74. Michael Clarke Duncan And Jackie Robinson

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Giants…Michael Clarke Duncan

In most stories everyone roots against the giant. As Glenn Ford makes his class realize in the old classic Blackboard Jungle, maybe it is because he is different that people dislike him.


The giant I rooted for the last couple of years was Michael Clarke Duncan. Not so much for his acclaimed role in The Green Mile, but for the part he played on the television series The Finder. This short-lived 13 episode series had everything similar successful series like The Glades, Psyche, White Collar, Elementary, and NCIS have.


1. An easy to develop theme: Geoff Stults finds missing people, places, and things
2. A good friend: Michael Clarke Duncan is a tormented friend that would put you first before the traumatic events in his life.
3. The in the middle of things maybe she is his girlfriend or maybe she isn’t: Mercedes Masohn plays an FBI agent that kisses Stults and helps him in his finding things quests.
4. The find anything misguided female computer genius (sounds like NCIS): Maddie Hasson, an eighteen-year-old joy, plays this hacker while on probation and under the care of Duncan.


Finding and watching the series on your relisting service would be a nice way to commemorate a nice man’s legacy. A heart attack took this giant last year at the age of 56. All three actors that worked with him on The Finder have new roles this year. Look for them in your television databases.


Giants II…Jackie Robinson

The movie 42 opens this week and we have been touting it for some time. It is the story of how Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball. Take a look at the trailer and read some of the rave reviews about the Jackie Robinson story and the performances of its storytellers.


As mentioned before in this column, please buy the book The Year of The Boar and Jackie Robinson by Betty Bao Lord and share it with a family member. The book is a great definer of Brooklyn, the borough’s love of baseball, and its love for Jackie Robinson. Betty Bao Lord’s telling of her personal story clearly defines baseball as America’s National Pastime.



You have to hunt for this movie in a theater hidden down one of the alleys in your town or city. It will be a great reward for your effort. Maybe you can find it on a pay-for-view channel. Motown, racial prejudice, and the Vietnam war collide in this must see fascinator. It is for people that enjoy watching movies and come to the movies without any movie critic baggage and viewing as a critic blockage.


Poetry…Telephone Poetry has A Ring To It (Sorry!!!)

Her is a unique task for Salute To Poetry Month. Telephone poems are seven line poems that use your telephone number to generate the syllables in each line of your poem.

For less experienced writers the digits represent the number of words in each line. Another way to create this poem is to use one of the three letters that appear next to each number on the dial to begin each line of your descriptive poem.


License plate and street address poems follow a similar format. It is a great challenge to create a biographical poem using any one of these three poetic styles.

Internet…Daily Picks and Flicks

Alerting all Rembrandt fans. His famous painting the Night Watch has been returned to the Rijksmuseum. This well-known Dutch museum is located in Amsterdam. The museum has gone through a ten-year renovation. We don’t do slow jokes in this column. Guess it took them that long to get it right. Whatever right is in this instance.

To mark the return of the Night Watch painting and to advertise their re-opening the museum organized a flash mob depicting the story in Night Watch. The flash mob performed at a local mall and the event can be scene (hope you see the creative use of the word scene here) on Daily Picks and Flicks (dailypicksandflicks.com).


Schools all over the United States competed in a contest similar to this flash mob’s performance. They, too, were to appear as a famous painting and then bring the painting alive with dance and song. We brought a Picasso scene alive to the tune of Barry Manilow’s Copacabana. It was a real gem of a performance.


Games And Puzzles…Triple Play Words

Here a fitting salute to the start of baseball season in puzzle form. After solving our clues, try to write five triple plays of your own and challenge someone on the bus ride to work tomorrow morning.

Triple Play Words

 Each of the three words going across the grid have something in common.  See if you can identify the word or words that complete what we for this activity call a “triple play.”

                        Triples                                                Key Word

         A                B                C                                  A               

1.       shine           down          day                               sun   

         sunshine      sundown      Sunday

2.       foot             Dipper         Ben                               __________

3.       thumb          bean            Hornet                          __________

4.       hole            board          chain                             __________

5.       fly               fingers         tray                               __________

6.       one             body           time                              __________

7.       Jackson       Johnson       Jefferson                        __________

8.       ball             bag             sprout                                    __________

9.       flakes          stalk            cob                               __________

10.     boat            iron             engine                           __________

11.     light            quarters       stone                             __________

12.     jack             bean            rope                              __________

13.     ball             stand           some                             __________

14.     America      Dakota        Carolina                         __________

15.     light            fly               coat                              __________

16.     springs        temper        dog                               __________

17.     George        Louis          Charles                          __________

18.     ache            throb           murmur                         __________

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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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