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Hoppy? Not Hoppy!
- Joined: 4:54 AM - May 25, 2016
In 1937, William Boyd, famous as Western hero Hopalong Cassidy, married Grace Bradley...at the same time he acquired a new white stallion. He asked his new wife to name the horse. Grace was reading a series of books by Thorne Smith at the time...the series was called "Topper." Thus, Grace asked Bill to name the horse after her favorite book...and that's how Topper got his name. Thorne Smith wrote a number of (for the time) salacious fantasies, including Turnabout, concerning a young couple who fight and bicker a lot, each claiming the other has it made in life as a man (or a woman). Ra, their ancient Egyptian statue, tired of all the ruckus, uses magic to switch their identities in the night. Tim Willows wakes up in Sally Willows’ body and vice versa. Interestingly, when Grace Boyd acquired a horse, she named it Turnabout.
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