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Big Pine National Forest, Knotty Pine

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Script #104 Title correction

On November 25, 2008 I posted a blog titled "Bim the first half-hour Ranger Bill." The blog itself is correct, but the blog title is not correct. Script #104 is the first half hour Ranger Bill show, but "Bim, the Dog" is not Script#104. I do not have an official title for that script, and there is no audio for this show at this time.

The story of Script#104 is about a train bringing a load of African animals to the Knotty Pine Zoo. The train wrecks just outside of Knotty Pine releasing many of those wild and dangerous African beasts. Bill and his men must find and capture or kill these animals before they themselves are killed by these savage beasts.

Let's call this one "Escape of the African Animals" for now. I'll update that title whenever I get official news from Moody Audio.

You can find "Escape of the African Animals"- Script#104 on our Zoomshare home page to read or download. Just click on the link to "RB scripts, photos, and more." Enjoy this exciting adventure.

My apologies for this title mix-up.

RB-007 Miracles

Henry takes his friend Fred to church. The sermon is about how and why God uses miracles. Fred doesn't believe in miracles or in God.
The two boys go on a hike in the north country. A small dam bursts sending a rush of water toward them. Fred falls into Half-Mile Gully, is hurt and can't get out. Stumpy tries to reach the boys ahead of the flooding, but he's too late. All Bill and Stumpy can do is pray and watch. Will the boys get out of the gully before the flood waters hit or will they be washed away? Will God send a miracle?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

New RB stories at Moody Audio

Moody Audio now has 5 newly discovered Ranger Bill stories!!! Three of those stories are two episodes long, so they are 1-hour long stories! I believe that none of these new-found shows has been aired in over 40 years! I've already mentioned "The Spirits and the Spirit." I have just learned about the other three stories. All these shows are available at Moody Audio's web site (www.moodyaudio.com). Enter "Ranger Bill" in the search box at the top of the Moody Audio home page to find the Ranger Bill order form. If you don't see a link to the form on your first results page, click to the second or third page to see Ranger Bill stories and CD sets.
Here are story descriptions for all four stories:
1. The Town That Wouldn't Move - (1 episode story) - The town of Big Rock must be moved to make way for a new hydro-electric dam. The government has made the townspeople fair offers for their lands and homes. The entire town refuses to leave and is ready to resort to violence to keep their property. Bill is asked to mediate the dispute.
2. The Church at Bent Creek (2 episodes) - A young pastor and his wife move to the little town of Bent Creek to restart an abandoned church there. No one will go to the church because folks think it is haunted by ghosts. At times the church organ plays by itself, strange noises are heard, and the church lights blink wildly. Bill and Stumpy can find no explanation except ghosts.
3. Muscle and Prayer (2 episodes) - Big, strong Frenchy DeSalle is scared to death when he finds some animals crushed to death. He knows it is Boris "The Bear," the man who killed Frenchy's father when he was a boy. Frenchy scarred Boris then. Boris has been looking for Frenchy ever since.
4. One Million Years Ago (1 episode) - A scientist Mr. Conrad Vlandingham and his assistant Morgan are in the Bad Lands, supposedly digging for dinosaur bones. They are the only people in the valley who didn't see live dinosaurs wandering in the valley at night.
5. The Spirits and the Spirit (2 episodes) - Bill and Stumpy take a vacation to South Amercia to see an abandoned Portuguese fort lost in the jungle near the Amazon River. The local residents fear the fort. They believe that the ghosts of the dead soldiers killed by slaves haunt the fort.

Ranger Bill Actors

1. Ranger Bill Jefferson and Stumpy Jenkins played by Miron S. Canaday, Jr.
2. Henry Scott played by Dr. Roger Compton
3. Gray Wolf played by Ed Ronne, Sr.
4. Frenchy DeSalle, Houseboat Charlie and many, many others played by Rex Brenner
5. Announcer, Ranger Ralph Carpenter, others - Bill Pearce
6. Announcer - Walter Carlson
7. Ranger Jane Reeves, other women and also children - Flo Schmid

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Knotty Pine Gazette - A Christmas Devotion

