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Every baby boomer in America knows who that masked man was. He was mysterious and mythic at the same time, the epitome of the American hero: compassionate, honest, patriotic, inventive, an unswerving champion of justice and fair play.
The Lone Ranger began in 1933 as a radio program in Detroit on WXYZ starring Detroiter Brace Beemer as the Ranger. It came to television in 1949. Clayton Moore played the Ranger and Jay Silverheels played Tonto, his loyal friend and companion. It was Tonto who nursed the sole survivor back to health after he and five other Texas Rangers had been ambushed by the Cavendish Gang. Tonto gave him a mask to conceal his identity. Many of us kids also wore one when we played.
According to Wikipedia, when the character of the Lone Ranger was started in Detroit he was given a strict moral code to follow. Adults thought that this code was a good one for us Boomers to adopt. It's probably still good for today's kids. It was:
•that to have a friend, a man must be one.
•that all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.
•that God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.
•in being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.
•that a man should make the most of what equipment he has.
•that 'this government of the people, by the people, and for the people' shall live always.
•that men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.
•that sooner or later...somewhere...somehow...we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.
•that all things change but truth, and that truth alone, lives on forever.
•in my Creator, my country, my fellow man.
Each episode began with announcer saying: "A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty Hi-Yo Silver! The Lone Ranger! ... 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 western United States. Nowhere in the pages of history can one find a greater champion of justice! Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear! From out of the past come the thundering hoofbeats of the great horse, Silver! The Lone Ranger rides again!"
The William Tell Overture was the theme song and helped bring us to the edge of our seats for this week's story.
Silver was a beautiful white stallion and Tonto rode a spotted palomino horse named Scout.