One of my favorite science fiction authors is Dan Simmons. The quotation below is from Flashback set in the near future US if current downward trends continue. It sometimes amazes me what one can learn if you keep your eyes open.
“‘Originally the stadium horse was Bucky the Bronco. Bucky was twenty-seven feet tall and was cast and enlarged from an original mold of Roy Roger’s horse, Trigger, when Trigger was rearing up on his hind legs. Roy Rogers was a TV and movie cowboy around the middle of the last century. Roy allowed them to make the cast from his mold of trigger before this version of the stadium was built only if the city and stadium owners promised that they wouldn’t name the new horse ‘Trigger.’ The people voted, I think it was in the nineteen-seventies, and named this bigger Trigger ‘Bucky the Bronco.'”
Please see Roy Rogers
- You: Tournament of Roses to salute spirit of Roy Rogers (latimes.com)
- Trigger’s taxidermist now busy with TV werewolves (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Roy Rogers and My Pal trigger. Yee hah! (didiforget.wordpress.com)
- Trigger steals the show at NATPE (variety.com)