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When the Lone Ranger & Tonto were a popular

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When the Lone Ranger & Tonto were a popular television show Tonto would frequently address the Lone Ranger as: Kemosabi ( I may have misspelled the name ). Can you solve this mystery for me?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Entertainment
Expert:  The Scribbler replied 9 years ago.
You may be amused by the origin of the phrase.

According to this source, it was derived from the name of a summer camp owned by a director's uncle:

http://www.tcnj.edu/~hofmann/kemosabe.htm

Of course, the intended meaning in context when used in the show was "trusted friend" or the equivalent.

Another source cites an actual interview and gives more details in support of the "uncle's camp" origin:

http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a4_061.html

There is one other link worthy of note, that cites not only the foregoing, which does have the ring of believability to it... but also some rather far-fetched but undocumented opinions, here is:

http://www.write101.com/kemosabe.htm

The interview cited is the only account that reaches back far enough, to the actual people involved, and thus I find it persuasive.
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