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Lydia E. Ringwald is the Laguna Journal's  Cultural Arts Columnist and photo-journalist, as well as a Southern California based artist. 

Hopalong Cassidy Rides Again
Hollywood Legacy and Film Celebrity Grace Boyd to Sign ‘Hopalong Cassidy, An American Legend’ at the Aliso Viejo Public Library on January 30.

By Lydia E. Ringwald



A Preface written by former President Bill Clinton about the influence of Hopalong Cassidy on his life reveals the magnitude of the Hopalong Cassidy legend on the lives of all American kids of the 1950’s who were first to experience TV in the family home. Bill Clinton describes how Hopalong Cassidy’s strong sense of justice, protecting honest ordinary people from the villains who were taking advantage of them, became the lodestar of his life  and the iconography of the era.

Songwriter Don McLean of the classic hit ‘Bye, Bye Miss American Pie, ‘ also reminisces about Hoppy’s impact on his childhood and the belief in the American Dream.

Grace Bradley Boyd, aka Mrs. Hopalong Cassidy, will sign her new commemorative book, ‘Hopalong Cassidy - An American Legend’ on January 30 at 1 pm at the Aliso Viejo Public Library.

In her moving story, Grace traces her life as a stage and film star before meeting Hoppy, with the parallel story of Hoppy’s life as a star in Hollywood before the powerful romance that drew them together and resulted in a marriage that produced the famous Hoppy legend, as we know it today.

Grace Boyd’s dramatic story pivots on a powerful turning point, their ownership of the literary rights of the Hopalong Cassidy book series.

After William Boyd had successfully built the initial character and persona of Hopalong Cassidy, studio magnets were about to take control away, when the couple gambled everything they had to buy the rights to the Hoppy book series and character, including TV rights at a time when television was just being invented and did not yet have a foreseeable future.

After WW II, television s began to enter the American homes, and by the early 1950’s, TV’s were proliferating, without much programming.  It was common to turn on the TV with only one or two stations available and wait for hours with static until a time when ‘program’ flashed onto the screen.

When Boyd discovered that with minimal technicalities a film could be screened on television, the couple allowed the television screening of the already completed Hopalong movie series. Hopalong Cassidy films became the rage and lead to the production of a TV series to meet the overwhelming demand.

Grace and Bill began a merchandising campaign with the Hoppy image on lunch pails and thermoses, watches, toys, furniture, cowboy outfits, dolls, bicycles, and other kiddie paraphernalia marketed in mass to the American mainstream.

Their amusement park, Hoppyland, was a precursor to Disneyland and William Boyd appearance riding with Topper at Rose Parade events and world tours drew ecstatic and cheering crowds. So powerful was the love, that when Hoppy visited a child in a coma in a hospital, at the behest of the parents, the child miraculously was aroused to consciousness and came back to life.

The January 30 event gives Southern California fans and Hollywood history aficionados a chance to meet Hollywood Legacy Grace Boyd, a Tai Chi exercise expert who at 96, continues to exudes the glamour and aura of one of the greatest eras in Hollywood history.

A screening at 1 pm of a documentary about Hopalong Cassidy will precede the appearance and book signing by Grace Boyd in person at the event. A limited , Collector’s edition version of 1000,  numbered and signed by Grace Boyd is available will be available le at the event along with the regular edition of ‘Hopalong Cassidy – An American Legend.’

The Aliso Viejo Library is located at 1 Journey, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 (949) 360-1730

 

 

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WHEN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA VISIT PRIMITIVES AT THE VILLAGE IN  LAGUNA BEACH ON THE GOLD COAST. OVER LOOKING THE PACIFIC OCEAN. 

 

 

 

 

TURQUOISE SILVER JEWELRY, KOKOPELLI, ZUNI, HOPI, NAVAJO, DREAM CATCHERS, KACHINA DOLLS, SILVER JEWELRY, BRACELETS, RINGS, NECKLACES, EARRINGS AND ARTIFACTS 

577 S. COAST HWY, LAGUNA BEACH, CA (949) 376-7632  or go to: NATIVE TRIBE-PRIMITIVES LTD  We now have Color Diamonds

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SYNERGY TRANSPORTATION SERVICE

WELCOME TO SYNERGY WE PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM SURROUNDING HOTELS 7 DAYS PER WEEK

Seattle Airport Transportation

(949) 376-7632 (949) 697-5676 Specializing In:

South Coast Plaza shopping Tours                          Laguna Beach shopping Tours                                   Moon Light Dinner Tours                                   Shopping Lunch/Dinner Tours                                      Local Evening Clubbing Tours                                    Dana Point Harbor Tours                                         San Juan Mission Tours

Disneyland, Knottsberry farm - Business use - Parties - Sporting events. Airport transfers LAX & John Wayne (Orange County)                                                              

Celebrity, Executive and VIP protection and security services Available. Courier jewelry and other valuables escorted -Delivery - Messenger - 24/7.  We also offer fully insured & certified private chauffeurs serve you at home or when you travel.
When you prefer Synergy provides clients with certified and insured chauffeurs who drive for you in YOUR vehicle.

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The Cliff Laguna Beach restaurant!

At Laguna Village

Oceanfront, open-air dining and cocktails return to the spectacularly-situated Laguna Village in Laguna Beach!  After a complete overhaul and updating of the premises, The Cliff Laguna Beach is poised and ready to greet you with a delightful selection of California cuisine:  lunch, dinner& shopping.

Where Great People, Art, Shops and Food all converge over looking the Gold Coast. Where at sunset you may be lucky and see the Green Flash.

