199. Mickey Mouse, Singles Day, Frankenstein, And Megan Leavey!




Here Are Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Bets For The Week!



1. Let’s Talk’s Best On Demand Movie Of The Week!
Kate Mara Tells Megan Leavey’s Story!
Sergeant Rex By Mike Dowling Makes A Good True Story Read, Too!


If the new movie Megan Leavey were named A Girl, A Dog, And A War, it would have lasted much longer in theaters throughout the United States and across five continents. Megan Leavey’s quick move to your On Demand and special channels is a boon to movie watchers, dog lovers, true story researchers, and war movie fans.


The most dangerous position in modern warfare is not the airplane pilot, the tank commander, or the normal foot soldier. The most dangerous position in modern warfare is the war dog (military K9) and its handler. These two (soldier/dog) are on every snipers, bombers, and assassination must kill list. The dogs are trained to sniff out explosives, weapons, and a variety of munitions. Each dog’s life-saving value, as you will see in this movie, is immeasurable. Kate Mara plays one of these handlers as you follow her through an unhappy home life, her recruitment, military training, the brutality of war, and her quest to adopt Rex, her partner in Iraq, on his retirement.


Megan Leavey served two tours (four years) of duty in Iraq with Rex. Both were wounded in action and received a slew of medals for their work and valor. Rex returned to Iraq for a third tour before facial injuries facilitated his retirement and Megan’s battle to adopt him. Megan, a Yankee fan from California, and Rex were honored in pre-game ceremonies at Yankee Stadium. Even if you are not a Yankee fan, this is a movie you will enjoy with family, friends, or with your dog in your lap.


2. Let’s Talk’s Best Foreign Television Shows Of The Week!
Sniffer From Russia!
Wanted From Australia!


We have previously touted Annika Bengtzon (two seasons) from Sweden and Crossing Lines (four years) from Germany, France, and Italy as the best programs in European television now available to audiences in the United States. Annika is a Swedish crime reporter while the Crossing Lines team is a European crime fighting unit. The shows were recommended for their production values, acting, unique stories, and ability to include picturesque and historical locations in their detection quests.


We are now adding two new and very quirky to the nth degree shows to our Recommending Something Different List.

Sniffer (season four) stars Kirill Karo, Ivan Oganesyan, Mariya Anikanova, and Nikolay Chinddyaykin. Karo’s uncanny sense of smell is a great crime detection and fighting aid. Likewise, it leads him into a basket filled with weird, embarrassing, and hard to explain situations. In each episode his nose is like a college science class. It is unbelievable what his nose can decipher in crime and everyday life, but that makes the viewing interesting as you scream no way a number of times in each episode. It helps that the cases he attempts are different from what you see on American television.


Just as Sniffer takes you across Russia to solve horrible and funny crimes, Wanted (two seasons) whisks you across Australia’s major cities, its outback, and, in season two, Asia. Two polar opposite women, think ditzy waitress and uptight accountant, are fleeing murder, embezzlement, ex-boyfriends and their families, crime lords, drug smugglers, the good police, the bad police, and bad hairdos.


If you are thinking of running away or fleeing to the suburbs or country, these two women are the poster children for how not do it. Rebecca Gibney, Geraldine Hakewill, and Anthony Phelan star and it is hard not to like them for their quirks, banter, and stupid, really stupid, decisions. You won’t recognize the actor’s names in Sniffer or Wanted, but you will have fun trying to keep one step in front of them in their adventures.



3. Let’s Talk’s Best Book Of The Week! Frankenstein!
Mary Shelley Celebrates Frankenstein’s 200th Birthday!
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) Is A Distant Second!


