56. Jackie Robinson And The Movie 42


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 that this column presents. The section 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, creative games, and book talks to the site.


Movies…”42” which opens on April 12th is the story of Jackie Robinson as he breaks ‘the colored barrier’ in baseball in 1947. The movie stars Chadewick Boseman as Jackie Robinson and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey. Rickey was the Dodger executive that brought Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. This is Chadewick Boseman’s second foray into movies after a long career of guest appearances on every top television show from Fringe to Cold case to ER. Last year he played in The Kill Hole an Iraq war veteran’s story co-starring Billy Zane.

Read The Year of The Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord and see the film My Friend Martin before seeing this movie. Both of these suggestions will give you a cushioned view of the hatred that was expressed for this uncalled for entry by Jackie Robinson in a ‘white man’s’ game.


Pi Day Approaches…What is Pi Day? March fourteenth is represented as 3.14. This notation is the mathematical representation of Pi. Pi is used throughout the problem-solving world to do mathematical calculations. Indians could not circle the wagons without Pi though Pi was known many, many years before in ancient civilizations.

Early mathematicians knew that there was a ratio of circumference to diameter that was approximately equal to three. The Greeks put it in simpler terms and Archimedes is credited with the first theoretical calculation of Pi. That Archimedes knew stuff as a student was overheard saying. Go to the National Council of Mathematics Teachers website to see all the events you can create for Pi Day.


The Peanut Butter Wars…Once again, it is one of our ‘Time To Decide’ columns. Previous competitive, decision-making columns included:

The Mentalist versus Castle
Stevie Wonder versus Michael Jackson
Michael Jordan versus LeBron James
Little Red Riding Hood versus Snow White

Billy Joel versus Bon Jovi

Halle Berry versus Gabrielle Union
Grumpy versus Doc and
The Monitor versus The Merrimack.

Hey! Didn’t you just have one of these columns yesterday, you say? I did is the answer. Karen, a photo-journalist from Coyningham, says a better battle than any of those above would be one peanut butter delight against another. She says the column’s readership would really get into that one. Okay! Send me your peanut butter thoughts!!!

Here is what Karen said her local paper said about ‘Salute To Peanut Butter’ Month:

March is National Peanut Butter Month and did you know?
1. The average American consumes more than six pounds of peanuts and peanut butter products each year.
2. Some exotic flavors to try might be chocolate, cinnamon, and butterscotch…
3. If you’ve been raised on peanut butter….at age 29,  age 61 or age 80, you’re most likely still eating it.
4. It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12 ounce jar of peanut butter.
5. There are enough peanuts in one acre of land to make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches
6. Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter grew peanuts
7. Astronaut Allen B. Sheppard brought a peanut with him to the moon
8. Americans consume, on average, more than 1.5 billion pounds of peanut butter and peanut products each year.
9. Ninety percent of U.S. households buy peanut butter
10. Women and children prefer creamy.  Most men opt for chunky.
11. Four of the top 10 candy bars manufactured in the U.S. contain peanuts or peanut butter
12. The peanut plant originated in South America
13. The peanut is not a nut, but a legume related to beans and lentils

Thanks Karen,

My three favorites remain and I am sticking to it.

  1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  2. Butter Fingers; and the new
  3. Snickers Peanut Butter Bar.

Poetry And Creative Writing Overview…This daily column featured section encourages you, the column’s reader, to compose challenging and not so challenging poems and writing pieces. By doing this, you will, hopefully, discover a hidden talent, find a new enjoyment, and protect your brain from turning into jelly in the later years of your life.


Poetry I…The Helpful and Healthful Couplet

Here is something that you can create to thank your school nurse for protecting everyone and doing her best to keep everyone healthy. Design mini-posters of your students work to be displayed around her office door. Here is what a ‘Healthful Couplet’ might look like. Send me your best student creations please.

A helpful or healthful couplet is a poem that uses couplet skills to create a helpful or healthful theme or message.

It is always right,
To be polite.

It is really neat,
To have clean feet.


The apple is a life-saver,
Great nutrition with plenty of flavor.

