TAC, Jr. #2
From the publisher of The Adventures Continue
Professor Pepperwinkle worked all night, and this morning
the web page
is operational again.
1. LOOK CAREFULLY --
Some of you readers have very sharp eyes. It was recently suggested
that I watch "The Man Who Could Read Minds" again and
check out the scene at
the end in which Superman collars the crooks. If you look very
will see that Superman is wearing Clark Kent's pinkie ring. I
had to watch
it several times, but it is there.
Also watch "Panic In The Sky" with a critical eye.
Not only did the
kryptonite (or some other element from cosmic space which even
couldn't handle) affect Superman's mind, it also did a job on
If you look carefully when Clark opens his coat and shirt (with
standing in the background), you will see that the Superman shirt
sleeves! Also, move you eyes to the area just above Superman's
waist and you
will see the stitching in the costume where the "crotch
piece" is sewn to
Frank Smullins may have been the greatest natural born reporter
along in years, but he wasn't the only Metropolis citizen who
was there when
important stuff happened. Watch as the diver is shot in "Perry
Scoop," look carefully at the crowd of people who gather
after Superman collars the crooks in "The Seven Souvenirs,"
and tell me that
little guy in the background doesn't have a nose for news. (He's
when the camera moves in on Olsen and Henderson.)
I know he appears in at least one other second season episode,
but I can't
find it right now. If any of you have noticed him, let me know.
"Perry White's Scoop" once more and note who's looking
into the back window
of the car just after Superman crashes through its roof!)
2. NEWS FROM THE PAST --
Ordinarily I will not be sending out issues of TAC, Jr. so close
but last night I was looking through some correspondence and
came across the
first letter I ever received from Whitney Ellsworth, dated September
1979. I thought you might find it interesting.
It continues to be a source of wonderment to me how many good
yourself still take the trouble to write about the Superman show
20 years after we filmed the 104th episode. I find it very moving,
for myself, but for all the people who worked so hard on both
sides of the
camera -- including, of course, George Reeves. He was indeed
a fine chap,
and his loss was a great blow to those of us who worked with
him, as well as
to those who were his fans.
It pleases me particularly to read in your letter words of
the other members of the cast. I have not seen Phyllis Coates
years, as she no longer lives in the Los Angeles area, and of
old John Hamilton has long been gone, but I talk regularly on
to Noel Neill and Jack Larson, and occasionally we see each other.
Shayne has also found his way to Westlake Village a time or two,
very little different than he did in 1954. Amazing!
Jack phoned a month or so ago. He said he had been watching
some of the old
Superman shows which were running here every afternoon, and just
they were really "darned good." He went on to say that
it was "just a job"
when we were making the shows, and that sometimes he had felt
about the "long hours and hard work and not enough money,"
but that looking
at the product dispassionately after all these years he was struck
fact that the stories were good ones, and he wanted me to know
that he was
proud of having been a part of it all. I'm sure you can imagine
and proud I was!
I have been retired since 1970, and live with my wife of 42
years in this
attractive suburb of Los Angeles. Between arthritis and emphysema
is not too great, and we stay fairly close to home. Except for
relationships with Warner Communications, owners of the Superman
have little contact with the entertainment industry except as
Thank you once again for your good letter.
4. RELATED NEWS --
The Adventures of Superman may have been our favorite
show from the 50s, but
I'm sure George Reeves isn't the only personality who left an
us. I was recently saddened to learn of the passing of Gail Davis,
Annie Oakley. She died of cancer on March 15 at the age of 71.
Don Porter (Ann Sothern's boss in Private Secretary and The
Ann Sothern Show
and Russ Lawrence on Gidget) died on February 11 at the age of
Marjorie Reynolds (Chester A. Riley's beautiful wife on The
Life of Riley)
died at her home in California on February 1. She was 80.
5. WERTHERS WORTH WATCHING --
If you enjoy Werthers candy, you might think it's out of this
world ... and
it might very well be. After all, the grandfather in one of their
commercials is Jor-El, Krypton's leading scientist, otherwise
known as actor
That's it for this time, but stay tuned...
The Adventures Continue . . .
. . .with George Reeves