Where is Trigger?

In July I posted my thoughts on the Lone Ranger remake, and the fact that young people didn’t get it. Most of the audience at the theater were of an age that grew up with the TV cowboy hero and his faithful equine partner.  This post is an edited reprint of an e-mail post sent to me by my friend and illustrator, today.  It states: End of an era! I found it kind of sad, but if you are younger than 50 you probably won’t get it.  It always made me feel kind of queasy thinking of Trigger and Buttermilk being stuffed and displayed in a museum for folks to stare at.

As I read this e-mail, I wondered where those horses are now. Maybe, they are in a new museum, or could they be in someones living room. I knew a woman who had her favorite dressage horse skinned and tanned. He’d become a throw rug on her floor, in front of her sofa! That gave me goose bumps.  Hey animal lovers does this sort of thing bother you? Or is it only me?

Well, here is the e-mail:


Roy Rogers MuseumTHE END OF AN  ERA…….

The Roy Rogers Museum in  Branson , MO has closed its doors  forever.
The contents of the  museum were sold at a public  auction.
Roy Rogers told his  son, if the museum ever operates at a loss,
close  it And sell the contents. He  complied.

Note the follow-on  article truly the end of an  era.
Here is a partial listing  of some of the items that were sold at  auction…

Roy ‘s 1964 Bonneville sold for  $254,500, it was estimated  to
Sell between 100 and 150  thousand dollars.

ATT00002His script book from the  January 14,1953 episode of
This Is Your Life sold  for $10,000 (EST. $800-$1,000).
A collection of  signed baseballs ( Pete Rose, Duke Snyder and
other  greats) sold for $3,750.

A collection of signed  bats (Yogi Berra, Enos Slaughter,
Bob Feller, and  others) sold for $2,750.

Trigger ‘s saddle and  bridle sold for $386,500 (EST. 100-150 K).

One  of many of Roy ‘s shirts sold for $16,250 and one of  his many
cowboy hats sold for  $17,500.

Movie poster of Roy and TriggerOne set of boot spurs sold for  $10,625.
(He never used a set of spurs on  Trigger).
A life size shooting gallery sold for  $27,500.
Various chandeliers  sold from $6,875 to $20,000.
Very unique and  artistic in their western  style.

Roy ‘s first  Boots
A signed photograph by Don Larsen taken  during his
perfect game in the world series against  The Dodgers
on Oct. 8, 1953, along with a signed  baseball to Roy from Don,Triger, Roy, and Dale
sold for  $2,500.

Two fabulous  limited edition BB guns in their
original boxes with  Numerous photos of Roy, Dale,
Gabby, and Pat sold for  $3,750. roy and dale in Vietnam
A collection of  memorabilia from his shows entertaining the troops in  Vietnam sold for $938.
I never  knew he was there. His flight jacket sold for  $7,500.

Nellybelle   Nellybelle  sold for  $116,500.

A fabulous  painting of Roy , Dale, Pat , Buttermilk, Trigger,
and  Bullet sold for $10,625.
One of several sets of movie  posters sold for $18,750.
A black and white photograph  of Gene Autry with a
inscription >From Gene  to Roy sold for $17,500.
A Republic Productions Poster  bearing many autographs of  the
People that played in Roy ‘s  movies sold for $11,875.

Dale ‘s horse, Buttermilk  (whose history is very interesting) sold
below The  presale estimate for $25,000. (EST. 30-40  K).

Buttermilk and Bullett

Bullet sold for $35,000 (EST.  10-15 K). He was their real pet.
Dale ‘s parade saddle,  estimated to sell between 20-30  K,
sold for  $104,500.

Do you remember the 1938 movie  The Adventures of Robinhood,
With  Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland?
Well Olivia rode  Trigger in that movie.

Trigger  was bred on a farm co-owned by Bing  Crosby.
Roy bought Trigger on a time  payment plan for $2,500.
Roy and  Trigger made 188 movies  together.
Trigger even out did Bob  Hope by winning an Oscar in the movieRoy and Dale
Son of Paleface  in 1953.

It is extremely sad to see this era lost  forever. Despite the fact that
Gene and Roy ‘s movies,  As well as those of other great characters,
can be  bought or rented for viewing, today ‘s kids would  rather
spend their time playing video  games.

Today it takes a very  special pair of parents to raise their kids with
the  right values and morals.
These were  the
great heroes of our childhood, and they did  teach
us right from Wrong, and how to have and show  respect for each
other and the animals that share this  earth.

You and I were born at  the right time.
We were able to grow up with these  great people even if we
never met them. In their own  way they taught us patriotism and honor,
we learned  that lying and Cheating were bad, and sex wasn’t as
important as love. We learned how to suffer through disappointment and
failure and work through it. Our lives were drug free.

So it ‘s  good-bye to Roy and Dale, Gene and Hoppy,
The Lone  Ranger and Tonto.
Farewell to Sky King and Superman and  Sgt. Friday.
Thanks to Capt..Kangaroo, Mr. Rogers and  Capt. Noah
and all those people whose lives touched  ours, and made them  better.

It was a great ride through  childhood.


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