Commander In Chief
Hopalong Cassidy, The Lone Ranger, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers
These were the people that my playmates emulated. No me. My hero used his brain
instead of a six-shooter to capture the bad guys. If pressed, he could ball-up
his fists and dispatch an interplanetary terrorist in just a few seconds. He was
a law officer, a great flier, an investigator, a diplomat, adventurer, explorer,
educator, scientist and archaeologist. He was a hero and a friend, His personal
character deserved respect and he always gave respect. He was everything that
a young boy aspired to be. Ed Kemmer was Buzz Corry and Buzz Corry was Ed Kemmer.
After the conclusion
of the program, I was always looking for Ed Kemmers work. On occasion I
would see him in a weekly program and in the 70s I caught some of
his work on the daytime soaps. The little boy in me was in search of his Commander.
The little boy always wanted to thank Buzz Corry for his inspiration. That search
continued for almost fifty years.
we finally met, I was overwhelmed by his appreciation of his fans. Ed Kemmer was
a real person, not an attention-seeking and demanding diva. We talked
wasnt a lecture, but a genuine conversation. I bought my Commander a drink.
Since that first
meeting, the circle of life has been completed. The boy has lost his Commander.
The boy who became a man will always retain the lessons learned from Buzz Corry
and the admiration for and friendship of Ed Kemmer.
you and God bless you, Ed.