Most people know I have a Superman wallet. Some people notice the Superman sticker on my monitor or know that seeing Christopher Reeves' actual costume was almost a religious moment for me. A select few know I even own a Superman costume. A rarer few have even seen it.
A while back I got an email from Gene Ha and Brad Meltzer about the Seigel & Shuster society. They informed me that the house in Cleveland where the most iconic American icon was created isn't preserved, hell, it isn't even a museum. In fact, it's in a horrible state of disrepair.
Cleveland won't help, so Brad and the Seigel and Shuster society are asking us to save Superman's house. But I think it's more about showing respect to every person who creates something to make this world a better place. I actually think it's kind of fitting that Superman has to be saved by the people. We have to exemplify the lessons this character has taught us.
It's time to save Superman.
I immediately went to the site and picked up an awesome tshirt designed by Chip Kidd. At the same time as my t-shirt arrived, I got a lovely email from Miriam Parker from Grand Central Publishing asking me if I'd help out and post the details of a competition that's really going to get your attention:
Week four of the Siegel & Shuster Society charity auction to save the house where Superman was created runs from Sept. 23 – Sept. 30
Hollywood, Florida (PR Web) September 23, 2008 – OrdinaryPeopleChangeTheWorld.com, the brainchild of # 1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer and the Siegel & Shuster Society, have announced the final items in their auction to save the house where Superman was created. And the best easily comes last:
- A previously secret Superman T-shirt signed by Superman co-creator
died, he signed a few T-shirts for his immediate family — and told his wife Joanne that if the family ever needed money, they should sell the shirts. No one knew these shirts existed. But now, Joanne Siegel has donated one of these truly priceless items to the auction to save her husband's house. Forget the MasterCard ads. This is what "priceless" means. And best part? The autograph sits directly on a bright red T-shirt for
OrdinaryPeopleChangetheWorld.com is a new site dedicated to strengthen and inspire ordinary people to take action and help make a difference in the world. The site will feature stories of people who are making a difference, and highlight different causes that are changing the world. Visitors can watch videos, participate in community forums and share stories about what inspires them or what good deeds they are doing to change the world. All proceeds from the site will be donated to charity.
The Siegel & Shuster Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to commemorating and celebrating the creation of Superman in Cleveland, Ohio, by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The Society will, in a manner consistent with the rights of DC Comics, create events and activities which celebrate Cleveland as the "Birthplace of Superman" and the importance of Superman to our community today and in the future. The Society will also work with other organizations that are celebrating in a manner consistent with the goals of the Society. For the purpose of this charity auction, The Siegel & Shuster Society fund is set up through the Cleveland Foundation.
So please swing by the site. Grab a tshirt, donate some money, bid for those incredible prizes.