you will find a smile here!
"Get on and let's take a trip together -
Down Memory Lane."
The Lone Ranger Rides Again!!!
THE LONE RANGER
As a young boy, I was an avid fan of the Lone Ranger. The sounds that
you are hearing now were truly music to my ears. For my eighth
birthday, I received a Trutone push-button radio from
Western Auto, and every chance I had, I would listen to the Lone
Ranger. Oh, how memorable was that spine tingling introduction with gun
shots and the William Tell Overture playing in the background.
"A fiery horse with
the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a
hearty "Hi Yo
Silver!" The Lone Ranger.
"Hi Yo Silver,
away!" With his faithful Indian companion Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked rider of
the plains, led the fight for law and order in the early west. Return with us
now to those thrilling days of yesteryear. The Lone Ranger rides again!"
Lone Ranger and Tonto
Lone Ranger riding
History of the Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger was one of six
Texas Rangers who were ambushed while chasing a gang of
outlaws led by Butch Cavendish. A two-timing thug who was supposed to
lead the rangers to the Cavendish Gang's hideout, instead led then into a
canyon ambush where all six were shot and left for dead in a gun
battle. Cavendish's Gang also shot the thug because he could not be trusted.
battle, only one Texas Ranger survived, and was discovered by Tonto,
an Indian who recognized the survivor as John Reid, the Texas
Ranger who had saved his life earlier. Tonto
thereafter referred to the ranger as "Kemo Sabe,"
which is translated as "Trusty Scout."
helped Reid regain his strength, the ranger vowed to hide his identity from
Cavendish and to dedicate his life to "Making the West a decent place to
live." Reid and Tonto dug an extra grave to
fool Cavendish into believing all six rangers had died and Reid donned a mask
to protect his identity as the single surviving ranger.
Only Tonto knew who he was ... the
Ranger and Tonto saved a silver-white stallion who
had been gored by a buffalo. They nursed the horse back to health and
set him free, but the horse followed them. The Lone Ranger decided
to adopt the horse and named him "Silver."
thereafter, the Lone Ranger and Tonto encountered a man who,
it turns out, has been set up to take the blame for murders committed by
Cavendish Gang. They established him as caretaker in an abandoned
silver mine, where he produced silver bullets for the Lone Ranger.
the Cavendish gang was captured. However, the Lone Ranger decided to
keep his identity a secret. When someone asked about the identity of
the masked man, the typical response was: "I don't rightly know his real
name, but I've heard him called... the Lone Ranger."
Ranger exemplified upstanding character and righteous purpose. He
engaged in plenty of action, but his silver bullets were symbols of
"Justice by Law," and were never used to kill.
children's audience, the Lone Ranger represented clean living and noble
effort in the cause of fighting crime. His values and style, including
his polished manners and speech, were intended to provide a positive role
standard musical theme was Rossini's "William Tell Overture,"
accompanied by the Lone Ranger voicing a hearty "Hi-Yo, Silver,
away," as he rode off in a cloud of dust.
First Radio Broadcast was January
31, 1933, the last TV Broadcast was September
Lone Ranger Creed
By Fran Striker
"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
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.
should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.
That sooner or
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
"Lone Ranger" Guitar
The Last Stops Before Going Home
The Krystal Drive-In on
Atlantic Blvd. - 1955
Texas Drive-In on
San Marco Blvd. - About 1970
Atlantic Drive-In Theater
Adjacent to the Atlantic, but hidden from view in this picture, were Hope
Haven Hospital and Uncle Joe's Drive-In where you could buy a 25 cent,
foot-long hot dog and share it with your date in their dimly lit parking lot.
Atlantic Drive-In was sold in the 1970s for commercial development, and a Publix
Super Market was built on the site.
"Revenge of the Creature"
This movie had one scene filmed inside the Lobster House
Restaurant. - 1955
House and Jacksonville
Creature from the Black Lagoon
"The King" Performs in Jacksonville
Elvis' Fans - Florida
Fans buying $1.50 Elvis
Preacher Denouncing Elvis as "Too Risqué"
Sun Label - Before
Camp - March 1958
The Late 1950s - Rock and Roll was Here to Stay!
Jerry Lee Lewis
Buddy Holley and The
Cowboys and their Horses
Rogers & Trigger Hopalong
Cassidy & Topper Gene Autry &
Lone Ranger & Silver
Do You Remember?
& H Green Stamps
Drive-In Movies ('56 Chevy)
Telephone Booth Stuffing
Fender Skirts & White Wall
& Buffalo Bob "Mickey Mouse
'56 Chevy Corvette
'56 Ford Thunderbird
'56 Ford Victoria
'53 Jaguar XK-120
Air 2-Door Hard
Olds 4-Door Hard Top with "Flipper" Hub Caps
Buick Special 2-Door Hard Top
San Marco Square - About
Little Theater - About
Bridge - About
- About 1960
Building - About
- About 1950
San Marco Soda
Gulf Station across from San Marco
Branch Library -
San Jose Country Club - About
Peanut's - Arlington Expry.
