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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Flintstones

I am now the ripe old age of 37. I feel at times as if I were born in the Stone Age. Alas I was not I was born in the 70's and as a result I can call my self both a child of the 70's and 80's too. Within those two decades it seemed nearly impossible to watch a cartoon any cartoon with out seeing the Names Hanna Barbara in the closing credits. These two men named William and Joseph perceptively were the gods of the cartoon page. They created smash hits like Yogi Bear, Scooby doo and even the Smurfs. Hell they even brought a few DC comic book heroes to the small screen in the form of SuperFriends. None cartoon however was more popular or more beloved then the Flintstones however. While its original run of only saw season run as Saturday morning cartoons each week. It seemed to me a more popular as an after school carton on daily. It was not until 1994 however that they made this popular TV show into a live action film. I must admit I did not think they could pull it off. But they did and they did so with a vengeance. One of the trademark features of the Flintstones was bringing them modern day appliance to life via animals of the day like dinosaurs and tigers. Fred Flintstone "punched" in a dinosaur’s mouth and argued at work with a parrot turned Diaphone. This live action film even brought to life the signature movies of the cartoon show, such as Fred's "Twinkle Toes" approach to bowling and Wilma and Bettey yelling "Charge It" as they pulled out their credit cards. In short this film got it right. They did it hoever in a 90 minutes long fasion. (as apposed two a 22 minutes story.) At first i must admit i was criical becasue i realized the story was fairly simple, predicalble and full of tied lod cliches. then however as the closing credit scrooled acrtssthe screne i relaized what theyt did. The Writers mangaed to make a short 22 minutes weekly advenure in to and feaute lenght 90 minute film. For that reason as well asall the reaosn above theis movie desrece my hifhesr regaed. Grade A

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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!

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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