"And she gave birth to her first-born son; and she wrapped Him in clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn."
"And the angel said to them (the shepherds), 'Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.'" Luke 2:7, 10-11 NAS
Christmas has finally arrived. We all eagerly await presents, brightly decorated trees, Christmas programs, presents, family gatherings, big dinners with all the trimmings, and, did I mention, presents. But on that first Christmas, what was it like for the baby Jesus? He was born in a stable. Have you ever been to a stable? They are smelly, dirty places even right after they are just cleaned and given fresh hay. And why was Jesus born there? Because there was no room for them in the inn. There was plenty of room in the inn. In fact there were homes and rooms all over Bethlehem that Mary could have used to give birth to Jesus, but no one would make room for them, for Him, Jesus.
Yet God gave us his most precious Gift, Jesus, then and there so that Jesus might give us a gift no one else could give us, His love, to be poured out on the cross for the full and total forgiveness of our sins. And some day Jesus will give us eternal life - life with Him forever. What a gift. What a Savior. What a Jesus!
A merry and joyous Christmas everyone!!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

RB-201 Christmas Bells

It is just a few days before Christmas. Officer Pat O'Roarke is working hard late in the evenings making and fixing toys for Christmas gifts for poor children. Pat suffers a severe heart attack. He is gravely ill and barely clinging to life. Pat seems to find strength to live from the sound of the church bells at Knotty Pine Church.
Elderly Herman Schmidt takes care of the church bells. The bells break down while Pat is struggling to survive. Herman is unable to climb the tower to fix the bells because he suffers from severe arthritis.
Bill and the rangers try to fill in for Herman but can't seem to locate the problem. How will they fix the church bells? Will Officer Pat live to see Christmas?

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Hear a "new" 2-part RB story on HisKids player

Moody Audio has just discovered a 2-part Ranger Bill story called "The Spirits and the Spirit." HisKids.Net has graciously added both parts of this story to it's audio player just for the Ranger Bill Fan Club, in addition to our regular weekly episode. From now through the New Years holiday, you can find links to both half-hour episodes of "The Spirits and the Spirit" at the bottom of the drop-down menu on the HisKids player.
I believe that these two "The Spirits and the Spirit" episodes haven't been broadcast since sometime in the 1960s. This is quite a Christmas gift from both Moody Audio and HisKids.
I have already listened to this story more than once and enjoyed it thoroughly! I heartily encourage you to add "The Spirits and the Spirit" to your play list for today!
The story is an adventure Bill and Stumpy have while vacationing in South America. The boys visit an old Portuguese fort lost in the forests near the Amazon. The local residents believe that the fort is guarded by the spirits of the dead Portuguese soldiers who once lived there.

Jimmy's Christmas Miracle

Little Jimmy Benson is a great example of faith. Jimmy cannot walk and is weak and ill. Yet in spite of this he is a happy and hopeful child. Jimmy firmly believes that God loves him and will do what's best for him.
Ranger Bill thinks Jimmy might be cured. Bill does his best to find doctors who can help Jimmy. Bill asks his church board for money for Jimmy and is turned down because of one board member's hard heart. Can Bill influence the church board to help, or will he have to go somewhere else for help... or will Jimmy remain a cripple? Will God give Jimmy a Christmas miracle?

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Putting Jesus Back Into Christmas

Thanksgving Day has passed and the Calendar now reads "December." We are now in the Christmas season, what many churches call Advent. We Christians now look forward to the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem with Mary and Joseph, shepherds, the star, and the Wise Men on Christmas Day. Manger scenes with the baby Jesus and signs with "Merry Christmas" are popping up everywhere this time of year - in front of churches, in stores, outside offices and city halls all across America.
OH! I'm sorry. This is 2008. Christians around the world will be celebrating the birth of the Savior. The rest of the world - even here in the USA - will be ignoring this event because it is offensive to some. There will be no manger scenes or "Merry Christmas" signs except around churches or in front of Christian homes. The most you can expect to see is "Season's Greetings" or other similar signs at stores or at government buildings.
In response to this lack of Jesus in 2008, Knotty Pine resident Bill Jefferson, aka Ranger Bill, has rented space on the Knotty Pine town square to wish every one a "Blessed Christmas in Jesus the Christ."
The Ranger Bill Fan Club would like to join Ranger Bill in wishing you all of God's greatest blessings in and through Jesus Christ our Savior!
Send us and email at rangerbillclub@aol.com and let us know about others who have gone out of their ways to put Jesus back into Christmas this year, and we will share those acts of faith and love here on our blog.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Episode Title Change

The story "Chief Gray Wolf" (RB-204) has been renamed "Chief of the Dakotas." Phil Shappard of Moody Audio says that in going through those original Ranger Bill scripts he has found that story's script and discovered that the original title was indeed "Chief of the Dakotas."