88. Marilyn Monroe And The Rolling Stones

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Marilyn Monroe…Acting Brilliance Then Tragedy

If you are at the family table, or out with a group of friends, or in front of a high school class, or at your book club, please ask everyone their opinion on who is the classic female beauty and icon of our day. We have been doing this since June first. Everyone says: “Give me a chance to think” and two minutes later they come up with a name or two.

If you asked this question in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, or 80’s……

Every eighteen-month old just learning to talk,
Every housewife,
Every pimpled-faced teenager,
Every military person in all branches of the service,
Every artist and photographer, AND
Every movie lover would say……..Marilyn Monroe.


June first would have been Norma Jean’s eighty-seventh birthday and she would probably be dating one of the Rolling Stones if still alive.

Everyone looks past her award winning acting career to search for the negatives of depression, over medication, and lost soul syndrome.

However, she was an actress supreme. She won the American Golden Globe’s Award, the Italian Oscar, and the French Oscar for her movie work. She studied and traveled with Lee Strasburg, the dean of acting and her acting coach. She acted opposite the likes of Clark Gable, Joseph Cotton, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemon, Montgomery Clift, and an additional list of greats.

Of Monroe’s three husbands Joe DiMaggio, the New York Yankee legend, and Arthur Miller, the author and playwright, are the most interesting. She called DiMaggio an even greater lover than he was a ball player, though they were married after his playing career was over. His roses are still placed on her grave every June first.


Her last movie, the critically acclaimed The Misfits, deserves five minutes of your research time. It was like the Sports Illustrated cover appearance jinx. After the movie, she died, Clark Gable died, and a number of great luminaries working behind the scenes died. The critic site Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a 100% approval rating. This is unheard of for this often critically brutal site.


Marilyn’s movie roles ranged from comedies like Some Like It Hot (Lemon and Tony Curtis co-stars) to cowboy epics like The Misfits to dramas like Bus Stop and Niagara. She received across the board accolades for each role. Her movies are making more in rentals than they made in the theater. Laugh tonight please with Some Like It Hot while listening to Can’t Get No Satisfaction from the Rolling Stones.


Here is the list of some of the beauty selections from our interview audience in no particular order. No military personnel or college students were part of this survey. They can still dream though!
1. Halle Berry
2. Gisele Budchen
3. Gwyneth Paltrow
4. Beyonce
5. Rihanna

6. Kate Upton
7. Brooklyn Decker
8. Pink
9. Scarlet Johanson
10. Jennifer Lawrence


Movies…Be Very Afraid In The Night’s Darkness…The Purge

The weekend’s movie shock was the forty million dollars the three million dollar movie The Purge took into its box office coffers. Ethan Hawke and Lena Headley from the Game of Thrones star as two parents trying to shield their two children from mayhem and murder. The Purge is a twelve-hour period offered to the local community once a year. It is a time period that all rules of law fail to exist. On top of that, all emergency help is suspended. What next for our young student minds as everyone in my high school class attended this mental mind-numbing debacle.

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As the students living in our school neighborhood once again reminded me….even the good people in their neighborhood have guns. In this movie, everyone had guns that they bring out for twelve hours a year to wreck havoc anywhere they choose. There must be a message somewhere..or not!!!

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Movies II…The Fast And Furious 6

1. Too many cars and tanks going over the speed limit.
2. Too many good looking and buff guys.
3. Michelle Rodriquez is the epitome “tough girl” and pin-up poster.
4. The girl karate fights were choreographed better than the guy fights.
5. Great sequel at the end of the movie…stay for it!!!

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Music…The Rolling Stones And Philadelphia Love

The Rolling Stones are coming to Philadelphia for two nights as part of their eight-city United States tour. Michael Nutter, Philadelphia’s music loving Mayor, declared this week, June 17th to June 21st,  “Rolling Stones’ Week in Philadelphia.”

