Good Old Fashion Advice: - Posted by Ed Garcia

Posted by Ed Garcia on December 31, 1999 at 16:07:25:


Nice post. My sentiments about Clayton Moore, exactly.

Who couldn’t like the “Lone Ranger”. It was a reflection of an
America, that you and I grew up with. To you and I, he wasn’t a man,
but an institution. Roy Rodgers, Gene Autry. These were not just actors.
They were role models.

God help our kids today. Look what they have, Pokemon.

I wish you, Jill, and the kids, a Happy Y2K,

Ed Garcia

Good Old Fashion Advice: - Posted by Ed Garcia

Posted by Ed Garcia on December 31, 1999 at 11:03:47:

Good Old Fashion Advice:

Were starting out a New Year. But I thought I’d share some good old advice,
given by one of our Presidents.

It was President Garfield’s “Rules for Living”

They were evidently given to young James A. Garfield by an elderly friend, and
Garfield cherished them to the end of his life.

So for “A Moment in History”, I would like to share, and hope you enjoy them, here
are President Garfield’s cherished personal principles:

· Never be idle.
· Make few promises.
· Always speak the truth.
· Live within your income.
· Never speak evil of anyone.
· Keep good company or none.
· Live up to your engagements.
· Never play games of chance.
· Drink no intoxicating drinks.
· Good character is above everything else.
· Keep your own secrets if you have any.
· Never borrow if you can possibly help it.
· Do not marry until you are able to support a wife.
· When you speak to a person, look into his eyes.
· Save when you are young to spend when you are old.
· Never run into debt unless you see a way out again.
· Good company and good conversation are the sinews of virtue.
· Your character cannot be essentially injured except by your own acts.
· If anybody speaks evil of you, let your life be so that no one believes him.
· When you retire at night, think over what you have done during the day.
· If your hands cannot be employed usefully, attend to the culture of you mind.
· Read the above carefully and thoughtfully at least once a week.

After sharing this with you I feel like a hypocrite. I personally have broken 7 of the first 9.
In my mind, number 9 don’t even exist.

But I respect all of these rules to live by, and good advice is good advice.

Enjoy, and Happy New Year,

Ed Garcia

Re: Good Old Fashioned Advice: - Posted by ray@lcorn

Posted by ray@lcorn on December 31, 1999 at 13:04:13:

Hi Ed,

Funny you should post that.

This past week I was touched by the passing of Clayton Moore, whom I remember as the one and only “Lone Ranger.” His death stirred memories for me of countless Saturday mornings spent laying on the floor in front of the television watching cartoons. On our local stations, several westerns and half-hour dramas followed the morning cartoons. I would time my getting ready for the day’s play so that I could be dressed and ready to go before “Sky King” came on, another favorite, followed by the grand finale for the day, that week’s installment of The Lone Ranger. To me, he was the epitome of whatever notion I had at the time of a good man. Issues of right and wrong, character and consequences were always the central focus of the show. The principles that governed the outcomes were summarized in “The Lone Ranger Creed”, which is what your post reminded me of. I had forgotten that creed until the newspaper reporting the story printed it as a sidebar.

The biggest attraction of the show for me was the repeated triumph of the Lone Ranger against seemingly overwhelming odds. Even as a youngster, I seemed to have been drawn to achieving what “wiser” minds said couldn’t be done. Put simply, I have often found myself swimming upstream against a strong breeze, with a crowd on shore yelling for me to get out of the water lest I drown. The perseverance and persistence displayed by the Lone Ranger and Tonto was for me confirmation that one person can and does make a difference, and that if you “did good”, you would “get good”. That we are punished for bad behavior by the bad consequences that result. That bad things can happen to good people, but they can prevail and even benefit from the experience. Those were powerful lessons that I carry with me to this day. Over the years I have seen many more eloquent and trendy books, tapes and programs on the subjects, but the simple principles espoused in the creed are as true today as on those Saturday mornings so long ago. Like you, I have fallen far short of the precepts, but I hold firmly the aspiration for progress toward the ideal.

With that framing my vision for this new millennium, I pass on a nugget from the one just past.

The Lone Ranger Creed

"I believe that to have a friend, a man must be one.

That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.

That God put the firewood there but that every man must gather and light it himself.

In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.

That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.

That ‘This government, of the people, by the people and for the people’ shall live always.

That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.

That sooner or later… somewhere…somehow… we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.

That all things change but truth, and that truth alone, lives on forever.

In my Creator, my country, my fellow man."

The Lone Ranger
(written by Fran Striker)

Happy New Year!


Re: Good Old Fashion Advice: - Posted by Jimbob

Posted by Jimbob on December 31, 1999 at 11:16:38:

“Never borrow if you can possibly help it”

I guess that takes care of every one this board huh?

Happy Y2K