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The Role of the Teacher has Changed in 2018.

Principal's cabinetThis photo shows how industry trains their employees in small groups with powerpoint presentations or pre-set lectures. This technique does not work with the student of 2018 because that student has been playing with handheld electronic games and the world of cartoon fantasy is more real than reality itself. If we allow our students to become programmed to kill Nazis or monsters everyday for satisfaction than we missed the point.

Consider the ultimate goal of school or education, getting a job. The final word is JOB. If we do not train students how to read, summarize and put information to use then we have failed our students. If we cannot get them to add up numbers to determine if a spreadsheet of expenses is correct then we will not be helping the accounting profession or financial managers. If we do not allow a student to research a project they are interested in and come to conclusions about what they learned, then we missed the point about job training and getting jobs. Learning to think creatively is one thing public education does not do. Learning in public and private schools is more about rote memory than creative thinking. Students are taught that their are rules and if you do not follow the rules, you will not be able to come to a reasonable conclusion. The truth is creative thinkers go outside the box to come up with ideas from their life experiences which may or may not come from a classroom and a motivating teacher.

Imagine that you just finished 12 years of elementary and high school training and four years of College training and when you graduate you are suited for nothing in the real job world. How did craftsmen learn in the Middle Ages? They had trainees or assistants that would follow them around and learn on the job how to do plumbing or build a house or treat leather for a coat. Apprentices learned while doing. In this day and age we teach theory or rote facts, not how to think under different situations. Let’s face it if you fail college you can become an apprentice in the building trades union or the plumbing union or electrical union and learn the actual hands on skills, not theory and make more money than a college student.

So where have we gone wrong in teaching? Well it is a combination of the fact that teachers have to be motivators, or coaches to encourage students to want to learn more. Teachers have to get a student to become enthusiastic about a subject so much so that the student will go beyond what he or she learned in the classroom. A good teacher is always one or more steps ahead of his or her students. If that teacher falls behind the times in technology or modern approaches then the teacher becomes the student and the student becomes the teacher.

I cannot begin to count how many times in College and Universities when I was an instructional technologist that I got to observe Professors that could not use a computer beyond e-mail. I saw Medical doctors lecturing with powerpoint slide shows they bought from a textbook company, rather than develop their own slides. When Teachers or Professors lecture from a podium the facts go in one student’s ears and out the other. 60-70% of a Lecture is forgotten 30 minutes after a lecture. Reinforcement of a lecture means reading the material before the class, not after. This was the biggest complaint at NY College of Osteopathic Medicine and other Universities and colleges I worked at. Professors posted assignments on Blackboard in advance and expected the students to read the material before coming to class. Seldom did that happen. Students set priorities in their lives for studying, play, and rest. The bottom of the list is studying. Play is more important. Imagine if you could combine play with studying?  It is possible and let me tell you how. Many Professors were afraid of laptop computers in the lecture halls or classrooms. But what if a professor told the students to bring the laptops to class??? Wow, imagine that? Then when the students arrive the Professor starts with the usual Powerpoint slide show until about the 5th slide. Then all of a sudden students are told to buddy up with another student and find the answer on the internet to a theoretical class problem. For instance in a medical school, the medical doctor teaching asks all the first year medical students to find as many nerve diseases as they can, jot them down and briefly the treatment. The professor alway tells the students they have fifteen minutes to complete the task and when they are done. All of the student groups will report on five of their answers. Now that is creative thinking. The students have to know how to research. They have to not waste time and come up with real examples. At the end of the class, the Professor asks all the student groups to send their results and names to him or her via blackboard or e-mail. Wow, another zinger, they have to be accountable for their work.

How about in Law school where a Law Professor gives a Law citation for all the students to look up on Westlaw which they have access to and find out if that decision was every overturned or not by Shepardardizing for appeals? Thinking and solving problems are more important than memorizing law cases throughout the history of the USA.

Once upon a time students in high schools could take printshop, woodshed, metal shop and auto shop as an elective to learn practical skills. Those classes are long gone in secondary schools because of the over-emphasis of going to College where you will learn everything you need to know. Wrong! Students often learn more from each other than in the classroom. Perhaps setting a learning environment is more important than large lecture halls?

Learning on line has come of age. It is cheaper for high schools and colleges to put a course online than to have to pay a full-time or part-time instructor. The modified method is the instructor meets with the students the first class and the last class when they come in for a final exam to pass the course. Somehow we have skipped over the motivation of the student by the teacher. Have you ever tried to motivate someone over e-mail? Not possible to say the least. When you remove the human element you put all the effort on the student to learn and learn well. Not all students can do this. Many Universities require their professors to have open office hours to be available to help students in need. The problem is the line to get to the Professor is weeks long and the student flounders while waiting.

Project learning, hands on learning, real life training are the most meaningful for teaching students today. Technology opens the door to the outside world, so let the real world into the classroom. Having students perform projects gets them used to the corporate world where they have to work in groups to solve big problems. If you want to be a plumber and be rich, then you have to know how to work with pipes and soldering and wielding of pipes, not theory. If you want to be a bio-engineer than you have to have labs and training with microscopes and real samples to come up with real solutions. Teachers only lead or facilitate learning to get students to absorb information they can use.

 

PKM

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Don’t Be Square, A TV Pilot

DON’T BE SQUARE

Written by

Pelham K. Mead III

Based on the novel, “The Junior High.”

TV Pilot Script for,

Do not Be Square.

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Cucamonga Junior High School 1960-1980

 

 

MAIN OFFICE OF CUCAMONGA JUNIOR HIGH-DAY.

It is the typical start to a Junior high school day in

upstate New York in 1967. The speaker on the intercom during

homeroom is John Cardone, Social Studies teacher. John is

a one of a kind character and one of the three main

characters of this story. He is married with one infant

daughter, and he just graduated from College the spring

before. John should have been a radio announcer in another

life. He talks like Robin Williams in the movie “Good Morning

Vietnam,” by exaggerating the Goooood Morning introduction to

the morning announcements. John is slightly balding at age 23

and stands 5 ft. 10 inches tall. He is always cracking jokes

and making up nicknames for fellow teachers. His students

love him and he is already in his first year of teaching a

very popular teacher among his peers.

JOHN CARDONE

Gooood Morrrring Cucamonga Junior

High school. Here are the morning

announcements. On the Jewish

holidays this fall school will be

closed. Coach Bill Medley has asked

me to announce that Fall Cross

Country Track is now accepting new

runners that want to try out. Cross

country runners run one mile on the

Junior High level. In high school

they run two miles. If you are

interested see Coach Medley. Here

is a note from the Guidance

department. All changes in class

schedules must be completed by the

end of the week. It looks like it

is going to be another beautiful

cool fall day today in Highland

Falls New York, so dress warmly

when going out for the Physical

Education classes. This is Johnny

C. Signing off for today reminding

you, “Don’t Be Square.”

INT. BUSINESS EDUCATION CLASSROOM- DAY

The school bell rings and students begin to enter into

Business class 210 on the second floor of Cucamonga Junior

2.

High School. The teacher is Mr. RALPH NEWTON(60s), early

60s,, a grey haired, thin build, Business Education teacher.

He stands in the doorway smiling at the students as they

enter. Ralph is an ‘Old School’ teacher who is slow, and

methodical with his students. He follows the textbook exactly

with his New York Brooklyn accent, and expressions like ‘yous

guys.’ He is dressed in a white shirt, tie and brown slacks

with dress shoes.

Suddenly, an Assistant Principal, SAM KELP(50S),short stocky,

crew cut hair style appears at the classroom door. SAM is a

career assistant principal having been passed over for

Principal several times. After a short Hello with RALPH he

walks into the classroom.

SAM KELP(50S)

Good morning Mr. Newton, how are

you doing today?

RALPH NEWTON(60S)

You’re here again? You evaluated me

the beginning of the month, and SUE

BLACKBERG,30s, the other assistant

Principal, came in last week to

evaluate me. I have tenure and

there should only be one evaluation

a year.(Showing a distressed face)

SAM KELP

Well, we felt there was a need for

a follow-up, since your previous

evaluations had to many “needs to

improve ratings.”

