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White Hats and Heroes

I still remember the days when
The good guys wore white hats,
Rode tall in the saddle with
Their sidekicks always near
Men like Roy Rogers, Gene Autry,
Hopalong Cassidy, and the Cisco Kid,
Brought justice to the west
They always faced the toughest odds
But they never gave up and
Always set things right
Every week without fail
They rode into my life
The message that they brought
Was always do the right thing
For that is the cowboy way
Good always overcame evil
That remains with me today
When I face a problem
And don't know what to do
I look back to my heroes and
Find a white hat in my mind

Copyright ©2002 Don Tyson
 

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I can't beleive that you forgot the LONE RANGER & TONTO. Boy those were the good old day's when kids were taught good values and honesty. Back then a kid could wear a set of fanner 50's and play Cowboy's and Indians or Army without some one trying to ban guns and saying that it was teaching us to shoot people. I guess back then because of our saturday morning heros we new the difference between play and the real thing. We were also taught about hunting and firearms safety at a young age and we understood the difference between real guns and toy's. I wish our kid's could have had some of our hero's to look up to.
 

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Their Hero must have been R O S I E

This was taken from the Sacramento Bee 6 Nov 02:




Outlaws ride the rails again
By J.D. Sparks -- Bee Staff Writer
Published 2:15 a.m. PDT Wednesday, November 6, 2002
Mysterious Dave and his partner, Chuck Wagon, muscled their way through the Yolo Shortline Railroad boxcars, spurs jingling and gunmetal flashing.

The tough-talking, gunslinging cowboys in black hats were the scourge of children.

Cord McDowall, 12, and his brother, Blake, 10, of Cameron Park, rubbed their throats and threw hard looks at their half-sister Alexis Dashiell, 11, of Plymouth, after Chuck Wagon passed their way.

"He threatened to hang us because I was unsure about a question," Cord said. "I was unsure if he should hang Alexis by her thumbs or her feet."

The trio never expected that a Sunday train ride through the country could turn into so much mayhem and just plain fun.

More than 180 passengers of the sixth annual Autumn Express were treated Sunday to an interactive performance by the El Dorado Outlaws as part of a fund-raiser for Sacramento's Francis House, an area resource and counseling center for the poor.

The nonprofit reenactment troupe specializes in Wild West-style shows that include train robberies, shootouts and interactive skits.

The group was formed six years ago by Psycho Whitey -- alias Garry Dornon of Placerville -- and is composed of a dozen amateur actors who hold down day jobs and enjoy researching and role-playing post-Civil War frontier life.

They perform about 20 times throughout the year, wrapping up the season with a November train trip from West Sacramento to Woodland and back.

The fascination with the West can be boiled down to the stuff of childhood dreams.

"Even as a little kid, I wanted to play cowboys," Dornon said.

For others like Dave Althausen of Woodland, theater provides a link to the past.

"The old West is dying out. This is a way of keeping it alive," he said.

The script is flexible and the dialogue unrehearsed, but the troupe has strict rules about wearing authentic clothing.

Members spend hundreds of dollars on their costumes -- the most expensive component being the very real guns they tote such as a Winchester rifle, or a Coach sawed-off shotgun or the compact Pinkerton .45 hidden under the skirts of Hangtown Rose who said, "You never know when a girl might find herself in a spot."

"We're not Kmart cowboys," said Steve Hoffer of Pollock Pines, who plays U.S. marshal Coyote Jack.

Hoffer sported a Colt .45 and a Ruger Vicaro pistol. His black hair and eyes, black suit and white button-collar shirt brought to mind Wyatt Earp. He even wore a black hat, as did Earp.

All the guns, plastic-coated bullets and tough talk didn't go over well with some parents, who felt the emphasis on violence and loose women was inappropriate for young children.

Jason Briggs of Mansion Flats took his 3-year-old son into the bathroom during a staged shootout at the Woodland stop.

He said that a some of his friends had opted not to attend because of the outlaw theme.

"It promotes an image of violence and force -- that with enough strength of will, you get what you want," he said.

While some parents were sensitive to the presence of guns last year after Sept. 11, Francis House executive director Greg Bunker said he has received few complaints over the years.

And judging by the round of squeals as three children dragged an outlaw out of hiding and turned her over to the marshal, the play was the thing.

"We're bad actors acting badly," Hoffer said.

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Plus, when you watched the Lone Ranger, you got to listen to great music! Love the Classical stuff today.
 

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I read the same article in "Da BEE" this eve. The paper is a far left wing liberal rag, but, it's the only show in town. They are especially gleeful over the Demos sweeping "Kalifornia" elections. The slobbering antis will be after all firearms before too long, and the state "guvment" will back 'em all the way. Blame it on voter apathy or whatever,we all suffer with the results. I don't know if'n I can take another 4 yrs of this simpering wimp as Gov. My ancestors came to Sacramento in 1850, and I've spent the most part of 56 yrs here. I hate to say it, but, Nevada is lookin' awful good to me.
 

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Mike I have to agree with ya. My local paper The Union follows Da Bee right down the line on everything. NV, Mt, and AK, real estate adds are bookmarked on my computer. Its just when and where. :confused:

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I really came unglued last year when Berkeley's Chamber of Commerce or town council came out vehementily opposing the U.S. declaring war on Al Qaeda and the Taliban. I made a promise to myself then and there that I would never, ever support that town as long as I live. Period.

I hope I don't upset anyone here that lives in that bastion of intellectual snobbery and passivism, but I can't tolerate that. As I wrote to the mayor of the city, they made their vote obvious, as I will make mine. Any monies or support that I could ever supply to Berkeley will go somewhere else and I will advise all of friends to do the same.
 

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Alyeska, the proper name for the town is "Bezerkly", as it is called by all those that dont live their. Made one trip there some years ago, will be first and only one.

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Great little article. Of course it far predates Slick Willie Clinton, and all of those of his ilk.
Clayton Moore is gone, but the Lone Ranger lives on. Paul
 
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