From the Publisher of
The Adventures Continue
TAC, Jr. #45
November 12, 2000
The holidays are fast approaching, and this issue of TAC,
Jr. is the final
scheduled one for the year. Of course, if anything special comes
be sure to let you know.
1) HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NOEL
I'm sure all of you join me in wishing Noel Neill a very happy
she turns 80 this November 24.
2) SUPERMAN'S GHOST
From reader Jim Amash on October 22:
A week ago I went to see Don McLean in concert, and he sang
Ghost." He introduced the song by talking about how he couldn't
news about Reeves' death, saying, "Superman's not supposed
to die. It can't
be true! These things aren't supposed to happen." He said
the news about
Reeves always bothered him and that the song has to do not only
fate, but also about America and himself.
3) GEORGE REEVES ARTICLE IN NOVEMBER BIOGRAPHY MAGAZINE
Several readers informed me that there is an article about George
page 32 in "Biography" magazine. There seems to be
no new information in the
article, but, as TAC reader Steve Beckley says, "It's good
to know that
after all this time, even people other than we die-hard fans
4) SARAH KENT -- FRANCES MORRIS
From TAC reader, Ken Dooley, November 5:
Just read an interesting interview in "Western Clippings"
Morris, the actress who played Sarah Kent in "Superman on
she is still alive at age 95. She mentions that of all her work
Hollywood, the "Superman" appearance is the one most
often spoken about by
fans. Oddly enough, she also played a nurse in the film "So
Hail." Another funny fact is that while she played George's
mother in that
episode, she was only nine years older than he at the time. If
interested in westerns and are unfamiliar with "Western
please contact Boyd Magers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5) TV LAND SUPERMAN MARATHON DATE CHANGED
TAC, Jr. reader Janet Harbison reported to me that the date for
"Superman" marathon on TV Land has been changed to
December 9 - 10.
6) AND SPEAKING OF TV LAND
TV Land was quick to change its biography of Robert
Shayne when daughter
Stephanie sent information regarding Bob's alleged communist
but the web master there was less than cooperative when I pointed
out a few
a) The Jack
Larson bio lists a credit for "The Dick Van Dyke Show."
explained to TV Land that Jack Larson of "Superman"
never appeared on that
series. As many of you know, a "Jack Larson" does appear
in "Big Max
Calvada," episode #79 (first aired November 20, 1963), but
that is not the
Jack Larson we know. I spoke with Jack about his several years
ago. "I first
learned about the other Jack Larson when I applied to the Screen
Guild regarding some benefits and discovered I was credited with
I'd never done." Investigating further, Jack discovered
that for a short
time, although it's against their rules, two Jack Larsons were
SAG. It was the other Jack Larson who appeared on "The Dick
Van Dyke Show."
When I pointed this out to TV Land, their response was:
<<As for your information regarding Jack Larson, if
you take a moment to
look up Jack Larson's bio in the imdb (usually considered the
source of credit listings for actors) you will find some of the
which appears in our bio of the man there as well.>>
To date, the biography of Jack Larson has not been changed,
and TV Land
continues to misinform its readers.
7) AND YET MORE FROM TV LAND
Several TAC readers noticed that a photo of Phyllis Coates accompanies
TV Land bios of both Phyllis
Coates and Noel
Neill. Thinking TV Land would
want to know about the error they made I sent them a short note.
response from TV Land:
<<As for your concern regard the photos of Noel Neill
and Phyllis Coates,
they come directly from the distributor with each actress named
print. We will not be amending them.>>
The next day I asked them to take a second look... and received
response from TV Land:
<<Unfortunately, with the case of the photos, we do
not believe you to be
correct and the change will not be made.>>
And so Phyllis Coates' photo continues to appear atop Noel
on the TV Land web site.
8) VARIETY AD UPDATE
As reported on the web site, the cost for the 2001 "Variety"
ad will be
$3000 if we choose to run it in the Los Angeles edition only
and $4000 for
national distribution. I hope we can go national this time. As
of today, our
total stands at $600. As in the past, any additional monies will
to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation in George's name. Every contributor
have his/her name listed on both the web site and the ad itself.
don't forget about this project. I'll remind you often and keep
of our progress on the main page of my
web site and on the anniversary
9) METROPOLIS AND MAYBERRY
I promised to have Randy Garrett's article finished before this,
been putting in some extra hours at work and was unable to give
it my full
attention. Rather than have you wait even longer, I've decided
to post what
I have and promise to complete it in the coming weeks. You can
see the first
installment by clicking on the link shown on the main
10) THE END -- PUBLISHED IN LITITZ, USA
All contents (c) 2000 by Jim Nolt.
PS -- Wishing all of you a most joyous holiday season. See
you in January.