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KING OF THE COWBOYS ROY ROGERS REIGN ENDS WITH NO HAPPY TRAILS
National Enquirer ^ | December 23, 2009

Posted on 12/25/2009 6:20:24 AM PST by Zakeet

Roy Rogers and his trusty steed Trigger may have come to the end of their "Happy Trails" - television's most famous horse is going on the auction block, The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively.

The beloved golden palomino's home, the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum, has closed - doomed by bitter family feuding, greed, mounting debts and IRS demands.

Trigger - stuffed in a familiar pose, rearing majestically on hind legs - will join Dale Evans' horse Buttermilk, their beloved German shepherd Bullet and other Rogers memorabilia in bidding that's expected to reach into the multimillions of dollars.

Fans around the world were stunned by the news that the museum in Branson, Mo., abruptly closed its doors on Dec. 12 after being open to fans for 42 years.

"Negotiations are underway for Trigger, Buttermilk and Bullet to be sold at auction in New York next summer," an insider told The ENQUIRER. "The IRS has valued Trigger alone at $1 million - not bad for a horse Roy paid $25,000 for when he was alive!

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... doomed by bitter family feuding, greed, mounting debts and IRS demands ...

This wonderful Christian couple have to be spinning in their graves

1 posted on 12/25/2009 6:20:25 AM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

predictable!
Roy & family certainly were/still are highly visible Americans, and....


2 posted on 12/25/2009 6:23:39 AM PST by gunnyg (Just An Old Gunny ~ And *Still* Not A F'n Commie Basterd!)
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To: Zakeet

My Saturday afternoon heroes.


3 posted on 12/25/2009 6:23:44 AM PST by lonestar (Obama and his czars have turned Bush's "mess" into a national crisis!)
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To: Zakeet

I met him once, when I was little, at a gun club. He wasn’t very nice and didn’t even want to give me an autograph. I also remeber how squinchy his eyes were. I never forgot and I never liked him after that. I was so disappointed.


4 posted on 12/25/2009 6:28:16 AM PST by CAluvdubya (Palin 2012...YOU BETCHA!.)
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To: Zakeet

I ran the numbers to find the interest rate on $25K over 58 years to get to $1M.

It’s an interest rate of 6.56675% per year. Not that tough to get today.


5 posted on 12/25/2009 6:30:07 AM PST by HighWheeler
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To: CAluvdubya

I was never the biggest RR fan either. Allan “Rocky” Lane was higher on the scale.


6 posted on 12/25/2009 6:31:17 AM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: Zakeet

doomed by bitter family feuding,
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I am very sorry. I believe they were very dedicated and devoted parents.


7 posted on 12/25/2009 6:34:32 AM PST by wintertime
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To: CAluvdubya

I agree with you totally. I ran into him at the American Royal in Kansas City. Actually encountered him in a hallway and he was extremely rude. He was all about image and nothing about being an actual Christian.


8 posted on 12/25/2009 6:35:05 AM PST by Concho
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To: wally_bert; Concho
I also got to meet Fibber McGee and Molly. They were sooo nice and funny.

Amazing how things stick with you. I never did care much about RR or all the fuss over him.

9 posted on 12/25/2009 6:37:56 AM PST by CAluvdubya (Palin 2012...YOU BETCHA!.)
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To: Concho

Being a Christian is about: If you cant say anything good about someone. Don’t say anything. Espaecially when they are dead and cannot respond.


10 posted on 12/25/2009 6:38:05 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Zakeet
I have a picture of Roy and Dale hanging up in my basement. I learned many things from watching Roy Rogers when tiny, stand up for what's right, be loyal to your woman, loyal to your friends, treat animals well, dress the way you want but dress well, making money through work is honorable, laugh easily, enjoy music and never ever give up. The country could use more heroes like that.
11 posted on 12/25/2009 6:39:22 AM PST by dog breath
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To: Zakeet

I live 1 block away and thought it was odd at the time of closing. (a little early for Branson)

Thank God for the National Enquirer. They must have been tracking Vince Vaughan. He was here last week.


12 posted on 12/25/2009 6:40:57 AM PST by Dryman ("FREE THE LONG FORM!")
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To: Concho

You guys have really busted my bubble on this Christmas morning. Gee whiz, a favorite childhood memory down the tube. :) Oh well, Flicka and Sky King and Lone Ranger are still there.


13 posted on 12/25/2009 6:41:33 AM PST by mel
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To: HighWheeler
It’s an interest rate of 6.56675% per year. Not that tough to get today.
And where would that be? CD rates top out around 3% and that's for five years.
14 posted on 12/25/2009 6:42:08 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: dog breath

no wonder our kids are in such bad shape now. Look at the trash on television, sex, homosexuality etc


15 posted on 12/25/2009 6:42:41 AM PST by mel
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To: lonestar

“My Saturday afternoon heroes.”

