201. Hugh Jackman, Katie Perry, Proud Mary, The Black Panther, And Tipping!



Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Bets Of The Week!


1. Let’s Talk’s Best Office Topics Of The Week!
Broad And Walnut Streets In Philadelphia Has It All!

Thank you for joining us on the 201st issue of Let’s Talk Philadelphia using WordPress. Let’s Talk has joined 1 billion other site creators who use WordPress. Our five continent readership far exceeds the readership we generated by handing out our latest issue in a one page newsletter at the corner of Broad and Walnut Streets in 1994 Philadelphia. This was, of course, before the Internet’s reach made everything we do universal.


2. Let’s Talk’s Best Office Question Of The Week!
Tipping Protocol! What Happens At Your Favorite Eatery?


The topics thrown out at our office “what should we write about in this issue” planning meetings are often so stupid they would bring tears to your eyes. These topics don’t seem to be in the stupid category.

If your friends are poor tippers, do you tip extra? 75% of the office staff said: Yes! Gracie, who still has her first wooden nickel, and three other office members said: No! The tipping chart above shows tipping tendencies. We still think the best tippers are those of us who have worked for tips. Please Chime In With Your Office’s Thoughts!


3. Let’s Talk’s Best Business Suggestion For The Week!
Should Your Clothing Really Glow?


Cynthia, our night jogger, suggested that invisible reflective strands should be put in the jogging and cycling pants, shirts, and hats of the local night athletes (not goofy reflective strips). When car lights hit these items, the individual glows like a roman candle. It sounds like the best safety feature of the year. Our office is deciding as this issue goes to print of how much to invest. Our flavored Philadelphia pretzels were a gigantic flop last year. There is some caution being exhibited on the 4th floor!


4. Let’s Talk’s Best Business Analysis Of The Week!
Holiday Sales And The Stock Market Zoom!


Let’s Talk Philadelphia like every other business news publication wants to pick out the definitive reason showing why the DOW, now over 25,000 and holiday buying season were a success. Our input is as follows: When your local Costco, Target, or Walmart stores run out of carts for entering shoppers, that is the best sign of consumer confidence, spending, and buying power.

When your local Home Depot has a three-year-old driving customers and products throughout your store, you know it is a great buying season. Drive on youngster!

5. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Celebration Should Be Twelve Months A Year!
We Make This Revelation Every Year!

Dr. King’s Legacy Is Revisited In A January Commemoration Holiday!


Martin Luther King, Jr…Two novel ways to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday can be found in the Clerihew format and at www.findagrave.com by posting a poem or a message in virtual flowers at the bottom of the page that features Martin Luther King, Jr.’s portrait and grave site. Write a Martin Luther King, Jr. Clerihew and send it to your mailing list while encouraging your list-mates to forward your Clerihew or to write one of their own for forwarding. Make copies of your Clerihew and give it out at your community workday on Monday. Here is a simple Clerihew salute to Dr. King:

Martin Luther King,
His message of peace and freedom did ring.

Throughout the land and in all places,
To every hue and for all the races.


Clerihew poems (A, A, B, B) by E. Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956) are four line poems that use a person’s name to generate a creative and descriptive writing form. Most Clerihews start with just that person’s name. If the key name isn’t easily rhymed like Rick Orange, the name can be placed anywhere in the first line (Rick Orange is a teacher, His mother wanted him to be a preacher). If you are looking for other unique poetry formats, please go to our site at the top of this (thomasjpalumbo.wordpress.com) WordPress site and download the directions in Poetry from the tool bar. Click follow me for additional holiday ideas that will be coming up and our salutes to Harriett Tubman and Sylvia Plath.

Here are some others historic names celebrated in a Clerihew form. If you teach or have children, use this format in your classroom or a home with your children. Please share it with your office friends, also!


Henry Ossawa Tanner…

The Banjo Player
A Painting By Henry Ossawa Tanner

Sitting on his lap.
Plucking at the strings.
Grandpa’s talking music,
And loads of other things.


