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Monday, April 29, 2013

Funny Girl

As I wonder through the frozen food section at Acme. I see a cake by Sara Lee. I read this often confessed motto on the back of the box. “Nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee.” I think to myself nobody doesn’t like Barbra Streisand as well. I mean what’s not to like? How many Jewish woman can you listen to On Christmas Day and be more up lifted spiritually. As my aunt in Minnesota put it. “That woman could sing the phone book and sound good.” This movie is no exception to the rule. It is entertaining funny and a lot of fun. Ms. Streisand ('babs' to her fans) is a rare performer who both acts and sings her way into the hearts of countless audience members for a generation to come. This film was made a little before my time. 5 years before my birth to be exact. It still won my affections and pulled at my heartstrings for sure. The setting of this movie is the Ziegfeld theater I saw Star Wars Episode I there in 1999. This film took place a we bit before that. It still captured the feeling and ambiance of seeing even a movie (a pathetic a disappointing one at that) at such a nostalgic location. It was just before the turn of the century I cheered and screamed and got caught up in the emotion of the audience. I can’t imagine what is was like to see a play from such a venue at any time. (Even just before the great depression.) Well economic times are bad now as well. This fantastic film was music to my heart though. As well as those of Academy voters. It won Barbra her only Oscar and was nominated for 7 others, including best score, best song and most importantly Best Picture. Either way it all gold. And that’s no joke for a woman born on April Fools Day.

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A note from an editor!

Hi Matthew,

Thank you for the time and effort you put into this piece, especially on a Saturday morning. I can tell you definitely took good notes of everything that was going on during the event!

We still have some work to do before this piece is ready to print. Your piece has a lot of information, but it doesn’t sound like a news article. What was the point of his speech/presentation? Why was he addressing this audience? What is Vanguard? What does the company do – who does it serve? You spend a lot of time narrating (for example, how he was injured), but did not report on the purpose of the event. You can maybe mention his appearance/joking about it in a sentence or two, but do not take several paragraphs to do so. Also, I like how you mentioned where the name “Vanguard” comes from.

There are a lot of spelling errors in this piece – make sure you proof read each sentence carefully.

I know I am getting back to you a little later I hoped, and I’m sorry about that! But if you have time tonight, please go through my suggestions and try to rework your piece. You can send me what you have tonight/tomorrow morning. Please bring a copy of it to the meeting tomorrow and we will discuss it further from there.

Once again, thanks for your hard work and promptness! Remember this is a learning process, and we are all part of the Waltonian team!

Talk to you soon!

Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm