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Choice Reruns

Highlighted reruns for the week of Dec. 5

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Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear — The Lone Ranger (TV Land, Saturdays and Sundays, 2-2:30 p.m.) rides again! Walker, Texas Ranger‘s Chuck Norris looks like a regular wimp compared with Clayton Moore, who played ex-Texas Ranger John Reid on the popular ABC Western from 1949 to ’52 and 1954 to ’57 (John Hart took over the role for two years in the early ’50s). After being shanghaied by a gang of rowdy varmints, Reid was rescued and nursed back to health by a kindly Native American acquaintance named Tonto (Jay Silverheels), who became his loyal sidekick. (Of course, The Lone Ranger‘s longtime companion might not have called him ”kemo sabe” — which means ”trusty scout” — if he knew that tonto is Spanish for ”stupid.”) Strapping on his trademark black mask and hopping atop his lightning-quick steed, Silver, the lawman set out to tame the Wild, Wild West. He always rode off with a hearty ”Hi-ho, Silver!” before anyone could get a chance to thank — or pay — him, prompting folks to ask the inevitable question, ”Who was that masked man?” Yet the gunslinger’s most amazing feat may have been turning an 1829 classical composition, Rossini’s ”William Tell Overture,” into a tune beloved by baby boomers.