Thursday, September 20, 2012
Hutchinson calls itself the "Salt City,” but there's a growing effort that could lead to it being called something else like the "Super City."
The push to claim Hutch as the Earth town where the Man of Steel grew up, is gaining momentum faster than a speeding bullet.
If you're at all familiar with Superman you probably know Clark Kent grew up in the fictional Smallville, Kansas. We spoke with three guys who believe Hutchinson is Smallville and they say they're on a mission to prove it to the rest of the world.
One look around Christopher Wietrick's house and it's clear he's something of a Superman, super fan.
He and his friends say growing up, they read comic books and watched movies and shows about the Man of Steel, and couldn't help but notice Clark Kent’s hometown shared a lot of similarities with their own.
"We were all just sitting around talking about it and it just started to click together and took off,” Wietrick said.
So they put together what they call a fact sheet, backing their claim that Hutchinson is Smallville.
For example, they say Smallville is also located on the Arkansas River and has a population of 45,001. That's compared to Hutchinson's of just over 42,000.
"We knew it already. We just wanted the world to recognize it,” KC McKeeny said.
Their first step was making a Facebook page. It started out small but quickly drew in Superman fans from around the world.
"We have a few hundred people from Hutch but we have people from the Philippines from Brazil and the UK. We've got support from the world,” McKeeny said.
Now, they're looking to get a bigger local fan base with a comic Wietrick drew himself.
"I'm hoping this a way to reach out to people of all ages. Kids to the older generation,” Wietrick said.
The guys say their dream is to see Hutchinson renamed Smallville. They say they believe it would help the city attract even more tourists, than it already does.
"I think it would really give the town a boost and we want this to be a positive thing, we want to build the town up it's not like we're trying to tear it down,” Ben Eisiminger said.
They guys are selling the comics for five dollars each Thursday night during Hutchinson's monthly Third Thursday even. They'll be set up at 2nd and Main, and say all of the money they raise they'll donate to the Boys and Girls Club of Hutchinson.