"Leonard Franklin Slye" (November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998), who became famous as "Roy Rogers", was a singer and cowboy actor. He and his third wife Dale Evans, his "golden palomino" ''Trigger'' and his German shepherd "''Bullet''" were featured in over one hundred movies and The Roy Rogers Show which ran on radio for nine years before moving to television from 1951 through 1964. His productions usually featured two sidekicks, Pat Brady (who drove a jeep called "Nellybelle") and the crotchety bushwhacker Gabby Hayes. Roy's nickname was ""King of the Cowboys"". Dale's nickname was "Queen of the West." For many Americans (and non-Americans), he was the embodiment of the all-American hero.
Rogers was born to Andrew ("Andy") & Mattie (Womack) Slye in Cincinnati, Ohio, where his family lived in a tenement building on 2nd Street. (Riverfront Stadium was constructed at this location in 1970 and Rogers would later joke that he had been born at 2nd base.) Dissatisfied with his job and city life, Andy Slye and his brother Will built a 12-by-50-foot houseboat from salvage lumber and in July 1912 the Slye family floated down the Ohio River towards Portsmouth, Ohio. Desiring a mor...