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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 06/10/14

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

SUPERMAN CELEBRATION FROM METROPOLIS, ILLINOIS!


Original "Superman" George Reeves and "Lois Lane" Noel Neill





    Metropolis, IL’s biggest week of the year is drawing near. From  June 12th through the 15th,  the town of fewer than 7000 people will become a real metropolis, or at least close to it, as thousands of visitors from around the country, and even around the world, visit for the 36th annual Superman Celebration!
    "It's a chance for people of all ages to come together and just enjoy a weekend of fun," explained Metropolis Tourism Director Angie Shelton. "You never know who you'll meet... and you never know what you’ll see!"








    In addition to Infantino, artists and writers, including Dave Beaty, Josh Elder and members of the Mid-south Cartoonist Association, were among those who shared their love of comics with visitors to the Celebration.
   To honor Noel Neill, the "First Lady of Metropolis," a statue of her likeness was unveiled at 10 a.m. Friday, June 11 at the corner of Eighth and Market streets. The slightly larger-than-life bronze statue features Neill in her famous pose as reporter Lois Lane. The statue is the centerpiece of a newly constructed setting which features engraved bricks. Hundreds of people purchased personalized bricks to help fund the $65,000 project.








    Returning to this year's line-up are the 2nd Annual Superman Super Site Meet & Greet at Dippin Dots (RSVP here!), Stump the Superman Expert, a Cheetos Eating Contest and game-show type event, "60 Seconds to be Super."
During the four-day celebration, visitors can sample food items at numerous cafes-on-wheels and browse sidewalk sales. The always-popular carnival brings all sorts of exciting rides, along with concessions, including corn dogs and cotton candy.
Right in the middle of all of the activities visitors will have the opportunity to pose with the world-famous 15-foot-tall bronze statue of Superman and tour the SuperMuseum, which holds the largest collection of Superman memorabilia in the world.







    The annual Superman Celebration takes place in Metropolis, Illinois which has welcomed tourists and curiosity seekers to the one-and-only official "Home of Superman" for over three decades. A billboard with the image of Superman points the way to downtown Metropolis for motorists entering the city from the east side. Other images of the super hero can be found all around this town of less than seven thousand inhabitants.
    Superman souvenirs are available everywhere as well. At one time, the Chamber gave away free packets of Kryptonite to children but were forced to cease this tradition when "DC Comics" claimed the practice was a copyright violation.








    Things haven't always been so rosy in Metropolis though.
    In 1972, the town had plans to build a thousand-acre "Amazing World of Superman", a $50 million theme park, with a 200-foot-tall statue. Cars would drive between Superman's legs to enter the park. Then the Arabs shut off the oil and the bankers shut down Metropolis's dream.
    The town took over a decade to recover. Then, very cautiously, Metropolis scraped together a thousand bucks in 1986 and put up a seven-foot fiberglass Superman in the town square. It quickly became a target for literal-minded vandals who wanted to see if the Man of Steel was stronger than a speeding bullet. He wasn't, and once again Metropolis's efforts to celebrate their hero were thwarted. What could a small town like Metropolis do?






   In 1993, they did a lot. On June 5th, citizens of Metropolis unveiled a new fifteen-foot bronze statue of Superman preceding the town's fifteenth annual Superman Celebration. Built by the same company that created the Emmy statue outside the Academy of Television Arts in Hollywood, the monument to the most famous flying hero ever stands proudly in full color in front of the courthouse on Superman Square. Tens of thousands have since visited the statue, and it has become a focal point of the small town's revival in both an economic and cultural sense. (Several community service groups raised over $100,000 for the project by selling personalized bricks that beautify the base and walkway around the statue.)




Superman with some of his arch enemies


    Metropolis, Illinois, is located just across the Ohio River from Padukah, Kentucky. From Interstate 24, follow Route 45 West for about five miles. Once you cross Massac Creek, the highway twists left then right before turning into Fifth Street. The Superman statue, located at the center of town, is at the intersection of Fifth and Market Streets. You can leave your car in any of the designated parking spots, and easily walk to all of the sites.



THE NOEL NEILL STATUE


Noel Neill with her "Lois Lane" statue



    In 2005, The Metropolis Chamber of Commerce, Metropolis Illinois, the Home of Superman, announced the formation of "The Noel Neill Statue Committee".
The committee's sole purpose is to spearhead and oversee the construction of a life-size bronze statue of Noel Neill as "Lois Lane" to be placed in Metropolis, Illinois.
   The idea is to acknowledge Noel's contributions to the Superman Celebration as the "First Lady of Metropolis" and her portrayal of Lois Lane in the Serials and the TV series of the 1950s, "The Adventures of Superman" with an honorable and permanent gesture of love from the citizens of Metropolis and from her countless fans around the world.



The original Superman gang


    The concept was presented to Noel at her 85th Birthday Party held in North Hollywood, California and, with Noel's blessing, a competition for the design of a Noel Neill as Lois Lane statue was thrown open to Sculptors everywhere!
    Pictures of the 2 foot size scale model of the winning sculpture were unveiled at the 2008 Superman Celebration in June 2008.
    The revenue from all bricks and commemorative plaques will help pay for the sculpting and the placement of the statue which will be in close proximity to the existing Superman statue.









    The groundbreaking ceremony for the six foot, bronze Noel Neill Statue took place on Saturday, June 13, 2009 during the 2009 Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois.
    The unveiling ceremony took place at 10am on Friday, June 11, 2010 at the corner of Eighth and Market streets. Neill traveled from California for the special honor, and met the artist who sculpted her likeness, Gary Ernest Smith. Smith, and Kevin Maag, from Metal Art Foundry, made the journey from Utah for the ceremony. Mayor Billy McDaniel and other local officials also took part in the unveiling ceremony

DAILY NATIONAL HOLIDAYS IN JUNE, TO START THE SUMMER OFF!!!!!