RALPH NEWTON

It seems to me you are exceeding

your authority as assistant

Principal in over-evaluating a

tenured teacher in just one month.

SAM KELP

You are entitled to your opinion

Mr. Newton.

3.

RALPH NEWTON

Ok, class lets sit down in your

assigned seats. Take out your

textbook, and your homework. If you

remember your assignment was to set

up a small company called the

Cucamonga Pet Feed Store. Your were

to set up a budget, and starting

inventory based on the numbers

provided in your textbook. Billy

how much did you provide for grain

for horses and goats?

BILL GOLDBERG (13)

$5,000 dollars Mr. Newton.

RALPH NEWTON

That is right BILL(13). Good job.

SUZY(13) can you tell me how many

bales of hay you are projecting to

sell this month in your store?

SUZY SMITZ (13)

(SUZY is a small 13 year old blond

with a pony tail and rimless

glasses) I anticipate that with

$3,000 in hay bales purchased that

I will have to sell 60 bales of hay

at $50 dollars a piece.

RALPH NEWTON

Well, there is a problem Suzy. If

you buy the hay for $3,000 and you

sell 60 bales of hay that will give

you $3,000 back. Where is the

profit Suzy?

SUZY SMITZ

I do not know, Mr. Newton

RALPH NEWTON

Does anyone else have an idea how

to make a profit on the hay bales

if you paid $3,000 for 60 bales of

hay?

ROGER WHITE (13)

(Raising his hand) (Roger is a

nerd, tall 5’9” with light brown

hair cut short) Just add 50% profit

to each bale of hay as a profit

margin, so instead of selling each

bale for $50 (what you paid for the

bale) you add $25 dollars per bale.

4.

RALPH NEWTON

So what would the profit be Roger?

ROGER WHITE (13)

I figure 60 bales of hay at $75

each would equal $4,500 total or

$1500 in profit on the hay sales.

RALPH NEWTON

That is correct Roger, nice work.

Does everyone understand that you

have to make a profit to stay in

business? Are there any questions?

SAM KELP

Excuse me Mr. Newton what does

selling Hay have to do with

Business today?

RALPH NEWTON

Excuse me, I don’t understand your

question. What do you mean Business

today?

SAM KELP

Well, these students are obviously

not farmers. Why are they working

on a business problem for a farmer?

Why not a gas station or a movie

house?

RALPH NEWTON

Because that is the scenario the

text book provides.

SAM KELP

Oh, I see you could not modify the

text book scenario to apply to

suburban businesses?

RALPH NEWTON

I don’t see how it makes a

difference. A profit for a business

is the same regardless whether it

is for a farmer or a movie owner.

SAM KELP

I beg to differ with you Mr.

Newton. Perhaps if you were more up

to date with your examples the more

students would be signing up for

Business Education classes instead

of signing up for Yearbook instead.

5.

RALPH NEWTON

Well I (suddenly Ralph’s face looks

distorted. He pauses and He reaches

for his heart with a gesture of

pain on his face, and falls down on

the floor).

SUZY SMITZ

Oh my God, I think he is having a

heart attack. Do something Mr.

Kelp.

RALPH NEWTON

Someone run to the Nurse quickly

and tell them Mr. Newton fell down

and is not breathing.

ROGER WHITE

I’ll run and get the Nurse.

SAM KELP

(Sam never gets out of his chair to

check on Mr. Newton) Everyone stay

in your seat. The Nurse will be

here shortly, and she will know

what to do.

Muriel Watson, School Nurse’s office is two classrooms away

from room 210 and the Nurse is there in minutes.

MURIEL WATSON(40S)

(School nurse)(Muriel wears the

white uniform of a Nurse, she has

brown hair with a little bit of

grey showing, she wears glasses

with dark rims, and is slightly

overweight at 5’6” tall) What

happened Mr. Kelp?

SAM KELP

He was teaching and all of a sudden

got dizzy, grabbed his chest, and

fell to the ground. I think he may

have had a heart attack?

MURIEL WATSON

Let me check his vital signs. I am

not getting a pulse. He isn’t

breathing. I am going to have to

call for an ambulance. Meanwhile, I

will give him CPR to see if that

will work.

6.

SAM KELP

Do what ever you need to do Muriel.

I am going to go and tell the

Principal Mr. Woorley. (Sam Leaves

the room)MRS. GREY(40s) Is Mr.

WOORLEY(60S) is his office?

CUT TO:

INT. MAIN OFFICE OF CUCAMONGA JUNIOR HIGH-DAY.

Sam Kelp rushes to Principal Woorley’s office to tell him the

bad news. He is overreacting because he knows he is partially

responsible for causing Ralph Newton to have a heart attack

in his classroom.

MRS. GREY (40S)

He is busy on the phone right now.

Is it important Mr. Kelp?

SAM KELP

Yes, tell him it is an emergency.

MRS. GREY

All right I will tell Mr. Woorley

that you have an important thing to

tell him.

SAM KELP

Thank you Mrs. Grey. I will wait

here until he comes out. (Sam

gestures toward a chair in the main

office).

MRS. GREY

Mr. Woorley is off the phone and he

says he will see you now Mr. Kelp.

SAM KELP

Thank you Mrs. Grey.

(Sam enters Principal Woorley’s office)

SAM KELP (CONT’D)

Ned, we have a problem. I was

following up on your orders to

harass Mr. Newton with constant

evaluations today. While I was in

the classroom, Mr. Newton had a

heart attack, and I think he died.

Do you think anyone will hold us

accountable for his death?

7.

NED WOORLEY(60S)

What happened? He had a heart

attack? Well what the hell does

that have to do with us? You tell

SUE BLACKBERG(30s)to keep her mouth

shut. Get Mr. Newton’s personnel

file, and destroy the evaluations

you guys did this month. We don’t

want to leave any evidence that we

were intentionally trying to force

a teacher to retire. Have you got

that Sam?(Ned’s face was a

combination of fear and anger).

SAM KELP

Yes Sir, you are the boss. We

better cover our asses or there

will be hell to pay. The

Superintendent will want to know

all the details, and the Union of

course will get their two cents

into the situation. We need to try

and downplay the situation so

teachers don’t go around pointing

fingers at us.

NED WOORLEY

Right you are Sam. Let’s get on it

right away, and I will call the

Superintendent of Schools. Sam

Woodruff is not going to like this

one bit. Mrs. Grey call Mr.

Woodruff for me on the phone.

MRS. GREY

Yes Sir, right away.

(Several minutes later)

Mr. Woorley, I have Mr. Woodruff,

the Superintendent of Schools on

the phone. Pick up on line 2.

SAM WOODRUFF (60S)

Good Morning Ned. What can I do for

you?

NED WOORLEY

We have a situation Sam. A teacher

just had a heart attack in his

classroom.

8.

SAM WOODRUFF

That is most unfortunate. Why is it

a situation?

NED WOORLEY

Well, It might appear that I was

trying to get Mr. Ralph Newton to

retire by stressing him out with

poor evaluations.

SAM WOODRUFF

So what is wrong with giving him

the legal annual evaluation?

NED WOORLEY

The problem is, I instructed my

assistant principals to evaluate

him every week this month to

pressure him into retiring.

SAM WOODRUFF

Really? Are you freaking crazy,

Four evaluations in one month. Is

that a national record for

evaluations for a teacher? You

stupid fool. How are you going to

protect the district from being

sued? And most of all how are you

going to prevent the Union from

going ballistic when they get a

whiff of this teacher harassment?

Boy, you got us into a real bad

situation?

NED WOORLEY

I have instructed my assistant

principal, Sam Kelp, to destroy the

evaluations forms in RALPH’s

personnel file so that the Teachers

Union cannot get copies of his

evaluations. If they request them

or find that we did four

evaluations in one month, there

will be no written evidence.

SAM WOODRUFF

Well that may help, but it may not

work if his wife or anyone else has

a copy of his past evaluations or

if he told any colleagues of

getting so many surprise

evaluations. Let me ask the

district lawyers what their advice

is. I will get back to you today.

(MORE)

9.

Meanwhile, sit tight and keep your

mouth shut.

NED WOORLEY

Yes Sir, I will try to downplay the

whole incident. I will contact his

wife, and express my condolences

and express to the faculty how

sorry we lost a great teacher. Good

bye.

