Frankie Thomas - Tom Corbett Space Cadet
April 9, 1921 - May 11, 2006
I was deeply saddened to learn
of Frankie's passing. I had met him a couple of times and was always impressed
by his warmth and genuine appreciation for his fans. He was always
friendly and outgoing, and justly proud of the role he had played in shaping
television's early years.
I last saw him at the '06 Solar Guard Reunion in Williamsburg in March. The
highlight of my trip happened Saturday evening while waiting for the Banquet
hall to open: I wandered outside and there was Frankie Thomas sitting by himself
waiting for a relative to come by.
Gracious and friendly, he invited me to join him and for about 10 minutes he
and I sat and had a brief but unforgettable chat. It will forever remain a
When I learned of his passing I stepped outside and quietly looked up at the
night sky, thinking, somewhere out there the Polaris now cruises the stars
for eternity, with the greatest Cadet of them all standing proudly and at peace
on the Control Deck.
Farewell Frankie, keep the rockets roaring and Spaceman's Luck forever.