CADET NEWS 1999
Welcome to news and updates of fan activities, events, special
projects and just about anything relating to 1950's Space Opera material.
If you have news or events related to our hobby, drop a line to the
Academy for the page. So, cool your jets and enjoy.... Cadet
Ed "Capt Strong" Bryce
sad news of the death of Ed Bryce reached the Academy last night from
Jan Merlin. Ed Bryce, who played the Captain of the Polaris
crew, passed away yesterday. Our condolences to the family in their
Ed Bryce's son Phil, thanked those who have expressed their sorrow
at the passing of his father and said he had been in contact with
Jan Merlin, Frank Thomas and George Gould's wife.
... and many memories were shared (theirs, of course--I was
only a boy) about good days on Space Cadets. My dad was a terrific
guy who had an exciting career and a good life, and who faced death
with courage and grace that would have made Captain Strong most
"Roger Manning's" comment for the site was:
Spaceman's Luck, Captain Strong, the rest of the crew will
join you in a while...
Cards my be sent to:
Mrs. Ed Bryce
5 Bradley Street
Westport, CT 0688
We share in the loss with the family of a childhood hero and wish
them peace and comfort in the knowledge that Ed Bryce will be remembered
by his many fans. A special page in
the Academy's Hall of Fame has been added in Ed's memory.
Spaceman's Luck to all
New Space Opera Guns page
Gene Metcalf has added new
pages to his excellent Toy Ray Gun Website. He has documented many
of the space guns from the 1950's TV shows with pictures and commentary.
Gene also mentions that he has received help from one our fellow crew
mates, Cadet Chuck Lassen. Good Job Gene! Check out the new pages
for some fun and excellent information on a main stay of Space Opera
... the Ray Gun!!!
NEW RAY GUN BOOK!! In addition to Toy Ray Gun's new revised
look ... a new book on ray guns by Gene will be available soon. Published
by Fotofolio, Raygun will be available at all major booksellers in
the first week of November, 1999. To place an advance order for the
book call 800-955-3686. Just click on the banner on the
raygun site for more information.
Write in Campaign
for Capt Video and Rod Brown video tapes
Dale Ames reports that Wade Williams is moving forward with plans
to issue video tapes of the Rod Brown and Flash Gordon TV series.
This is a much needed project since few if any episodes are available
to fans. Your support of the project is needed so Write Wade Williams
and let him know you support the project. Also needed are pictures
from the shows that could be used in the project. Wade's address is:
Wade Williams Productions
13001 Wornall Road
Kansas City, Mo 64145
For more information check out issue # 34 of Dale's Galaxy Patrol
Newsletter. If you don't have a subscription.. contact
Dale at email@example.com for information on how to get a subscription.
Thanks go to both Dale Ames and Terry Harms for working with Wade
on this project. Spaceman's Luck.
Ranger Mike Elmo is designing another 50's style space jacket
and needs your help. Check out the his draft design and give him some
input on the emblem and layout. Ok fellow cadets let Mike hear from
here to see layout.
Terra V Model
from Herb Deek's now available
From Dale Ames:
Herb Deeks Models
1516 E. SANTA ANA ST.
ANAHEIM , CA. 92805
has just issued a notice that the TERRA 5-A SPACE PATROL ROCKET SHIP
can now be purchased. Be the First Kid IN Your Block to own this fine
kit and install your own Terra 5 on the take off pad and fly into
outer space with Commander Buzz Corry and Cadet Happy . By the outer
ring of Saturn this is great news for all Space Cadets . We have waited
to many years for this Large Scale Model . Over 18" long --yes over
18" long, room to fit your friends on board when you blast off on
a thrilling adventure in outer space.
Terra 5 comes with stand and is designed from "Official Space Patrol
Plans" located at Terra City HQ in the office of Major Robertson.
Kit is only $69.95 + $5 P/H and a box top (ok box top is my idea
but mail a box top just as if you are still a kid) .
