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This Month in OTR History: January
« on: December 28, 2012, 10:55:06 PM »
I did this last in 2011. Some time has passed so I decided to bring it back for 2013. This is not meant to be comprehensive, just interesting. Feel free to add any important dates I leave out.

January 4th
1935- The Bob Hope Show premieres

January 5th
1940- FCC given its first demonstration of FM radio

January 6th
1912- Danny Thomas born
1945- The Saint premieres
1950- The Halls of Ivy premieres
1974- CBS Radio Mystery Theater (CBSRMT) premieres

January 7th
1926- George Burns and Gracie Allen marry
1939- Red Skelton Show premieres
1941- Inner Sanctum Mysteries premieres

January 12th
1927- Amos 'n' Andy (then known as San 'n' Henry) premieres

January 14th
1906- William Bendix born
1927- Jack Benny and Sayde Marks (Mary Livingstone) marry

January 16th
1939- I Love a Mystery premieres
1944- The Life of Riley premieres

January 20th
1896- George Burns born

January 26th
1899- Wyllis Cooper born

January 27th
1905- Howard McNair born
1956- The CBS Radio Workshop premieres

January 30th
1934- Tammy Grimes (host of CBSRMT in its final season) born

January 31st
1933- The Lone Ranger Premieres
1936- The Green Hornet premieres

TRIVIA QUESTION: It is very appropriate that The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet share the same anniversary date. What is the link between the two shows?
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Re: This Month in OTR History: January
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2012, 11:04:05 PM »
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TRIVIA QUESTION: It is very appropriate that The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet share the same anniversary date. What is the link between the two shows?

Both of their side kicks had funny sounding voices.... Bruce Lee and Jay Silverheels. ;D

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Re: This Month in OTR History: January
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2012, 11:05:39 PM »
Yay!  I've missed these great nuggets of history!

Bonus Question Answer: Wasn't it something like "The Lone Ranger's nephew was Danny Reed who was the... Grandfather (?) of Brit Reed, who became the Green Hornet?"

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Re: This Month in OTR History: January
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2012, 06:42:56 AM »
Yay!  I've missed these great nuggets of history!

Bonus Question Answer: Wasn't it something like "The Lone Ranger's nephew was Danny Reed who was the... Grandfather (?) of Brit Reed, who became the Green Hornet?"

That's it! The Ranger's nephew Dan Reid was the father of Brit Reid, The Green Hornet. In fact, Dan Reid appeared on The Green Hornet years before he debuted on The Lone Ranger. Jumbled continuity for both has changed it a bit so at times it was grandfather or cousin. Even though both were created by the same people (Fran Striker is generally credited for The Lone Ranger and George W. Trendle for the Hornet) the rights were usually held by differnet groups so their direct connection was almost never acknowledged anywhere.

The exact creation of the characters is hard to pin down. Striker and Trendle both added elements to both characters but Striker was the main person behind one while Trendle was the main man behind the other. It is a little muddled but not as bad as the Bob Kane/Jerry Robinson/Bill finger Batman debate.
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Re: This Month in OTR History: January
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2013, 12:06:21 PM »
Very cool, Barry!  Thanks for the OTR history.  I had no idea there was any connection at all between Lone Ranger and Green Hornet.  You just don't think about Old West being connected to 30's crime drama.  What a great tie-in.
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Re: This Month in OTR History: January
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2013, 12:27:28 AM »
There must be some sort of OTR record here as Dan Reid appeared in both series (at the same time? I don't know) as a youth on Ranger and as an adult on Hornet.
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Re: This Month in OTR History: January
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2013, 11:22:41 AM »
Sounds like we need a Kevin-Bacon-6-degrees-of-separation-map here....find all the connections. :)
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