Laguna Village 577 South Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach, CA (949)494-1956

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Blue Laguna Restaurant & Lounge

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Treat Yourself Like a Goddess
Athena Day Spa

Athena Day Spa enjoys an ocean-side location on South Coast Highway and serves the local clietele with personalized massage and skin care services in a setting fit for the gods. Customized therapeutic massage and body treatments meet your individual needs. A combination of techniques provide quality relaxation and relief of discomfort while you are pampered head to toe. Specialty massages include Hot Stone Therapy and the Body Polish. Or choose the Hydrating Facial, and perhaps the Signature Renewal and Tetra Peel, a four layer peel to minimize fine lines, wrinkles, and minimize pores. Couples Massage options provide you and your partner with blissful time together while experiencing wellness at its best.

Location: 611 S. Coast Hwy., (949) 376-7918, www.athenadayspa.net

Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 10a.m. - 6p.m., Friday - Saturday, 9a.m. - 7p.m., earlier and later times
available by request.

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Dr. Viviane S. Stein

Cosmetic & General Dentistry

31852 S. Coast Hwy., Suite 412 Laguna Beach, CA 949 415.1000

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WHEN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA VISIT PRIMITIVES AT THE VILLAGE IN  LAGUNA BEACH ON THE GOLD COAST. OVER LOOKING THE PACIFIC OCEAN. 

 

 

 

 

TURQUOISE SILVER JEWELRY, KOKOPELLI, ZUNI, HOPI, NAVAJO, DREAM CATCHERS, KACHINA DOLLS, SILVER JEWELRY, BRACELETS, RINGS, NECKLACES, EARRINGS AND ARTIFACTS 

577 S. COAST HWY, LAGUNA BEACH, CA (949) 376-7632  or go to: NATIVE TRIBE-PRIMITIVES LTD  We now have Color Diamonds

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 **************************************

 

 

 

WHEN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA VISIT PRIMITIVES AT THE VILLAGE IN  LAGUNA BEACH ON THE GOLD COAST. OVER LOOKING THE PACIFIC OCEAN. 

 

 

 

 

TURQUOISE SILVER JEWELRY, KOKOPELLI, ZUNI, HOPI, NAVAJO, DREAM CATCHERS, KACHINA DOLLS, SILVER JEWELRY, BRACELETS, RINGS, NECKLACES, EARRINGS AND ARTIFACTS 

577 S. COAST HWY, LAGUNA BEACH, CA (949) 376-7632  or go to: NATIVE TRIBE-PRIMITIVES LTD  We now have Color Diamonds

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SYNERGY TRANSPORTATION SERVICE

WELCOME TO SYNERGY WE PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM SURROUNDING HOTELS 7 DAYS PER WEEK

Seattle Airport Transportation

(949) 376-7632 (949) 697-5676 Specializing In:

South Coast Plaza shopping Tours                          Laguna Beach shopping Tours                                   Moon Light Dinner Tours                                   Shopping Lunch/Dinner Tours                                      Local Evening Clubbing Tours                                    Dana Point Harbor Tours                                         San Juan Mission Tours

Disneyland, Knottsberry farm - Business use - Parties - Sporting events. Airport transfers LAX & John Wayne (Orange County)                                                              

Celebrity, Executive and VIP protection and security services Available. Courier jewelry and other valuables escorted -Delivery - Messenger - 24/7.  We also offer fully insured & certified private chauffeurs serve you at home or when you travel.
When you prefer Synergy provides clients with certified and insured chauffeurs who drive for you in YOUR vehicle.

**************************************

The Cliff Laguna Beach restaurant!

At Laguna Village

Oceanfront, open-air dining and cocktails return to the spectacularly-situated Laguna Village in Laguna Beach!  After a complete overhaul and updating of the premises, The Cliff Laguna Beach is poised and ready to greet you with a delightful selection of California cuisine:  lunch, dinner& shopping.

Where Great People, Art, Shops and Food all converge over looking the Gold Coast. Where at sunset you may be lucky and see the Green Flash.

Laguna Village 577 South Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach, CA (949)494-1956

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Blue Laguna Restaurant & Lounge

**************************************

Treat Yourself Like a Goddess
Athena Day Spa

Athena Day Spa enjoys an ocean-side location on South Coast Highway and serves the local clietele with personalized massage and skin care services in a setting fit for the gods. Customized therapeutic massage and body treatments meet your individual needs. A combination of techniques provide quality relaxation and relief of discomfort while you are pampered head to toe. Specialty massages include Hot Stone Therapy and the Body Polish. Or choose the Hydrating Facial, and perhaps the Signature Renewal and Tetra Peel, a four layer peel to minimize fine lines, wrinkles, and minimize pores. Couples Massage options provide you and your partner with blissful time together while experiencing wellness at its best.

Location: 611 S. Coast Hwy., (949) 376-7918, www.athenadayspa.net

Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 10a.m. - 6p.m., Friday - Saturday, 9a.m. - 7p.m., earlier and later times
available by request.

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Dr. Viviane S. Stein

Cosmetic & General Dentistry

31852 S. Coast Hwy., Suite 412 Laguna Beach, CA 949 415.1000

 **************************************

 

 

 

WHEN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA VISIT PRIMITIVES AT THE VILLAGE IN  LAGUNA BEACH ON THE GOLD COAST. OVER LOOKING THE PACIFIC OCEAN. 

 

 

 

 

TURQUOISE SILVER JEWELRY, KOKOPELLI, ZUNI, HOPI, NAVAJO, DREAM CATCHERS, KACHINA DOLLS, SILVER JEWELRY, BRACELETS, RINGS, NECKLACES, EARRINGS AND ARTIFACTS 

577 S. COAST HWY, LAGUNA BEACH, CA (949) 376-7632  or go to: NATIVE TRIBE-PRIMITIVES LTD  We now have Color Diamonds

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