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:
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.
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.
One 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,
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.
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.
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).
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 movie
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.
HAPPY TRAILS MY FRIENDS