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When you were five years old, who was your hero? What do you think of that person today?

It was 60 years ago, when I was 5. We were probably the first people on our street to have a TV, so perhaps my dad should be my hero for buying it. The first thing that comes to mind is The Lone Ranger; however, watching TV then was a thrill no matter what the program. Then TV was only on the air for a limited time each day.

The Lone Ranger and his side-kick, Tonto, were icons of the early television. They were on the side of justice, and fought for right.  The classic TV program (1949-1957) portrayed a wholesome, non-violent character with an equally upright companion, in a respectful portrayal of a Native American. How wonderful to have heroes who were consistently righteous and brave.

How different from the heroes we have these days on TV, in the movies, in sports, and in various other professions. We like bad guys with redeeming qualities. Flawed human beings who use dubious mean to achieve their goals. We can get behind a Arnold Schwarzenegger or Bruce Willis killing any bad guy (or innocent victim) who comes into his path. It’s so much harder to tell the good guys from the bad ones these day.

It’s also interesting that these actors were pretty clean in their real lives, too; real role models for the children who idolized them. No drug rehabs, trashed hotel rooms, multiple wives, messy divorces, etc. — the stuff people thrive on today.

Oh, the simplicity of the past.

Does any remember the Lone Ranger’s code?

The moral code upheld by the masked man

“I believe that to have a friend, a man must be one.

That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.

That God put the firewood there but that every man must gather and light it himself.

In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.

That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.

That ‘This government, of the people, by the people and for the people’ shall live always.

That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.

That sooner or later … somewhere … somehow … we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.

That all things change but truth, and that truth alone, lives on forever.

In my Creator, my country, my fellow man.”