As our office prepares for Halloween, a burning question surfaced on the two hundredth anniversary of Frankenstein and ninetieth birthday of Mickey Mouse. The question is which character appears in more movies and can you guess in how many movies for each to win the office’s weekly dollar pool? Guessing Dracula movie numbers is the tie-breaker. Last week it was how many points the Eagles would score on Monday Night Football. Congratulations Jennifer! We have a large amount of time to waste at work. So, please, write down your answers and challenge your office staff with this movie puzzle before we reveal the answers in the next paragraph.


Add to your GUESS protocol this question, also. In what year did the first Frankenstein, Dracula, Mickey Mouse movies appear in theaters?


The first Frankenstein movie was in 1910. Mary Shelley appeared in the movie credits, for as you see below, her name did not appear on the cover of her book.
The first Mickey Mouse movie Steamboat Willie was in 1928. It was one of the first talking cartoons.
The first Dracula movie was 1936. We would have thought that something appeared earlier.


Mickey Mouse has 130 movies in his shopping bag. These films earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1978.
Frankenstein has 56 full length movies. Three (3) of the movies are pornographic films. We have order 9 copies of these films for the office staff who will report out on them in our next issue.
There have been 28 Dracula movies not counting over 20 Dracula cartoons.


4. Let’s Talk’s Best Halloween Puzzle Of The Week!
Frankenstein’s Body Part Hunt (Three Years Running)!
Run This Worksheet Off For A Teacher Friend Or Children In The Family!


Can you picture the poor teacher that has Frankenstein (you know the monster made with assorted body parts) in his or her class? He or she knows Frankenstein is looking for more body parts, but at the same time, the teacher is responsible for teaching reading and mathematics. The activity you are about to do is the same activity this teacher designed to keep Frankenstein’s and his classmates attention. Frankenstein had fourteen correct and almost collected a whole body. See how many body pieces you can collect. The clue (Column A) will give you a clue word (Column B) that contains a body part (Column C). Underline the body part and record what fraction (Column D) of your whole word is made up of that body part. Good luck fiendish people while building your monster. Hope you do better than that big Frankenstein person!


Clue                                       Clue Word               Body Part                 Body Part/Word

  1. Clogged sink fixer         plunger                        lung                                 4/7
  2. Opposite of later     ____________ ____________            ____________
  3. Form of pearl jewelry     ____________ ____________            ____________
  4. Soil color     ____________ ____________            ____________
  5. Tea pot part     ____________ ____________            ____________
  6. Boat synonym     ____________ ____________            ____________
  7. Answering’s opposite     ____________ ____________ ____________


  1. Slow creature     ____________ ____________            ____________
  2. John Elway’s sport     ____________ ____________            ____________
  3. Dear Sir: is a     ____________ ____________            ____________
  4. A mass of bees     ____________ ____________            ____________
  5. Condition of icy road     ____________ ____________            ____________
  6. Large cooking fireplace    __hearth___ __heart______ ___5/6_____
  7. A diamond’s key features    _________ _____________ ____________
  8. Exchanging     ____________ _____________          ____________
  9. Prayer position     ____________ _____________          ____________
  10. Movie candies ______ bears     _________            ______       _______
  1. February follower ____________ _____________          ____________
  2. Newborn’s bed ____________            _____________          ____________
  3. Type of beans __kidney____ ___kidney____         ___6/6_____

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5. Let’s Talk’s Best Business Topic Of The Week Four Years Running!
Alibaba…Making Money On A Singles’ Project!
Asia/Europe Celebrate Singles Day With Billions In Sales!
11/11 Is Now Etched Into Merchandising History Forever!
Get Ready For This Year’s Onslaught Of New Products!

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The newest creation in marketing is Singles Day. The ones in 11/11 when Singles Day is celebrated make it a perfect reminder when singles worldwide should assert their oneness. This brainstorm from the creative minds in China will generate a whopping single day take of 15 billion dollars in sales. What should you/we buy as participants?

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The Chinese and Alibaba convinced the single men and women of the world that the only way to celebrate who they are as singles is to drop a ton of money on a wide range of specifically advertised products each year. Amazon, one of the US’s top five money generators, takes six months to raise fifteen billion in sales. China does this in a day. We repeat: China does this in a day.