(NED WOORLEY is seen looking out his office window and

reflecting)

FADE OUT.

(End of Teaser)

SAM WOODRUFF (CONT’D)

10.

ACT ONE

INT. MAIN OFFICE OF CUCAMONGA JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL-DAY

Standing behind the Public address system in the right hand

corner of the main office is JOHN CARDONE(20s) an explosive

speaker, full of enthusiasm and sarcasm. JOHN is a Social

Studies teacher that should have been a disc jockey. He is an

Italian guy with thinning hair on top, and he wears horn

rimmed glasses. JOHN is a teacher like no other teacher. He

is sympathetic to his students. He takes the time to ask his

students how they doing. He is a real caring person with a

positive attitude, no matter what the situation. He is

friends with everyone in the school in just his first year.

He has more energy than a gang of teachers, and is always

doing something to keep busy. JOHN can imitate anyone,

actors, fellow friends, and famous people. He is man who

tells jokes, makes up funny stories, and is always making

people feel good.

He is dressed in a “spiffie” sports jacket, tie and slacks.

JOHN is the “Voice of Cucamonga Junior High school,” who

makes the morning daily announcements every day. JOHN is the

main character of this ACT ONE.

JOHN CARDONE (20S)

Good Morning Cucamonga Junior High

School. (Announced in the manner

Robin Williams used in the

movie,”Good Morning Vietnam.” Loud

and with great emphasis on dragging

out the Gooooood Mornnnning part).

It is with the greatest sadness

that we take a moment of silence

for the passing of a beloved

teacher, Mr. Ralph Newton, who died

of a heart attack in his classroom

yesterday. Our condolences go out

to his family. He will be greatly

missed. Now onto a brighter note,

the Cucamonga Junior High Tigers

Football team , squashed The

Panthers from North Junior High

School yesterday with a score of 32-

7. Let’s give a big hand for DANNY

MATHERS(14) who scored two running

touchdowns!

11.

On another note: Students are

reminded that mid-term exams are

coming in several weeks. Please

check the assigned test room

schedule on the Guidance bulletin

board.

This years Faculty Basketball team

will feature Rick the Runner, who

never graduated from Syracuse, Don

“The Tree Lee,” Mel “The Mauler”

Schwartz, Bill “the bomber Medley,

Sam the stomper Steinfeld, and

Joe the Jumper Bigone.

Tickets are on sale now for the

annual Student vs. Faculty

basketball game which raises money

for the Student Yearbook fund.

The Cafeteria staff wish to

announce that personal pizzas will

be on sale during lunch from now

on. An automatic Pizza oven machine

has been purchased, and will be

used to crank out those delicious

Pizzas. Remember “Don’t be Square.”

That’s all for today. This is your

announcer Johnny C. Signing off.

INT. CUCAMONGA JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL SMALL GYMNASIUM-DAY

The scene opens with the school bell ringing, and students

seen running through the gym doors slamming the doors and

running into the locker-rooms. After quickly dressing in the

boys lockerroom, the boys all run into the back gymnasium

where the sound of shouts, and doors slamming echo off the

walls and ceiling. Standing in front of the class is a tall

6ft. 5 inches tall Physical Education Teacher dressed in grey

pants with a blue stripe down the sides, a golf shirt with

CUCAMONGA JHS Phys. Ed. Embroidered on the left of the shirt.

He has white high top basketball sneakers on and a lanyard

hanging around his neck with dozens of keys with a whistle

also attached. WALT has light brown hair in a crew cut style.

This is WALT WILLEY(20s) CUCAMONGA JUNIOR HIGH PHYSICAL

EDUCATION TEACHER and FOOTBALL coach.(Coach Willey was a star

Basketball player at Ithaca College in upstate New York and

graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical

Education).

12.

Meanwhile, in the lockerroom BILL MEDLEY, the other PHYSICAL

EDUCATION Teacher who is 6 feet talk, and trim and muscular

with light blonde hair in a crew cut. He is wearing the same

Instructor pants of grey with a blue stripe down the side,

white addidas sneakers, a red T-shirt saying Springfield

College, and a lanyard handing around his neck with many keys

and a high pitch whistle. He is shouting for the boys to

hurray up, and get dressed and lock up their lockers after

they are done. The Second late school bell rings, and almost

all of the boys are milling around the back gymnasium waiting

for the shrilling blast of the teacher’s whistle. Suddenly,

the whistle burst out hurting everyone’s ears.

WALT WILLEY (20S)

(Shouting to be heard above the

noise) Line up, and sit on your

attendance squads. Any medical

notes bring them up now. If you

have a mommies now, take it to the

Nurse immediately, and have her

approve the note and bring it back

to me asap.

BILL MEDLEY (20S)

(Speaking to WALT WILLEY) Alright

WALT, the lockerroom is cleared.

All the students are in the gym.

WALT WILLEY

Squad one are there any absences?

No. OK, Squad Two, any absences?

Yes B2 is absent, That is JAMES

FISHLY. Squad c absences..

BILL MEDLEY

While Coach Willey is taking

attendance let’s all stand up, and

get ready for Jumping Jacks. Ready,

begin 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10, Stop.

Pushups, assume the position on the

floor, 10 pushups, (pause) Ready

begin, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

WALT WILLEY

COACH MEDLEY I have all the

attendance and medical notes. We

are ready for sit-ups. Class, buddy

up with someone in your squad, one

person will be on their back, and

the other partner will be holding

their straight legs. Sit-ups ready

begin, 1,2,3,4,5,….10. Stop.

13.

BILL MEDLEY

You know Walt we have too many

students in this class. I count 101

students total. The class limit is

45 per teacher, which would be only

80 students. I passed SAM

FELDSTEINS’S class in the big gym

and he has only 22 students.

WALT WILLEY

Yeah, I was thinking about that

too. Maybe it is because we are new

teachers that we have these

overloaded classes?

BILL MEDLEY

Exactly what I was thinking. How do

we control the noise level in this

small gym. I cannot blow the

whistle every two seconds, when the

noise level gets too high. We need

to come up with a solution.

WALT WILLEY

Exactly, I cannot hear my own voice

in this small gym with 100

screaming 7th and 8th graders.

Let’s take the class outside where

the noise level will be lower.

BILL MEDLEY

Good idea Coach. Let’s do

it.(Shouting to the Gym Class).

Class, we are going out today. The

weather is still in the high 50’s,

so it is still good weather for

Flag Football. Exit the gym by the

back doors on the left and the

right, and follow us up the hill to

the Football field. Ready, Move

out.

WALT WILLEY

See you at the top of the field

coach.

(The double size class of 101 male students rush out of the

gym with an ear defying roar with the safety bars on the

doors slamming open and closed. All 101 students begin

jogging up the 60 degree hill behind the Cucamonga JHS

gymnasium. On the top of the hill, unseen from the bottom of

the hill, is a full-sized Football field that the regular 9th

14.

grade Football team plays their games.

CUT TO:

EXT. FOOTBALL FIELD ON THE TOP OF THE HILL-DAY

From high up on the football field the two Physical Education

teacher look down on the Soccer field where a small gym class

is playing Soccer.

BILL MEDLEY

Hey Coach Willey, look down there

on the soccer field. What do you

see?

WALT WILLEY

I see a small group of students

playing Soccer. Yeah, is it SAM

FELDSTEIN’S gym class?

BILL MEDLEY

Yeah, He has all the 9th graders,

all 22 of them, and we have 101,

7th and 8th graders. What is wrong

with that picture? I have a

headache after this class every

time we work with them, because the

noise is so loud in the small gym.

WALT WILLEY

We need to come up with a solution

in controlling this large class.

They don’t even listen to the

whistle, no matter how many times I

blow it, till my ears are ringing.

BILL MEDLEY

(Shouting to the PE Class), one lap

around the field and then we will

line up in squads to practice

centering the ball, quarterbacking

and receiving the ball. The pass

patterns we are going to work on

are the button-hook pattern, and

the square out or square in

pattern. First to finish the run

gets the football for the first

squad.

WALT WILLEY

Hey Bill did you hear about Ralph

Newton?

(MORE)

15.

