Roy Rogers, Trigger and Dale Evens

Born Leonard Slye, Roy Rogers was a singer and cowboy actor. He and his wife Dale Evans (born Francis Smith), his golden palomino Trigger, and her trusty buckskin horse, Buttermilk, were featured in over one hundred movies and The Roy Rogers Show from 1951-1957.  Roy’s nickname was “King of the Cowboys” and Dale’s nickname was “Queen of the West.”  For many Americans (and non-Americans), Roy was the embodiment of the all-American hero and an idol for many children through his films and television show.

“It’s the way you ride the trail that counts.”

“Life is not over because you have diabetes. Make the most of what you have, be grateful.”

“Who cares about the clouds when we’re together?  Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.”

– Dale Evans  (1912-2001)

“I did pretty good for a guy who never finished high school and used to yodel at square dances.”

“I’m an introvert at heart… And show business – even though I’ve loved it so much – has always been hard for me.”

“Today they’re making pictures that I wouldn’t want Trigger to see.”

“You couldn’t beg, borrow, or steal a job in 1931, 1932… it was really tough.”

“Until we meet again, may the good Lord take a liking to you.”

“When my time comes, just skin me and put me up there on Trigger, just as though nothing had ever changed.”

A quote about Roy’s horse Trigger, who the couple preserved through taxidermy. Trigger may still be seen in the Rogers and Evens museum in Branson, Missouri:

“So many people loved him through the years, that I just didn’t have the heart to put him in the ground.”

– Roy Rogers  (1922-1998)

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