Is Alibaba is coming out with another stock offering. Not! The 15 billion dollars is already in their coffers! Maybe we can catch a piece of their next 15 billion dollar day.

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An Important Side Note: You should know that having 15 billion dollars in ones would allow us to walk to the moon on those bills. The power/reach of money reigns supreme, once again!


6. Let’s Talk’s Best Songs Of The Week!
Keith Urban Versus Coffey Anderson!

Here are the top five plays from our Philadelphia office’s play list this week. Let us know, please, what singers and songwriters we can feature from your area’s, office’s, or home’s playlist.

1. Good Lovin’ Ain’t Easy To Come By…Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
These two of Philadelphia’s best all time performers prove old keeps getting better…

2. Better Today By…Coffey Anderson
An office mate’s wedding song that will soon be in the top ten of wedding songs with Elvis Presley’s I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You

3. Come Back To Me By…Keith Urban
He tells his girl to go out and experience the world and maybe she will come back to him…



4. Rihanna’s Greatest Hits By…Rihanna
Who writes this woman’s lyrics and designs her videos? They are the best stories and enactments by far in all of music…dom…

5. Attention By…Charlie Puth
Three songs by Charlie Puth were entered into top five consideration. This song’s odd theme has an ex girlfriend appearing everywhere he does to rub in their separation.


7. The 23rd Anniversary Of Let’s Talk Philadelphia Jumps Forward!

How we started? 

Part of Joan River’s comedy routine 23 years ago was asking the Johnny Carson audience, “Can we talk”. We thought Can We Talk Philadelphia would be a great name for an entertainment and business column. Never mind! Research showed us Can We Talk T-shirts are sold at Joan River’s comedy venues. Disappointed, we went with a close second of Let’s Talk Philadelphia.

This year (2017) is the 23rd Anniversary of Let’s Talk Philadelphia. What once was a newsletter shared in University Of The Arts’ lectures and classes, professional development presentations up and down the east coast, and in book publications for Good Apple Publishing is now a Word Press column that is read across five continents, Brooklyn, and Philadelphia. Let’s Talk Philadelphia is distributed through multiple re-listing sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. 500+ readers subscribe to the column. 7,500 LinkedIn members enjoy the weekly two minute puzzle challenge as much as the articles. The good sisters of St. Rosalie’s think Let’s Talk Philadelphia plays well in Brooklyn, also.


Join the yearlong celebration of outstanding writing, art, photography, businesses, and creative discussion by contributing a story, book, movie, art piece, award notice, photography, game, business, multimedia, travel, or theater write-up that world-wide readers will enjoy. Your ideas should be sent to: Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send six photos with your two-paragraph description of your work. Remember to include the links where you can be found. Thank you!


Like the creative musical artists above, your varied ideas, experiences, and insights will surely bring a larger audience to the column and make the column’s content more interesting and far reaching.


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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One Response to 199. Mickey Mouse, Singles Day, Frankenstein, And Megan Leavey!

  1. Rosemary Doss Mallinson says:

    Hi, Tom My husband and I just got back from a 2 week vacation driving to Nashville, Memphis and Little Rock. Fabulous. We saw Keith Urban at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville TN. He is one talented dude. So glad you mentioned him. Visited President Andrew Jackson’s home, The Hermitage. We went to Graceland in Memphis TN. They have a new museum across from Elvis’s Graceland. Well worth the money. They have his cars, motorcycles, airplane and more. We visited President Clinton’s Center in Little Rock AR. It was well worth the visit. We visited the Central High School where integration started in 1957. The 7 African-American students wanted a better education. They were spit on, threatened and cussed at, but they never wavered. The school is still in session today. It humbles a person to visit the museum which is located across the street from the school. This is a vacation anyone would enjoy and learn from.

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