 Poetry II…Josie Whitehead has a new poetry site she would like everyone to discover. Here is what she said to me about her love of writing and poetry:

Dear Tom
It is a privilege and a pleasure to link to you and thank you for asking me. You and I have a similar interest I see, apart from the educational world.
I am also a writer inasmuch as I’ve written over 1000 new poems for children in the last six years in my retirement after 30 years of teaching.
I realize that there is a big link between rhyming and rhythmic poetry and literacy, ie, how it helps the development of phonological awareness in children. I also realize that poetry is a great performance art and can be used to teach children how to speak well, put expression into their performance and help to build their confidence up with speaking publicly.

I have tried to help young people find their special abilities in life and to develop them to their full. I never expected that children would do this for me in my retirement, but the children in my local primary school are the ones who encouraged me to write poetry for them and told me week by week how they enjoyed what I wrote for them. They gave me the confidence I needed to do something that I had never thought of doing before.

My poems have been chosen by teachers in their hundreds for publication and I have many books. The children asked me to make an internet website so that they could read the poems many times at home. Now I have five. These poems went into 188 countries of the world last year and are very popular – – – much to my great surprise.

I want to let teachers know that if they simply Google JOSIE’S POEMS they will come to my main website where they can read some of my poems, see my books and go on to my other websites. I know that they will be glad to know of this for poetry is such an important subject.

Can you please forward this email for me, or tell me how I can let the teachers of your area know of this valuable work that I’ve done for the teachers and their children?
I send my best wishes to you and look forward to hearing from you soon.
Josie Whitehead
Retired Teacher/Poet

Community Events And Groups…Please let us know about events in your community that we can help promote. Here are some that have been submitted for this week:


An Art Collective…For twenty eight years, Lauren Litwa Holden has had a great art group. Maybe you would like to participate? Here is what she said about her organization:

Thank you for your email. I would like to share my artists group with you.
We are a collective group of visual artists called Assemblage. We’ve been exhibiting and meeting in each others studios since 1985. Our site is www.AssemblageArtistsCollective.com

Much thanks
Lauren Litwa Holden

A Lauren Brief…..

Lauren studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where she received many painting awards including the William Emlen Cresson Traveling Scholarship. She received a fellowship with the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia which enabled her to attend the Villa L’Arrigo, Rennaissance Atelier in Florence, Italy and was also awarded a residency at the Margo-Kelb Dune Shack in Provincetown,


Wyalusing High School…Wyalusing High School, Wyalusing, Pa is putting on You Are A Good Man Charlie Brown Thursday March 14th through Saturday March 16th. You will be greatly surprised at the quality of the performance. This small town in upstate Pennsylvania has a great reputation for sending its students to careers in music and theater. Another contingent of their graduating class will be attending the University of The Arts In Philadelphia this fall.

Alice Walker

Cheyney University…Cheyney University in West Chester, Pennsylvania is having An Evening With Alice Walker event on Saturday March 16th. Alice Walker is best known for her book The Color Purple (1983). Revisiting the movie version of The Color Purple (1985) with Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, and Oprah Winfrey before attending the lecture will put her work back into mind. The money collected from the event’s dinner and lecture will benefit students in the Keystone Honors Academy at Cheyney University. Additional event and ticket information can be found on the university’s website.

West Chester University…West Chester University’s Bull Center for the Arts is hosting an art conversation and two new exhibits by Alan and Libbie Soffer.  The university’s Bull Center is located at 2 East Rosedale Avenue in West Chester, PA 19383. The opening reception on March 16th is from 2-5 pm. “An Artists Conversation” with John Baker begins at 3 pm.

Alan’s exhibit is titled: DREAMING encaustic drawings on wood

Libbie’s exhibit is titled: wisdom of my insecurity

Both exhibits run March 11 – April 19, 2013

Soffer IISoffer I

Williamsport High School…Williamsport High School, 2990 West 4th Street, Williamsport, Pa. is hosting their “one hundred vendor” Spring Craft Fair on Saturday March 16th. Williamsport, Pa is noted for their summer Little League World Series and their winter and spring craft fairs at the high school. Come early, if you like the arts and assorted selections in a wide range of craft categories. The vendor’s items are outstanding and go rapidly. The show is from 9am-3pm.


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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