He had a heart attack right in his

classroom. Sam Kelp the assistant

principal was evaluating him at the

time. Some students in his class

said that Ralph had more than one

evaluation that month and that may

have caused the stress on Ralph’s

Heart.

BILL MEDLEY

That is very sad to hear. I like

the man. We talked once in a while

in the teachers cafeteria. He had

been working for this district for

32 years. I imagine the Teachers

Union is looking into the

administrators role in his heart

attack?

CUT TO:

INT. TEACHER LUNCH ROOM-DAY

JOHN CARDONE has early lunch, period 3. He has brought a bag

lunch from home, and is looking for a table to sit at when he

sees SAM MOONSKI(50S) the Science department chairman, and

Chief Building Rep for the Teachers Union, He is sitting

alone in the corner of the room at a table gesturing for JOHN

to come over and join him. SAM was a heavy set Jewish guy

with thin reddish hair, and a light beard. His large nose

stuck our like a chimney, and was his most recognizable

facial feature.

JOHN CARDONE

Good morning Mr. Moonski.

SAM MOONSKI(50S)

Actually, it is almost afternoon

John. How are you doing? Have a

seat.

JOHN CARDONE

Thanks. I have to get used to

eating lunch so early in the day at

11:05.

SAM MOONSKI

Yes, the three period lunch system

is a pain but with nearly 1,000

students attending Cucamonga Junior

High, we have no choice but to

break up the lunch periods by grade

level.

WALT WILLEY (CONT’D)

16.

JOHN CARDONE

I was wondering how did this school

get the ridiculous name Cucamonga?

The first time I saw the name, I

could not pronounce it properly.

(Laughing).

SAM MOONSKI

Well the truth is that the South

Junior high students who knew they

were getting split between South

Junior high, and the new Junior

high, got the opportunity to pick

the name of the new building to

make them like it a little more.

The choices in the vote were,

Central Junior High, Eisenhower

Junior High, and Cucamonga Junior

High. The students hated the idea

of having to go to another Junior

High so much, that they all picked

the local Indian name of Cucamonga,

because they hated the name. Oh,

well?

JOHN CARDONE

That is a funny story. Do you have

any more gems about this school?

SAM MOONSKI

Do I ever? Did you know that when

they opened the school in September

of 1960 the school construction was

not finished yet, and the seats for

the auditorium had not arrived.

JOHN CARDONE

So what did the Superintendent of

Schools do?

SAM MOONSKI

He did not have a lot of choices.

He could tell 600 parents and

students that they could not attend

school for several weeks while,

other students were already in

school or he had to come up with an

alternative plan.

JOHN CARDONE

So what was the plan?

17.

SAM MOONSKI

The Superintendent decided to forgo

the Certificate of Occupancy

inspection by the building

inspector until the last five

classrooms were finished, and the

auditorium filled with seats. He

took a chance and opened the school

with construction still going on

during the day. I heard they paid

off the building inspector, not to

inspect the building until all the

construction was completed.

JOHN CARDONE

Did that plan work?

SAM MOONSKI

At least we did not have to

postpone the opening date and have

teachers, students, and parents in

a waiting mode. The downside of

that decision was it was impossible

to be heard in the classrooms when

the electric saws started in or

hammering on walls. Teachers

complained, but eventually they

learned a sort of sign language

during the noise. Students were

patient when teachers had to hand

out ditto flyers of notes almost

every class. It took four weeks to

finish the school properly.

JOHN CARDONE

That’s amazing. I’ll bet it was a

real stressful time for everyone

involved.

SAM MOONSKI

One other thing John, as you know I

am the Chief Building rep for the

Teachers Union. What have you heard

about Ralph Newton?

JOHN CARDONE

Funny you should mention that. I

heard some of my students taking

about Ralph being a great teacher,

and that an administrator came ever

week in the past month to evaluate

him. Is that legal?

18.

SAM MOONSKI

No, it isn’t legal. A tenured

teacher gets only one announced

evaluation a year. We heard that

Ralph had four unannounced

evaluations in one month which is a

violation of the Union contract.

Now we have to prove it and the

administrators seem to have hidden

all the evidence.

JOHN CARDONE

I find it hard to believe. Ralph

was a great teacher from the old

school of thinking, but still

effective with his classes. Thanks

for the stories Mr. Woorley. I have

a class to run to. See you around.

CUT TO:

INT. BACK SCHOOL HALLWAY-DAY

(It was the first semester of 7th grade for student PERRY

GENOVESE(12). Perry had graduated from Oakwood Elementary

school, and was looking forward to coming to Cucamonga Junior

High school because it had the only gymnastic team in the

county. Perry was only 4 ft. 10 inches tall, and undersized

for a 12 year old boy. He was however, a great athlete who

loved to run, tumble or wrestle. Perry’s closest friend from

Elementary school was a black student called ALFRADEO

DONELSON(12).

PERRY GENOVESE (12)

(Talking to his buddy Alfredo

Donelson in the school hallway) My

daily schedule in 7th grade wasn’t

too bad. I have Mr. Padua, the fat

guy first period for English, Mr.

Runner for Science second period

Health Education with Mr. Weizner,

Lunch 4th period, Social Studies

with Mr. Cardone; Wood Shop period

6, Ms. Betty Strong for Music

chorus, and Ms. Highcastle for Math

last period 8.

ALFREDO DONELSON (12)

Yea, you and I are together only

period 5 and 8. I even put in for

my schedule early in the summer and

I did not get what I wanted.

19.

PERRY GENOVESE

When I first walked into Mr.

Padua’s class for English I noticed

the hard candies he had on his

desk. When I looked closer at the

candies I noticed that they has all

melted and stuck together in one

big clump.

ALFRADO DONELSON

I heard about those candies from

some other students who have him

for English. The word is don’t ever

try to eat one of his candies.

PERRY GENOVESE

What about Mr. Cardone? He was

always wearing hair wigs to class

to make the effect of a

Revolutionary soldier. He even

pretended to be George Washington

in several classes. He had me in

stitches. I signed up for crosscountry

last week. You should join

us on the team Al. I know you like

running and you are a good runner.

ALFRADO DONELSON

I didn’t get Mr. Cardone for a

teacher, I got Mr. TOPOVER, and all

he talks about is when he was a

part-time State Trooper in the

summers at Harriman State Park.

PERRY GENOVESE

You know the Coach of the Crosscountry

team is the same guy who

coaches the Gymnastic Team. His

name is Coach Medley. I have him

for 3rd period for Phys. Ed. You

should talk to him Al. Remember

when he came to your elementary

school, and did a Gymnastic

Exhibition? You said you loved it.

Cross country goes from September

to November, and Gymnastics starts

in November and ends in March.

ALFRADO DONELSON

OK, I will talk to him today to

sign up for Cross country.

(MORE)

20.

We will have a blast running for

the same team.

CUT TO:

INT. GYMNASIUM AT CUCAMONGA JHS, PHYSICAL EDUCATION MEN’S

OFFICE-DAY.

The men’s office had two desks crowded into one room with a

bathroom off to the side. The walls are concrete over

cinderblocks, very Spartan looking. A large metal cage sits

on the floor full of basketballs, soccer balls, and

Footballs. A bulletin board is behind the door with

announcements on it and a calendar with the days for team

games home and away. Overall the room is messy with cleats on

the floor, dirty shirts handing from a coat rack, papers all

over the desks, and red Delaney attendance books stacked on

the desks.

BILL MEDLEY

Hey Walt, I have an idea how we can

control that overcrowded gym class.

Why don’t we pull out the trouble

makers and have them exercise all

period while the rest of the class

goes outdoors?

WALT WILLEY

That will never work Bill. I

attended Catholic School when I was

a kid and those Nuns put up with

nothing. Discipline was their

middle name. When we were too noisy

the Nuns would yell kneel and we

all hit the ground faster than the

speed of light because anyone

standing got punished by holding

water buckets for long periods of

time with your arms held horizontal

to the ground.

BILL MEDLEY

How is that going to work for us?

WALT WILLEY

Simple, when we blow the whistle we

will have everyone go down on one

knee or genuflect.

ALFRADO DONELSON (CONT’D)

(MORE)

21.

