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Saturday, June 7, 2014


This matchstick haired orphan has seen in many forms over many decades, several generations and multiple forms of entertainment. In 1885 she was a character in a poem. 1924 saw her drawn in to a comic strip. She was the voice of reason in the decade of the 30’s via radio. The silver screen was her Paramount of success to date when the cinematic box office made her moving image. One of my favorite years for movies (1977) saw her dance the way into hearts on Broadway. It is Columbia Pictures that made this form of venue though. What is the best of the lot you say. I can’t speak on that topic with out more research I was 3 years old fro crying out loud in ’77. I did enjoy this film though. While I’ll admit there were too many orphans and an over abundance of servants this film some how worked and worked well. It begins with the opening scene where the titular character longed for parents she’s never met. She is a parentla figure herself to some of the other orphans is is a funky fighter to the rest. Then there is of course the closing credits with colorful fireworks in the background. This film worked. It even works well in fact. The cast was fantastic, Albert Finney plays the disgruntled Billionaire turned ‘father’. Carol Brunet is magnificent as the chain smokin', constantly drinking alcoholic with the heart of ice. (Hi Sarah Palin) Tim Curry plays Rooster Hanigan the evil ones devilish, villainous brother. We need not mention the big screen debut of Aileen Quinn as Annie. Heck even that dog had good screen presence. James Bond fans may even recognize Geoffrey Holder from Live and Let Die as Punjab. All audience members will recognize the joy of singing along with these wonderful tunes. I still sing Hard Knock Life when I clean my bathroom floor and I’ve never been a orphaned girl. This movie is simply two hours and eight minutes of sheer indulgence. Rent it today. 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