Tuesday, August 23, 2022

2021 Rolex Awards Laureate Documentary: Rinzin Phunjok Lama

2021 Rolex Awards Laureate Documentary

Rinzin Phunjok Lama

Protecting Snow Leopards 

As a young man intrigued by the mysterious and mythical snow leopard that frequented his native region of Humla in Nepal’s Trans-Himalaya, Rinzin Phunjok Lama was determined to protect the fabled animal as well as the entire mountain environment. 

Early on, the 2021 Rolex Awards for Enterprise Laureate understood that an integrated, community-based approach was required to conserve both threatened wildlife and the habitat. A key for Lama is empowering locals, including students, to help restore the declining populations of animals and biodiversity. He sees them as the true stewards of the land.

Clayton Moore The Lone Ranger Rolex Day-Date

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Clayton Moore

The Lone Ranger

Rolex Day-Date

When I was a small child, I lived with my paternal grandparents, and  I spent a TREMENDOUS amount of time watching TV, and I was a big fan of westerns. One of my favorite western TV shows was The Lone Ranger, which stared Clayton Moore. Of course, the westerns I watched then were primarily repeats, but I loved watching them anyway. 

One of the things I remember was hearing all the time was the introduction to the Lone Ranger which said:

A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty Hi-Yo Silver! The Lone Ranger! ... With his faithful Indian companion Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains led the fight for law and order in the early western United States! Nowhere in the pages of history can one find a greater champion of justice! Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear! From out of the past come the thundering hoofbeats of the great horse Silver! The Lone Ranger rides again!

The video below is basically the 1949 TV pilot for the ABC show titled The Lone Ranger. 

By the way, when I was around 9 years old, I also used to listen to radio episodes of The Lone Ranger that were originally aired back in the early 1930s.

Clayton Moore is pictured below later in his career wearing his yellow gold Rolex Day-Date.

Clayton Moore is pictured again below wearing his Rolex Day-Date, which was a Reference 1803.

Clayton Moore is pictured below with his sidekick, Tonto (played by Jay Silverheels), who used to commonly refer to The Lone Ranger as "Kemosabe."

Clayton Moore was quite an accomplished western horseback rider as we see in the photo below from 1956.