Remember this kit is for Space Patroller only and this information
must not fail into the hands of the evil Prince Bacaratti . I wish
to thank all Galaxy Patrollers and Solar Guard Space Cadets who
worked with Herb on this fine Space Ship After you purchase you
kit would you please contact me with your comments on the Terra
5 Model Kit.---- Galaxy Patroller Dale L. Ames
HAPPY SPACE TRAVELS
NOTE from the Academy. Special thanks go to Cadet
Jack McKirgan who helped Herb with some of the early design work.
Also a picture of the prototype TERRA V can been seen on the Monster
Rally page. None other than Ed Kemmer, Commander Corry, is holding
the Terra V model..... Check it out here.
New SF stories
in the Dig Allen tradition
From David Baumann:
"... a team of three people (of whom I am one) is writing a new
series. It is in the style of the old Dig Allen series (1959-1962).
If you want to know more, everything we can tell you, right up to
the minute, will be found at the Starman
web site athttp://www.smart1.net/scooper/dfoster.html "
Sounds good to me!!! Cadets are urged to check out the site. Spaceman's
luck to David Baumann, Jon Cooper, Mike Dodd.... Cadet Ed
NEW SPACE PATROL
FROM Jeff Berkwits:
Just thought you might enjoy seeing the new review in Science Fiction
Weekly (posted yesterday, 8/23/99) of Englewood Entertainment's Space
Patrol release "The Giants of Pluto No. 3." Classic
Science Fiction Reviews
Englewood has already got another one on tap (at least according
to their Web site), and I hope to have the chance to cover that
one too - if I do, I'll definitely let you know!
Thanks Jeff for the heads up. Sorry I didn't get this posted sooner.
The Academy has been a little busy for the past few weeks. There
is a second video from Englewood, "Amazons of Cydonia", which contain
shows broadcast on the USA network's late night show in the mid
1980's. You can also order the new video's from amazon.com
Also, Bruce David at swapsale.com
has some excellent early Space Patrol copies of out of copyright
kinescopes never released to the public. The first of a series of
12 tapes includes three very early Kit Corry episodes and sell for
$12 each. I have viewed the first two tapes in the series and they
are well done at an excellent price. Check Bruce's site at http://www.swapsale.com/videopage.htm.
XV/2 Orbit Jet Model
From Gary Rocchio:
The Rocky Jones Space Ranger XV/2 Orbit Jet is now shipping
from Sci-Fi Matters!
This beautiful ship, from kit designer John Geigle, is 24" tall
and is an impressive piece of sci-fi history.
Check it out at: http://www.scifimatters.com Look under the category
of "Model Kits" then click "Sci-Fi Matters & Masterpiece Models".
It is indeed a fine looking ship. Check out Gary's
site for other SF related models.
The loss of George Gould effects us all. A real pioneer in early special
effects for LIVE television. By all accounts of those who knew him
personally, he was an encourager. If you would like to send your regrets
and to encourage his family during their grief.... cards may be sent
Mrs. George Gould
704 Heritage Hills
Sad news has once again reached the Academy. The innovative producer
of Tom Corbett and other early Space Opera shows has passed away.
Jan Merlin reports the following:
George Gould, our television director and dearest friend
to all our crew and all who met or knew him, passed away today..after
a long battle with colon cancer. May the stars accept him, for all
our futures were enhanced by his presence.
Roger Manning was better because of him.
Cadet Chuck Lassen has added more pictures of Frankie Thomas to his
website at Space Academy South. You can see them at http://www.mindspring.com/~cadet_chuck/update.html
Cadet Dick Dyszel (creature feature) will be hosting a New Year's
Eve party on Channel 20 in the Washington DC area. See his website
for more information. Good to see you back on TV Dick. I will
be up watching. Cadet Ed
Fellow Cadet Dick Dyszel (AKA Gore De Vol) has an interesting story
about the famous Ralston Rocket:
I met Cadets Chuck and Mike at Monster Rally '99 and after much
conversation about both Space Patrol and Rocky Jones, decided to muddy
the water a bit concerning the Ralston Rocket. I specifically remember
the Ralston Rocket touring Chicago in the early 50's. I really wanted
to win it! However, several years later either the same rocket or
one very similar was in a Chicago neighborhood parade, but this time
it had Rocky Jones' picture on it and the sponsor was Silvercup bread.
