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What was the name of Hopalong Cassidy's horse?

Of the Past and Poetry

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Credit: Illustration by Mary O’Donnell, poem in public domain

When I was in elementary school in the late 1960s and early 1970s, our teachers routinely required us to read and memorize short verses and poems. Decades later, I can still recite some of them, despite the fact that I can't recall what I had for supper last night. The memorable assignments included nursery rhymes like There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe and simple poetry like Carl Sandburg's Fog, along with the classic, more lengthy tales that were assigned as I got older, such as The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and of course, Paul Revere's Ride, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

I wonder if "kids these days" still get the opportunity to learn poetry. I can't recall my own children having homework of that nature. Perhaps we have decided that memorizing poetry should go the way of cursive handwriting -- relegated to the dustbins of time and "progress."

To help preserve the appreciation for classic American/English-language poetry, Good Old Days is now featuring favorites from our past -- the kind of timeless poetry we used to read and memorize in junior high and high school. Have you noticed them? We've published (with original artwork by one of our talented writers, Mary O'Donnell) God's Garden in July/August, Theme in Yellow in September/October and the current November/December issue presents Christmas Bells, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. I am familiar with the song based on this poetry, but I had no idea the lyrics originated from the legendary Longfellow. What a surprise!

The poems are beautiful to see in print between the pages of Good Old Days, and we hope you delight in them as much as we do. In fact, I believe I will start memorizing these poems once again, and share them with my grandchildren. Who knows, maybe decades from now they will still be able to recite them!

'Til next time,

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Mary Beth Weisenburger,
Good Old Days® magazine

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Mary Beth Weisenburger has been with Annie's since April 2011. She has 25 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and publishing fields. In addition to her job as editor of Good Old Days, she has been writing a family humor column for over a decade. She and her husband, two college-age kids, two dogs and various other critters live on five acres in the country, where she enjoys reading on the back porch, refinishing furniture, feeding the birds and digging in the dirt of her perennial gardens.

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Trivia Answer

Topper. The horse and his human companion, Hopalong Cassidy (portrayed by William Boyd), appeared on both film and television.

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