TAC Table of Contents
From the Publisher of
TAC, Jr. #43
September 4, 2000
I guess there's no need to tell you that summer's about over (except for you folks in the southern hemisphere). Mine was a one of incredible fun mixed with more than a little personal sadness, but I suppose that's what life is.
Before getting to the information about George Reeves, I want to thank everyone from all over the world who sent birthday greetings on August 31. It's very gratifying to know you took the time to remember.
Now, I have interesting information to share, so let's get to it.
1) GEORGE REEVES FLIES AGAIN ON A&E
2) ANOTHER VARIETY AD?
3) DABBS GREER
4) MARK EVANIER'S CBG COLUMN
<<This was proven repeatedly during that final season
with its Pick 'n Save art direction and special effects -- but
never so decisively as with "The Mysterious Cube."
It's as if they not only fished the sets out of a dumpster somewhere
but the script as well. (By the way, I met Whitney Ellsworth
Evanier than picks apart every aspect of the episode. Now
he is surely entitled to his own opinion, but I think Evanier
took some cheap shots.Holes can be found in any television script...
and Superman is no
5) TV LAND
6) STRAWBERRY BLONDE
A turn-of-the-century gold digger is loved by a decent young dentist and a brash contractor.
Monday, Sept. 11, 2000 -- 12:00 pm (Eastern Time) TCM- Turner
7) IT'S STILL THERE
Then near the beginning of August, I received this note from Jerry Krumm:
<<The article in TAC Jr. #42 regarding Tara in the background on the hillside of "The Mind Machine" really sparked my curiosity and got me going. You see, I was an extra in a movie filmed in 1975 at the backlot of Culver City Studios. I spent four long hot sweaty humid days there. I remember as we drove in seeing the few Marine huts from "Gomer Pyle" that were still there. The whole place was in very poor shape. I realized I was at the former Desilu lot, but I didn't realize that I was in Mayberry, and Metropolis before that.
<<After emailing back and forth with Randy Garrett. I decided to take a drive out to the old backlot. To my surprise it had been replaced with an industrial park. (They paved paradise... put up a parking lot)
<<Then I wondered... what about the hilltop where they filmed "Mind Machine." After 50 years with the real estate values the way they are in Southern California for sure it is all high dollar homes in some sort of gated community. But to my surprise, the hill is still there just as it was 50 years ago! I went back again last week and took some photos and tried to match the camera angles as they were back in the days. I almost felt that George Reeves and Phyillis Coates were there with me and the Assistant Director was yelling at me to get out of frame. Roll Sound, Speed, ... and Action.
<<I had done some research with some aerial photos of Forty Acres and determined that Tara actually was located on the lot where the "Hogan Heroes" set is in the photo Randy has.
<<My real gem that I have included is a shot of Tara and the hilltop plateau where the Clark Kent to Superman scene occured with Tara peeking through the background. What is so nice is that this is the exact same frame of reference as the Superman shot, only 500 feet up. In the "Superman" episode the hill itself is in the way blocking the view of the remainder of the lot. But in this photos all is there to behold.
<<The other photo is a different angle of Forty Acres. You can see Tara in the upper right corner of the lot all alone and isolated. You can also see the sound stages and offices of RKO/Pathe Studios. In one of those buildings was the set of Perry White's office where he yelled "and dont call me Chief!!!" On the left side of the photo on the other side of the creek is the 40 acres annex of a lake and forest set. (RKOPathe 1955)
In the note I sent out last week I asked you to take another look at "The Mind Machine." If you did, the photos accompanying this newsletter will surely look familiar. In the next couple weeks I'll post more of Jerry's photos on a special page at this web site. I'll let you know when it's completed. In the menatime, does anyone have even more information on Forty Acres?