Friday, June 29, 2018
Forgotten Western Heroes ---Straight Arrow
The show was sponsored by Nabisco Shredded Wheat. It came in a different shaped cereal box, which was squarish all the way around, including depth-wise; not tall like most cereal boxes. There was a picture of Niagara Fall on the package and proclaimed it came direct from there, as their plant was in Buffalo, NY. The biscuits were not sealed in paper as they are today, but packed open in layers separated by a cardboard divider. These dividers were printed with the likeness of Straight Arrow. These were called Injun-Nuity Cards. They would have pictures, descriptions and instructions to make Indian item such as bows, arrows, lances, moccasins, traps etc Also there would be first aid tips and instructions for horsemanship. These cards were also meant to be colored with crayon. This meant that hours of fun could be had from these free premiums. You could collect them all. I believe there were 32 in all.
My favorite part of the show was when Steve rode off to his secret cave and turned into Straight Arrow. It was the same exact words by the announcer every time. To this day I remember it well, perhaps with a few mistakes along the way, but this is how I remember it:
A short distance from the Broken Bow Ranch House, lies Sundown Valley and through it, a secret entrance known only to Steve Adams and Packy; a subteranean cave. The walls of the cave glitter with the sparkle of gold and the illumination of light from an unknown source. Comanche bow, Comanche arrows and Comanche garb hang on the wall and in the shimmering light stands the great golden stallion, Fury.
In a moment Steve Adams, rancher, is gone, and in his place...........
"Yes, Fury. It is I; STRAIGHT ARROW!"
A clatter of hooves in the vast vaulted cave and out into the sunlight, riding bareback and clad in Indian garb from head to toe; STRAIGHT ARROW ON THE TRAIL OF JUSTICE!
Such were the days!
Thanks for riding the trail.