Ron Placone







Ron Placone is a comedian, college speaker and media and radio personality. Armed with everything from odd-ball stories, observations and social commentary, Ron tours nationally as a stand-up appearing at clubs, colleges, theaters and everything in between. He also speaks for colleges and advocacy groups with his one-man performance lecture, Madness in the Message. He’s a Network Partner of The Young Turks on YouTube, host of the syndicated radio show and podcast, Indie Bohemians, and has been featured on SiriusXM and TMZ. For more go to or

Jerry LawlerAt the Autograph Zone

Friday, June 10th, 10 AM - Noon, 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Saturday, June 11th, 10 AM - Noon, 1:00 - 5:00 PM

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Jerry "The King" Lawler is simultaneously one of the most loved and hated men in pro wrestling. He is loved in Memphis, TN, where he has been a hometown hero and devoted resident all his life. But he is despised in the WWF, where his arrogant, egotistical attitude got him into feuds with former WWF champ Bret Hart and federation head Vince McMahon.

      Turned pro in 1970 and first won the Southern Title in 1974. He held the Southern title for 6 of the next 8 years. Feuded with Bill Dundee, Rocky Johnson, Paul Orndorff, and Tommy Rich. Has victories over Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Dory Funk, Jr., Terry Funk, Jack Brisco, and Harley Race. Missed all of 1980 when he was out of action with a broken leg, but made an incredible comeback in which he was undefeated  for 6 months.

      Is perhaps best known for his feud with comedian Andy Kaufman. Lawler felt he was belittling the sport by challenging females to wrestling matches. Lawler ended up in a match with Kaufman in Memphis in which he gave Kaufman two pile-drivers that sent him to the hospital for 3 days. He continued to wear the neck brace for months after. The most famous incident was on LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, when Lawler slapped Kaufman out of his chair. Kaufman then went into a frenzy, cursing at lawler and trying to throw coffee on him.

     Lawler also is no stranger to the air-waves. He has hosted his own radio show. He hosted his own TV show for years (The Jerry Lawler Show which aired every Sunday morning). He is also a successful commercial artist. He has his artwork displayed on commercial sites throughout the city of Memphis.

     Lawler achieved his greatest title success on May 9, 1988, when he defeated Curt Henning for the AWA World title. He unified the world heavyweight title by beating World Class Champion Kerry Von Erich afterwards.

     His career took a stunning new turn in August of 1992 when Brett Hart announced that he would defend the WWF World Title against Jeff Jerrett. That opened the door for Lawler's entrance to the WWF. He appeared in the WWF Royal Rumble and enraged WWF fans with his rulebreaker attitude. Brett Hart won the King of the Ring. Lawler then declared that he was the only true King of wrestling. He attacked Hart after his match and piledrove him on a set of steps prior to Hart's coronation. He then feuded with Brett and Owen Hart at both USWA and WWF venues. That was just the beginning. Since that time, the King has made life miserable for many WWF superstars.  Currently Lawler is still announcing on Monday Night's WarZone on USA, and wrestling in Memphis' new wrestling organization called Memphis Championship Wrestling.

Photo and bio courtesy of Jerry Lawler.


Friday, June 10th at 11:00 AM

Saturday, June 11th at 5:00 PM

Sunday, June 12th at 12:00 PM

At the Metro Tent

Admission: Free


Having grown up in a small town in the Bootheel of Missouri, Morgan has been captivating audiences for over a decade with his commanding stage presence and breathtaking illusions.

Morgan's entree into the World of Illusion began as a child when his parents gave him a magic set for his birthday. Instantly bitten by the "magic bug", Morgan began performing for family and friends.

By his early teens, he was a local celebrity, performing close-up and stage magic for birthday parties, corporate events and church functions.

At age 17, Morgan was immersed in the design and construction of his first full-scale illusion show. The show opened with Morgan magically producing a convertible sports car out of thin air!

That first show held greater significance for Morgan than even he anticipated. He was joined with Mikala, who would become his personal and professional partner.

Morgan & Mikala started doing magic shows throughout the Midwest, capturing the attention of numerous television and radio stations. In an astonishing display of wizardry, Morgan & Mikala shocked and amazed the public when they vanished a 20-story municipal power plant that sprawled over two city blocks!

Morgan stretched his creative capabilities even further when he became the youngest magician in the world to catch a live bullet between his teeth. This deadly illusion, which had killed 13 performers in the past, garnered front page newspaper coverage for Morgan, as well as exposure on the CBS Evening News.

