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February 10, 1996 | LAURIE SCHENDEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bob Clotch was engrossed with the tot-sized six-shooters and official Roy Rogers hat, alarm clock and comic books. "Did anyone see a Roy Rogers lunch box?" he asked hopefully. Clotch is 59 years old. But who could blame him for the enthusiasm, because for this Ohioan, the trip to see his childhood hero was a dream come true. And he certainly wasn't alone.
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July 16, 2002 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's happy trails for the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum, which will leave Victorville next year and relocate to Branson, Mo., curator Roy "Dusty" Rogers Jr. announced Monday. The move was prompted, Rogers said, by the drop in attendance since the deaths of his father and stepmother, legendary stars of movie and television westerns in the mid-20th century. Attendance at the museum on the edge of the Mojave Desert has fallen below 50,000 visitors a year, said Rogers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2001
I read with sadness the July 22 article regarding the possible closing of the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum in Victorville. Sadness, but not surprise. I'm 52, grew up loving the couple's 1950s TV series and have visited the museum on several occasions through the years, usually hosting visiting relatives from Ohio. Every time we visited the museum we felt unwelcome. From the purchase of our tickets to our last stop at the gift shop, not one staff member ever greeted us with so much as a "hello."
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April 13, 2002 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The sprawling building housing the financially troubled Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum in the Mojave Desert town of Victorville is for sale. The 33,000-square-foot structure on 50 acres beside Interstate 15 displays a collection paying homage to the "King of the Cowboys" and the "Queen of the West," who starred together in more than 30 motion pictures and two television series. He died in 1998 and she died last year. The couple's son, Roy "Dusty" Rogers Jr.
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January 20, 1991 | JOAN DRAPER
FIRST OFF, Trigger is not stuffed. The beloved horse, ridden by Roy Rogers in every film and TV show he made, is mounted , along with Buttermilk (Dale's horse), Trigger Jr. and Lassie's rival, Bullet, in Victorville at the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum. The Rogerses' white convertible also has found a resting place at the 33,000-square-foot authentic replica of a frontier fort. Roy and Dale decided to settle in adjacent Apple Valley, far removed from Tinsel Town, 25 years ago.
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July 31, 2001
A July 25 letter writer complained of feeling unwelcome at the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum in Victorville. I have visited the museum with relatives several times. We always enjoyed warm hospitality from everyone there. A highlight of my grandfather's life was the time he gave an impromptu, a cappella performance of singing-cowboy numbers with a Gabby Hayes impersonator inside the museum, to the delight of a small crowd of visitors. The employees were happy to let him express his feelings about his hero Roy Rogers the best way he knew how: through song.
NEWS
May 14, 1992 | Associated Press
Dale Evans, 79-year-old wife and show-business partner of singing cowboy Roy Rogers, was recovering Wednesday from a heart attack, her son said. Evans complained of chest pains early Sunday and her husband drove her to St. Mary Desert Valley Hospital, said Roy (Dusty) Rogers Jr. Doctors determined she had suffered a moderate heart attack, he said. "It was a real shocker to us," he said, noting that although his mother was in intensive care, she was doing much better and able to sit up in bed.
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February 8, 2001 | JON THURBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dale Evans, the Texas stenographer with the melodic voice who became the buckskin-fringed "Queen of the West" and wife of "King of the Cowboys" Roy Rogers, died Wednesday. She was 88. Evans, a prolific writer of songs and books and an admired Christian lay leader, died of congestive heart failure at her home in Apple Valley, Calif., said Leonard Maltin, a film historian and family friend.
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July 16, 2002 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's happy trails for the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum, which will leave Victorville next year and relocate to Branson, Mo., curator Roy "Dusty" Rogers Jr. announced Monday. The move was prompted, Rogers said, by the drop in attendance since the deaths of his father and stepmother, legendary stars of movie and television westerns in the mid-20th century. Attendance at the museum on the edge of the Mojave Desert has fallen below 50,000 visitors a year, said Rogers.
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July 22, 2001 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The couple leaned close to the glass to examine the biggest draw at the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum--the mounted remains of Trigger, up on his hind legs, just as he was back when he was the Smartest Horse in the Movies. Former Maumee, Ohio, Police Chief Robert Bunce, 60, and his wife, Shelley, 52, were mesmerized by the famous palomino.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2001
A July 25 letter writer complained of feeling unwelcome at the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum in Victorville. I have visited the museum with relatives several times. We always enjoyed warm hospitality from everyone there. A highlight of my grandfather's life was the time he gave an impromptu, a cappella performance of singing-cowboy numbers with a Gabby Hayes impersonator inside the museum, to the delight of a small crowd of visitors. The employees were happy to let him express his feelings about his hero Roy Rogers the best way he knew how: through song.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2001
I read with sadness the July 22 article regarding the possible closing of the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum in Victorville. Sadness, but not surprise. I'm 52, grew up loving the couple's 1950s TV series and have visited the museum on several occasions through the years, usually hosting visiting relatives from Ohio. Every time we visited the museum we felt unwelcome. From the purchase of our tickets to our last stop at the gift shop, not one staff member ever greeted us with so much as a "hello."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2001 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The couple leaned close to the glass to examine the biggest draw at the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum--the mounted remains of Trigger, up on his hind legs, just as he was back when he was the Smartest Horse in the Movies. Former Maumee, Ohio, Police Chief Robert Bunce, 60, and his wife, Shelley, 52, were mesmerized by the famous palomino.
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February 8, 2001 | JON THURBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dale Evans, the Texas stenographer with the melodic voice who became the buckskin-fringed "Queen of the West" and wife of "King of the Cowboys" Roy Rogers, died Wednesday. She was 88. Evans, a prolific writer of songs and books and an admired Christian lay leader, died of congestive heart failure at her home in Apple Valley, Calif., said Leonard Maltin, a film historian and family friend.
NEWS
July 12, 1998 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roy Rogers was given a full cowboy's funeral Saturday, laid to rest at sunset after a church memorial service and a final procession around his museum that, together, attracted about 2,500 Little Buckaroos of all ages. At both public events, the "Happy Trails" theme--written by his co-star and wife of 50 years, Dale Evans--played heavily in memory of the King of the Cowboys, who died Monday of congestive heart failure at age 86.
NEWS
July 7, 1998 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ken Jackson tipped his 10-gallon Stetson Monday and uttered an emotional goodbye to a part of his own childhood innocence, and, he said, America's as well. On the day Roy Rogers died, Jackson stood inside the old cowboy's museum in Victorville, surrounded by a throng of fellow fans, and bid farewell to the man he called the nation's last straight shooter.
NEWS
July 12, 1998 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roy Rogers was given a full cowboy's funeral Saturday, laid to rest at sunset after a church memorial service and a final procession around his museum that, together, attracted about 2,500 Little Buckaroos of all ages. At both public events, the "Happy Trails" theme--written by his co-star and wife of 50 years, Dale Evans--played heavily in memory of the King of the Cowboys, who died Monday of congestive heart failure at age 86.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 1996 | LAURIE SCHENDEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bob Clotch was engrossed with the tot-sized six-shooters and official Roy Rogers hat, alarm clock and comic books. "Did anyone see a Roy Rogers lunch box?" he asked hopefully. Clotch is 59 years old. But who could blame him for the enthusiasm, because for this Ohioan, the trip to see his childhood hero was a dream come true. And he certainly wasn't alone.
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