Things I miss: when the William Tell Overture was cool


Originally published at:


“when I could hear the opening”

Well … actually. the closing. The opening is quite quiet.


OH yes, I used to watch the classic B&W shows on PBS. I have a record of one of the radio shows from the 70 someone gave me. Still in the wrapper.


My high school used to play this just before the bell in the morning. If you got there at the slow part, you’re good. If not, well, it gets you running in a hurry :smiley:


When I was a kid, a joke made the rounds that an “egghead” was someone who could listen to the William Tell Overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger.


Wait a minute.
This is when the William Tell Overture was not cool.
Otherwise it’s still quite cool.


The Lone ranger’s nephew is The Green Hornet.



The only point in my schooling where they’d play music prior to the bell was in 3-5th grade. “Onward Christian Soldier”. It was horrid. Other than that, I went through a phase in HS where, if I got home alone, I’d put Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” on the stereo and blast it.


Remember that Jay Silverheels, AKA Tonto, was a Native American activist and supported a number of causes such as an actor’s workshop.
As Mel Brooks says in Blazing Saddles,, “Losem gehen… a bei gezint.”


Here’s my good news today - a Johnny Quest movie is getting worked on.

hell yeah.


I miss hearing the name Race Bannon and thinking of Johnny Quest instead of some crackpot xenophobic politician.


For myself, the best use of the William Tell overture was in the climax of The Irresponsible Captain Tylor.
The greatest space battle ever depicted on TV, IMHO.


Q: Where does the Lone Ranger take his garbage?
A: To the dump, to the dump, to the dump dump dump
To the dump, to the dump, to the dump dump dump


“Banana is coming up through the bunch!”


Bah, I go grab coffee and jinxed on the Spike Jones.


I left Clockwork Orange for you at least.


The comedic work of Stan Freberg, everyone:

Jeno’s Pizza Rolls, Lark Cigarettes, and The Lone Ranger and Tonto all used excerpts from the William Tell Overture. I thought that this commercial was hilarious when was a kid.


Hah! I couldn’t listen to that piece until my twenties because of the inextricable association that was forged by that song having been played prior to
nap time at preschool. Which seems weird now, but just hearing that clarinet rip though the opening riff still seems oddly soporific.


Which may be the solution to his problem. When you listen to the whole overture, it is much easier to think of the story of William Tell. Buy and download a copy of the whole thing and listen to it a few times, The Lone Ranger fades out as William Tell replaces it.