Left At The Hitching Post
One of my favorite forms of entertainment as a kid during the 1940s was the Saturday matinee at the local movie theater(We could get in for a nickel).Those matinees usually consisted of B Western movies–Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Hopalong Cassidy, etc. In order to add a bit of comedic drama, those films usually had a scene where either a bunch of bank robbers scurried out of the bank with their loot, or the posse mounted up to give chase. Usually, in almost every case, someone for various reasons was left behind at the hitching post scratching his head while the others raced away. Quite often that character in the Gene Autry movies was Gene’s trusty sidekick Smiley Burnett, or “Frog”, as he was referred to in the movie. Remember him? In the Roy Rogers movies, it might have been Gabby Hayes. In order to keep us kids coming back each Saturday, the fare most always contained a mystery serial that was ongoing for three weeks or so—usually with a cliffhanger at the end of each episode. Naturally, we awaited with bated breath, the following Saturday’s episode to see what happened next, either to the villain or the hero. I’d wager that folks who grew up in that era would agree when I say, “those were the days.
Every time I get on my computer, I feel like I’ve been left at the hitching post myself. It seems as though it and I are constantly in some sort of wrangle with each other, and I find myself longing for the simpler times of yesteryear. If you too would like to read more adventures of what life was like for us kids before there were ipods, ipads, comuter games, Intenet and all that goes with it, i.e., Facebook, Twitter, etc.? Click on the free download in the upper right of this home page and receive your free sample of the prologue and first three complete adventures of Buddy…His Trials and Treasures. It might just bring back a few old memories.