Those that were still standing will

do 25 pushups in front of the

class. Peer pressure will work in

addition to conditioned response.

BILL MEDLEY

Walt you are a genius. We will try

your approach at the next class. I

am sure in no time we will have

that class as quiet as Sam’s class

of 22 students.

CUT TO:

INT. SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT CHAIRMAN’S OFFICE

FRED TOPOVER(50S) the Social Studies Department chairman is

sitting behind his grey desk talking to JOHN CARDONE

regarding JOHN’s first classroom evaluation.

FRED TOPOVER(50S)

John I have completed your first

class evaluation, and I have some

points that need improvement.

JOHN CARDONE

(Angrily) I noticed you cited me

for having students sitting on the

radiator. Do you realize that the

class only has 32 chairs and

tables, and you allowed the

enrollment to go to 35 students.

The is 3 over the contract limit

with the Union.

FRED TOPOVER

I realize that John, but I have to

make mention of it to get the

administration to transfer three

students out of that class. If I

don’t cite you for the problem,

they will say there is no problem.

JOHN CARDONE

Why did you put I needed

improvement on student engagement?

I do presentations in costume for

my classes, but you missed all of

them. I have a debate between

Lincoln and Douglas arranged with

Mr. Lee, and his Social Studies

class also.

WALT WILLEY (CONT’D)

22.

FRED TOPOVER

Well, I have yet to see any of

those demonstrations in your class.

JOHN CARDONE

Tell you what Fred, you come in

next Wednesday to my 4th period 7th

grade on-level class, and you will

see one of my demonstrations of

General George Washington telling

the class about the British chasing

him out of Brooklyn Heights and his

retreat to the upper Bronx to Fort

Washington, then to Fort Lee and

finally to the backwoods of New

Jersey chased by General Howe

British Army.

FRED TOPOVER

OK, John, I will take you up on

your challenge. I have not seen you

do any of this historical

demonstrations that you claim you

do on a regular basic.

JOHN CARDONE

Next Wednesday, then I will see you

4th period.

CUT TO:

EXT. CUCAMONGA JHS SOCCER FIELD-DAY.

Student PERRY GENOVESE(12)(PERRY is a short 5 ft. Tall

Student with light brown hair, and a gritty Italian attitude.

His mother is divorced, and he has a chip on his shoulder)

and his black friend ALFREDO DONELSON(12)(AL is the son of a

TEACHER from the SOUTH who moved to New York for a better

life. He is a scrawny kid with short black hair, and horn

rimmed glasses with a piece of tape on one hinge of the

glasses. They are out on the Soccer field during lunch recess

when a school alarm goes off. It is not the usual school

bell, but a fog horn like sound. An announcement comes over

the PA system which could be hear outdoors. It is Mr. Woorley

the school Principal.

NED WOORLEY

May I have you attention please.

This is not a drill. I repeat this

is not a drill.

(MORE)

23.

Teachers and students and staff,

please stop what you are doing and

leave the building following the

Fire Drill signs in the hallway. Go

to the nearest exit and leave the

building in a quiet and orderly

fashion. Teachers line up you

classes as far away from the

building as possible out on the

Soccer field or at the side

entrance to the school grounds. I

repeat this is not a drill.

PERRY GENOVESE

What do you think that is all about

Al?

ALFRADO DONELSON

I think it is a Fire drill or

something?

PERRY GENOVESE

Yeah, I guess you are right. Here

come all the classes marching out

onto the Soccer field. Now we have

no room to play Soccer. Oh, well.

JOHN CARDONE and RICK RUNNER walk their classes out onto the

Soccer field and instruct their students to be quiet during

the drill. RICK(20s) is a short stocky guy with a short

haircut and clean-shaven face. His hair is a dark brown with

brown eyes.

JOHN CARDONE

(Shouting to another teacher RICK

RUNNER) Hey, Rick what is going on?

RiCK RUNNER (20s)

I think it is a Fire drill however

they use the school bell for a fire

drill. Maybe it is a bomb scare

again?

JOHN CARDONE

A bomb scare? Are you kidding?

RICK RUNNER

No, we get several fake bomb scares

a month. You are new. You will see

what a pain in the neck they are in

disrupting classes and wasting

valuable time.

NED WOORLEY (CONT’D)

24.

JOHN CARDONE

Do they ever catch these guys?

RICK RUNNER

No, not yet. They try to trace the

call but the caller usually uses a

pay phone and then runs. Someday

they will figure out how to nail

them and this fake bomb scare crap

will be history.

JOHN CARDONE

(Seeing PERRY GENOVESE on the field

JOHN CARDONE yells out) Hey Perry

how are you doing?

PERRY GENOVESE

I am doing good, Mr. Cardone. What

is going on a fire drill?

JOHN CARDONE

No, a Bomb scare we think. An

administrator will come around at

some point in a golf cart, and tell

us what is going on and when we can

re-enter the building.

PERRY GENOVESE

OK, thanks Mr. Cardone

CUT TO:

EXT. IN THE GYMNASIUM LOCKER-ROOMS THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION

TEACHERS HAVE TO SEARCH ALL THE LOCKERS IN FOUR LOCKER ROOMSDAY.

The school district bomb policy is that the custodians remain

in the building, and search the hall lockers which they have

the master keys to. The Physical Education teachers are the

only personnel that have the Master Keys to all the locks in

the Physical Education Boys, and Girls locker rooms so they

have to remain in the building and search for a bomb in the

locker-rooms. The custodians search the halls by school

policy and the Physical Education Teachers search the Locker

rooms.

SAM FELDSTEIN

(Standing in the Phys. Ed. Men’s

office) Listen everybody it is our

job to make sure the locker rooms

are free from any hidden bombs.

(MORE)

25.

If you hear something ticking in a

locker use your master key and open

the locker. Be careful in case the

door is wired to the bomb. Check

all the unlocked lockers where

anyone could just put a bomb, and

run away. We have to complete this

task in 20 minutes or less. Paper

bags, gym bags and towels are all

suspect.

WALT WILLEY

I will take the back locker room

first.

NORA NEWSON (20S)

(Nora is a tall 6”1” female Phys.

Ed. Teacher with thick rim eye

glasses and thick dark brown hair.

She is wearing a light blue sweat

shirt and pants matching outfit

with black sneakers and a lanyard

around her neck with three keys and

a whistle).

Shelly and I will cover both of the

girls locker rooms. If we fall

behind in finishing we will call

one of you men to come over and

help us out.

BILL MEDLEY

Sam you and I will take the front

locker room since it is the largest

locker room with the most locks.

SAM FELDSTEIN

Well, lets do it. Come on BILL

BILL MEDLEY

Watch out for the sharp edges of

the locker doors you can get cut

Sam. I am going down the first

aisle. Nothing yet. We are clear.

The second isle is next. Something

smells in this locker so I am going

to open it. Phew, someone left a

sandwich, and it rotted with mold

on it.

Over on the other side of the gym where the girls lockers are

located.

SAM FELDSTEIN (CONT’D)

26.

NORA NEWSON

I hate that we have to risk our

necks looking for a bomb. I would

not know a bomb if I fell over it.

SHELLY BLATT (50S)

(Shelly is an older woman with grey

hair, dressed in high heels and a

skirt and blouse. She does not look

anything like a Phys. Ed. Teacher

and is not wearing a whistle. She

is her late 50’s)

Laughing, your right NORA what the

hell are we doing looking for a

bomb. What administrator thought

that would be a good idea. The

first time a Physical Education

teacher gets blown up will be the

last time they use PE teachers to

search for bombs.

Back to the men in the boys locker rooms.

WALT WILLEY

(Sweating) (Talking to himself)

Gotta be fast, gotta be calm. Open

this door and that one, and the

other, Nothing so far. Please let

there be no bomb. What if I find

something with wires hanging out of

it?

BILL MEDLEY

(Yelling into the back locker room)

Walt are you all right back there?

Find anything?

WALT WILLEY

(Yelling back) I haven’t found

anything yet. I will keep you

informed.

SAM FELDSTEIN

BILL, I think I hear something

ticking inside this locker. Come

over here and listen, what do you

think? It sounds like a clock.

Should we open it?

