53. Tina Fey And Steve McQueen


New Visitor’s…Please read the two paragraphs at the end of this column before beginning your explorations in theater, poetry, children’s literature, movies, television, books, and the Arts. It will say New Visitor’s Greeting and be in boldface.

Educational Website…
Please, also, check out my educational website at aimtjp.wikispaces.com. No www. is needed. If you have any teachers or children in the family, they will enjoy it immensely. There are tons of immediately ready to use ideas in reading, children’s literature, Internet explorations, problem solving, and poetry on the opening screen and in the Public Dropbox. Teachers from throughout the area have contributed creative lessons and book talks to the site.


Entertainment…The Present…Tina Fey…Aristotle and Da Vinci are often called ‘Universal Men’ for their work in a large number of fields. As you scroll back through time you do not see any references to universal women. Many would fit the bill, but none are so named. We are changing that fact starting now. The column needed a hook to introduce Tina Fey. The concept of ‘universal woman’ starting Tina Fey’s write-up above may be a bit overboard? Does poetic license apply to Internet columns? Let’s proceed.

Tina Fey is this week’s selection for ‘Universal Woman.’ One reason is for her work in television, comedy, and movies. The second reason is because of her connections to Philadelphia. She was born in Upper Darby (Elizabeth Stamatina Fey) in 1970. Any suburb that touches Philadelphia is Philadelphia. It is a rule!

She has been hysterical on 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, and now in her new movie Admission with Paul Rudd and Lily Tomlin. The movie just premiered this week in New York and opens March 22 nation-wide.

In the movie she is a strict, up tight, admission officer at Harvard. Paul Rudd is her opposite as headmaster at a new age experimental school. Opposites collide and make sparks would be a good descriptor of their new comedy.

Maxim Magazine named her number 80 in their list of women top one hundred women making a difference. That was in 2002 and she has steadily moved up in the rankings since then. Her mantel is loaded with awards for her writing and acting.


Entertainment…The Past…Steve McQueen…The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) movie with Pierce Bronson and Renee Russo is a much watched date flick on all the cable services. The original movie made in 1968. It starred Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. Steve McQueen was the cool playboy of the 1960’s. He has a string of classic movies that are surprisingly not in many of the local cable archives for late night non-commercial viewing. Every one is a late night watching classic. Try the following movies, if you can find them.

  1. Bullitt
  2. The Getaway
  3. The Sand Pebbles
  4. The Cincinnati Kid
  5. The Great Escape


Entertainment…The Future…Jennifer Lawrence…After her Academy Award win, Jennifer Lawrence has been on every talk show as the refreshing new Hollywood personality. She has followed up her award winning Playbook part with another partnership with Bradley Cooper. Her new (not counting Hunger Games and The X-Men), movie is Serena. She plays a depression era wife that cannot have children. Her husband’s timber empire needs an heir. Trouble will follow. Hopefully Jennifer Lawrence will continue to be a joy to follow as she continues to light up the screen in a wide variety of new roles.

Poetry I…The String Couplet is a thought creating challenge for someone looking to expand their writing skills. It is a poem that employs a series of similar words like adjectives or plural nouns in the first line to lead into a key thought in the second line while still using rhyme.

Silly, funny, crying, kicking, all wet,
Another night babysitting sister Annette.

Self-portrait, sunflowers, colors aglow,
These are the images of a tormented Van Gogh.


Fastballs, curves, sliders, change-ups, a run,

It is the Phillies’ Cole Hamels having some fun.

See if you can write three string couplets on a napkin at lunch today.


Poetry II…Salute To Poetry Month is just two weeks away. What poet from your past will you re-embrace? A suggestion might be Tennyson. Not so much for his Charge of the Light Brigade, but for his The Kraken (1830) for the boys and his The Mermaid (1830) for the girls.


The Kraken

Below the thunders of the upper deep;
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee

About his shadowy sides: above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell

Unnumbered and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages and will lie
Battening upon huge sea-worms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.


The Mermaid

WHO would be
A mermaid fair,
Singing alone,
Combing her hair
Under the sea,
In a golden curl
With a comb of pearl,
On a throne?


