HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU — THE END OF AN ERA

The young guns in America may no longer understand the meaning of this, but you will.

The Roy Rogers Museum in Branson, MO has closed its doors forever with the contents of the museum sold at a public auction. Roy Rogers told his son, if the museum ever operates at a loss, close it, and sell the contents. He complied and we have truly reached the end of an era.

Here is a partial listing of some of the items that were sold at auction:

  • Roy’s 1964 Bonneville (Pontiac) sold for $254,500. It was estimated to sell between 100 and 150 thousand dollars.
  • His script book from the January 14,1953 episode of This Is Your Life sold for $10,000 (EST. $800-$1,000).
  • A collection of signed baseballs (Pete Rose, Duke Snyder, and other greats) sold for $3,750.
  • A collection of signed bats (Yogi Berra, Enos Slaughter, Bob Feller, and others) sold for $2,750.
  • Trigger ‘s saddle and bridle sold for $386,500.
  • One of many of Roy’s shirts sold for $16,250 and one of his many cowboy hats sold for $17,500.
  • One set of boot spurs sold for $10,625. (He never used a set of spurs on Trigger)
  • His flight jacket sold for $7,500
  • His set of dinnerware plates and silverware sold for $11,875.
  • The Bible they used at the dinner table every night sold for $8,750.
  • One of several of his guitars sold for $27,500.
  • Nellybelle (the Jeep) sold for $116,500.
  • Bullet (stuffed) sold for $35,000 (EST. 10-15 K). He was their real pet.
  • Dale’s parade saddle, estimated to sell between 20-30 K, sold for $104,500.
  • One of many pairs of Roy’s boots sold for $21,250.
  • Trigger (stuffed) sold for $266,500.

Do you remember the 1938 movie The Adventures of Robinhood, With Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland? Well, Olivia rode Trigger in that movie. Trigger was bred on a farm co-owned by Bing Crosby. Roy bought Trigger on a time payment plan for $2,500. Roy and Trigger made 188 movies together. Trigger even outdid Bob Hope by winning an Oscar in the movie Son of Paleface in 1953.

It is extremely sad to see this era lost forever. Despite the fact that Gene and Roy’s movies, as well as those of other great characters, can be bought or rented for viewing, today’s kids would rather spend their time playing video games. Today it takes a very special pair of parents to raise their kids with the right values and morals. These were the great heroes of our childhood, and they did teach us right from wrong, and how to have and show respect for each other and the animals that share this earth.

You and I were born at the right time. We were able to grow up with these great people even if we never met them. In their own way they taught us patriotism and honor. We learned that lying and cheating were bad, and that sex wasn’t as important as love. We learned how to suffer through disappointment and failure and work through it. Our lives were drug-free.

So we say good-bye to Roy and Dale, Gene and Hoppy (Hop-a-long Cassidy), the Lone Ranger and Tonto. Farewell to Sky King (and Penny)and Superman and (Dragnet) Sgt Friday. Thanks to Capt. Kangaroo, Mr. Rogers, and Capt. Noah and all those people whose lives touched ours, and made them better.

Happy Trails… It was a great ride through childhood

Dale Evans and Roy Rogers with Trigger.

#COVID-19 Cases and Deaths to Population

It has been clear for some time that the #CCCP hid the Person to Person Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak for as long as possible with the assistance of the World Health Organization.

Also, we know that China has vastly under-reported related infections and deaths while spreading propaganda to hide the truth.

I decided to do a quick analysis of reported #COVID-19 cases compared to population and deaths to see what has happened in many countries. It is important to realize that reporting is not totally accurate because:

  • Countries such as China and most likely Russie are under-reporting their numbers.
  • Policies in the US reward hospitals for over-reporting of #COVID-19 related deaths by providing higher compensation rates for these deaths compared to compensation for similar treatments not related to Coronavirus.

The table below was created using these sources:

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20 Life Changing Lessons From Confucius

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  1. “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.”
  2. “To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.”
  3. “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”
  4. “To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.”
  5. “Forget those who have wronged you, but never those who have done you good.“
  6. “The Superior Man is aware of Righteousness, the inferior man is aware of advantage.”
  7. “The superior man cannot be known in little matters, but he may be entrusted with great concerns. The small man may not be entrusted with great concerns, but he may be known in little matters.”
  8. “When you see a worthy person, endeavor to emulate him. When you see an unworthy person, then examine your inner self.”
  9. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”
  10. “He who wished to secure the good of others, has already secured his own.”
  11. “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
  12. “What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.”
  13. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
  14. “In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”
  15. “Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.”
  16. “The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.”
  17. “When things are investigated, then true knowledge is achieved; when true knowledge is achieved, then the will becomes sincere; when the will is sincere, then the heart is set right ; when the heart is set right, then the personal life is cultivated; when the personal life is cultivated, then the family life is regulated; when the family life is regulated, then the national life is orderly; and when the national life is orderly, then there is peace in this world.”
  18. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
  19. “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it – this is knowledge.”
  20. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”