Following the ceremony, our guests were
transported to the Cafe Pinot (700 West 5th Street) where a luncheon
was served in their honor. Our selected menu consisted of:
Cafe Pinot Simple Green Salad
with a Garnished Crouton
Three Mustard Crusted Chicken
with Pinot Fries, or
Roast Pork Loin with White Beans, Fennel and Parma Ham
Apple Tart Tatin with Hazelnut
Ice Cream or
Milk Chocolate Mille Feuille with Candied Hazelnuts and Milk
A "Luke Benson" Apology
Unfortunately, Jeff Corey, better known
as Luke Benson to fans of the Adventures of Superman,
was unable to attend the luncheon because of family matters.
A few days later, after I was back home to Pennsylvania, Mr.
Corey called to say he was sorry he had to leave directly from
the ceremony. "Jim, you looked so crestfallen when I told
you I couldn't go to the luncheon that I'm calling to explain
that we had made arrangements to pick up my grandson that afternoon,
and I didn't think the ceremony would run as late as it did.
I'm sorry I couldn't be there, and I don't want you to think
I didn't care." I told Mr. Corey that I understood and was
indeed sorry he had to leave, but my sadness was over the fact
that he missed out on a great meal and some time with old friends.
He thanked us again for the tribute to Superman and said
he was glad to be included.
On the same day as the ceremony, Noel Neill and Jack Larson were
interviewed by The Travel Channel, so there was some concern
that they might not be able to attend the luncheon. As we left
the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration for Cafe Pinot, Jack
promised he and Noel would get there if they could. True to his
word, they arrived at the restaurant in plenty of time to enjoy
their meal, chat with the guests, and sign some autographs.
Seating at the Cafe Pinot was comfortable, and it afforded plenty
of opportunity for conversation. On the left, you can see Robert
Rockwell and Lou Koza. To the right, Stephanie and Bette Shayne
with Jim Beaver and Armand Vaquer. At the center table is Chuck
Harter, Richard Taylor, Terry Ryan, and Stephen Kirk. The Siegels,
Paul Levitz, and Peter Marino are seated at the far table to
the left, and Noel and Jack at the far table to the right.
Superman Week Ceremony
The Day Before
Back in the Room