Here’s a memory from yesteryear…
It all begins when the narrator cuts in smoothly: In the early days of the Western United States, a masked man and an Indian rode the plains, searching for truth and justice. Then the William Tell Overture comes on followed the rhythmic clomping of coconut-shell hoof beats. Finally we hear Hi-yo, Silver! Away!
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Today is the anniversary of an American icon. On this day in 1933, The Lone Ranger was broadcasted over radio for the very first time. An immediate success, the cowboy series ran approximately 3,000 episodes. It lasted more than 20 years, ending in 1951. The TV series with Jay Silverheels as Tonto and Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger, ran from 1949 to 1957.
Though I have heard old radio broadcasts, a TV-less world was a little before my time. I remember the first TV episode where he cut his mask from his murdered brother’s leather vest and took his Texas Ranger star as his own. My memory is foggy on where Tonto comes in. I’m thinking either one or the other saved the other man’s life and they became companions after that.
For my snowbound neighbors, here’s a winter radio episode from back in the day. Enjoy.
Just for fun. How many sidekicks can you name?
The Lone Ranger at the Smithsonian
I often wonder where certain words and sayings come from. For the next few weeks this word collector will be examining some familiar phrases to get at their heart. I think you’ll be surprised.
The phrase for today is ~ Cliff-hanger
We understand cliff-hanger as a story or situation of dangling suspense. In the early days of Hollywood, a lot of short melodramatic serials were done to encourage theater patrons to return each week to follow a story. That’s a lot of nickels. Serials such as the 1914 weekly installments of The Perils of Pauline drew returning fans because heroines were often left facing certain death — dangling from a fraying rope over crocodiles, hanging on the edge of a precipice, or tied to the railroad tracks as a train is seen or heard chugging in the background. (think Snidely Whiplash tying up Nell Fenwick) This suspenseful point in the serial was almost always at the end of the film and was always resolved in the next film in the series. The actual phrase shows up in 1936 in reference to one of these “cliff-hanger” serials.
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