Commander In Chief
I probably knew Ed Kemmer longer than most people, except for some
of his family. I met him in 1952 when I traveled from Michigan, along with my
husband Bill and 8-year-old daughter Nancy, to visit my brother Lyn Osborn, Cadet
Happy of Space Patrol. He and Lyn introduced us to all the Space Patrol gang and
those behind the scenes. We were invited to watch a live broadcast and it was
amazing to watch the actors run from one set to another when a shot was finished.
Meeting Ed Kemmer, so tall and handsome in his Space Patrol uniform, was an unforgettable
event and I can still picture him on that day
about 32 years old and on
top of the world. He was very nice to us and joined Virginia and Lyn in posing
for a picture with our daughter and two of our family friend's children.
next saw Ed in 1958 when Lyn died and I joined my parents in California to attend
his funeral at Forest Lawn, a very sad event for everyone. I made the flight alone
as my husband stayed behind to care for our 5 daughters. Those days in California
are somewhat blurry in my mind but I remember Virginia and Ernst Meer taking us
up to Ed's home in La Canada in the foothills of Los Angeles. I will never forget
his kindness and concern and I send my best wishes to his family in their time
of sorrow. Although I lost track of Ed for a long time after that we reconnected
a couple of years ago and exchanged a few letters.
hope the Space Patrol gang are having a happy reunion now, maybe looking down
at all of us here on earth.