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Who was that masked man, I forgot to thank him.....

"A firery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty 'HI-YOOO Silver!', the Lone Ranger rides again!"
Man, when I was a kid, the Lone Ranger was my hero, and he's still a hero to me today. If there was ever a figure that stood for honor and justice, it was he, played by Clayton Moore. The Lone Ranger, his "......faithfull Indian companion" Tonto, and the "Lone Ranger's Code" they lived by instilled in me the important values of friendship, integrety, fair play, honesty, and living by a man's word as you go thru life.
I wasn't the only one who felt that way. I remember when in the late '70's when they were going to make a new Lone Ranger movie, the studio got an injunction against Clayton Moore which forbid him from wearing his mask in public appearances, and representing himself as the Lone Ranger, because they were going to use a much younger star for the part, and didn't want any "confusion". This sparked an avalance of mail, phone calls, and telegrams from all over the world, all expressing outrage at the studio's treatment of Clayton Moore. The result? The movie bombed, it flopped, and the injunction was silently lifted.

Clayton Moore is the only one on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that has both his name, and the name of the character he played, embossed on his star. It's on Hollywood Blvd., right across the street from Mann's Chinese Theater. And, the rock formation he reared Silver in front of at the beginning of each episode is still standing in Chatsworth, CA, although "civilization" has crept as close as it can to it. Google "Lone Ranger Rock" if you'd like to know it's location.



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