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June 16, 1999
I suspect that most of you reading this column already know that today marks the fortieth anniversary of the death of George Reeves. I also suspect that most of you were either very young, or perhaps not even born yet, on that fateful morning of June 16, 1959. In our lifetimes, we've learned many things about George's life. We know where he was born, have a sketchy narrative of his youth, are familiar with some of his friends, and, thanks to Michael Hayde, can almost follow his daily schedule during the first season filming of the Adventures of Superman in the summer of 1951. We have also been able to chronicle some of his activities between 1957 and 1959. But sadly, the events in the most crucial hours in his life... those that took place in the early morning hours of June 16, 1959, remain a mystery to us all. And so, forty years after your passing we continue to wonder and think of him fondly. George, we miss your talent and generous nature... we miss your beautiful smile and gentle ways. And we know that no matter how you died, you left the world a better place. Thank you, George Reeves, for enriching our lives.
Below is a sample of the mail I received recently regarding George's death and other matters:
I have always been a fan of the Adventures of Superman, since I first discovered it in the early 1960s, and of George Reeves in particular. It didn't help matters much when I found out that my father used to work out at the same gym as Reeves did and met him there. He has always spoken highly of him as a person, and it is obvious to me that Reeves left a good impression on my father as he did many others. My father isn't always easily impressed by people, but Reeves certainly did so. My father said that Reeves was doing judo workouts there at the time.
My work has often taken me down Benedict Canyon, and whenever I've passed by Reeves' home, I always salute him with "God bless George Reeves." And thank you, Jim, for your efforts in keeping the torch burning.
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