   Father's Day lands in June, but did you know that there is a holiday for every day this month? Here they are!






June 1: National Go Barefoot Day - This shouldn't be too hard to do now that it's June.

June 2: Leave the Office Early Day - Do I need to make up an excuse, or can I just leave?

June 3: Chimborazo Day -Build a science fair-worthy volcano in honor of Chimborazo (in the Andes in Ecuador).

June 4: International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression - It's a long name, but a good cause.







June 5: World Environment Day - Dedicate the day to go green for the world environment. Wait - this should be done every day.

June 6: Drive-in Movie Day - Do they still exist?

June 7: VCR Day - Go back in time by watching home videos on the old VCR.

June 8: Upsy Daisy Day - Every time you royally screw up, say, "Upsy daisy" to lighten the mood.

June 9: Donald Duck Day - Write Mr. Duck's biography to honor him this fine day.








June 10: Iced Tea Day - It's not just any old iced tea;it's lemonade iced tea!

June 11: Corn on the Cob Day - Go corn picking and cook up some good ol' corn on the cob.

June 12: Loving Day - Dig deep to find a little love in your heart, at least for today.

June 13: Children's Sunday - Let the children plan the day's activities.

June 14: (World) Blood Donor Day - Get over your fear of needles to give some blood today; someday, you may need a blood donor.







June 15: Nature Photography Day - This can be your excuse to get outside and enjoy the outdoors.

June 16: Fudge Day - I think I'm going to celebrate by eating some ice cream topped with fudge.

June 17: Recess at Work Day - Um—at my job, we call it "lunch break".

June 18: Work @ Home Father's Day - This is for all you work at home fathers!

June 19: Garfield the Cat Day - Adopt a kitty and name him Garfield in honor of Garfield the Cat Day.







June 20: Husband Caregiver Day - It's also Father's Day (so who ends up doing the caregiving?).

June 21: World Handshake Day - Everywhere you go, shake the hands of all the people you me

June 22: Stupid Guy Thing Day - Don't take anything your guy does seriously today; after all, it's just a stupid guy thing (hehe).

June 23: Let it Go Day - Guys, you know how yesterday your ladies shrugged everything off as a "stupid guy thing"? Just let it go!

June 24: Celebration of the Senses - Do activities that tickle all your senses.







June 25: Take Your Dog to Work Day - It'll give him/her and you some exercise.

June 26: International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking - It's a serious problem. If you're doing it, quit.

June 27: Decide to Be Married Day - Just make sure your partner agrees first.

June 28: Please Take My Children to Work Day - Please! I'm begging you, get them off my hands.

June 29: Library Advocacy Day - Make up brochures and stand outside the library to advocate it.






June 30: Leap Second Time Adjustment Day - Adjust your clocks for the leap second







RULES AND TIPS TO SURVIVE A CLASSIC HORROR MOVIE MONSTER ATTACK!!!




    I love to watch old horror movies. The new one are most of the times a little on the gory side, but the old ones are still fun to watch. The people in these movies have no common sense. If they had, they would all survive their little escapades with hitchhikers, vampires, zombies and any monster in the local vicinity. So, I submit for your reading pleasure:  Rules To Survive Scary Encounters.

  1. When the old lady or gentleman in the inn or tavern tells you to avoid a certain place, DO IT! The locals generally know what they are talking about.

  2. Despite how late it is, drive on through. Ignore your travelling partner's yawns, snores, and protests of fatigue and keep on going.

  3. NEVER! stay at Mom and Pop hotels. The kids have been known to harbor homicidal tendencies.
  4. If, for some unforeseen reason, the car inexplicably breaks down in the middle of the night, DO NOT leave it's shelter. Stay put! Lock the doors, and if one is available, put our cell phone to good use. But then, if you had a cell phone.....well, that's another story.

  5. DO NOT attempt to hide away in deserted mansions, castles, shacks, inns, caves, or anywhere else that looks like familiar monster grounds. (Sub-rule A: Ignore that person who insists such questionable places are surely safe.)

  6. If, for some unforeseen reason, you find yourself in one of the aforementioned mansions, castles, shacks, inns, caves, etc., resist the urge to wander off on your own to explore. Camp out in an open place, and stick together! Better yet, STAY IN YOUR CAR!!!

  7. The man in the tux with the sharp teeth is a vampire. Do not look him in the eyes. (I wear my sunglasses at night!). You will become a member of the living dead shortly after. For preparedness, see Rule 10.

  8. Should you happen to run into a man in a hockey mask with a chainsaw, axe, household butcher knife.  DO NOT lock yourself into the farthest room down the hallway, and stand next to the opposite wall. He, she, or it will still find you eventually. They, are not, after all, THAT STUPID!!!

  9. Learn to recognize the signs of a zombie; vacant eyes, drool, indistinct groans. Should one of your friends show these signs, back away and find the sharpest implement available to put him down!!
  10. Carry an assortment of implements designed to fend off the so called "monsters". Garlic, crucifixes, wooden stakes, sharp swords, and guns loaded with silver bullets are very useful. It is advisable to wear the garlic and carry a concealed weapon of some sort.
    I hope these rules, whilenot complete, will give you some guidelines on the common sense you should employ when on an adventure. Use common sense! (or if you want to use uncommon sense instead) Stay safe! And be sure to laugh loudly at the people in these movies making these errors in judgement.