GUARD REUNION 2006
Jan Merlin and Frankie Thomas
GUARD REUNION 2003
With Jan Merlin, Frankie Thomas and Ed Kemmer.
Go to the Opening Page for the start
of your tour of the 2003 Reunion.
WELCOME to the revised SPACE OPERA website. This is the same site
that started as a one page call for fans of the 1950s SF Television Shows
. That was in December of 1996 and the response was more than expected and
still continues. The SOLAR GUARD honors all aspects of Space
Opera throughout the different imaginary universes. The call is still out
so join us at the Academy and enter the:
OF THE CONQUEST OF SPACE!!!!
Ed here (better known as Ed Pippin) and I'm looking for a few good space cadets!!!
Actually the call is out for any science fiction fan who shares an interest
in early television space adventures. Early science fiction television shows
were part of the "cutting" edge of technology for the 1950s with LIVE broadcasts &
special effects. The 1950s "new media" (television) was changing from the "horse
opera" of the past to the "space opera" of the future. This site will attempt
to preserve some of the early history of Science Fiction Television . Space
Opera may not be the best term for that 50s Sense of Wonder, but it comes
close. With that said....all of you Space Cadets, Space Patrollers, Video Rangers
or Rocket Rangers, contact me at my e-mail address and lets get together and
remember the early adventures of the Space Patrol, Rocky Jones, Tom Corbett,
Capt Video and other early pioneers. Onward to the 1950s" Mid-Century Future's
research by the cadets of the Solar Guard Academy will result in new pages and
updates to existing pages, sooo... return from time to time and find out what's
new. Some pages may download slowly due to the number of graphics associated
with the page so cool your jets ... and enjoy.
Send your Comments or corrections to Cadet
Ed at the Academy.
Main Links to
the Solar GuardSciFi
Channel's SITE OF THE WEEK
December 18th, 2000
- Special Memorial pages:
Ed Kemmer - October 10, 1929 - November 9, 2004
Frankie Thomas - April 9, 1921 - May 11, 2006
- Tom Corbett Space
Cadet Home Page: This page has its roots in a fanzine that Cadet Ed published
in the mid 1970's. This may be considered the "second" issue of that early effort
TOM CORBETT'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY
The celebration site created October 2000
to honor the show's 50th Anniversary.
Tom Ranger to Tom Corbett. New information on the early development of Tom
Corbett. These pages contain a time line and references to documents used in the
development of the Tom Corbett Space Cadet Series.
Patrol Home Page: Thanks to many Space Patrol fans and family members of the
actors of the show, this page has begun to grow.
SPACE PATROL'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY
The celebration site created March 2000
to honor the show's 50th Anniversary.
pages: Looking for an item such as a Rocky Jones video, a Tom Corbett book, a
Space Patrol radio show. This is the page for you. The pages are devoted to finding
space collectibles of the 1950's. Developed with and by fellow cadets who are
searching for these childhood memories.
New: The latest information on what is new to the Solar Guard Website.
News: News items and information as related to the shows, actors, fans of
Links to other websites, fellow cadets and information via snail mail. Look for
the Solar Alliance links for other Space Opera sites.
Collectibles: Resource center for those wonderful childhood space toys and
Articles: Checklist of magazine articles featuring information about the Space
Opera shows from the 1950's to the present.
Forum:A letter/discussion page for exchange of ideas,information and opinions
on our favorite subjects. A regular "Space Gas" cross section of fans from across
of Fame: A salute to the Actors, Directors,Producers and anyone who helped
shape the early Television SF shows.
42-D: Cadet fan fiction, articles and general information about our favorite
subjects are aired. Section 42-D was the Academy dorm for Tom, Roger and Astro,
the Polaris Crew.
Articles not otherwise noted © 1996-2011 by Ed Pippin
& academy Artwork © Ed Rowles and used with permission by the artist