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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Everyone’s Hero

Yesterday was ‘The Day of the Bat.’ Three times fold. First of all I started off the morning by watching a movie about an anthropomorphic baseball one. (and ball for that matter.) Later that evening I watched the home run derby from a friend’s basement (the night of the bat in essence) and a small brown bat flew into his laundry room. So pretty much the bat ruled the day. 

Now lets get to the movie. It was cute. The storyline is fairly simple. Boy, must retrieve ill-gotten wooden bat in order to save his fathers job. In pursuit of this quest he must face a few obstacles, make a couple of friends and learn a little about himself along the way. 

This movie was in many ways had the feel of a more realistic live action movie. The chase scenes, the great characters, the young love interest, and last but not least the climatic finale. The only thing is it centers on a talking baseball bat (and ball).

The ending is not realistic nor should it be. It is a cartoon for crying out loud. The willing suspension of disbelieve is rarely if ever needed in an animated film people. I mean really how many mice do you know of that long to be an American. Oh wait that is a Don Bluth directed film produced by Steven Spielberg. 

            This film was directed by Christopher Reeve and produced by no one in particular. Ironic enough that is what this film teaches. Nobody is “no one in particular” we can all be Babe Ruth for a day or even a Prince Fielder. (The winner of the Home Run Derby.) Either way we are all princes among men for at least one at bat. 

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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