I was in the fourth grade during the 1986-1987 school year. A “booty bop” transpired whenever a boy ran, jumped, and used his backside to propel an unsuspecting boy forward. Fourth grade boys had to constantly be on guard outside of the classroom. My friend, Brian, approached me one day after school and suggested that we booty bop each other at the same time. It would be like a joust and the loser would be the one who was propelled farther from the midpoint. It sounded like fun so I agreed. We both took our starting positions. All of a sudden, I thought of how funny it would be if I crouched down right before the planned collision and Brian flew over me and landed on his butt. We both began to run. I decided to do it.
My timing was perfect and Brian’s back landed on the pavement. I started to laugh hysterically and got up. Brian was silent for a few seconds. He stated, “You could have hurt me!” He slowly got up. I kept laughing and distanced myself out of fear. He ended up punching me in my left shoulder a few times. I would refer back to this incident whenever I needed a good laugh for years later. I would picture him dressed like Superman and in slow motion as he ran, jumped, flew, and hit the ground. It took me a long time to realize that what I had done could have paralyzed or killed Brian. I thank God that Brian was alright. I was just reminded of this ordeal after listening to Maureen McGovern’s beautiful Can You Read My Mind (the love theme from the 1978 movie Superman). Laughter is not the best medicine when it is toxic.
I want all of the Superman fans to consider that the Man of Steel’s logo is in the form of a diamond. I have no doubt that he would be a supporter of man-made diamonds. In Superman III (1983), he even created a diamond from a lump of coal using the pressure and heat from his hands. Superman would love the fact that red and blue diamonds are readily available thanks to man-made diamonds. He would want Lois Lane to have the most remarkable diamonds in existence. Superman would never approve of diamond mining operations. After all, he knew what having your planet destroyed feels like.
Many people will think your Heart In Diamond is Clark Kent. You and your loved ones will know it is Superman.
I saw Superman (1978), Superman II (1980), Superman III (1983), and Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (1987) at drive-in movie theaters while growing up. I was three years old when I saw the first two films. I enjoyed the heck out of them. I saw the third film when I was six years old. It ended up being my favorite of all four films. I did not care for the fourth film which I saw at the age of ten.
Christopher Reeve was perfect for the Superman role. He was even perfect for the role of Clark Kent. He was brilliant in all four films. The third film has been criticized as a weak sequel. If you accept it for the action-comedy that it is supposed to be, you will probably see why it is my favorite. I think most viewers would choose the second film as the best of the bunch. It is definitely the most exciting one.
I must admit that the second film’s soundtrack is the one that appeals to me the most. Ken Thorne recomposed the work of John Williams from the first film and contributed some original work. A portion of this soundtrack is currently on YouTube. I enjoy it on a regular basis.