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.

The History Of Toilet Paper

  • The first recorded use of toilet paper was in 6th Century China.
  • By the 14th Century, the Chinese government was mass-producing it.
  • Packaged toilet paper wasn’t sold in the United States until 1857.
  • Joseph Gayety, the man who introduced packaged TP to the U.S., had his name printed on every sheet.
  • Global toilet paper demand uses nearly 30,000 trees every day. (That’s 10 million trees a year.)
  • It wasn’t until 1935 that a manufacturer was able to promise Splinter-Free Toilet Paper.
  • 7% of Americans admit to stealing rolls of toilet paper from hotels.
  • Americans use an average of 8.6 sheets of toilet paper per trip to the bathroom.
  • The average roll of TP has 333 sheets.
  • Historically, what you use to wipe depended on your income level.
  • In the Middle Ages, they used something called a Gompf stick, which was just an actual stick used to scrape.
  • Wealthy Romans used wool soaked in rose water and the French royalty used lace.
  • Other things that were used before toilet paper include hay, corn cobs, sticks, stones, sand, moss, hemp, wool, husks, fruit peels, ferns, sponges, seashells, knotted ropes, and broken pottery (ouch!). (When we were living in Canada we took a monthly trip to NY to stock up on TP.  At that time, Canadian TP was a close relative to sandpaper.)
  • 70-75% of the world still doesn’t use toilet paper because it is too expensive or there is not sufficient plumbing.
  • In many Western European countries, bidets are seen as more effective and preferable to toilet paper.
  • Colored toilet paper was popular in the U.S. until the 1960s.
  • The reason toilet paper disintegrates so quickly when wet is that the fibers used to make it are very short. (Noted especially when we traveled to Russia – we brought our on rolls and left unused rolls as tips for the maids.)
  • On the International Space Station, they still use regular toilet paper, but it has to be sealed in special containers and compressed.
  • During Desert Storm, the U.S. Army used toilet paper to camouflage their tanks.
  • In 1973, Johnny Carson caused a toilet paper shortage. He said (as a joke) that there was a shortage, which there wasn’t until everyone believed him and ran out to buy up the supply. It took three weeks for some stores to get more stock.
  • There is a contest sponsored by Charmin to design and make wedding dresses out of toilet paper. The winner got $2,000.
  • There was a toilet paper museum in Wisconsin, the Madison Museum of Bathroom Tissue. (It closed in 2000.  The museum once had over 3,000 rolls of TP from places all over the world, including The Guggenheim, Ellis Island, and Graceland.
  • There is still a virtual toilet paper museum called Nobody’s Perfect.
  • In 1996, President Clinton passed a Toilet Paper Tax of 6 cents per roll which is still in effect today.
  • The Pentagon uses, on average, 666 rolls of toilet paper per day.
  • The most expensive toilet paper in the world is the Portuguese brand, Renova.  Renova is three-ply, perfumed, costs $3 per roll, and comes in several colors including black, red, blue, and green.  The CEO of Renova came up with the idea for black toilet paper while he was at a Cirque du Soleil show.  Beyonce uses only red Renova toilet paper.  Kris Jenner uses only the black Renova toilet paper.
  • If you hang your toilet paper so you can pull it from the bottom, you’re considered more intelligent than someone who pulls it from the top. (Wonder how this was determined?  Obviously by someone who pulls it from the bottom.)
  • Koji Suzuki, a Japanese horror novelist best known for writing The Ring, had an entire novel printed on a single roll of toilet paper.  The novel takes place in a public bathroom, and the entire story runs approximately three feet long.
  • When asked what necessity they would bring to a desert island, 49% of people said toilet paper before food.
  • Queen Elizabeth II wipes her royal bottom with silk handkerchiefs. I wonder if the royal chambermaid gets to wash those?? Yeah, sure wouldn’t want that job!
  • Muslims wipe their bums with their bare hand — always using the left hand. They eat with their right hand. If you are caught shoplifting, your right hand is cut off, forcing you to eat with your poopy left hand. Yeeeechdt!  Lefties learn this early in life.

This history was typed using my right hand.