Ranger Bill, Warrior of the Woodland, struggling against extreme odds, traveling dangerous trails, showing rare courage in the face of disaster, in the air, on horseback, or in a screaming squad car. Ranger Bill, his mind alert, a ready smile, unswerving, loyal to his mission. And all this in exchange for the satisfaction and pride of a job well done.
Last week, I received an email from someone selling mp3s of all the episodes for $40 on eBay. It almost sounded like a good opportunity. But before making the purchase, I began to wonder where he had gotten them. With google’s help, it didn’t take long to find a possible answer. The Ranger Bill fan club provides free mp3s of over 260 episodes.
Another fan club provided three letters received from Miron Canaday who played the part of Ranger Bill and (are you ready for this?) Stumpy. In one of those letters, Canaday said that “our ranger programs didn’t always push the scriptures but we tried to stress moral values.” Do you think that’s an accurate reflection on the Ranger Bill series? Hmm… I’ll have to listen to them again with that in mind.