The Rolling Stones’ two concerts here are Tuesday, June 18th and Friday, June 21st at the Wells Fargo Center in the South Philadelphia sport complex. The mayor should have called this “Rolling Stones’ Month” for all the money the group has brought into Philadelphia through their nineteen sold out concerts performed over the years. Their concerts have drawn thirty thousand to one hundred thousand participants a date. That is like having fifteen Super Bowls in your city. Two billion dollars spent here in lodging, restaurants, gas stations, and such by attendees is a great boon for the city. Thanks Mick and company!


This is Mayor Nutter’s press release about the week and the two concerts.

“The Rolling Stones and the City of Philadelphia have a long and storied history. Philadelphia continues to be a must-play city on Stones’ tours, including this current tour in which they are only visiting eight American cities. We’re very fortunate that they continue to create music and perform here in Philadelphia for their many fans in our great city.”

If it doesn’t rain on Wednesday, the mayor is having a Stone Rolling Contest for young children on his White House lawn. Spoon in mouth and stone in front of you might not be that great for young teeth. We will see!!!


Music II…B Sharp Kids And Classical Piano Excellence Ages 5-16

The musical event of this past weekend was the classical piano presentations of thirty students in Cherry Hill, New Jersey’s B Sharp Kids piano program. It took place at the Cherry Hill Recital Hall. Thirty students, ages 5-16 after eight months of one to one instruction, all played their classical pieces effortlessly and fearlessly. Area music teachers in attendance looking for their next prodigy couldn’t believe the sophistication and skills of the students.


It was a great Friday night that adoring parents and grandparents through tears and respect for the art said they would not forget. The classical piece skills that these students absorbed can open up the larger world of music to them in any number of styles and venues. The evening was filled with applause and praise!!! Thank you B Sharp Kids for making a difference.

Give Allesan a call at 856-427-9604 and see what the program has to offer for your best friend, child, or family member.


Education…Book Talk And Internet Site Videos

The site below contains two fifteen minute videos on children’s books and website research that are ideal for school, the home, or your business. They can be shared one on one and with small and large groups. Tom Palumbo, national award winning author, presents his take on fifteen special books and ten creative websites that everyone should have marked in their favorites.


The book talk video introduces, through picture and author talk, present-day books and books from fifty years ago that are still relevant today. The teaching video shapes the books for enjoyable reading and project development. The websites in the Internet video are ideal for research, enjoyment, and social media forays.

Copy this site to your desktop and then open it from there. Your desktop has programs like QuickTime that will open these two videos. Click on the videos title to see the presentations. Eight more videos on topics from Succession Planning to best business practices will follow in future columns.



Education II…The Homograph Challenge

Here is another writing challenge that will enhance your brain power after it is completed.

The Homograph Hoedown Challenge

         A homograph is a word that can be pronounced two different ways.   It also has a different meaning each way it is pronounced.  The underlined word in each sentence below is a homograph.  Please write a new sentence under each one already given and structure your sentence to show clearly the word’s second meaning.


1.  We cooked the bass that we caught fishing today.


2.  I like the way you use your head.


3.  The bow in her hair matched her dress.


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4.  My birthday present was a new bicycle.


5.  A tear came to the speaker’s eye.


6.  What color polish did you put on his shoes.


7.  Live bait is best for fishing in the river.


B.      What other words are homographs? Can you find five?

C.      Write a homograph story designed to make people pronounce your homograph incorrectly.

D.      Can you write a sentence that uses the homograph with both of its meanings?

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Books…The Seductive Schoolhouse By Sandra Rose

We have often read about child abuse in the school setting but very rarely do we hear about teacher abuse. Sandra Rose wrote us and encouraged everyone to read her new book on the subject of teacher and financial abuse in a school setting. Here is what Sandra said in an email to the column.

Hi Tom,

My novel, The Seductive Schoolhouse Scandal, depicts what goes on behind the closed doors of an elementary school. The school leader, filled with theft, lies, and deception, steals from students, parents, and the school district to support his illicit lifestyle. Even though the whistleblowers were severely retaliated against, the students were the ones who ultimately suffered, as they were deprived the education they deserved. This novel, a great mixture of fact and fiction, is a page-turner.


Amazon says: “SJ Rose is a first-time author who writes about her experiences in an elementary school in the poorest city in the country.

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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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