September 1, 1979

On this date in in 1979 Jack Wrather, the owner of the Lone Ranger character obtained a court order that prohibited Clayton Moore from making future appearances as his most famous role, the Lone Ranger. Wrather was anticipating restarting the Lone Ranger story as a blockbuster movie and did not want the 65 year old Moore to believe he’d play the role. Moore complied with the court order, changed his costume slightly, doffed the name-sake mask and started wearing wraparound Foster Grant sunglasses and counter-sued Wrather. Moore won the lawsuit and the public relations nightmare of forcing the actor who played the Lone Ranger to remove his mask sunk any hope that Wrather had to restart the franchise. I wonder if Wrather would have also pulled on Superman’s cape and spit into the wind.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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