Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Quote of the Week

"Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning."

--- Maya Angelou

Saturday, September 27, 2008

RIP Paul Newman

Hollywood legend Paul Newman, the cool "anti-hero" in such films as Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, The Sting, and The Color of Money, died this past Friday of cancer at his Westport Connecticut home. He was 83 years old. A lot of the younger generations may know Mr. Newman as the guy whose face is on Salad dressing and pasta sauces, but he also owned a racing team and was a great philanthropist. But perhaps what made Paul Newman a rarity by today's Hollywood standards was that he was married to actress Joanne Woodward for over fifty years. Considering some celebrity couples are already thinking about divorce before the ink on their marriage license is even dry, that is something to take pride in.

R.I.P. Mr. Newman, you will be missed.

How could ANYONE who has seen Butch Cassidy forget this scene?

Paul Newman in The Color of Money

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Quote of the Week

"You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants."

--- Stephen King

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Are You Experienced?

It was 38 years ago today that rock legend and pioneer Jimi Hendrix died in London. The true circumstances of his death have never been fully explained.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Quote of the Week

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."

--- Agatha Christie

Monday, September 15, 2008

Farewell Rebus

In a New York Times article, Ian Rankin's latest John Rebus novel Exit Music is referred to as a milestone. And it's with a very simple reason: this latest Rebus novel marks the end of the series according to Rankin. Although, (not having read the book myself) who knows? After all, unless Rebus dies in this book, there's always a possibility of return. And even "death" didn't stop Sherlock Holmes from returning.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Quote of the Week

"What I do is based on powers we all have inside us; the ability to endure; the ability to love, to carry on, to make the best of what we have - and you don't have to be a ‘Superman' to do it."

--- Christopher Reeve

I am Superman

Who would have ever imagined that when two teenagers named Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created a character by the name of Superman, seventy years ago, that he would become such a part of our cultural landscape? Superman is perhaps the most recognizable character not just in the United States but around the world as well.

This is evident by the number of shows, films, radio and television serials, comics, books and daily strips all based around The Man of Steel. Not to mention all the different kinds of merchandising, from clothing, jewelry and other apparel to backpacks, coffee mugs, toys, video games and even mouse pads. Apparently, he's even a close friend of Jerry Seinfeld.

Superman has been portrayed on TV by such actors as George Reeves in the 1950's Adventures of Superman to Dean Cain in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Of course when most of people think of Superman on the big screen, they probably think about Christopher Reeve from the Superman Movies.

But I believe that it is Clark Kent, Superman's alter-ego, that many can identify with. Clark is your everyman. The regular guy who has the heart of a hero. Which brings me to the purpose of this post.

When author Brad Meltzer(who penned several Justice League of America graphic novels), whose latest work The Book of Lies, visited Ohio doing research, he saw something that was considered a shame. The birthplace of Superman, not the Planet Krypton, but the house in which Jerry Siegel had lived, had fallen into disrepair.

It is truly sad when any home falls into disrepair, but especially if it's the home of someone who gave the world such an enduring character. This is where we all can try and bring out the hero in us. When several Cleveland residents and comic book creators learned about the condition of the house, they founded the Siegel and Shuster Society, whose aim is to save the Supeman House. So what do you say? Are you ready to rip open that shirt, reveal that 'S' and become a hero?

As an interesting note, Meltzer's The Book of Lies also touches on the 1932 murder of Jerry Siegel's father, Mitchell. Interestingly enough, in all the interviews that Jerry Siegel has given, is none of them does he mention that his father was killed in an armed robbery.

"But think about it," Meltzer says, in a USA TODAY on-line article. "Your father dies in a robbery, and you invent a bulletproof man who becomes the world's greatest hero. I'm sorry, but there's a story there."

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Quote of the Week

Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers."

--- T.S. Eliot