This one almost made me cry.
From my earliest memories, I can remember seeing the crazy guy who wore the outlandish Cowboy getup and ran around making everyone smile. He was at every home game. It took me awhile to figure out who he was, and my dad always called him "Whistling Ray."
It took me longer to figure that one out. See, everyone on TV always called him "Crazy Ray." He was the unofficial team mascot and vastly preferred over the current "Rowdy." But he got his start as a vendor at the football games. He attracted attention by whistling. So people started calling him "Whistling Ray." The old timers still do. But you didn't see that on TV since by the time he became famous on TV, he was past hawking his wares in the stands, but was putting on a show. The Cowboys never officially hired him, but he was given free pass to every game an preferred parking.
Was there ever more fun than watching him pull his six shooters on the Redskin's mascot (when the Cowboys were winning) or more heartbreaking than seeing the Washington mascot 'scalp' Ray (when they lost)? Great times, great memories.
Ray was slowed in recent years due to health issues and passed away this spring. This will be the first season without Ray. He will be missed. There will never be another like him, and there shouldn't be. He was special. So special, that I actually think he should be inducted into the Ring of Honor. I don't want this to become a debate about who should or shouldn't be included, nor about who seems to have been slighted already (I have some strong opinions about that, too, - think DREW PEARSON), but he rightly has been an instrumental part of the Cowboy lore over the last half-century. That should be rewarded.
You can read a little about Ray here.