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Friday, November 27, 2015


What an appropriate mid 80’s movie. I was released in 1985. It had all the elements. Writers like Steven Spielberg and Chris Columbus and directed by Richard Donner. It contained a cast of then current and later upcoming stars as well a one gifted actress who never got a chance to see her acting skills blossomed. (A mad shout to Anne Ramsey.)
Other faces you may recognize from past and future films are Joe Pantoliano, (Memento)  Robert Davi, (Licence To Kill) Sean Astin (Rudy) Corey Feldman (alone this time) Keri Green (Lucas) Josh Brolin (W.) not to mention Martha Plimpton (Parenthood) and Indiana Jones pint sized side kick himself Jonathan Ke Quan) this time he’s called ‘Data’ as apposed to ‘Short Round’.  Poor kid never got a real name. 

This movie got a name though and it was fantastic. It has been the reason to invite friends over for years to come. My sister most recently had a party in her Brooklyn apartment just a years ago. That was nearly a quarter century after it hit theaters. 

The music was wonderful to boot. With songs from Cyndi Lauper, The Bengals, and Reo Speedwagon. A majestic and unforgettable score from Dave Grusin (The Graduate) this movie will be the feature film at a plethora of theme parties to come. 

While it was leading young lady who was made to walk the plank in this film it was truly the starting board for all the aforementioned stars in Paragraph 2. I may have to add this movie to my permanent collection.  Nice choice Cory in movies and women. 

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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