[Ads-l] "Kryptonite" Finally in OED

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jun 26 05:44:04 UTC 2015

On Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 1:07 PM, Mullins, Bill CIV (US) <
william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil> wrote:

> Many elements of the Superman mythology first appeared in the daily comic
> s=
> trip or radio show.

When I heard Superman's agonized groaning behind the effects of the
kryptonite, on KWK, St. Louis's Mutual Network station in the heyday of
radio days, I was really, really afraid that the Man of Steel was really,
really going to die! It was heart-rending!

I hadn't yet caught on that 1) Superman was not a real person and that 2)
the hero cannot die.

With certain exceptions, of course.
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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