ROY ROGERS AND DALE EVANS
Back in the prehistoric days, when your mother and I were youngsters, our favorite movie heros were Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. (Two photos below.) Roy and Dale made over 100 movies beginning in 1938 and ending in the early 1950’s, and then made television shows for 6 years between 1951 and 1957. In those days, Roy Rogers was the “King of the Cowboys, and Dale Evans was “Queen of the West.”We visited the Roy Rogers Museum in Victorville several times, and on one of those occasions, we were able to get a picture of your mother with Dale Evans. (Bottom photo). Roy was still alive on that day, but not feeling well, so he stayed upstairs in the museum and we didn’t get to meet him.The museum in Victorville had contract problems with the city some years ago, and the museum moved to Branson, Mo. I don’t know if Dale was still alive when the museum moved or not. I think the museum may have gone belly up, because the Roy Rogers web site says the museum is closed. The information immediately below, is from Wikipedia, with more information available on the Wikipedia link below.Roy Rogers, born Leonard Franklin Slye (November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998), was an American singer and cowboy actor, one of the most heavily marketed and merchandised stars of his era, as well as being the namesake of the Roy Rogers Restaurants franchised chain. He and his wife Dale Evans, his golden palomino, Trigger, and his German Shepherd dog, Bullet, were featured in more than 100 movies and The Roy Rogers Show. The show ran on radio for nine years before moving to television from 1951 through 1957. His productions usually featured a sidekick, often either Pat Brady (who drove a Jeep called “Nellybelle”), Andy Devine, or the crotchety George “Gabby” Hayes.