I think Bamboo Harvester is a great name for a horse

January 3, 2011 at 3:50 pm (Whatever happened to ...?) (, , )

So, remember Mr. Ed?

It was a show about a talking horse, because people were more easily entertained in the 1960s, or possibly more drunk.

Yeah, I don’t either, but since I mentioned it last week, I started wondering what happened to Mr. Ed. I mean, sure, he’s obviously dog food or paste by now, but what became of the famous horse before that?

He had a very successful run as a baseball star?

Well, not much, really. Bamboo Harvester (a.k.a. Mr. Ed) was born in 1949 in California, and reared by Will Rogers’ protege, some guy I’ve never heard of before. And I’ve only barely heard of Will Rogers.

And it turns out I was confusing him with Buck Rogers, so that explains why a time traveler (or spaceman?) would be training horses, then.

Bamboo Harvester did a variety of horselike things, and then scored a horse casting coup in 1961 by earning the titular role on television’s Mr. Ed. (Prior to that, most horses got roles in those films that don’t have “no animals were injured in the making of this movie” in the credits.)

Errr, yeah, there's a trampoline at the bottom of the canyon we're going to run them off into, and they will totally BOUNCE to safety.

After a five-year run, the horse (and viewing audience) had enough, and the series was retired.

Seriously? Five years? What was wrong with you, people of the '60s?

In 1968, the 19-year-old Bamboo Harvester began suffering from age-related horse ailments and, in 1970, he was “quietly euthanized,” according to Wikipedia, which can’t imagine the sound of a horse’s scream.

Mr. Ed was voiced by actor Allan Lane, who is also dead, but I was actually only interested in the horse.

I've changed my mind. Allan Lane is officially interesting.


  1. dangerousmeredith said,

    bamboo harvester IS a good name for a horse. It’s a pity he wasn’t a racehorse.

    At least there was only one Mr Ed. Apparently there were lots of Lassies

    • lokifire said,

      And they were all BOY Lassies!
      (And there actually was a second Mr. Ed, but they only used him for promotional photos long after the series was over, so I didn’t even bother to mention him. In your face, horse known as Mr. Ed!)

    • chuck said,

      Nope,,,,,there were actually 2 Mr. Eds although one was unofficial and only used for early press release pictures and that resembled Bamboo strongly in almost all characteristic’s and markings and the actual History is that this particular horse died much later then Bamboo in 1979. The original Mr. Ed, aka Bamboo Harvester passed away in 1970 hours after being dumbly administered a tranquilizer at his retirement farm by a temp. care-giver who thought Ed, (Bamboo) was having a serious issue, fit or stroke while having great difficulties trying to get up as he was laying on the ground. For unknown, or specific told reasons. Bamboo passed away a little over 2 hours later. It was somewhat normal for an elderly horse to realize that laying down was a lot better then standing up all the time. And many older horse’s did have a difficult time getting back up. But they usually did and were successful after multi attempts. Bamboo was suffering from other typical age related problems. But he may of lived a few years longer had not a panic set in with the inexperienced temporary caregiver who happened to be there at the time.

  2. mandylor said,

    While I’m not sure of the reason, I feel that Zsa Zsa’s severed diseased leg should have been woven into this piece.

    • lokifire said,

      Ewww, I’m not weaving with a severed diseased leg!

  3. Travis said,

    I remember when they added NICKELODEON to the local cable roster back in the 80s I’d to watch “Mr. Ed” every night. Last week I noticed that hulu added it to their slate of free shows. Yikes!

    • lokifire said,

      Wow, and you’re not even from the ’60s.

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  5. Linda J. Alexander said,

    Allan Lane WAS officially interesting. If you’ve not already, look him up on imdb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0485226. He was a well-known B movie serial actor long before he became the voice of “Mr. Ed.”

    • Linda J. Alexander said,

      Added note: there will be a biography of Allan “Rocky” Lane coming out, hopefully soon … depending on how fast I can get it into production w/my publisher, BearManor Media. Titled “I Am Mr. Lane … Allan ‘Rocky’ Lane,” the bio will cover many parts of Allan’s life never before revealed. It’ll also give some info on his alter-ego, Mr. Ed.

  6. Ava said,

    Ok, first of all it is MISTER ED not Mr. Ed….kinda like it’s DOCTOR Who not Dr. Who. And it was a great show that a lot of people did enjoy. And I still enjoy watching it!

    • lokifire said,

      Hmmm … is that so?
      How interesting.

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