BILL MEDLEY

Go for it SAM, I will stand

outside. Only kidding. Let’s open

it slowly.

27.

SAM FELDSTEIN

(Sam opens the lock with his master

key, then slowly opens the door to

the locker. It is a wristwatch, and

a loud one at that. Someone’s

football uniform is in here too. I

guess the kid forgot to put his

watch back on. I’ll lock it up

again. Keep looking.

Over on the other side of the gym in the girls locker room

the two women keep searching for the bomb.

NORA NEWSON

(Speaking to Shelly), 15 minutes

already. We only have five minutes

left, should I call one of the men

to come over, and help us?

SHELLY BLATT

No NORA, I am almost done, how

about you?

NORA NEWSON

Just a few more lockers that are

open. Maybe we can get done on

time. My heart is racing. This is

really stressful. I don’t like

bombs. (Laughing nervously)

Back over on the Men’s side of the gym in the boys locker

room.

BILL MEDLEY

Time is up SAM, let’s get the hell

out of here. I found nothing

suspicious, how about you?

SAM FELDSTEIN

I am clear, WALT shut it down, and

lets go. We are out of here.

Hurray.

BILL MEDLEY

(Yelling across the gym to the two

women) NORA and SHELLY, we are done

are you guys done? Let’s get out of

here now.

All five of the Physical Education teaching staff run out of

the building using the side door, and breath a sign of relief

that they did not find anything.

28.

Meanwhile assistant Principal SAM KELP is driving a golf cart

around the building to make sure all the classes are lined up

and quiet outside the building.

SAM KELP

Listen everybody, this is a bomb

drill. We had a threat over the

phone, and have to act according to

protocol. When the alarm horn

sounds again you can re-enter the

building. Thank you for you

cooperation.

(The loud fog horn sound blasts inside and outside the school

building minutes later)

RICK RUNNER

(Standing out on the Soccer field

with his class) Well it looks like

our bomb scare is over and the

entire period is wasted. Back to

our classrooms.

JOHN CARDONE

(Standing next to RICK) Yeah,

another wasted period. What a shame

they cannot catch these pranksters?

CUT TO:

INT. JOHN CARDONE’S CLASSROOM ON WEDNESDAY, DAY.

It is fourth period for the “On level” 7th grade Social

studies class. FRED TOPOVER(50S), the Department chairman is

sitting in to observe JOHN CARDONE do one of his Historical

recreations for the students.

John enters the classroom after the students are seated with

a white wig on his head and a jacket similar to the kind worn

during the Revolutionary War by the Colonists army. The class

begins laughing out loud.

(CONTINUED) (CONT’D)

JOHN CARDONE

Good morning ladies and gentlemen.

(MORE)

29.

My name is General George

Washington, and I am in charge of

the Continental Army who are

fighting General Howe’s British

Army. The Continental Army just

pushed the British soldiers, and

dependents out of Boston on March

17, 1776. The 11 month siege of

Boston is over and the British have

left Boston with 120 ships for

their Military base in Halifax,

Nova Scotia with nearly 10,000

British troops and over 1,000

dependents or Torys as we call

them.

I have come to New York to defend

the city from the British with

General Charles Lee of the

Continental Army in charge. Now

let’s go around the room, and I

want each student to ask me one

significant or important question

about the military campaign on Long

Island, Manhattan, Bronx Heights at

Fort Washington, and Fort LEE in

New Jersey.

My headquarters are in the

Archibald Kennedy Mansion at Number

1 Broadway in York Island as you

may know. First student to start,

the little lady to my right. What

is your question ma lady?

SALLY JAMES(13)

How many troops did you have in New

York and Long Island, General

Washington in 1776?

JOHN CARDONE

Good question ma lady. We have

19,000 colonial troops. I split the

Continental Army into fortified

positions in Brooklyn on Long

Island, and in Manhattan, with some

held in reserve in the so called

“Flying Camp,” in Northern New

Jersey, to be deployed when the

British attacked New York.

PERRY GENOVESE (12)

General Washington how many troops

did the British have?

JOHN CARDONE (CONT’D)

30.

JOHN CARDONE

Another excellent question young

man. Let me see, according to our

spies the British had 400 ships

with 1200 cannons, and 10,000

sailors under the command of

Admiral Lord Richard Howe, and they

anchored in New York Harbor on

August 13, 1776. On land more than

32,000 British and Hessian troops

were under the command of the

Admiral Howe’s brother General Sir

William Howe. Hessian troops are

hired German mercenaries

WALTER JAMESON (13)

Who won the battle of Long Island

on August 22-30, 1776?

JOHN CARDONE

Sadly, we lost the Long Island

campaign because we made a mistake,

and allowed Howe’s troops to flank

our troops by passing through the

Jamaica pass.

SUSAN HOLD (13)

My question is similar to Walter’s

question. What did you do after the

British had you surrounded on Long

Island?

JOHN CARDONE

Realizing we had made some big

mistakes, and Howe’s army

outnumbered us, we fled on August

28th and 29th during a heavy night

fog, by boat to Manhattan. I

commandeered every available boat

and raft I could find.

RONALD HAYES (13)

Where did the Continental Army go

after reaching Manhattan?

JOHN CARDONE

We fled to Fort Washington in the

Bronx heights, but Howe’s army

followed us there and we eventually

had to retreat across the Hudson

river to Fort Lee on the palisades

of the river.

31.

The class went on for the full 50 minutes with JOHN CARDONE

posing as General George Washington answering each and every

question the student put forth. Mr. FRED TOPOVER the Social

Studies chairperson was impressed with his evaluation of JOHN

and he changed his initial evaluation to all points good.)

(The school bell rings and the class gets up and leaves.

FRED TOPOVER

Well JOHN you proved me wrong. That

was an excellent historical

demonstration. You are well versed

in all the facts surrounding

General George Washington, and the

class was well engaged in asking

questions to try and trick you. I

am going to change your first

evaluation to all Good marks.

Thanks you JOHN it has been a

pleasure.

CUT TO:

INT. SAM MOONSKI’S, CHIEF BUILDING REP, SCIENCE PREP ROOM,

DAY.

The Prep room is a dull looking room with no windows with a

desk in the middle of piles of boxes, Chemistry sets and

Biology charts around the room.

SAM MOONSKI (50S)

(Talking to RICH RUNNER, Science

Teacher, and PAUL PADUA(50s)

English teacher. PAUL PADUA is a

400 pound over-weight teacher who

is also a Union Rep.) RICK and

PAUL, I think we have a problem

with the Ralph Newton situation.

The Teachers Union has requested

the evaluation forms for Ralph

Newton from the administration.

We have been told there are no

evaluation forms in RALPH’s

personnel file. This leads us to

believe the files have been

destroyed to cover up their

harassment of Ralph Newton.

RICK RUNNER

I have heard, as well as other

teachers have heard, from Ralph’s

students, that different

administrator came in to evaluate

Ralph several times in one month.

32.

PAUL PADUA (50S)

How are we going to prove the

administration harassed Ralph into

having a heart attack?

SAM MOONSKI

Well we tried the normal channels

by making a formal request for his

personnel file. Now it is up to the

State Teachers Union Lawyers, and

whether they want to bring a law

suit against the administrators,

namely Ned Woorley, Sue Blackberg,

and Sam Kelp and the School

District as a whole.

RICK RUNNER

What does the Superintendent of

Schools Mr. Woodruff have to say?

SAM MOONSKI

He denies everything. He said he

had no knowledge of Principal

Woorley breaking Union laws by

evaluating a tenured teacher more

than once a year. We of course do

no believe him. Proving he is lying

is another problem.

RICK RUNNER

Where is there justice for Ralph?

What about his family, his wife and

grown children?

SAM MOONSKI

It will all have to play out in

court if the Teacher Union Lawyers

can get any evidence to prove their

case. Time will tell.

FADE OUT.

INT. MAIN OFFICE OF CUCAMONGA JHS-DAY

Two months later a gentlemen shows up in the main office

asking for Ned Woorsley. Mrs. Grey tells the stranger the

Principal is busy at the moment. The stranger said he will

wait.

33.

MRS. GREY (40s)

What did you say your name was

again Sir?

