178. Cee Lo Green, Roosevelt, Washington’s Spies, And The Free State Of Jones!

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1. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Of The Week!


Best Reminder Of The Week!

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The Free State Of Jones Did Not Disappoint!
A Very Extraordinary Look At The Civil War!
This Movie Is An Historical Epic!

The themes for this year’s July 4th movie rush include:
1. Aliens returning to earth after failing at their last take-over…
2. Orphan-eating giants
3. Sharks trying to eat Blake Lively
4. a little fish and her friends…
5. A better than ever Tarzan
6. A not too well-known look at a Civil War insurrection…


If you had a gun with one bullet in it and 500 Confederate soldiers were advancing on your small town, who would you want to handle that gun? This week our choice is Matthew McConaughey! Sure! McConaughey looked good in the back seat of a Lincoln in the Lincoln Lawyer. In The Free State of Jones, Matthew looks better wearing a great deal less. McConaughey lived up to our previous article touting the Free State of Jones as the must see movie of the summer. History buffs, movie buffs….put this well acted movie on your watch list! Tell your friends!

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Best Internet Site
Daryl Hall Hosts The Special Performer: New And Megastar!

In searching for Cee Lo Green’s newest songs to feature on Let’s Talk Philadelphia, we, again, discovered Live From Daryl’s House. The problem with the music that wafts out of Daryl’s House is that it pulls you in and won’t let you go. His in his house venue features one hour, intimate shows with over 120 different musical stylizing artists. Daryl’s show features the famous and soon to be famous. As we indicated in a column a year ago, the types of performers Daryl Hall selects are beyond special.

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Daryl and his guest performer sing each others songs. In the case of Cee Lo Green, the duos on the songs Crazy, One on One, and F**k You (written by Bruno Mars) will bring you to Daryl’s House again and to Cee Lo Green’s next album.

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Follow your Cee Lo listens with Daryl Hall and Pat Monahan of Train doing Wait For Me; then Rob Thomas and Daryl doing She’s Gone. These three recommended artists hit high notes with Daryl on these songs that are only found in the Alps.

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Best Music Discovery!
Europe Is Changing Music In Philadelphia And Throughout The States!

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Victoria Hesketh is Little Boots. Hesketh has her Techno Rock blaring all over Europe. It is, now, creeping into the Americas. Techno Rock is a sound that provides, unheard of before, computer enhancements to live performances and studio albums.  Hesketh is supported by a groundbreaking new studio called Studio Amplify and the likes of Europe’s top writers and performers like Sam Sparrow.


Studio Amplify creates computer applications for the emerging artists and top performers in music, theater, and dance. Just when you think you have seen everything, Techno Rock delivers a whole new world of utterly amazing! The Little Boots’ support videos are critical thinking and creative gems. These musical and video gems are a challenge as you try to see their relationship to the songs they highlight. Challenge your mind and the right side of your brain while scanning the works of  Victoria Hesketh and Little Boots and an emerging group of cross-continent Techno Rock performers.

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2. Television…Turn: Washington’s Spies…AMC And Classic History!
Benedict Arnold…His Wife Made Him Do It!
John Andre…A Cult Hero In England!
Alexander Rose Author Of Great Historical Fiction!
Washington’s Spies: The Story Of America’s First Spy Ring!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is American History and no one does it better than the city and surrounding areas from Valley Forge to Washington Crossing. It was this week in 1775 that George Washington was appointed Commander General of the Continental Army. Turn: Washington’s Spies has just started its third season on the American Movie Channel (AMC). After the History Channel’s take on the Revolutionary War, Turn: Washington’s Spies makes a good second stop for history buffs and television viewers that enjoy a good story and historical fiction.

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You are a group of farmers in 1776 Long Island, New York lead by Abe Woodhull. The British have just taken over New York City and Long Island. You are tired of farming with friends since childhood, so you form The Culper Ring to help Washington gather information in his battle with the British. Sounds like science fiction or television let’s make this up, but it is true and it is a featured story on the third season of Turn: Washington’s Spies.

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This spy ring, as depicted in Turn, was instrumental in turning the tide of the Revolutionary War. Their story makes for great history. The husband and wife and mistress duos are greatly exaggerated, though. Too bad! These sex and family matters when added to the history and the clashes of families with split loyalties makes for riveting viewing.