After looking at the photos on the website, I'm not sure it was the
same rocket. I have a short movie clip of the ship in question and
will try and find and post it.
Thanks Dick for the heads up on yet another strange twist of fate
for the touring rocket. Dick has his own website (Creature
Features) where you can follow his work as a "Creature Feature"
host and DJ. We look forward to the pictures of the Ralston Rocket
in it's alternate role as a Rocky Jones spacecraft.
Ralston Rocket from Dr. Ward Dean
We have heard from Ward about his work in tracking down the Ralston
Rocket in the late 1970's:
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you--several years, now.
I just saw some of the speculations about what happened to the Ralston
Rocket on your website. I can bring everyone up to date, but I'm going
to need to dig up my notes. I'll write a story about it when I get
a few spare minutes. I never owned the rocket--I just tracked it down
in 1979, and shortly thereafter.
I was surprised to see how well the pictures came out of me climbing
around the rocket in my Space Patrol flight suit (taken in October,
1979), after I located it in Quincy, Illinois. Also, was surprised
to see the "Space Cadet March" piano arrangement which my piano
teacher Mrs. Noland did. It's the only thing I can still play.
Thanks Ward, it's good to hear from you again. We all look forward
to hearing the "Rest of the Story" from someone who has seen and
touched the famous rocket. The pictures of Ward and the Ralston
Rocket can be seen on the Ralston
Rocket search page.
Correction: Jan's books GUNBEARER and BROCADE are available via Amazon.com.
For a short time it appeared that they would not be supplied, but
the supply lines are reinstated.
& Space Patrol on DVD
From Jeff Berkwits:
Image Entertainment Signs Output Agreement with Corinth Films to
Release Titles from the Wade Williams Collection on DVD
CHATSWORTH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 14, 1999--
65 Camp-Classics from Director Ed Wood, Jr. to be released, including
Plan Nine From Outer Space
Image Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISK), one of the leading licensees
and distributors of optical disc programming (DVD and laserdisc)
in North America, today announced the signing of an exclusive output
agreement with Corinth Films, Inc. to release at least 40 titles
from the Wade Williams Collection on DVD.
The deal also covers the DVD release of a number of classic `50s
television series to be released on DVD including, Space Patrol,
featuring Ed Kemmer and Lynn Osborne, the adult science fiction
series Tales Of Tomorrow with episodes starring James Dean, Paul
Newman, Rod Steiger, Leslie Neilsen, Boris Karloff, Lee J. Cobb,
Lon Chaney, Jr., Burgess Meredith, and many other noted stars making
their television debuts; Tom Corbett: Space Cadet, based
on the popular story by Robert Heinlein and 13 color episodes of
Jungle Boy, an adventure series from 1955. In addition to superb
visual quality resulting from film-to-digital transfers from original
prints and pre-print elements, Wade Williams has taken great pains
to create truly astounding packaging concepts which Image plans
to incorporate into the new DVD releases. Original 50's poster art
as well as new original artwork will be used to market and promote
these new DVD editions.
Jeff's email also included two website to check out for more information:
and Ken Crane's DVD and Laserdisc Superstore on-line at: http://www.kencranes.com
Thanks for the heads up Jeff. Now I will HAVE to get a DVD player!!!
Space Opera fiction
Jonathan Cooper's interest in the early Dig Allen Space Explorer series
has led to a new project that encourages new stories in the tradition
of the series books of the 50's. Jonathan has a site for the Dig
Allen series and responded to my question about new Dig Allen
"...in reference to 'possible new Dig Allen titles', check out
for a complete listing of the 22 new 'Dig Allen' titles that we're
hoping to write (the first one is already well into production).
We wanted to use Dig Allen, but unfortunately Golden Press said
no, so we thought up a new universe that's very similar to Dig's.
Also, you might want to checkout the Open Syndicate page, which
gives details on how we hope to write and distribute them:
Hopefully before long we'll have a stack of new volumes, every
bit as good and rewarding as the old ones."
