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Continued: TV's Lone Ranger had Minnesota ties

  • Article by: JEFF STRICKLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 2, 2013 - 11:03 AM

A living legend

Moore believed in his mission so much that he went to court to protect it. In 1979, the owner of the Lone Ranger copyright, who was in the process of putting together a movie and felt that Moore was stealing the show’s thunder, got a court order prohibiting him from making appearances in costume. The movie, “The Legend of the Lone Ranger,” bombed. Plus, Moore sued and got the court order thrown out.

Dawn Moore hasn’t seen the new movie, but she’s hopes it’s a success. “My dad spent 50 years maintaining the integrity of that character,” she said. “He never wanted it to die with him.”

It never was going to die while he was still alive, Bachul said. When Moore was in his 70s and had moved to a Los Angeles suburb, Bachul and his wife went to visit him.

“We sat and talked for a few hours, and I realized that he was still just the same,” Bachul said. “He was still the Lone Ranger.”


Jeff Strickler • 612-673-7392


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