Harriett Tubman…

The Rescue

Harriet Tubman is a story that must be told,
She saved 1700 slaves by being bold.
She was master of the woods and of the night.
Philadelphia’s Quakers recorded each flight.


William Shakespeare…

A playwright and a poet…William Shakespeare
In his sonnets a ‘dark lady’ did appear.
Macbeth, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet might,
Keep scholars and readers pondering all night.


Andrea Bocelli (Blind Tenor)…

His talent and his message
Sing out so loud and clear.
Don’t let a handicap hold you back
From things important and dear.


6. Let’s Talks Best Automotive Tip Of The Week!
Steve McQueen’s Ford Mustang Drives Into 2018!
Buy One And Move Your Porsche Over In The Garage Little Kids!


The Ford Motor Company is coming out with the coveted Bullitt Mustang from the Steve McQueen movie (1968) of the same name as part of their 2018 car line. The vintage mustang is forest green, just like the original, and is designed to entice the old and the young car buyer with its history, handling, and electronics that didn’t appear in the 1968 model.


The Bullitt movie is on every OnDemand channel if you have never seen Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, and Robert Vaughn act, chase criminals, and drive up and down San Francisco’s car destroying hills without hitting the ground.


7. Let’s Talk’s Best New Upcoming Movie Of 2018!
The Black Panther Breaks All Sales Records Two Months Before Its Release!


Marvel comic’s Black Panther is the most anticipated comic movie release of all time. It’s February 13 release date is sold out worldwide. This makes The Black Panther, after Star Wars, the second largest movie ticket pre-sale in history.


Chadwick Boseman plays The Panther (T’Challa). The Panther was the first Afro American depicted as a lead character in Marvel comic and movie comic history (1966, Stan Lee). Boseman’s supporting actors came from Academy Award heaven in this one:


In the new movie, T’Challa returns to his home of Wakanda and finds every imaginable challenge to his person and his country. Thank goodness, as you see below, Stan Lee gave his new character every power and ability past comic heroes had received. All these skills will be used as The Panther is tested time and time again as he roots out evil from his country and tries to defeat the group that wants to destroy him.




PS. Catch Taraja Henson in the Proud Mary Chicago shoot them up that is now playing at your local theater. She is beating heads with Danny Glover, the Russians, and her own gang as she tries to protect a thirteen year old cast away and leave her crime filled life behind her. Boy! She is good at the crime and the shooting game in this one.


8. Let’s Talks Best Musical Of The Week!
Hugh Jackman Was The Boy From Oz On Broadway!
Jackman Is Now P.T. Barnum At The Local Cineplex!
TGS’s Golden Globes Win Was The First Of Award’s Show Season!


If you missed Hugh Jackman’s singing and dancing on the big Broadway stage in Boy From Oz or on the movie screen with Anne Hathaway in Les Miserable, his next debut playing P.T. Barnum on the big screen in The Greatest Showman will give you an insight into his acting range and the exceptional work he has done in the past.


The story is the beginning of the Barnum and Bailey circus. The cast with Michelle Williams (wife), Zac Efron (friend and co-owner), and Zendaya (acrobat) are joined by a circus full of oddities (side show like characters) that find a home in the circus and become a supporting family. The soundtrack is exceptional with a song grouping lead by the award winning This Is Me. Four of the shows musical numbers including This Is Me can be found on YouTube with a simple search.


9. The 24rd Anniversary Of Let’s Talk Philadelphia Dances Ahead!
Another Year Of Creative Entertainment And Business Ideas Continues!



How we started? 

Part of Joan River’s comedy routine 24 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 were sold at Joan River’s comedy venues. Disappointed, we went with a close second of Let’s Talk Philadelphia.


This year (2018) is the 24rd 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. 8,400 LinkedIn members enjoy the weekly two minute puzzle challenge as much as the articles. The good sisters of St. Rosalie’s and Regina Patra 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!


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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