Feeling the call of the World Mecca of Magic, Morgan, Mikala and their young son, Caleb, soon called Las Vegas home. Recently, the dynamic magical duo finalized design and completed construction of their revolutionary, multimillion dollar show, which ranks as one of the largest in existence. This extraordinary show will be supported by a professional cast of over twenty dancers and crew.

Last year, Morgan performed internationally during a tour in Seoul, Korea. He enjoyed hundreds of sold out, live shows in the spectacular 2,200 seat SeoulLandtheater before more than a million people. During this Asian tour, Morgan appeared on five (5) television shows, including a widely distributed reality show.

A few months later while performing in Stockholm, Sweden, Morgan also taped a segment on the FISM "World Championships of Magic" television special.

Morgan is also viewed as one of the world's leading experts and performers in the field of Psychokinetic magic, also known as PK. Using only the power of the mind, PK is the ability to physically alter or affect various objects. For example, Morgan uses this extraordinary "gift" to bend forks, coins, and keys, as well as force items to move without logical explanation.

These special talents have enabled Morgan to become one of the most sought after performers in the world. He has performed exclusive engagements at premier celebrity "hotspots", such as Pure at Caesar's Palace, Body English at the Hard Rock, Caramel Lounge at Bellagio, and V Bar at the Venetian.


Morgan has personally entertained a veritable "Who's Who" list of Hollywood stars and celebrities, such as Tom Hanks, Ben Stiller, Jude Law, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Jordan, Michael Rosenbaum, David Blaine, John Stamos, Paris Hilton, Tara Reid, Vince Neal of Motley Crue, Carson Daly, Jason Biggs, Lisa Marie and Priscilla Presley, R. Kelly, Ice T, and Anna Nicole Smith. Several years ago, Morgan was also the exclusive magician at a party given by Michael Jackson for his father's birthday at his Neverland Ranch Estate.

Morgan has been on TV in 75 countries, and performed on five continents. He most recently filmed multiple spots on the upcoming TV series Masters of Illusion, hosted by Dean Cain on the CW Network. Currently, Morgan is immersed in pre-production, design, and planning for a future television series and nightly live show.

Meet our Official Celebration Superman, Josh Boultinghouse!

At the Superman Statue

Thursday, June 9th, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Friday, June 10th, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Friday, June 10th, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Saturday, June 11th, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


At the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce

Phone Booth Photo Op:

Friday, June 10th, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Saturday, June 11th, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM



Josh Boultinghouse

Josh Boultinghouse was chosen as the winner in the 2008 search for the official Superman of the Metropolis Celebration.

Josh was born and raised in Richardson, Texas. Ever since he was five years old, he dreamed of becoming an actor. As a teenager, Josh was very involved in his church youth group and participated in mission trips and other activities with them. In high school, Josh excelled at football, making the varsity team as a freshman and started his sophomore year as a 

defensive/offensive lineman. Josh was named all-city newcomer of the year and was named to the All-City and All-District teams his last three years of high school.

Upon graduation, Josh attended the University of Central Arkansas on a theatre and football scholarship. Unfortunately, Josh injured his ankle and then transferred to Texas Tech University for a year, during which he was heavily involved in theatre.

In his spare time, Josh enjoys church activities, working out, reading, and watching movies (his favorite, of course, is Superman). At 6'2"and 235 poundswith black hair and brown eyes, his dream was to one day be Superman on the big screen.

Josh currently resides in Los Angeles, CA and has two older siblings. His brother, Trey, is a mortgage broker. His sister, Christa, is a chiropractor and mother of Josh's 11 year old niece Victoria and year old nephew Bryson. Both of Josh's older siblings were very involved and played crucial roles in his upbringing. His mother's name is Yvonne. His father is Steve Boultinghouse, who is married to his step-mother Deborah Boultinghouse.

photographs courtesy and © Kevin Choate and  Lin Workman

Bio courtesy and © Josh Boultinghouse



Kevin Williams and MuleyVisiting almost annually since the late 90's, life-long cartoonist and puppeteer Kevin is a Metropolis "implant" by heart having brought his creations Muley the Mule and Friends to Superman Celebration for many years.  Published in nearly all forms of media from comic strips to television, Muley the Mule and Friends have been described as "Muppets meet Peanuts," showing a wide range of irreverent innocence to be enjoyed by the whole family!

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