MR. BILL ADDISON(40s)

My name is BILL ADDISON and I am

from Smith and Laney Law firm.

MRS. GREY

Mr. Woorley will see you now. Go

right in.

BILL ADDISON

Mr. Ned Woorley?

NED WOORLEY

Yes, how can I help you?

BILL ADDISON

Consider yourself served Mr.

Woorley. You have thirty days to

respond or your lawyer to respond

in Supreme Court in New City, New

York. Thank you (Mr. Addison walks

out before Mr. Woorley can say

anything).

NED WOORLEY

But, I (Pause) (Mr. Woorley is in

shock at being presented with a

subpoena for a lawsuit against him,

his assistant principals, the

Superintend of Schools Mr. Woodruff

And the School District for the

Wrongful Death of Ralph Newton).

MRS. GREY

What did he give you Mr. Woorley?

NED WOORLEY

A subpoena! (Shocked look on his

face)

FADE OUT.

INT. BACK GYM OF CUCAMONGA JHS-DAY

BILL MEDLEY AND WALT WILLEY, both PE teachers, have been

trying to cope with an oversized Physical Education class of

101 boys. The class limit should be 45 students to one

teacher. 80 should have been the maximum number of boys in

the class. Guidance over-enrolled 101 students this class

period and Coaches MEDLEY AND WILLEY- are stuck with them.

34.

WALT WILLEY

All right class, let’s quiet down.

Coach MEDLEY, and myself have

discussed how to get this

overcrowded class to quiet down,

therefore, beginning today when we

blow out whistle in the gym,

everyone is to go down on one knee.

Anyone still standing will get to

do 25 pushups in front of the

class. If you get caught standing

two times after the whistle is

blown you will receive a zero for

the class grade for the day, and

you will get to do 50 pushups.

BILL MEDLEY

Let’s practice what Coach Willey is

talking about. Everyone stand up

please. When I blow the whistle go

down on one knee, and remain there

on the spot and quiet at the same

time. Ready (blows the whistle)

Everyone drops to the floor on one knee except two poor souls

that did not listen to what Coach Willey said.

WALT WILLEY

You two guys (pointing to two boys

standing) did you not hear what I

just said. Come up here now. Give

me 25 pushups, now.

BILL MEDLEY

I think we found a solution to our

noise problem.

The two students assume the starting position and begin their

pushups in front of the class.

BILL MEDLEY (CONTINUED) (CONT’D)

Now you see what happens when you

don’t pay attention or listen to

what is being set. You end up being

embarrassed in front of your

friends.

35.

From that day forward the largest boys gym class in the

school had come under control for the first time in months.

CUT TO:

INT. SOCIAL STUDIES CLASSROOM OF JOHN CARDONE-DAY.

The second school late bell has just rung, and Social Studies

teacher John Cardone is standing at the blackboard writing

the assignment in chalk on the blackboard. As he turns

around, and faces the class, all he sees is a sea of girl’s

thighs. Every girl had a mini-skirt on, and it covered very

little.

From the front of the class all John could see was a crowd of

wide-open legs, which was very distracting, trying not to

look up, and be distracted. John looked out over his science

class only to notice how all the girls were wearing no bras,

and their nipples were sticking out through their blouses or

they were wearing blouses with the front buttons open down to

their waist exposing their cleavage. Junior high girls were

very physically advanced, but had no clue how they managed to

get the boys hormones pumping. You could almost feel sexual

tension in the air.

JOHN CARDONE

Bonnie, in the assigned reading

last night you read how General

George Washington learned from his

mistakes in the 1776 campaign. What

mistakes did he make in that

campaign on Long Island, Manhattan

or the Upper Bronx?

BONNIE BLATT(13)

(A Short, cute red headed girl,

with blue eyes wearing a miniskirt)

I think he made a mistake in

the Battle of Long Island. He

should have known that General Howe

was known for flanking his enemies

in battle, and he should have

blocked the Jamaica pass to prevent

his troops from being flanked.

36.

JOHN CARDONE

That’s right Bonnie. As he cannot

help, but look up Bonnie’s legs to

see a pair of white panties.(John

tries to look away so as not to be

distracted by Bonnie’s legs out in

the isle.)(John turns to another

students and asks) Bill or WILLIAM

William(13), (William is a tall

student with blond hair cut in a

crew cut style with a flat top

look)

How did General Washington escape

from Long Island before British

General Howe could surround him?

WILLIAM STARKEY (12)

I don’t know Mr. Cardone.

JOHN CARDONE

Really WILLIAM? OK, JODIE,

(A tall Jewish girl with a miniskirt

on) JODIE, how about you? Can

you answer that question? (Jodie

has a skirt on that was so small,

it seemed like she had nothing on

at all. Fortunately, she had her

legs crossed to avoid grossing

anyone out.

JODIE ROTHSTEIN (13)

He got all the boats he could and

crossed the East River at night in

a heavy fog.

JOHN CARDONE

That is correct JODIE, good

job.(Trying to look away from

looking up Jodie’s thighs). GAIL

can you tell me where the British

first landed when they came to New

York City?

37.

GAIL LEVINE (13)

I believe they landed on Staten

Island, Mr. Cardone.

JOHN CARDONE

Right you are GAIL. They used

Staten Island as a base to attack

the Continental Army at Brooklyn

Heights on Long Island. What

mistake did General Howe and his

brother Admiral Richard Howe make

when first landing on Staten

Island? Anyone know? (Silence for a

few seconds) Well the mistake the

Howe brothers made was in not

attacking immediately. They had

their own agenda. Both brothers

were members of Parliament and they

voted against the war against the

colonies. What they wanted was to

negotiate a peace with the

Continental Army and get them to

turn in their arms and surrender.

Then they wanted to help themselves

to the spoils of war by taking over

large tracts of land for their own

profit.

WALLY MOON (13)

(Raising his hand) Mr. CARDONE

didn’t General Washington realize

he could not win a war against

45,000 British troops?

JOHN CARDONE

No, he did not realize it at first

until he saw how many troops the

British sent to recapture their

colony in New York and Boston. What

George Washington did eventually

learn was that he was always

outnumbered and he could not play

war the way the British wanted him

to play. He had to be satisfied

with small skirmishes and small

victories, constantly on the run,

trying to wear the British down.

Washington wrote the Continental

Congress after his defeat on Long

Island and expressed his feeling

that they could never defeat

General Howe’s massive Army. The

only thing they could do was wage a

war of attrition.

(MORE)

38.

Did Napoleon, or Alexander the

Great realize that they could not

win a war of attrition. Do we

realize now that we cannot win the

Vietnam War because the Communists

are using the same tactics as

General Washington, forcing a

battle of attrition. The longer the

war the less patience the British

Parliament had in spending a great

deal of money and getting nothing

in return.

The class discussion went on for a while until the school

bell rang signalling the end of the period. The students in

Mr. Cardone’s class jumped up, and all left the classroom)

As the classroom empties we see JOHN CARDONE looking out into

the courtyard outside the school, shaking his head about the

stress of looking at so many mini-skirts. It was an

embarrassment he as a former Catholic school student would

have to make a major adjustment.

FADE IN:

INT. PRINCIPAL NED WOORLEY’S OFFICE-DAY

NED WOORLEY is meeting with his two assistant principals, SUE

BLACKBERG and SAM KELP regarding the recent subpoena

regarding the untimely death of teacher Ralph Newton.

NED WOORLEY

Well we have a big problem now that

a lawsuit on behalf of Ralph Newton

has been filed against all of us,

the School District and the

Superintendent of Schools. I have

spoken with SAM WOODRUFF the

Superintendent and he assures me

that the district will provide

lawyers if this goes to court.

SUE BLACKBERG (30S)

I had all copies of the evaluation

reports from Ralph’s file

destroyed. Fortunately, Ralph did

not get the Union involved early

on.

JOHN CARDONE (CONT’D)

(MORE)

39.

However, they have requested his

file already, and have photocopied

all his records yesterday.

SAM KELP

I never filed the evaluation I was

working on when Ralph had a heart

attack. Since I was in the room it

is going to be hard to deny I was

not evaluating him.