An excellent idea. Check out the syndicate and see if this
is a project you would be interested in. Spaceman's Luck Jonathan.
in the News
From Dale Ames:
The Friday issue of The N.Y. Daily News on page 44 is a article
on Captain Video by Kevin Butler "Saluting Captain Video" a story
on the 50 anniversary of this series. Copy can be obtained from Daily
New or from libraries.Thanks Dale for the tip.
Now, fellow cadets can help Dale out.
Due to an experience we all have with computers... Dale lost his hard
drive and email addresses. He would like to rebuild his address book,
so drop him a line with your email by either clicking on his name
above or sending an email to Dale at:firstname.lastname@example.org
Swap Sale now has 11videos (
a total of 43 episodes! ) of Space Patrol for sale. Plus Bruce has
both Al Hodge and Richard Coogan Captain Videos available on tape
and a number of Tom Corbett videos as well. The site also has a varity
of Space Patrol, Tom Corbett and Captain Video toys and comics for
sale. Drop by http://www.swapsale.com
and tell them Cadet Ed sent you.
G&D novels On Hand Held Computers
From Dennis Caro
Thought you might be interested in the following. http://www.peanutpress.com,
browse, science fiction - The first 7 books of the G & D series are
available for the PalmPilot. It won't be as good as the actual books,
but this may be what tips me over to buying one of the toys.
Thanks Dennis for the lead. Now you can take your electronic TC
book with you!! I checked with Boondock Books and Peanut Press is
licensed to produce the books. I too would like a nice toy like
the Palm Pilots.
Music of the
From Fellow Cadet Lou Rugani
In regard to the Tom Corbett March and Song:
I think this is really Henry "Hank" Sylvern, who did lots of radio/tv/film
music. He wrote the TCSC March, and did Arthur Godfrey's live music.
You'll see his name on children's records. He was a keyboard man.
Thanks Lou for reminding us that there were a number of people
behind the childhood memories. I believe Mitch Miller was also noted
on some of the children's Records.Mitch is remembered from the 60's
TV shows that he appeared on and had.
ED KEMMER IN
Ed Kemmer will be attending Monster Rally 99 in Arlington, Va August
6th - 8th 1999. From Convention organizer Gary Svehla:
Ed will be participating in our OPENING CEREMONY, he will participate
in our AWARDS PROGRAM Saturday night introducing someone who will
induct one of the greats into the Hall of Fame, and he will participate
in the 1950s Science Fiction panel discussion, along with other
guests Yvette Vickers, Rex Reason, Coleen Gray, etc. We will keep
Check out Ed Kemmer's home page for
details as we receive them.
Cadet Bob Burns
It appears that there was a good gathering of fans at WONDERFEST.
There are 5 pages of photos from the event held earlier this month
in Louisville, KY. There is a models page with a nice looking Robby
the Robot. Check it out on Bob's
web site .Thanks to Bob's webmaster, Joyce Meyer for helping us
find the Monster Rally site on the web.
Review of Tales
Cadet Jeff Berkwits has a review on the ScFi Weekly site that has
a slight connection to Tom Corbett. Check it out at the Classic
Science Fiction Reviews section.
insignia IN SPACE
Yes, the old TC emblem may be in space soon. Cadet Chuck Lassen reports
that one of the new TC insignia's may be worn into space via the Space
Shuttle . More on this later as it develops. If you haven't seen one
of these insignia's check out Chuck's ad in the FOR
SALE section of the Solar Guard.
Paul S. Newman,author of the Tom Corbett Newspaper Strip and Dell
Comics has died. It is with a great deal of sorrow that we have to
announce the loss of Paul. He passed away this morning. Please check
his webpage for more information.
Jan Merlin has published a second book GUNBEARER and his first novel,
BROCADE has been reissued. Go to the new book page "Solar
Guard Library" by clicking on the Book Update icon for more information
about his new book.
