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September 12th, 2018, 07:08 AM
For the uninitiated, the Lone Ranger is John Reid, the sole survivor of an ambush of Texas Rangers by Butch Cavendish and his outlaws, who is rescued by an Indian named Tonto. To conceal Reid’s identity, Tonto makes a black mask from the vest of one of the dead Rangers — Reid’s older brother Capt. Daniel Reid — and the two dedicate their lives to fighting crime.

The Lone Ranger brought silver bullets, “kemosabe” and, yes, the William Tell Overture into American pop culture.


Here are 10 more things to know about The Lone Ranger:

1. Although The Lone Ranger premiered in January 1933 on Detroit radio station WXYZ — the character first appeared in test episodes on WEBR in Buffalo, New York. More than 2,500 episodes of the radio series were broadcast up until 1956.

2. The Lone Ranger was created by lawyer and producer George Trendle and writer Francis Striker. The latter died in a car accident in 1962 at the age of 59, southeast of Buffalo.

3. The Lone Ranger was portrayed on radio by John Barrett, George Seaton, James Jewell, Earle Graser, Fred Foy and Brace Beemer. The Lone Ranger’s sidekick Tonto, who didn’t appear until the 11th episode of the series, was portrayed by John Todd and Roland Parker.

4. The Lone Ranger became an ABC TV series in 1949. Filmed in California and Utah, it was the first Western made for television. A whopping 221 episodes were produced and aired over five seasons — in black and white up until 1956. The series earned two Emmy nominations but never won.

5. On television, the Lone Ranger was played by Clayton Moore. He briefly left the show, reportedly over creative differences, and was replaced for 52 episodes by John Hart. Moore is the only person to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with both his name and his character’s name.


6. Moore took the role very, very seriously, adopting the character's morals and code of conduct for his offscreen life. He took it so seriously that he rarely appeared in public not wearing the mask, making numerous special appearances as the character that he helped define. Moore continued to dress as the character for functions and special occasions in the decades after the show ended, building his entire life around his Lone Ranger persona. A court order obtained by the TV show's creator in 1979 to stop Moore from appearing as the Ranger in public was only a speed bump -- he simply replaced the iconic mask with a pair of sunglasses in a similar shape!


7. Jay Silverheels, who played The Lone Ranger’s sidekick Tonto in the TV series and movies, was born to a Mohawk chief on the Six Nations Reservation in Brantford, Ontario and was a star lacrosse player before moving to Hollywood to work as a stuntman. He was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1979.


8. John Bennett Perry, the father of Ottawa-raised Friends star Matthew Perry, played Capt. Dan Reid in 1981’s The Legend of the Lone Ranger.

9. The Lone Ranger’s last name has always been Reid but his first name, John, wasn’t specified until 1953. His full name appears in The Legend of the Lone Ranger and the 2006 comic book series.

10. The Lone Ranger is the great-uncle of the Green Hornet. No, really. The creators of The Lone Ranger also came up with The Green Hornet. The Lone Ranger’s nephew is named Dan Reid, who is the father of The Green Hornet’s alter-ego Britt Reid.

11. Tonto’s term of endearment, “kemosabe,” was originally written as “ke-mo sah-bee” and said to be a Potawatomi phrase for a trusted scout or faithful friend. Jim Jewell, who directed the radio series, said the phrase was taken from Kamp Kee-Mo Sah-Bee, a boys’ camp on Mullett Lake in Michigan.

September 12th, 2018, 07:58 AM
I loved the Lone Ranger as a kid and always watched it. I was a horse "nut", so Silver was my favorite.

September 12th, 2018, 08:26 AM
I can remember listening to it on the radio with my grandmother. We didn't have a TV.

September 12th, 2018, 09:36 AM
Heck, DH and I still watch it on the television. Our favorite shows are the westerns that come on in the mornings. They get our day started on a good memory note.

September 12th, 2018, 10:22 AM
I can remember listening to it on the radio with my grandmother. We didn't have a TV.

Me too. After Grandpa and I washed the dinner dishes and cleaned up the kitchen we would sit around the kitchen table and listen to the show together. I was quite young when we started doing that and at first called him The Long Ranger, LOL.

September 12th, 2018, 05:45 PM
When I was growing up, we didn't have a TV, but one of the neighbors did. All the kids on the block would congregate at their house in the afternoon, wait for the test pattern to show up, then watch Howdy Doody, the Lone Ranger, etc. It was great fun. Thanks for sharing the info.