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The week of July 10 - 16, 2001... "Superman Week" as proclaimed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The proclamation reads as follows:

Supervisor Mike Antonovich reads the proclamation
Left to right: Robert Rockwell, Michael Walbrecht (VP of Warner Bros.), Jim Nolt, Bette Shayne,
Armand Vaquer, Jeff Corey, Jack Larson and Noel Neill (behind Supervisor Mike Antonovich),
Paul Levitz (Executive Vice President & Publisher, DC Comics), Joanne Siegel, Laura Siegel Larson.

Whereas, the Adventures of Superman, starring George Reeves, is one of television's earliest and most successful series, now spanning five decades; and

Whereas, the Adventures of Superman sparked the imaginations of millions of children around the world and developed characters with integrity and a sense of compassion; the series promoted understanding and tolerance among different people, championed truth and justice in our lives and promoted moral values; and

Whereas, the Adventures of Superman inspired its viewers to better their lives and has earned the continued and undying loyalty of fans worldwide who desire to pay tribute to and to thank all those involved in the production of the series:

Now therefore, be it resolved that the Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles does hereby proclaim the week of July 10 through July 16, 2001, as "Superman Week" and urges people everywhere to become better citizens by following the tenets of good citizenship championed in the Adventures of Superman.

Adopted by order of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles, State of California, July 10, 2001.

The proclamation is signed by Mike Antonovich (Mayor, County of Los Angeles), Gloria Molina (Supervisor, First District), and Yvonne Burke (Supervisor, Second District).


My remarks to the Supervisors and all assembled and on behalf of all the
fans of the Adventures of Superman:

Remarks on behalf of the fans

We have much to be thankful for today. First, I want to thank the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, especially Supervisor Michael Antonovich, for providing this opportunity for us to publicly pay tribute to the Adventures of Superman and to all those involved in its history and production on this, its 50th anniversary.

In these past five decades, many words have been written and spoken regarding the sets, special effects, and other technical threads that are woven into the fabric of this early, and special, television series. To its fans, they are all top-notch. For if not so, we wouldn't, in fact, be assembled here today.

But my remarks today will not center on those technical aspects of the show. While they're important indeed, we didn't travel from across the country and half-way around the world to pay tribute to nails and wood, papier-mâché walls, or superimposed film only. We're here to honor something much more valuable, the people behind those special effects… and the writers, the producers, the directors, the entire crew. We're here to honor people… the people who gave their time and wonderful talent, always in support of each other, to produce a show worthy of this tribute. And we're here, also, to say a special thank you to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the two young men to whom we're indebted for creating the Superman character.

I feel today like I've come to the end of a long journey. Like so many others, I first watched the Adventures of Superman when I was just a child, but the images, dialogue, music, and the faces of the wonderful people involved stayed with me through my adult years. Why? Because what they did was good. It was good, and it had meaning... to me and many others.

I'd like to read a note I received from a reader of my web site just before I left for Los Angeles on Sunday. Helen Kielkopf of Louisville, Kentucky wrote:

How I wish I could be with you for "Superman Week" and to shake the hands of those who gave us so much joy in our youth. There could not have been a better cast.

Not only did we feel we had a best friend in George Reeves, whose loss we still feel, but our outlook on life was positively influenced by John Hamilton's kindly bluster, Jack Larson's earnest enthusiasm, Noel Neill's determination, and the good and dutiful Robert Shayne. And we continue to recognize a long list of dear guest stars who gave remarkable performances. Two of them, Jeff Corey and Robert Rockwell, will stand beside you on Tuesday.

When times are rough, I sometimes take out an episode to be cheered by such good company. They remain alive with us… always in our hearts… always in our lives.


Very often we question the value of our existence… have we done anything to make the world a better place? For a lucky few, there are special moments when they know they've accomplished great deeds. For most of us, however, although we accomplish much, our deeds, large and small, go uncelebrated… sometimes even unnoticed. Most likely, when the people involved in Superman went about their daily business, they thought of it as just a job. As Jack so often says, they told him, "No one will probably ever see this." But I'm here to tell you now, Jack… and everyone else… especially George Reeves, that what you did those many years ago was indeed seen. And it was noticed… it is remembered… and it is valued.

And so today, July 10, 2001, on behalf of all the fans of the Adventures of Superman from around the world, I salute you now. Thank you for your generous contribution to our lives. Thank you all.

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