On the F Train with Superman

Goodbye, Superman

When you live in New York long enough, you get to run into just about everybody.

I remember in the mid 80’s, I was on the F Train heading uptown to meet some friends, and this guy got on at West 4th Street. Thought nothing of it… except two girls sitting next to me were going ga-ga over him. Sure he was a good-looking guy and really tall, but he was dressed like a regular guy with jeans, a baseball jacket and a backpack.

Like a typical New Yorker, he put one foot on the door, grabbed the strap and watched the lights out the door window.

One of the girls whispered to the other in a half-giggle “Superman”, and I gave him a double take.

Holy shit! It really WAS Christopher Reeve.

He smiled at the girls (as he heard it too) and gave me a nod “hello” as I’m staring at him with my head askew like a confused puppy.

And after what I’m sure was an uncomfortable eternity for him waiting for his stop, he got off at 34th Street.

A memory that played over and over in my head as I heard the sad news of his passing today. When I was picked up from work today, my son had the saddest look on his face and said “Daddy, did you hear Superman died today?”

Then I told him the story about meeting him on the train.

All day long I couldn’t put a word on how I felt today.
I finally figured it out an hour or so ago:

Relief.

I admit I haven’t given Christopher Reeve a lot of thought over the years. But I do know that if it were me who broke his neck nine years ago and were condemned to live trapped in a body that didn’t work…

… I would have wished I had died right there on the spot.

He accomplished a lot in the last few years, fighting for causes, directing, writing a book; But I bet he would have given anything to just run free in a meadow with his arms wide open. Just once. Probably dreamed about it all the time. You can’t put a price tag on that.

Rest in peace, Chris.

P.S. A full-sized wallpaper version of “Goodbye Superman” is available in my Gallery over at Animotions

Eric Brooks

Old school webguy who started out in the 1990's on free sites, then moved to the "Big Leagues" with Erox Graphix and EricBrooks.Com in the late 90's. Kinda wishes he had kept his "Problem Adults" site and turned that into a social media site 10 years ago though... "Grampa, tell us about the days you made sites with Microsoft FrontPage and WSFTP and got excited when AOL declared 'YOU'VE GOT MAIL!'..."

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Old school webguy who started out in the 1990's on free sites, then moved to the "Big Leagues" with Erox Graphix and EricBrooks.Com in the late 90's. Kinda wishes he had kept his "Problem Adults" site and turned that into a social media site 10 years ago though... "Grampa, tell us about the days you made sites with Microsoft FrontPage and WSFTP and got excited when AOL declared 'YOU'VE GOT MAIL!'..."
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4 Responses to On the F Train with Superman

  1. Dr. D. says:

    He is better off now…free.

  2. Witchy says:

    Amen, Erox. May he rest in peace. He was a much better person than I could’ve ever been. God love em. I hate my life NOW, forget if I were paralyzed.

  3. Jeanna says:

    Agreed. I was in Hollywood when I heard the news and I was so moving to see the candles and flowers on his star on the Walk of Fame.

  4. rfsciarrone says:

    Christopher Reeve was a Superman by all aspects of the word, and still is. I value your Contribution to humanity while you were visiting us here on earth. May you reign in Heaven Brother! You certainly will be missed. Bob

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