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Friday, July 25, 2014


The year was 1976 I was three years old and it was the bicentennial year of our country, Philadelphia was at the heart of the country. The Best Picture was about a pugilist nicknamed the ‘Italian Stallion’ played and penned by young virtually unknown TV actor named Sylvester. Mr. Stallone delivered a knock out punch with this Oscar wining picture named after the titular character. My cousin Jill loved this movie even though she is not even old enough to remember in theaters. (I was only 3 remember.) I was not so easily smitten. I found it to be interesting but dull at times well acted but at also a little cheesy. He (Rocky) was in love with an ugly pet store worker verbally abused by her live in brother and sheltered from reality. He was a fighter true and true. Too stupid to speak in complete sentences and to unsure of himself to do anything other than break thumbs (or not) and fight for just over forty bucks a fight and get his clock rung, but not his nose broken by any Tom, Dick Or Harry off the ‘Streets of Brotherly Love’. I don’t condone violence and believe boxing to be nothing more than glamorized fighting. (not a sport) there for cannot give this movie about some one who truly does “Go the distance" my default grade of a C+ for a film I wont endorse or plug. Grade C+

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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