View Full Version : The Lone Ranger and me

9th May 2012, 14:44
I was having a wee bit of fun with Corey over on the Russians are coming thread about Texas. I wondered if I could become an honorary member of Texas, as he has his Texas group link as his signature at the bottom of his posts. I do know there is a lot of Scottish ancestry in Texas. I googled around and whilst doing so I remembered the Lone Ranger series on television I used to watch many years ago. In fact I was about 7 when I first watched the Lone Ranger. I remember going to a cinema in Edinburgh where after the Lone Ranger film he came on stage with Silver his horse. At one point he tugged the reigns and Silver lifted its two front legs high whilst he waved to the engrossed children. Come to think about it he must have travelled by sea to have his horse with him. It was the same horse in case anyone begins to question my veracity.
I used to love watching TLR. I was wondering why he appealed to me at that age. I found this on a google search.

The Lone Ranger

In every incarnation of the character to date, the Lone Ranger conducts himself by a strict moral code put in place by Striker at the inception of the character. Actors Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels (Tonto) both took their positions as role models to children very seriously and tried their best to live by this creed. It reads as follows:

I believe 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.[13]

In addition, Fran Striker and George W. Trendle drew up the following guidelines that embody who and what the Lone Ranger is :

The Lone Ranger is never seen without his mask or a disguise.

With emphasis on logic, The Lone Ranger is never captured or held for any length of time by lawmen, avoiding his being unmasked.

The Lone Ranger always uses perfect grammar and precise speech completely devoid of slang and colloquial phrases, at all times.

When he has to use guns, The Lone Ranger never shoots to kill, but rather only to disarm his opponent as painlessly as possible.

Logically, too, The Lone Ranger never wins against hopeless odds; i.e., he is never seen escaping from a barrage of bullets merely by riding into the horizon.

Even though The Lone Ranger offers his aid to individuals or small groups, the ultimate objective of his story never fails to imply that their benefit is only a by-product of a greater achievement—the development of the west or our country. His adversaries are usually groups whose power is such that large areas are at stake.

Adversaries are never other than American to avoid criticism from minority groups. There were exceptions to this rule. He sometimes battled foreign agents, though their nation of origin was generally not named. One exception was helping the Mexican Juarez against French troops of Emperor Maximilian, as occurred in radio episodes such as "Supplies for Juarez" (18 September 1939), "Hunted by Legionnaires" (20 September 1939) and "Lafitte's Reinforcements" (22 September 1939).

Names of unsympathetic characters are carefully chosen, never consisting of two names if it can be avoided, to avoid even further vicarious association—more often than not, a single nickname is selected.

The Lone Ranger never drinks or smokes, and saloon scenes are usually interpreted as cafes, with waiters and food instead of bartenders and liquor.

Criminals are never shown in enviable positions of wealth or power, and they never appear as successful or glamorous.

Reid decides to use only silver bullets, to remind himself that life, too, is precious and, like his silver bullets, not to be wasted or thrown away.

When I come to think of it these moral guidelines were indeed part of who I was and became later in life. To this day I am still a loyal fan of the Lone Ranger. In fact he was right up my street.