Friday, February 7, 2014

Woolstock, IA, to Celebrate the 100th Birthday of "Superman" Actor George Reeves! // Updated on 01/06/14: George Reeves' Birthday Celebration Pushed Back to Sunday, January 12, 2014! // Further Updates

(Originally written on 01/05/14): Have you ever heard of Woolstock, IA? Neither had I before today. But you now have an excuse to travel to this small community in north-central Iowa on this very cold January afternoon: It's George Reeves' 100th birthday! Reeves was born in Woolstock, IA, on January 5, 1914. He didn't live there long, but the people of Woolstock are pretty excited to celebrate his centennial birthday.

George Reeves was an actor who was best known for playing the role of Superman/Clark Kent on the television series "Adventures of Superman" from 1952-1958. Reeves acted in many of films and television programs between 1939 and 1958. He died at the age of 45 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in Los Angeles, CA, on June 16, 1959, though this ruling of death-by-suicide still doesn't sit well with those familiar with Reeves, causing people to speculate that he was really murdered.

Organizers in Woolstock plan to begin events today at 2:30 PM CST. A series of different kiosks have been set up that pinpoint various periods of Reeves' life. It's a free event that's open to anyone and everyone.

It's unfortunate that George Reeves Day is taking place on one of the coldest days in recent history. I'm hopeful that they will still manage to pull in a good crowd -- or at least good enough to encourage its residents to move forward with its tribute to Reeves in coming years.

Updated on 01/06/14: I was notified overnight by the organizer of George Reeves' 100th Birthday Celebration in Woolstock, IA, that yesterday's centennial birthday celebration has been postponed for next Sunday, January 12, 2014, due to the bone-chilling sub-zero weather that's currently attacking Iowa and much of the Midwest.

Thanks to that same message, I learned that Woolstock has scheduled a series of events for the next six months. The plan is to kick off events with the anniversary of Reeves' 100th birthday and then to wrap things up in June with the 55th anniversary of Reeves' death. Check this out:

GEORGE REEVES' 100TH BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE PARTY!
Sunday, January 12, 2014, from 2:30 PM -- 4:30 PM
Woolstock Community Hall in Woolstock, IA

FROM PRAIRIE TO PASADENA: A LOOK INTO THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF GEORGE REEVES
Saturday, February 15, 2014, from 1:00 PM -- 3:00 PM (Re-Scheduled Date)
POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER FORECASTS!!
Saturday, February 8, 2014, from 1:00 PM -- 3:00 PM
Lower Level Conference Room, Kendall Young Library, Webster City, IA

FAMILY SUPERMAN DAY
Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 1:00 PM
Heartland Museum, Clarion, IA
Grandparents (and parents, too!) are invited to bring their grandkids and watch episodes of The Adventures of Superman. Check out this link for more details.

THROUGH THE YEARS AND GONE WITH THE WIND **
March or April 2014 -- Fort Dodge, IA, or Webster City, IA (TBA)

GEORGE REEVES HONORING VETERANS OF WAR -- Showing "So Proudly We Hail" and other films featuring George Reeves **
Monday, May 26, 2014 (Details TBA)

** Additional details to be announced by the George Reeves 100th Birthday Celebration organizers on their Facebook page (and hopefully here) -- including an event in June 2014.

By the way, I was notified in the message below that the organizers of the George Reeves 100th Birthday Celebration have started their own Facebook page with all sorts of updates and excitement about the big day. I was invited. I'm assuming this was an open invitation. Check it out and ask if you can join the group. I did this morning.

Updates As They Come: I noticed that the George Reeves 100th Birthday folks have confirmed one of their tentative events. I'll update the blog as I learn of new confirmed events and bring this blog entry to the top of the page.

1 comment:

John Lennon said...

The event has been rescheduled for Jan.12th. Same time and same place. Thanks for commenting and sharing our event on your blog!

It will be 6 months of celebration...from now til the 55th anniversary of his death. See our facebook group for more details!
GEORGE REEVES' 100th BIRTHDAY - WOOLSTOCK, IOWA

THANKS!
-Veronica Guyader, organizer