The first lady who was the inspiration for the characteristics and personality of Ms. Lane was Lois Amster who was the most beautiful girl in Glenville High, where Jerry and Joe went to school in Cleveland. It seems that Siegal had a crush on Amster and would stare at her from afar and she thought of him as a nerd that she avoided. It seems that Siegal might be the author of some romantic poems published about Lois Amster in the Glenville H.S. Torch school paper.
“She scarcely ever looks at me, I worship every glance, If only she would talk to me I’d do a jubilant dance.”
It sure sounds like this was the basis of the mild mannered reporter in love with the intrepid beautiful reporter. Lois Amster is still alive at 92 and is described as beautiful, spunky, independent, and witty and always wanted to be a detective...sounds like Lois Lane to me. *grins*
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