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Jamie Bell plays Abraham Woodhall (ring leader) with Heather Lind as his Turn Series’ lover. The extensive cast, also, features Angus Macfadyn as Major Robert Rogers, J. J. Field as Major John Andre, Ian Kahn as George Washington, and Owain Yeoman as Benedict Arnold. The stories have gotten stronger and stronger as the show finishes its third season. You will find yourself frequently heading to your encyclopedia to look up new characters, historical settings, and events after each episode. You will, also, be calling Mrs. Johnson your high school history teacher for further confirmation and support on whether events are historical facts or historical fiction.

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3. Business…A Billion Dollars In Collectables…Who Makes This Money?
Collecting Spans All Age Groups! How Much Money Is Available?
Purchase Power Needs Access, Reliability, Quantity, and Quality!

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The universal appeal of sports is documented every day in newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and on the Internet. More people watched The Soccer World Cup of the Americas these past two weeks than watched their children. Sport fanatics and everyday sport fans consume billions of dollars of memorabilia of their favorite team and player in the form of props, clothing, shoes, hats, sport cards, dolls, signage, autographs, and more. Finding quality, originality, and the best price forces fans through a indistinguishable maze of options. David Yoken shared his new collectable application with Let’s Talk Philadelphia! It will give every purchaser buying power, search power, and a better picture of the memorabilia market. Here is what David said about his company and the tools they are developing for a market that is lucrative for so many.
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There are close to 80 auction houses that sell sports memorabilia on a regular basis. With an average of five auctions a year conducted by each auction house, that amounts to over an auction a day, each with hundreds or thousands of items for sale. The amount of activity can be overwhelming for collectors to navigate. Collectable.com, Inc. is the developer of the Collectable app for iPhone and iPad, which provides sports collectors the ability to navigate the vast sports collecting market in one place. With the free app, collectors can easily view, search, and track all auctions with the tap of a finger. Users can peruse all auction items from a variety of auction houses, access up-to-the-minute prices, and even conveniently track and share items of interest. Additionally, users can submit their wish list items, and the app will also automatically notify the user when these items become available in the future.”

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“Our company is focused on developing software to help empower collectors in a fragmented market. As collectors ourselves, we found it nearly impossible to navigate all of the private auction houses without missing something. Our application fixed this problem for collectors,” said David Yoken, co-founder and CEO of Collectable. “We have an opportunity to make the market more accessible for collectors everywhere, and we think this software can be a game changer for the industry.”  The application currently includes 25 of the top sports-focused auction houses and 1,400 users. The company’s development road map includes the release of an Android app this summer that gives users the ability to bid directly through the app.”

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4. History…Teddy Roosevelt…The Man In The Arena!
A Presidency Outlined In Seven Key Areas!

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On April 23, 1910 in Sorbonne, Paris, President Theodore Roosevelt gave a 45-page speech on/called Citizenship In A Republic. A small memorable section of his speech called The Man In The Arena has been the mantra for Let’s Talk Philadelphia for 20 years. We report the best in people, places, things, and entertainment. We are not critics!

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This week The Man In The Arena was used by Goodreads to kick off their new selling campaign and the television show BlueBloods to end one of their key shows. We thought it would be a good time to share Roosevelt’s quote. The excerpt that follows delivers a go ahead and do it, matchless, lesson to anyone that strives to be new and different. We hope you enjoy its messages and our weekly always-positive discussions.

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The Man In The Arena…It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

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5. Do You Have Art Or Photography Ready To Reach A Greater Audience?
Should Your Business Be Featured On This Column?

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Do you have a topic that can be featured on this column or can you contribute two creative paragraphs on your favorite movies, books, comics, art, music, gaming, educational news, travel sites, or more for our column? Don’t be afraid to let your creative self fly into any area except politics and religion. We do not go there!

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Your ideas, creative column contributions, and future column suggestions should be sent to Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send a photo or two with your two-paragraph contribution. We’d love to display your art and photography in a personal section, as well as, throughout the Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s discussions. Thank you for adding your work and expertise to this column! Your varied ideas, experiences, products, and insights will surely bring a larger audience to the column and make the column’s content more interesting and far reaching. We hope you like the insights and contributions of dozens of readers from throughout five continents.

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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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