Bob Burns RUMOR
The following information was received from Bob Burns website:
There is a rumor making the rounds that goes roughly like this:
Bob Burns has sold part of his collection and he is selling offmore--SUPPOSEDLY
because of financial and or health reasons--depending whereyou hear
*FACT: Bob has NOT SOLD ANY PART
of his collection. He's not a dealer;he's a collector and archivist.
*FACT: Bob has NO INTENTIONS OF
SELLING any of his collection. He's not adealer; he's a collector
*FACT: There are no health or financial
reasons that would prompt him to dothis.
This is straight from Bob. Believe it. Toss this "fish in the pond"
andlet it spread some truth. :)
What is not a rumor is Bob's upcoming book "Bob's Basement" Let's
hope there are some early space heroes lurking in the basement.
TERRA 5 Model
from Herb Deeks
From Dale Ames:
I spoke to Herb Deeks and he has the Terra 5
mole completed ( I have seen pictures of the mole of Terra 5 and it
is beautiful and approx. 18Ē long) . Herb feels that Terra 5 is silver
in color ---is this correct???? And also Herb needs help on the correct
color of the decals to put on the outside hull. Also what type of
lettering to use ---slanted or what???? He said something about a
picture of showing a red interior of the cockpit---can you help ---
can you help (my idea) of any way to make a decal showing the crew
in the window ---maybe bad idea because of small scale.---
Please contact Herb as soon as possible by
mail and phone (714-7747326) with words and pictures on what is
needed to complete the outside of Terra 5 Hull with proper lettering
and decals. Hope to hear from you that you have contacted Herb
Herb's Address can be found in the Solar Guard Resource
BOB BURNS KOGAR
The Solar Guard Academy and Roaring Rockets websites received the
Kogar Award from Bob Burns, Science Fiction Archivist and Researcher.
Bob appears in SciFi Buzz segments on the SciFi Network
and has had a long and interesting Hollywood career. Our thanks to
Bob and to Joyce Meyer, Bob's Web Architect, for the award and kind
words. A special thanks to Space Ranger Mike Elmo for nominating the
sites for the awards.
Visit Bob's site at:
Drop by Bob's site for an eye feast of SF movie collectibles and information
on current projects. A new Book by Bob and John Michlig is in the
works. Stay tuned to the Cadet News page for updates.
New Rocky Jones
From Mike Elmo:
Just talked to John at Masterpiece
Models ( http://www.masterpiecemodels.com ) and he said he hopes
torelease the kits for the XV2 and 3 around May 27th. Scifimatters
(http://www.Scifimatters.com) and C
& S Hobbies CO ( http://www.CSHobbies.com), will be the first
to carry the kits, I'll keep you allup on any other developments.
Thanks Mike for the updates. There seems to be a number of new "space
opera" type of spaceships models coming out now. Check the
resource page for other links.
Book and Article Information
From: Jeff Berkwits
Short Mention of 1950's Space Opera In Cinescape Insider:
Just wanted to let folks know that the new issue of Cinescape
Insider, whichshould go on sale April 6 at most newsstands, will
include a short sidebar onpage 29 featuring quotes and photos from
Frankie Thomas, Jan Merlin and EdKemmer. Titled 'Retro Rockets,'
the piece asks each of these pioneeringspacemen what they thought
of Star Wars when it first came out in 1977vis-ŗ-vis their own outer
space TV adventures. Hope you folks enjoy it -there'll be more to
come in other publications soon!
From: Cindy Peery
Captain Video DuMont Book Update:
Was just browsing thru the great pictures from the film festival
and ranacross the question about the Captain Video Book (I was a BIG
fan of thatshow!). Checked Barnes and Noble's web site. They have
the book listed inhardback for $22.95 with a 3-5 week delivery. The
book was published inOct. of 1992 by Loosenstrife Press, Incorporated
and is 288 pages. Spaceman's luck in finding it. Happy Trails too
P. S. The Fourth Williamsburg film festival will be held at the
Holiday InnPatriot on Feb. 24-26, 2000. Mark you calendar now!
Thanks Jeff and Cindy for the heads up.