Don’t forget those weekday after school half hour serials; Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Lone Ranger, Cisco Kid, Captian Corbett (little space ships with strings visible), Tarzan, then can’t forget Little Rascals. Wow, now you know how old I am - I’m old...


16 posted on 12/25/2009 6:43:19 AM PST by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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To: CAluvdubya

I met him once too, when I was about 9. I handed him a Roy Rogers paper doll to sign and he did and was very pleasant and I think charmed by the doll. I have no idea what happened to that paper doll.


17 posted on 12/25/2009 6:50:46 AM PST by Mercat (Reluctant glenbeckian)
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To: snoringbear

I can still picture my bro and myself sitting in front of the little brown radio listening to Sky King.


18 posted on 12/25/2009 6:51:38 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Zakeet

Lot’s of my heroes were sometimes jerks to fans. Pete Rose the baseball player, whose determination I admired greatly, was that way. It doesn’t mean that you don’t learn things from watching them.


19 posted on 12/25/2009 6:55:55 AM PST by dog breath
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To: Zakeet
Photobucket

May favorites were these guys. A little bit more of an edge. Once in a while Pancho drank too much

20 posted on 12/25/2009 6:55:57 AM PST by atc23
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To: Zakeet

Sad to hear but it just confirms what so many of us believe and advocate. Nothing is forever. I don’t belive that Roy and Dale would disagree. Their memory lives on in music and film and will continue to do so for a very long time.


21 posted on 12/25/2009 6:56:27 AM PST by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will continue to have more relevant quality executive experience than B. Obama.)
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To: Zakeet

Roy was never as wealthy, in the monetary sense, as other actors of his time. Somewhere I saw a video of him plowing his garden. Wonderful man, spent a fortune on all of his adopted kids. This is how they repay his memory.


22 posted on 12/25/2009 6:56:48 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: mel
Sky King

"Out of the clear blue Western sky comes -- Sky King!"

23 posted on 12/25/2009 6:56:51 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is fading.)
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To: Zakeet

hard to keep a museum afloat when most people are too young to even know who they are...

I am 47 and I never once saw any Roy Rogers or Dale Evans on tv or movies... they weren’t in syndication I guess...

they sound like great people though.


24 posted on 12/25/2009 6:57:35 AM PST by RobFromGa (The FairTax is to tax policy as Global Warming is to science.)
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To: Zakeet

I am old enough to remember the before TV days when it was all on Radio. I can remember when TV first came out, my folks had a tv with a small round green screen but how we loved it. The Honeymooners, Amos and Andy, Lawrence Welk and then the Saturday western shows. Such great memories.


25 posted on 12/25/2009 6:59:21 AM PST by JamesA (You don't have to be big to stand tall)
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To: CAluvdubya

I had the opposite experience in about 1990. He and his wife, Dale, were very congenial and he signed an autograph.


26 posted on 12/25/2009 7:00:34 AM PST by mono
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To: CAluvdubya
Heck I met Barney Fith once, I was not impressed. But he was still funny on TV.

But then I would never ask anyone for their autograph.

27 posted on 12/25/2009 7:02:00 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: mel

Don’t forget Hoppy in your list.


28 posted on 12/25/2009 7:02:35 AM PST by RC2
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To: Zakeet

I am old enough to remember the before TV days when it was all on Radio. I can remember when TV first came out, my folks had a tv with a small round green screen but how we loved it. The Honeymooners, Amos and Andy, Lawrence Welk and then the Saturday western shows. Such great memories.


29 posted on 12/25/2009 7:02:46 AM PST by JamesA (You don't have to be big to stand tall)
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To: oh8eleven

You can get that at Vangard, or just investing in the stock market on good companies. CD’s are only barely better keeping money in your sock drawer.

For instance, if you had put some money into the stockmarket a year ago, you would be doing pretty good. Apple stock is up 133%, Autozone is up 62%, even Big Lots is up 100% as it doubled in price.


30 posted on 12/25/2009 7:03:35 AM PST by HighWheeler
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To: Zakeet

The Happy Trails Foundation helps abused children. They raffle an exceptional 6 gun outfit every year and have raised over $1M. So they’re some good being done.

http://www.happytrails.org/events/ssl-2009.html


31 posted on 12/25/2009 7:04:50 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: org.whodat
But then I would never ask anyone for their autograph.

Why? It was the early 60's. We had Autograph books and tried to get as many signatures as possible. It was fun most stars felt honored. Not so with Roy Rogers. I just rmemember those eyes. Sort of scary for a little 8 year old girl.

