scheduled on January 14th, in the NPR program titled "All Things Considered". I'll direct you to a couple of web sites for additional information. The first is the original web site that I was directed to, which is the FresnoBee. The second web site is the NPR (National Public Radio) web site which talks about the series. I am not familiar with NPR so don't know the time the "In Character" series is running or if the times vary with each NPR station. There is also supposed to be a show for "Lassie" on January 7th. The first web site is the Fresno Bee and scroll down to Character study: Fresno Bee! The second web site is NPR: NPR & The Lone Ranger! You can get details of the "In Character" series here and for future show information as the series is supposed to run for 6 months. From what I have found, it appears that you might be able to listen to this show as a podcast, the day after it runs on the radio. NOTE* 1/9/2008* If you miss the radio broadcast, you can listen to the program, as early as the next day, at the following NPR web site: In Character!
January 3, 2008: Harmonica player and The Lone Ranger? Yes, there is a connection in this You Tube video. Thanks to George Coan for sending me the video. Of course the "best" part starts at about the 2:28 mark by this talented man: "Buddy Greene at Carnegie Hall"