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"A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty 'Hi-yo, Silver' - the Lone Ranger Rides Again!"

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Does everyone remember?: "A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty 'Hi-yo, Silver' - the Lone Ranger! With his faithful Indian companion, Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains led the fight for law and order in the early Western United States. Nowhere in the pages of history can one find a greater champion of justice. Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear. From out of the past come the thundering hoof-beats of the great horse Silver. The Lone Ranger rides again!" -------------------------- Fred Foy, the voice behind 'Hi-yo, Silver,' dies at 89 LOS ANGELES -- Fred Foy, a radio and television announcer best known for conjuring up "those thrilling days of yesteryear" in the late 1940s and '50s as the announcer-narrator of "The Lone Ranger" on radio and television, has died. He was 89. Foy died Wednesday morning of age-related causes at his home in Woburn, Mass., said his daughter, Nancy Foy. During a broadcasting career that began in Detroit in 1940, Foy spent more than 20 years as a staff announcer for ABC television and radio before retiring in the mid-1980s. His early career included stints announcing radio's "The Green Hornet" and "The Challenge of the Yukon," and he later was the announcer on "The Dick Cavett Show" on ABC in the late '60s and early '70s. But for many, Foy remains best remembered for his stentorian delivery of what many consider the most famous opening in broadcast history, accompanied by the stirring strains of Rossini's "William Tell Overture": "A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty 'Hi-yo, Silver' - the Lone Ranger! With his faithful Indian companion, Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains led the fight for law and order in the early Western United States. Nowhere in the pages of history can one find a greater champion of justice. "Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear. From out of the past come the thundering hoof-beats of the great horse Silver. The Lone Ranger rides again!" Foy was a staff announcer at Detroit radio station WXYZ in 1948 when he was asked to take over as the announcer for "The Lone Ranger," which had been launched at the station in 1933. He remained with "The Lone Ranger" until its final live broadcast in 1954. He also was the understudy for Brace Beemer, who played the title character, and was pressed into service for one broadcast in the '50s when Beemer had laryngitis. "He was a dear man," actor-announcer Gary Owens told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday. "He was one of my early heroes in broadcasting because he did such a good job. He had a great dramatic baritone." Cavett was another longtime fan of Foy's. "Fred was one of the handful of great radio announcers - there were plenty of good ones - but he was one of the giants, one with a perfectly wonderful unique voice, a highly intelligent delivery and a great gift for comedy," he said in an interview Wednesday. "The comic bits he would do for me on the show were faultlessly played. "Every night when I was in my dressing room getting ready to go on, I'd hear the 'William Tell Overture' and Fred's voice," Cavett said, reciting the familiar introduction that Foy would perform while warming up the studio audience. "Even doing it right now I get goose pimples. Fred did that and thrilled the audience - and me." He was born Frederick William Foy on March 27, 1921, in Detroit. In 1940, he landed a part-time job at WMBC, a small independent radio station in Detroit. He moved to WXYZ in 1942 but was drafted into the Army later that year. Foy returned to the station after serving in the Special Services United/Armed Forces Radio in Cairo. Foy was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2000 and received a Golden Boot Award from the Motion Picture & Television Fund in 2004. Read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/12/23/877968/fred-foy-the-voice-behind-hi-yo.html#ixzz18vzKp1TH
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PittCountyPride
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"A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty 'Hi-yo, Silver'..." That's funny... I always thought it was "Hi-Ho Silver..."
"My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to always be ready, no matter when it may overtake me." Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Jackson, 1862.
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I was at a nursing home the other day and I met the stunt man for the Lone Ranger. No kidding. This guy did the horse stunts.
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