I thought I would take a few moments and jot down some thoughts I have about Superman and Christopher Reeve as I begin building this spot that actually means a great deal to me. It has gotten me to thinking about my childhood and growing up watching all of the Superman films.
Superman (the Movie) is one of my favorite films of all time. Though I didn't enjoy the sequels as much (with the exception of Superman II), I fell in love with Superman and his alter ego Clark Kent from the start. But I actually fell in love with Christopher Reeve. I was absolutely, without a doubt in love with the. In a way, he was my first love. You know that's kind of funny to me now, looking back and realizing it to be true.
I watched Superman and Superman II over and over again. I remember particularly enjoying the love story parts. I really liked when he was Clark Kent and his interactions with Lois Lane. One part that stands out to me even now is the part in the the original film where he and Lois get mugged. He secretly saves her and she never even knows. I also enjoyed when Lois fell in the water at Niagra Falls, expecting Superman to save her and being disappointed when he didn't (when in fact he actually did). And then when she actually figured out without a doubt that Clark Kent was superman, I would rewind that part over and over and watch it. Funny, while boys were rewinding a certain part of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, here I was rewinding Superman. Dorky I know, but I loved it. And I never grew tired of watching it.
I even watched the Making of Superman over and over. Christopher Reeve hosted it, with his 70s looking hair. That shaggy hair bothered me though. I wanted him to have Superman hair all the time, I suppose. So funny looking back on that now.
When I found out that Christopher Reeve had the accident that paralyzed him, it really affected me. This man, that I still loved after all these years, was not the "man of steel" I had always thought he was. He had become so much more than that through all of his causes and becoming a spokesperson for those who were going through the same thing. It is still amazing to me the kind of man he became as a result of the trials and hardships he had faced.
When he passed away, I was deeply saddened for quite a while. In a lot of ways it was like losing a member of the family or a friend you've had forever. I grew up watching him, whether it was Superman or Somewhere in Time or whatever film. I shall never forget this extraordinary man and how he was truly more of a super man than I had ever perceived as a child.