32 posted on 12/25/2009 7:04:57 AM PST by CAluvdubya (Palin 2012...YOU BETCHA!.)
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To: Zakeet

I am old enough to remember the before TV days when it was all on Radio. I can remember when TV first came out, my folks had a tv with a small round green screen but how we loved it. The Honeymooners, Amos and Andy, Lawrence Welk and then the Saturday western shows. Such great memories.


33 posted on 12/25/2009 7:10:37 AM PST by JamesA (You don't have to be big to stand tall)
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To: mel

Sky King! “Penny, this is Songbird. Come in.” Great stuff.


34 posted on 12/25/2009 7:11:09 AM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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To: CAluvdubya
I met him once, when I was little, at a gun club. He wasn’t very nice and didn’t even want to give me an autograph. I also remember how squinchy his eyes were. I never forgot and I never liked him after that. I was so disappointed.

Notwithstanding the anecdotal evidence to the contrary that you have presented, whom am I going to believe,...you or Roy Rogers?

35 posted on 12/25/2009 7:19:10 AM PST by FDNYRHEROES (In just His first 3 days, the War on Terror became the War on Free Speech.)
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To: FDNYRHEROES

You can believe your lying eyes...LOL..JK


36 posted on 12/25/2009 7:23:00 AM PST by CAluvdubya (Palin 2012...YOU BETCHA!.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

What great shows!


37 posted on 12/25/2009 7:26:19 AM PST by mel
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To: Zakeet
HAPPY TRAILS ROY AND DALE
38 posted on 12/25/2009 7:32:30 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: Venturer

“Being a Christian is about: If you cant say anything good about someone. Don’t say anything.”

Actually, that’s not what being a Christian is all about. It’s a nice thought, though.


39 posted on 12/25/2009 7:33:52 AM PST by MayflowerMadam (Never argue with a man whose job depends on not being convinced. (Mencken))
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To: HighWheeler
The comment was that a 6.5% return wasn't tough to find. You say I can get that at Vanguard. In Vanguard what?
Ninety-nine percent of Americans just lost their shirts "investing in the stock market on good companies." So without the benefit of hindsight, tell all of us specifically where to find that 6.5% rate if it's not that tough.
40 posted on 12/25/2009 7:34:39 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Zakeet

“IRS demands”

Probably inheritance tax. raiders like Buffet love that.


41 posted on 12/25/2009 7:34:47 AM PST by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: Sacajaweau

Yup. Sky King was my favorite. And the ad: “Reach for Nabisco...”


42 posted on 12/25/2009 7:35:10 AM PST by MayflowerMadam (Never argue with a man whose job depends on not being convinced. (Mencken))
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To: MayflowerMadam

I was a very lucky girl. My dad knew the owner of the RKO Palace in Rochester, NY. We always had free passes and dad was always willing to take me to the cartoons and some of the great movies of the day.


43 posted on 12/25/2009 7:37:14 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: CAluvdubya
I met him once, when I was little, at a gun club.

When I was a kid, I saw him shooting trap at a gun club, but don't recall getting to meet him.

I did, however, get to meet "Hopalong Cassidy" as a young lad. He was great with the kids.

44 posted on 12/25/2009 7:37:40 AM PST by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: HighWheeler

Don’t forget to subtract annual average inflation of maybe 3% over that time, so your real return is ~3.5%


45 posted on 12/25/2009 7:38:19 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: atc23

Pancho to Cisco: “Hey Cisco, let’s went”


46 posted on 12/25/2009 7:38:52 AM PST by duckman (My Grandma Isn't Shovel Ready!)
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To: Right Wing Assault
"Out of the clear blue Western sky comes -- Sky King!"

BZZZZT!!

"From out of the clear blue of the western sky comes Sky King"

Memory getting a bit rusty, RWA? Pretty close, though ;>)

47 posted on 12/25/2009 7:42:25 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: mel

If you want another childhood memory punctured and deflated, watch “Hollywoodland.” Good flick (and very intriguing mystery) about the tragic George Reeves and also a great story about redemption.


48 posted on 12/25/2009 7:46:07 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Zakeet

I got to know Roy Rogers at the Saturday morning matinees. In 1962, children of American servicemen and civilian personnel would troop into the movie theater at the Hindenburg Barracks in Bad Kreuznach, Germany each Saturday morning to watch a program which began with a serial such as “Panther Girl of the Kongo” or “Radar Men from the Moon,” to be followed by a feature film. Many of these films featured Roy Rogers and included “In Old Amarillo,” “Under California Stars,” and “Hands Across the Border.”

I was probably among the last American children to have experienced Saturday morning matinees.


49 posted on 12/25/2009 7:46:13 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

putting in next flick que right now. thanks


50 posted on 12/25/2009 7:47:58 AM PST by mel
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