The Airlines…Are you crazy! You are now going to allow people to carry small knives on a plane! The 9-11 hijackers used carpet cutters, one of the smallest things you can carry with a blade, and wrecked havoc. How much damage can a knife do? Please re-think this policy change.

Philadelphia Community Shout-out…This column has been supporting events submitted by readers from Canada to California to Tampa. Here is a program in Philadelphia that is offering a free, first time workshop when you sign up for their enrichment program. Stewart Calloway sent me this heads-up. Stewart is in my Temple alumni LinkedIn group.

 Super Saturday Enrichment Program

Every Saturday from March 9th – March 30th, 11 AM – 1 PM

Stewart said:

Grand Opening Special

Enroll Now – Pay Nothing!
In order to celebrate our GRAND OPENING, we’re going to let everyone enroll and attend their first class for free!  But, ACT NOW – space is limited.  To enroll, click here.

After you enroll and attend the first class, if you’re satisfied and interested in continuing then you can attend the remaining classes for a total of $115.  If you choose not to return after you’re first class, no problem!  You’re not under any obligation to pay.

To view our list of classes and enroll in your first choice, click here.

We’ve partnered with a number of OUTSTANDING instructors to offer a variety of FUN and UNIQUE courses to engage, enrich and enliven your Saturday! Our courses include:

  • Movie Making 101! Stop Motion-Animation (K – 4th Grade)
  • Clay for Kids (K – 2nd Grade)
  • Wearable Art: a Multi-Media Jewelry Making Class (2nd – 4th Grade)
  • 10 & Under Tennis (2nd – 4th Grade)
  • All classes will take place at Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, located at 13 East Mount Pleasant Avenue in (Northeast Corner of Germantown and Mt. Pleasant) Philadelphia, PA.

Give Stewart a call: Stewart Calloway

New Visitor’s Greeting…Welcome to Let’s Talk, a freewheeling column on movies, theater, television, books, educational practices, current events, and the Internet. If you are a first time visitor to the column, I recommend that you start with the About topic in the Index Bar at the top of the page. Follow About with the Let’s Talk column in archives. It was the first column of the New Year. Proceed to Let’s Talk II and then work your way up to today’s column. These columns will introduce a plethora (a better word choice than myriad) of new ideas and old delights you may have missed. It will give you a strong foundation for some of the issues we are introducing and following up in newer columns.

New visitor’s comments are welcome, too. They are immediately placed on this page in the contributor’s comment section or are shared with the column’s readers on Sunday. You are welcome, also, to suggest topics for discussion or enlist help from the site’s family of readers. I am a compendium of useless information. Challenge me, please, with great theater, travel, history, books, movies, and educational issues that would interest a wide audience of readers. The “compendium comment” was stolen from Orson Bean. Bean used the quote many times on television talk show interviews. Please recommend my column to your friends and other lovers of discussion.


About tjpalumbo

Tom Palumbo is a nationally known and award winning author, teacher, technology designer, administrator, and grant writer. He has taught for thirty-five years in preschool through 12th grade classrooms throughout the quad state area. His ideas have made a difference in the way thousands of teachers, parents, and children read, write, do mathematics, use technology, and think creatively and critically. Tom’s twenty books on reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics have won four national book awards. 5,000 teachers and home schooling parents have matriculated through his graduate courses/lectures. 12,000 have signed up for his website. As Director of Pennsylvania’s Parent Information Center and New Jersey’s Citizen’s For Better Schools Resource Center, Tom received over two hundred commendations for his presentations to thousands of teachers, parents, and administrators throughout the Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland area. Workshop participants receive idea loaded CD’s, access to hundreds of videos, PowerPoints, curriculum links, games, and lessons on his website, and an activity booklet filled with common core curriculum in line with local, state, and national standards. Instruction, on each of these resources, is presented during his presentation. Mr. Palumbo has over two hundred learning centers, bulletin boards, and project developers in reading, writing, poetry, literature, and math in make-it/take it item format that can, also, be part of any workshop program. Call or email Tom to set up a workshop for your organization. Tom Palumbo tjpalumbo@aol.com 215-262-9986 aimtjp.wikispaces.com
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