Land In Williamsburg
Cadets Jack McKirgan, Chuck Lassen, Mike Elmo and Ed Pippin attended
the Williamsburg Film Festival in February. A good time was had by
all and the visit with Jan and Barbara Merlin was better than any
of the Cadets imagained. Follow the events starting with the Williamsburg
introduction page. Thanks Jan, it was great!!
Dale Ames requested help in the December
1997 Cadet News in locating "The Captain
Video Book: The Du Mont Television Station Network Story "Author:
Neil Sullivan Publish By: Loosestrife Press ( 1992 )
After more than a year, a fellow cadet has some answers. From
Clarke Ingram , the following
information was forwarded to the Academy:
Here's an update for when you next revise your web site. The Neil
Sullivan book DOES exist, and Bruce DuMont at the Museum of Broadcast
Communications in Chicago has seen it. Whether this is a "prototype"
or the finished product is not clear, but at least it exists. I'll
keep you posted if I come up with a copy.
Thanks Clarke, keep us informed. If there are others who may know
of this book, please contact either Dale
Ames or the Academy.
Radio Shows on the Internet
Randy Collinsí Site
of the Week has added a Space Patrol radio show to this weeks
lineup. Aside from the great show, the commercials have information
on the NAME THE PLANET contest, Space Coins from Weather Bird
Shoes and those great pitches about Wheat Chex's. It's interesting
to hear that the "fathers of the kids" were taking turns in driving
the Terra IV around for others to see.
The next two week's of Tom Corbett shows are Part I & II of Pursuit
of Danger. Thanks Randy for providing these shows for our listening
Ed Kemmer as
the Prince in Sleeping Beauty
The following from Jean-Noel:
A quick note about the Sleeping Beauty video that contains
the documentary with Ed Kemmer: This video is a Disney "limited edition"
and just went off-sale a month ago. It happens to be a collector's
item for that reason. The video tape sales places I called in L.A.
told me it was hard to find, but I finally found a collector who told
me to try Target, K-Mart or Costco because they often buy big inventories
and would still have it. Target had plenty of copies. Evidently in
a few years, the price on these limited Disney videos can go as high
as several hundred dollars - not a bad investment right now at $20.
There's a booklet that comes with the tape that has a photo of Ed
in it - again no credit.
This stems from a discussion on Rory
Coker's Roaring Rockets site about Ed's part in modeling for
the animated film. A fact that will be added to his
Web Page on the Hall of Fame page. Sounds like this video is
a must have for Space Opera fans.
Two fellow Cadets have forwarded information on errors they found
on the site, which will be corrected asap :-)
A. Joseph Ross
I just noticed an error on the Tom Corbett homepage. It says
that theseries began on DuMont, then changed networks a couple of
timesthereafter. Not quite. It began on CBS, then moved to ABC.
While on ABC,there were repeats for awhile on NBC. Then, after Kelloggs
cancelled theseries, it returned about a year later for one season
on DuMont. Andfinally, it had its last season, for Kraft, on NBC.
And from the Space Patrol site:
On the introduction to the Space Patrol TV logs, it is mentioned
that CBScancelled the show after it couldn't buy the rights from
Helen Moser. Thatshould be ABC, of course.
Space Patrol Site:
In the Tom Corbett log by Joe Sarno, he mentions the "Kraft VideoTheater".
The correct name of the series was"Kraft Television Theatre".
Thanks to Joe and Jim for keeping us honest. This is the type of
work we need to keep the information correct. The internet allows
for a much faster response than a published book. In the published
format, the error could be passed on for many years. Keep up the
good work. Any other errors found on the site..... please feel free
to contact the Academy.
Dig Allen Space
Cadets who like the adventures of Tom Corbett need to check out Jonathan
Cooper's Site for Dig
Allen Space Explorers. Who is Dig Allen and what is his relationship
to the 1950's Space Opera heroes? The adventures are set in the 22nd
century and follow the adventures of a three-man team of teenage space
explorers. Sound familiar? There are six books in the series published
by Golden Press. The series first appeared in 1959 and ran to 1962.
