Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 23, 1972 · Page 38
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July 23, 1972

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 38

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IOC--Julv 23, 1972 Sunday Gazette-Mail Chirlntor. Wnt Vlralnla- ALYN IN COSTUME Enjoying Revival Bus-Rail Trip To Bluefield Is Scheduled A combination bus-rail trip is being offered Aug. 20 by the Colis P. Huutington Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. The rail part of the tour includes a trip on the Norfolk and Western Railway behind a steam locomotive from Williamson to Bluefield. The remainder of the tour will be made aboard chartered Greyhound buses, originating in Charleston and ending in Williamson. The schedule includes a stop in Huntington. The bus will depart from Charleston at the Summers Street terminal at 5:30 a.m., arriving in Williamson at 9 a.m. It will depart on the return trip from Bluefield at 12:10 p.m., arriving in Charleston at" 5:30 p.m. and Huntington and hour later. Further information may be obtained from the C. P. Huntington Chapter, NRHS, Box 271, Huntington. 'Wild Lands' In East Topic Of Meetings Public meetings will be held this week in Elkins and Charleston to discuss proposed legislation to establish a "wild lands" system in national forests in the East. The two sessions will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Elkins YMCA and at the same time Wednesday at the House of Delegates chamber at the State Capitol in Charleston. The purpose of the meetings, according to the sponsoring Monongahela National Forest, is to review methods and criteria needed for establishing and managing a wild area system in the East. Public comments on these items are sought. Deadline for public response must be received by the Monongahela supervisor by Wednesday. Congress and the U.S. Forest Service arc considering legislation to preserve portions of the national forest lands. The public is invited to comment on this in writing or at either of this week's meetings. The system of wild land areas is under consideration in an effort to have the national forests in the East help meet the needs of the people as the National F o r e s t Pro.scrvation System does in the West. According to the Monongahela Supervisor Tony Don-ell, much of the national forest land in the East shows evidence of past use by man and does not meet the critieria of the 1964 Wilderness Act. It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman Kirk Alyn Again BV William SteDhenS "I Still Can't believe it. hllf flnlnmhia Pirhiroe HwMoH tn TKav wrnlainivl fVmf eimo^man k«». " »!._-_. ._..* By William Stephens Los Angeles Times bird. Alyn HOLLYWOOD-lt's a It's a plane. It's Kirk again. The man who played Superman in the movies, now 61 and living in Southern California, is enjoying a comeback. "Playing Superman ruined my acting career and I've been bitter for many years about the whole thing. But now it's finally starting to pay off," he said. AFTER H I T T I N G bottom when nobody wanted to hire Superman, Alyn nostalgia hero. is suddenly a "I still can't believe it, but suddenly I'm in big demand as a speaker. Nostalgia groups and colleges all over the country want me," Alyn said. "I went to a nostalgia convention not long ago and all these prominent men came up to me and told me what an inspiration Superman had been to them when they were growing up," he recalled. The Superman phenomenon began when writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster dreamed up one of the most successful comic strip characters of a!] lime. Superman made his debut in 1938 in Action Comics. Columbia Pictures decided to make a serial out of Superman and in 1948 the studio interviewed about 100 men for the | part. "They had trouble getting someone with a good build who could read lines. So in desperation they called me," recalled Alyn. At the time he was a promising young actor. The producer and the casting director had Alyn come to their office and asked him to take his shirt off. They they told him to take his pants off. "Wait a minute," Alyn said. "1 thought this only happened to actresses." They explained that Superman had to wear tights, and they just wanted to see if be had good legs. HE SAID the series was tough because the writers assumed he could do anything that Superman could do. His 6-2,195-pound physique, his ground and athletic back- dance training lielped him dive out of windows onto mattresses and leap over cameras. Everywhere Alyn went, people recognized him. "I never intended to make more than one Superman series but it was such a success that I kept on making them." He continued playing Superman until 1951. But then they stopped making Superman serials and they stopped calling Kirk Alyn. He couldn't believe it. Max Arnow, head of Columbia Sbxiios, explained to him, "Everybody thinks you're Superman, Kirk. They wouldn't believe you in any other part." » * · ALYN WENT to New York to look for stage work. "I couldn't walk two blocks without people recognizing me. They'd honk their horns and yen "Hi ya Superman," he recalled. Alyn was to upse$ over what Superman had done to his career that when he was offered the television role of Superman in 1951, he told them to forget it. George Reeves got the part. He later committed suicide. During the 1950s and 1960s Alyn lived in California and had to settle for doing television commercials. But since the nostalgia kick started he has been very busy. "Superman killed my career, but it's turning out okay now," be says. "I'd probably have done it again if given the chance." KIRK ALYN Superman HOT WEATHER SPECIALS! Summei'Savings pifAA unnoff mo AII ^J SHOP MOORE'S FOR ALL YOUR MATERIALS! SAVE! 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