Space Patrol Sourcebook
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Space Patrol Sourcebook

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The Thunder Child: Space Patrol Sourcebook

Behind the Scenes with the Space Patrol team

These exclusive, never-before-published photos were provided by Jean-Noel Bassior. Please do not reproduce without permission. Jean-Noel also provided the captions!

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Interview with Jean-Noel Bassior

  • Her life and career
  • The Writing of her Book, Space Patrol
  • [ General] [Poolside]

    General

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    It's October 1950 (according to the date stamp on these photos from Virginia Hewitt's files) and Ed Kemmer, Lyn Osborn and Bela Kovacs are rehearsing outside the stage door at ABC Television Center in Hollywood.

    ABC staffers surprise Space Patrol creator Mike Moser with a birthday cake and presents. From l. to r. Two station salesmen, Virginia and Dick Darley (Dick directed Space Patrol), Moser and wife Helen, and two staffers from KECA-TV, the ABC affiliate in Los Angeles that first aired the show.

    Space Patrol TV writer Norman Jolley and his wife, Lois, in their motor home, February 2000. I was grateful I got to meet and interview Norman Jolley, a writer who, unknowingly, had lifted my spirits � maybe even saved my life, as a child - with his TV dramas of courage and camaraderie, particularly Space Patrol. I tell him this one day when I visit him in Palm Desert, where he and Lois have parked their motor home before heading back East. He turns his face away and is silent. He turns his face away and is silent.
    �That touches me very deeply,� he says finally. �I have tears in my eyes because when I was doing it, I had no idea it was affecting people like that.� He cracks a joke to come out of it: �If I�d known my power to program young minds, I might have been so nervous I wouldn�t have been able to do it � or I would have asked for more money!� A few minutes later, he gets serious again. �At this stage of my life, to realize that something I did back then has had this effect on people is extremely gratifying. . . It�s amazing.�

    After Space Patrol, Jolley went on to write for many classic TV shows, including Science Fiction Theater, Highway Patrol, Wagon Train, Cimarron City, The FBI, and Barnaby Jones.

    Ed Kemmer co-starred with Joan Taylor in this 1949 Pasadena Playhouse production of John Loves Mary, directed by George Phelps. Though Kemmer was well-liked at the Playhouse, some students felt he was Phelps' favorite and got more than his share of plum roles like this one in Main Stage productions. Taylor appeared in many TV dramas through the '50s and '60s, but is best-remembered for her recurring role as "Miss Millie Scott" on The Rifleman, and for the SF films Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956) and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).

    Virginia Hewitt worked as a model before a talent scout discovered her in a little theater production.
    Lyn Osborn and Virginia Hewitt clowning around in 1954 - if the penciled date on the back of the photograph is correct.

    1954? Hard to believe, since Osborn and Hewitt, who'd been dating, broke up in 1953 when she dumped him for interior designer Ernst Meer, whom she married. (Or maybe this picture "says a thousand words" about how Osborn felt.)

    [ General] [Poolside]

    © 2006 Jean-Noel Bassior

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