The Lone Ranger is a fictional masked former Texas Ranger who fought outlaws in the American Old West with his Native American friend, Tonto. The character has been called an enduring icon of American culture.
“The Lone Ranger” was heard on radio for the final time after 2,956 episodes over a period of 21 years, on September 3rd 1954.
I use to watch the Lone Ranger when I was a kid, and I always wondered where did they come up with the name Tonto?
The character made his initial appearance in the 11th episode of the radio show. The radio program identified him as a member of the Potawatomi tribe, though some books say he was probably an Apache.
He was named by James Jewell, who also came up with the term “Kemosabe” based on the name of a summer camp owned by his father-in-law in upstate Michigan. In the local Native American language, “Tonto” meant “wild one.”
The character spoke in broken English that emphasized Tonto had learned it as a second language, because Tonto means “foolish” or “silly” in Spanish.
I always thought Tonto knew more than the Lone Ranger did, and he was always my favorite character.
Although the Lone Ranger’s last name in the radio shows was given as Reid, his first name was never specified in any of the radio or television shows. Various radio reference books, beginning with Radio’s Golden Age (Eastern Valley Press, 1966), give the Lone Ranger’s first name as John.
The Lone Ranger was later to be revealed as Texas Ranger Allen King.
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Did you know the Green Hornet was the Lone Rangers spin off?
Yep, that’s right: Green Hornet and Lone Ranger belong to the same family tree, with the Hornet’s radio show being a spinoff from the Ranger’s. Although various rights issues have frequently prevented both characters from always being presented as kin, it all makes sense. After all, both of them are cool white guys who fight crime with even cooler ethnic sidekicks.
Where did they get the idea for the Lone Ranger?
No one is entirely sure where the inspiration for the Lone Ranger came from (exactly who created him is still in dispute), but many fans and historians believe that the character was inspired by legendary lawman Bass Reeves.
One of the first African Americans to become a Deputy US Marshall west of the Mississippi river (aka cowboy country), Reeves lived among local Native American tribes for years after escaping slavery, where he learned many languages and became a crack shot. As an Oklahoma territory lawman, he worked tirelessly for 32 years, apprehending over 3,000 felons (including one of his sons) without ever getting wounded.
When did Tonto appear with the Lone Ranger?
Eventually, the show’s producers decided that their hero needed someone to talk to, so they introduced his faithful companion, Tonto, in episode 11. Of course, they didn’t know they had just created one of the most legendary partnerships in all of fiction.
“High Ole Sliver, as we ride into sunset with today’s information how on September 3rd 1954 the radio show of The Lone Ranger had ended, as we celebrate today’s day to remember.
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