Monday, April 7, 2014

Metropolis, Illinois

Our grandson Nathaniel's baptism was quite the momentous occasion yesterday with guests coming from as far away as California and Israel to attend the ceremony.  He is quite blessed to have begun his faith journey surrounded by a very large loving family!  Nathan slept through the ritual but had little patience with the picture taking-by that time he was quite hungry.
At this point I apologize for this posting making a turn from the sublime to the nonsensical.  Most of the guests had left after lunch and it was time for Melissa and the baby to nap, so our son Mike and I decided to ride over to Metropolis, Illinois.  In that small town a Superman Museum was started by in 1993 by Jim Hambrick who had started amassing Superman memorabilia since the age of six.

I am going to make the assumption that all of you our readers know of the mythological comic book American hero Superman.  He stood for "Truth, Justice, and the American Way", and those words are inscribed  under his statue which is pictured above.  It is easy to find him in Metropolis, because as soon as we entered the town there were signs directing us to the site.  Within a short distance of the statue is the museum which displays many artifacts relative to the development of the character over the years.
The museum is pictured above, and Mike felt the urge to complete the scene by dashing our of the phone booth.  Superman used the phone booth a lot when he had to change from his role as a  newspaper journalist to that of a man of steel.  From 1978 to 2013 seven movies were made of  the superhero, as well as a television series which ran from 1953-1957.
A section of the museum, pictured above, has the intercom system, telephone, typewriter, desk and hat rack used in the television series.  Many of the items were also used in the "Dragnet" television series because both shows used the same Hollywood prop house.   And of course, Superman's girl friend Lois Lane cannot be forgotten.  Metropolis raised the funds to erect a statue of Noel Neill, the actress who played the role of Lois Lane in the television series.  She is the First Lady of Metropolis.

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