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Hi-yo Silver, away!

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The Lone Ranger is an American, long-running, old-time radio and early television show created by George W. Trendle (with considerable input from station staff members), and developed by writer Fran Striker (picture above with typewriter).

The titular character is a masked Texas Ranger in the American Old West, who gallops about righting injustices, usually with the aid of a clever American Indian sidekick called Tonto, and his horse Silver. He would famously say "Hi-yo Silver, away!" to get the horse to gallop.

On the radio and TV-series, the usual opening announcement was:


A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty 'Hi-ho Silver away!' The Lone Ranger!

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear.... The Lone Ranger Rides Again!

Episodes usually ended with one of the characters lamenting the fact that they never found out the hero's name ("Who was that masked man?"), only to be told, "Why, he's the Lone Ranger!" as he and Tonto ride away. The Lone Ranger also rode with his nephew, Dan Reid. 

The theme music was the "cavalry charge" finale of Gioacchino Rossini's William Tell Overture, now inseparably associated with the series.

The series also inspired numerous comic books, two movie serials, books, a live action television series (1949-1957) starring Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger (which is probably the best known treatment of the franchise.).

"When the desert comes, people will be sad; just as Cannery Row was sad when all the pilchards were caught and canned and eaten." - John Steinbeck