Restaurant at Southgate
Bono's Sign -
Kings Avenue - The Heartbeat of Hwy. US 1 South
Biser's Restaurant -
Barnes Motor Court -
Motor Lodge - 3201 Kings Ave.
Patio Court - 3150
Kings Ave. El
Motor Court - 2415 Kings
Lodge - 3032 Kings Ave.
Horne Motel - 3436 Kings Ave.
Beautyrest Cabins - US 1 South -
Green Acres Motor Court -
3437 Kings Ave.
Boardwalk and Pier - About
Roller Coaster and Boardwalk - About 1940
Guard Station - About
Beach Blvd. Crossover - About 1953
Beach Scene - About
Rides - About 1940
Auditorium - About
City Band Shell - About
Scene with 1957
Mac's Shack looking South
Mayport, Florida -
entering St. Johns River
Renting a Fishing Pole
Strickland's Restaurant - About
Johns River Ferry Docking at Mayport -
Greyhound Bus Station
Plaza - Looking
Hotel and Confederate
Main Street -
Furchgott's - W. Adams
and Hogan Streets Levy's
and Furchgott's - Cor. W. Adams & Hogan Sts.
West Forsyth Street
Jail - Before
Duval County Jail
Cohen Brothers Dept. Store
- Corner of Main and Forsyth
JC Penney - Corner Main and Bay Streets - 1942
City Parking Lot - About
City Parking Lot - Hurricane Dora in 1964
Arcade Theater - 1936
Train at the Jacksonville
Little Train in
Jacksonville Coliseum -
Sports Complex - About 1960
Flying Confederate Flag -
DuPont High School - About 1960
Airport - Main Entrance
Riverside Chevrolet - Night
NAS Jacksonville - Main
Navy Planes over St. Johns River - About 1950
St. Vincent's Hospital -
Main Street Car Lot - About
Bridge of Lions
Lounge - about 1960
Old "Daytona 500" Beach-Road Course Race
Version of Pit
"Hornet" Race Car
Pier and Recreation Center
Branch State Park
- Hilliard, Florida
Swisher Cigar Plant - Jacksonville,
Sheriff Dale Carson inspects first Radar Gun - 1960
SLANG/LINGO: Of all the fads that came and went in the '50s,
perhaps the oddest was the disorientation of the English language. Words
sometimes performed complete 180-degree turns in the course of the decade;
thus, hot in 1950 soon changed to cool ... real gone
became the most, what was in became out, and soon way,
way out was just about as in as one could get.
(also "neat" "smooth" - worthy of approval; as a noun, it
denoted poise or self-assurance.
· HANG LOOSE
(also "negative perspiration") - no sweat, don't worry.
· HAIRY -
formidable, as in a hairy exam.
· CLUTCH -
to panic, or lose one's cool.
(also "square" "nerd" "turkey"
"spastic" "nose-bleed") - a dull person; an outsider.
- to go away, get lost, drop dead (also "DDT" for "drop dead
· DRAG - anything,
or anybody, that was considered dreary.
· WHEELS -
· PASSION PIT
- a drive-in movie.
- unable to borrow the family wheels to take a hot date to the passion pit.
· SARC -
sarcastic; a sarc remark
would be "Wanna lose
ten ugly pounds? Cut off your head."
- the sarc response to
someone else's bad joke.
(also "frantic" "the most") - wonderful, great; or a
general response to anything said.
· DIG -
(also "dig it") to understand, appreciate, or even notice, as in
"Dig that crazy blonde."
· EAT IT - to
let someone know you weren’t interested or didn’t believe what they were
(also "stud") - a person who dug; any man.
· DOG - a
song that did not make it.
(also "cool" "groovy" "far out" "the
end") - the superlative of crazy.
· FLIP -
to become enthusiastic, as in "The cat really flipped over the
· HIP -
aware; a cat who dug was
· HIPPY –
A person who was super-cool and so far out that he appeared in another world.
"green" "M") - money.
(also "tough" "terrible") - words that replaced
"crazy" to signify the greatest
· AXE -
any musical instrument, from a saxophone to a piano.
· BLOW -
to play a musical instrument, as in "He blows a mean piano."
· CHICK -
a girl. An unattractive chick was a "bear" and a fat chick was
known as "heavy cream".
· MONKEY -
a music critic. (He sees no music, hears no music, and digs no music.)
· LOWERING - Lowering
the back end of a car to give the hood a raised look.
· DRAG - a
race from a standing start.
· TOP END – the
fastest speed that a car would run.
(also "screamer" "stormer"
wagon") - a souped-up
car, or hot rod.
- lowering the front end of a car to give it a stream-lined look.
- lowering the roof of a car to give it a chopped top.
· SKINS -
tires; if they were whitewalls, they were called "snowballs".
(also "stacks" "pipes" "Hollywoods") - a special exhaust system.
· MILL -
The motor in a car.
· REV - Pushing
the gas pedal while stopped with the clutch engaged to increase engine RPMs.
To some the universal language in the '50s
was not English ... it was Pig Latin! When speaking Pig Latin, you form words
by taking the initial consonant of an English word and moving it to the end
of that word, then adding "-ay" after the consonant. Thus,
"You must be kidding!" would be fashioned "Youay ustmay
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