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By Andrew Rhynes

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Hopalong Cassidy A western that was greater than The Roy Rogers Show or Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch. Hoppy was a hero to one and all. He and his sidekick, California Carlson, roamed the Southwest in thrilling stories week after week. Almost every tale had a little mystery in it, and almost every story ended with Hoppy’s boisterous laugh. Clarence Mulford, the author of the Hopalong Cassidy stores, created a hard-fisted, rough and tough cowboy, nowhere near or like the lovable Hoppy of the movies and radio series. He became a hero in black and on a white horse – a super hero of the West. He rescued damsels and cowboys in trouble, along with ranchers and bankers and railroad owners always against the bad guys – robbers, thieves, rustlers and the like. The radio series were a hard sell. And the owners could find no takers. When this series began it was offered to the various networks. They wanted nothing to do with it so the owners had to sell it in syndication. But, after a short time it became extremely successful and later on it was heard on the Mutual and CBS networks. The show ranked number 7 in the 1949 Nielsen ratings. The Mutual Broadcasting System began broadcasting a radio version of Hopalong Cassidy in January 1950; at the end of September, the show moved to CBS Radio, where it ran into 1952.

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The Hopalong Cassidy

I simply have indeed back to boyhood days when due to poor finances we rarely had a television. BUT, we were not taken to woes at all. We had Hoppy with he calm demeanor which fooled so many would be Bad Guys, so many foolhardy crooks tried to outwit Hoppy- Couldn't be done! So many would be gunman found out that the man in black was indeed the absolute opposite of the timid victim they tried to emphasize his weaknesses, HA, HA, What enjoyment, what grand pictures were portrayed so realistically by the actions of this super slick, lighting fast and deadly accurate with his twin Colt handguns and don't forget the awesome power of his fists as he did so often but always and only because they were bullying the towns folk or some pretty girl who needed a guiding and tremendously helping hand. That was my Pal, Hopalong Cassidy. Lol The above lines were truly how I felt about Hoppy snow I can relive a happy time in life when. There was always a chance that when I grew up, I could prove myself good enough, to ride with HOPPY. ( : - D

Hopalong Cassidy

So much better than anything on TV today. Keep up the great work Andrew!!