I read an article this weekend in the July 2010 edition of Cowboys and Indians magazine that sadden me and got me to thinking.
The brief article was titled, ROY ROGERS AUCTION, and was topped by a photo of Trigger. Remember Trigger?
Summarizing the article, the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum in Branson, MO, closed Dec. 12, 2009. The reason for the close was listed as the sagging economy (of course, which has hit a lot of tourist attractions). But it also listed an aging demographic (back to this in a minute).
All the items in the museum are being auctioned off. There has already been one auction and the other two are slated for June 26 and July 14-15.
Some of the many items to be auctioned include Roy’s favorite hunting hat, his 1964 Lincoln Continental canary yellow convertible, and his first belt and double holster rig.
The last auction is the one with so many memorable items in my opinion. At this auction they will sell family photos, parade saddles, Dale’s charm bracelet, TV and film costumes, and a family china set.
Here are the items that tugged on my heartstrings: Nellybelle, the family Jeep; and Trigger, Buttermilk, and Bullet (all mounted). A part of me says, “Wow, I could own a piece of history (if I had tons of money),” while another part says, “Say it ain’t so.” For those who don't know: Trigger (left photo) was Roy's horse, Buttermilk was Dale's horse, and Bullet was their dog.
It makes me feel a bit of childhood history will be lost forever. Which brings me back to an earlier comment - aging demographic.
If you are of the baby boom generation you grew up watching the adventures of Roy and Dale. While compared to today’s action-packed series, the show may seem silly and predictable. As a youngster watching it, the show was entertaining. You learned good wins over evil. There was always suspense, intrigue, a murder, a mystery, and a happy ending.
From my limited knowledge of Roy and Dale, they were a loving couple with great family values. I know Dale wrote a number of books about their lives and some of the tragedies they overcame. I’ve never read any of the books, but my mother did and she enjoyed them.
I guess I’m just sad that the younger generation will never enjoy simple adventures like those of Roy and Dale. What are your thoughts on this? Did you enjoy watching Roy and Dale or are you of the generation that didn’t get to see them?