From the Publisher of
The Adventures Continue
TAC, Jr. #52
October 19, 2001
1) SUPERMAN RETURNS
Don't forget... the Adventures of Superman returns to
TVLand this Sunday
morning at 4:30 AM Eastern Time. First up is "Superman On
Earth" with my
good friends, Robert Rockwell and Dabbs Greer. "Superman"
is scheduled to
run every morning at that same time.
Note: TVLand has just done an about
face and will not air Superman at this
time. If and when they decide to finally schedule the series
again, I'll let you know.
2) LUCY AND SUPERMAN
According to program schedule on the TVLand website, our favorite
I Love Lucy will air tonight, October 19, at 11:30 PM
Eastern Time. "Lucy
and Superman" is, in my opinion one of the funniest shows
of the series. Of
course George makes his famous appearance in this episode, but
another Superman connection as well. Doris Singleton, who plays
Appleby, appeared in the 1954 Superman episode, "Jungle
Devil." Thank John
Bast for checking the TV Land schedule for us.
3) FREDERICK ZIV, DEAD AT 96
The last two seasons of "Superman" were filmed at ZIV
Studios. Founded by
Frederick Ziv, the studio was also home to a treasure trove of
shows of the 50s, including Sea Hunt, Highway Patrol,
and The Cisco Kid.
Ziv died last Saturday in his home in Cincinnati at age 96. You
more about Ziv by clicking this
link sent to us by Tom Chenevert.
4) PROFESSOR ROBERTS! THE OBSERVATORY!
In TAC, Jr. #50 Len Wolinsky reported that Kypton's Great Hall
On Earth" was in reality California's Griffith Observatory.
I asked if
anyone knew which observatory was used by Professor Roberts in
"Panic In The
Sky." Vince Marzo, of Glendale, wrote that he believes it
was the Polomar
Observatory. Can anyone confirm this?
5) HOLLYWOOD REPORTER AD
The year long project to publish an paying tribute to the Adventures
Superman on its 50th anniversary is about to come to an end.
totaled over $5,000. The ad will be published in the November
27 issue of
The Hollywood Reporter. I chose this issue for two reasons.
It will be the
special 71st anniversary issue of The Hollywood Reporter
and because it
coincides with the theatrical release of Superman and the
November 23, 1951. All materials must be to HR by October
31, so I urge all
contributors to take another
look to make sure I didn't miss any names and
that they are all spelled correctly .
Also, if you want me to order a copy of The Hollywood Reporter
for you, I
must have your order and money before October 30. This is a firm
must place my order with Merry Elkins no later than October 31.
of HR run about 45 pages. Last year's anniversary issue
was 150 pages. If
you want to order from me, the cost is $5.00 plus $3.50 shipping
for a total
of $8.50. Remember, that is a firm deadline. I don't plan to
copies. My address is:
220 N. Walnut St. #7
Lititz, PA 17543
6) CURRENT ISSUE OF HR
Today Merry Elkins sent me a complimentary issue of The Hollywood
dated October 15, 2001. The story beginning a page one is "Superman:
teen titan bolsters franchise." It is, of course, mostly
about the new
series, Smallville, but it also includes a photo of George
in costume from
"Lucy And Superman." From page 42:
<<Superman scored one of his biggest media successes
just as his core fan
base -- comic book readers -- began to shrink drastically. Superhero
went into decline during the 1950s, replaced on most newsstands
crime and Western titles. But Superman survived, due in large
part to the
ratings of The Adventures of Superman, a 1951-1957 TV
George Reeves. Thanks to the show's popularity in syndication,
genial Reeves remained the archetypal Superman for decades.>>
As soon as I get a final invoice from The Hollywood Reporter
for the cost
of the ad an set up/designing fees, I'll give a full accounting
contributions to Myasthenia Gravis and NY Relief funds. Our original
intention was for 100% of our extra money to go to MG. When the
Variety occurred, some readers asked if a portion could
not be donated to
NY relief. For a while I was in a dither. It seemed that no matter
did, someone would be upset. That is not the spirit of The
Continue nor the hoped for outcome of the fund drive. Then,
Reporter came to the rescue with the lower ad cost. Because
we had extra
money, it seemed quite fair to donate to Myasthenia Gravis as
planned, and to send the extra savings, provided by The Hollywood
Reporter, to NY relief. I hope that is a fair compromise
Now, I'm going to relax and get ready for "Lucy and Superman."
to all for a relaxing weekend.
8) THE END -- PUBLISHED IN LITITZ, USA
All contents (c) 2001 by Jim Nolt.