The Boys Who Wanted to Be Roy Rogers
If you’re over 30, make that 50, take a little trip back with me to that time in childhood when there was nothing more important to us than our TV idols. We wanted to be just like them. And sometimes nothing less รูปสาวเน็ตไอดอล would do. But before I get to that story, some background on a man who was a hero to many. Sadly, he is no longer with us.
Roy Rogers was a singer and cowboy actor who first became popular in the 1930′s. He was a hero to millions of young boys and girls. His 1950s T.V. show made him the idol of the “Baby Boom” generation. He was born Leonard Franklin Slye Nov 5, 1911 in Cincinnati. Even then it was hardly part of the Wild West that he would come to represent. He died of congestive heart failure on July 6, 1998 in Apple Valley, CA. He is missed by his many fans.
Throughout his career he fought and out-foxed the Bad Guys. With his clenched fists or his blazing six-guns he always saved the day. He stood for honesty, integrity and fair play. And he rode his beautiful palomino, Trigger, into legendary history.
We all wanted to be just like him. In fact, one summer day in 1957 two boys wanted to be him. And that, friends and neighbors, is where Hugh comes in. He was one half of a pair of friends who were enjoying the peaceful warmth of a midwestern afternoon.
After watching Westerns on T.V. the boys headed outside to create their own cowboy adventures. Each wanted to assume the persona of his matinee idol and Hugh called out first to be Roy Rogers. His friend, Steve, quickly retorted that he wanted to be Roy. Being the sidekick just wouldn’t do.
Well, it was clear to see that both boys couldn’t be Roy Rogers. What sense would that make? The arguing continued until Steve, in a fit of rage, called Hugh a bad name and ran into his house. Hugh retaliated with his own curse word and walked sullenly home. As he came in the back door his mother was surprised that he was home so early and asked what was the matter. Hugh explained and Mother listened. “I guess you’ll just have to play by yourself.”
Alone in his room, Hugh began to ponder the situation and soon came to the conclusion that friendship was more important than having his own way. He missed his friend. He also knew Roy would not approve of his behavior. He was out the back door in a flash and by cutting across lawns he was quickly at his friends door. In a heartbeat, the conflict was over and peace was restored. The boys remained friends until Hugh moved away, but he never forgot the lesson of being Roy Rogers. Hugh knew it was what Roy would have done for a friend. What would you do?