The connection to Tom Corbett, other than a three man crew, is the
author Joseph Greene. Mr Greene has contributed to the development
of the Tom Corbett and is one of the early juvenile SF authors. A
letter to Jonathan
from Joseph Greene Son, Paul, gives additional insight in the relationship
he had with Tom Corbett
Jonathan needs help with some research and he would like any information
on the publishing history of the series. All six of the books were
issued in the Golden Press hard cover edition. He needs help in
determining if the all six of the books were re-issued in paperback
format. Check your stock and see if you can help him out. Drop by
his site or email him
if you can help.
Tom Corbett, Space Cadet Boards
The Rocket eBook That Is
This press release just in:
Boston, MA (February 2, 1999) Electronic publisher, Boondock
Books announced today that it will re-issue the Tom Corbett, Space
Cadet book series as electronic books for the Rocket eBookÔ
from NuvoMedia. Also to be released will be The Survivalist science
fiction series by Jerry Ahern.
Boondock Books will initiate its Rocket eBook publishing
program with seven titles from the Tom Corbett series in February
and March along with between 10 and 15 of the Survivalist books.
The remaining Survivalist titles will be released over the following
three months. "The Tom Corbett TV series is one of the icons
of the Fifties. Almost everyone who grew up during that era was
a Tom Corbett fan. If you check out Ebay today, thereís a tremendous
business in selling Tom Corbett "artifacts", commented.
Segroves. "The series was based on the best selling book Space
Cadet by Robert A. Heinlein and several of the plotlines of
the books appear to be loosely based on books Heinlein had published."
For the whole story and press release go to:
Roaring Rockets.. its good to see the old series back in "print".
I know Boondock Books would like feedback on their efforts to bring
back some of the classic series books. Drop them a line at email@example.com
. You can also post your comments on the Solar
Guard Bulletin Board.
'ORBIT JET' MODEL
Space Ranger Mike Elmo has
commissioned a professional model building firm to construct a beautiful
model of Rocky Jones's Spaceship- the
XV2 Orbit Jet. The ship is 24 inches tall, 3 inches
round and made of aluminum, the body was turned on a leathe and the
fins were cast from an aluminum alloy resin, very strong and heat
resistant. The XV2
is about 6 pounds and quite strudy. You can see Mike's model on
http://www.masterpiecemodels.com in the bottom left hand side
of the opening page. Mike has promoised pictures of the model for
the site. We look forward to seeing and posting them. A Rocky Jones
Page is in the works, so all of you Space Rangers stand by and send
in any and all ideas to the Academy.
SPACE CADET BOOKS REPRINTED
The Tom Corbett series books will be available as electronic novels
from the internet soon. Boondock books will have the eight Grosset
& Dunlap books online for downloading. They will be $4.95 each and
require a reader (which is free) for viewing. We donít know if there
are illustrations with the books but it may be worthwhile for those
who would like to read missing books in the series to check them out.
As of 1/14/99, the promotional page was up and downloading the novels
may be available soon. The Tom Corbett Page is located at http://www.boondockbooks.com/tom.htm
and information on the readers is located at http://www.boondockbooks.com/book.htm.
Stay tuned for more updates.
TOM CORBETT RADIO SHOWS
Donít forget to drop by Randy Collinsí Site
of the Week and listen to a Tom Corbett radio show in Real Audio
format. This week is Part II Revolt On Prison Rock. Randy plans to
have the whole series and maybe some Space Patrol radio shows as well.
Soooo tune that dial to http://members.tripod.com/~RLC1/oldtimeradio.html
and listen to Tom, Roger and Astro as they blasted off into Space
in 1952!!! Updates on which shows are playing may be found on the
Tom Corbett Home Page of the Solar Guard.
AT THE WILLIAMSBURG FILM
Donít Forget.... Jan Merlin will be appearing in Williamsburg, VA
February 25th - 27th 1999. See the announcement page at
Jan's page for the details. There will be several cadets there
who will be remembering and viewing some of the old videoís. You never
know, Jan may join us. Email the Academy
if you need further information.
Comments & suggestions may be sent to the
Solar Guard Academy