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Welcome to the Spacemen’s Luck website. Here we can enjoy ourĀ  reminisces from our childhood memories of the Golden Age of Space Travel.My name is Thurman “Ray” Plumlee and I am a baby boomer who was born in the mid 40’s (specifically 1947) and enjoyed the radio and TV shows of the 1950’s, 1960’s and even the earlier action cliff hanger serials going back to the early 1930’s. Basically, anything “men in space” from my youth and the earlier programs that inspired them.

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My personal favorites are Science Fiction Theater, Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, Commando Cody (the Rocketman), Rocky Jones, Space Ranger, Men Into Space, CDR Buzz Cory of the Space Patrol and, of course, Twilight Zone.

That is not to say I didn’t enjoy the other shows like Captain Video, Dimension X, Tales of Tomorrow, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Captain Z-Ro, and many others. They too are favorites.

When I was growing up there were not many new TV shows being aired. Fortunately a lot of what there was, was juvenile action science fiction related. Also there were not many, if any, movies being made for TV. So a lot of what we saw were the movies from the 1930’s and 1940’s. Especially those cliff hanger serials such as Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon and Commando Cody the Rocketman.

How I saw the new movies during the 1950’s was either at the local movie theater or drive-in theater. In 2003 I went back to where I grew up in Riverside, California and most of the movie theaters I went to are either gone (building or even the street no longer exists) or the theater has been converted into something else. One theater was a vitamin supplement store. The drive-in I remember the best was the Rubidoux Drive-In. It was a fun place for us kids. Under the screen they had a play ground which we used while waiting for sunset when they started the movies (double features with cartoons!). When I see a movie today I catch myself saying I remember seeing that movie for the first time at the Rubidoux Drive-In. I have those same kind of memories for some of the other down town theaters but most were of the Rubidoux Drive-In. Mainly because it had become a weekly family outing.

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With the Russian’s Sputnik, our Werner Von BraunĀ  and all these fine science fiction TV shows airing it is no wonder the 1950’s heralded the beginning of the “age of space.”

So come on in and enjoy the “Classic Age of Space Travel”.

Spacemen’s Luck!
Ray Plumlee

Current date and time: Tuesday 14 Aug 2018 11:14:20 AM

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