NED WOORLEY

You bring up a good point SAM. We

need to carefully protect ourselves

or this problem could explode

beyond our imagination. The Teacher

Union is sending their State level

lawyers down to our School District

to investigate the case. Do not

give any interviews without legal

counsel present. The Superintendent

doesn’t know anything about the

case except what I told him. If he

feels threatened he might give us

up as sacrificial lambs. We have to

be real careful. Meanwhile,

everything should be business as

usual. Any questions? OK, let’s get

back to work.

FADE OUT.

INT. MAIN OFFICE OF CUCAMONGA JUNIOR HIGH-DAY.

It is another day at Cucamonga Junior High and starting the

day is the PA announcements from JOHN CARDONE, “The VOICE OF

CUCAMONGA JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL.

JOHN CARDONE

Good morning Cucamonga Junior High

school. Here are the morning

announcements on this cold November

morning. Midterm exams are schedule

for next week. All exams will be

taken in the regular subject room

by students. Check with your

teacher what day you will be taking

your midterm exam.

SUE BLACKBERG (30S) (CONT’D)

(MORE)

40.

Good news in sports, the Cucamonga

Tigers Football team has a game

against the Washingtonville

Patriots this coming friday on the

upper Football field here at

Cucamonga Junior High. Don’t be

square, make sure you are there

this friday to cheer on our

Football team to victory.

A notice from the gymnasium, Mr.

Feldstein the Physical Education

department chairman wishes to

announce a second shipment of gym

uniforms for girls and boys has

arrived. Student can purchase their

PE uniform in the book store before

school or during lunchtime. The

Cross-Country track team won their

match against North Junior High

yesterday with 7th grade runners

Perry Genovese and Alfredo Donelson

coming in first and second place

respectively. Hats off to those two

athletes. This is Johnny C. Signing

off and remember, Don’t be Square.

FADE OUT.

INT. HOMEROOM 121 WITH HOMEROOM TEACHER JOHN CARDONE-DAY.

After making the morning announcements JOHN CARDONE goes to

his HOMEROOM assignment before the first period class.

HOMEROOM is a ten minute period where the students meet for

attendance taking prior to the first classroom period of the

day. Any student not in their seat by the late bell is

considered absent from school.

John is sitting at his desk in Homeroom 121 waiting for all

the students in his homeroom to arrive.

It is 9:15 am according to the school clock in the hallway. A

young girl is standing in the doorway talking to her friends

before homeroom is over. A boy comes jogging down the hallway

and stops at the doorway to talk to the girl. They begin to

argue.

Before JOHN realizes what was happening a boy coldcocks or

punches the girl with a right hook to her chin. She drops to

the floor almost unconscious, and JOHN jumps up, and runs to

her aid.

JOHN CARDONE (CONT’D)

41.

The boy is standing there taunting her, and calling her

names. JOHN checks for a pulse by holding her wrist. Her

pulse is fast and light.

ADRIENNE ROTH(13)

(Speaking to a girl friend of hers,

SUSAN standing in the doorway of

her homeroom) BILL said he wanted

to meet me after school today.

SUSAN GREEN (13)

Really, that is surprising. I

though you did not like BILL

ADRIENNE ROTH

Do you think he likes me?

SUSAN GREEN

I really don’t know. What about

your old boyfriend Malcomb?

ADRIENNE ROTH

We’re done. I caught him cheating

on me with SYRENNA WILSON.

A black student comes running down the hallway. It is

Malcomb, ADRIENNE’S ex-boyfriend. He Stops at the doorway. He

is a black student and ADRIENNE is white.

MALCOMB JAMES(13)

What’s up bitch. You dropping me

just like that?

ADRIENNE and MALCOMB get into a verbal fight. Suddenly,

without warning, he punches ADRIENNE in the jaw with

tremendous force. ADRIENNE falls to the floor unconscious,

and SUSAN GREEN screams.

42.

SUSAN GREEN

Oh My God, Help, Mr. CARDONE, Help.

JOHN CARDONE is sitting at his desk in the homeroom and he

looks up just in time to see MALCOMB coldcocks ADRIENNE, and

SUSAN yelling for help. JOHN jumps out of his seat, and runs

to the doorway.

MALCOMB JAMES

See bitch that’s what you get.

JOHN CARDONE

(Talking to MALCOMB who is standing

over ADRIENNE) Get out of the way

Please. (His voice is strained from

the stress of the situation).

Are you OK? (He asks Adrienne while

checking her pulse).

(Shouting) -ADRIENNE is not

responding, and her eyes are in the

back of her head. She has a faint

heartbeat and fast. SUSAN hold her

head off the floor for me while I

call the NURSE.

JOHN CARDONE stands up and grabs the intercom phone, and

calls the office. Hello, this is Mr. CARDONE in Room 121,

call for an ambulance, and call the Nurse immediately. I have

an unconscious girl in my doorway that was punched in the jaw

by a boy.

MRS. GREY

OK, Mr. CARDONE, we are calling an

ambulance immediately, and telling

the Nurse to get there immediately.

Is she still breathing?

JOHN CARDONE

Yes she is, thank God.

43.

Five minutes later Nurse Mayberry arrives.

NURSE MAYBERRY(30S)

What happened Mr. Cardone?

JOHN CARDONE

This boy punched ADRIENNE in the

jaw, for no apparent reason, and

she went unconscious, and fell to

the floor.

NURSE MAYBERRY

OK, did you call an ambulance?

Yes, an ambulance is on the way.

NURSE MAYBERRY

I have a slight pulse. She is still

unaware of where she is however.

JOHN CARDONE

I called an ambulance right away

because she was unconscious, and

may have suffered a concussion.

(Turning to Malcomb who was

standing in the hallway)

Now MALCOMB you are going to tell

Principal WOORLEY why you injured

this girl for no reason. (Speaking

angrily).

JOHN grabs MALCOMB by the shirt collar, and practically lifts

him off the ground, and begins to walk rapidly toward the

Principal’s office in the front of the building. He drags the

student all the way holding the shirt collar until he arrives

at the principal’s office.

44.

It is then he realizes that MALCOMB’s feet aren’t touching

the ground, and in his anger JOHN held MALCOMB off the ground

all the way to the principal’s office.

JOHN CARDONE (CONTINUED) (CONT’D)

Mr. WOORLEY, This student, MALCOMB

JAMES took it upon himself to punch

a girl names ADRIENNE ROTH in the

jaw for no apparent reason. She

fell to the floor unconscious in my

homeroom. The nurse is sending the

girl ADRIENNE ROTH to the local

hospital to evaluate her condition.

She might have a concussion.

NED WOORLEY

Well Malcomb, what do you have to

say for yourself?

MALCOMB JAMES

She disrespected me, the bitch.

NED WOORLEY

Excuse me, we don’t use that kind

of language here.

MALCOMB JAMES

(Pouting) Well I am sorry.

NED WOORLEY (CONTINUED) (CONT’D)

Mrs. GREY call MALCOMB’s mother,

and have her come down to the

school immediately. We are going to

suspend MALCOMB for assaulting a

girl in the school.

MRS. GREY

Yes sir, I will call MRS.

WILLIAMS(40S) right now.

45.

MRS. GREY (CONT’D)

Hello, MRS. WILLIAMS? This is Mrs.

Grey, Principal Woorley’s secretary

at Cucamonga JHS. Your son MALCOMB

has been in an altercation with a

girl, and he punched her causing

her to become unconscious. MR.

WOORLEY wants you to come to the

school immediately to pick up

MALCOMB, and take him home. He is

going to be suspended for a week

from school. MR. WOORLEY will give

you the details when you get to

school.

MRS. WILLIAMS (40S)

I don’t have a car, so I will have

to call up for a taxi. It will take

me at least 30 minutes to get

there. Thank you for informing me

of MALCOMB’S conduct.

NED WOORLEY

MALCOMB I want you to sit in my

office until your mother comes to

pick you up. Thank you JOHN. You

may return to your first period

class now.

CUT TO:

INT. STUDENT CAFETERIA LUNCH PERIOD-DAY.

7th grade student PERRY GENOVESE is talking to his black

friend ALFREDO DONELSON in the cafeteria about school gossip.

PERRY GENOVESE

(Speaking to his friend Alfredo)

Hey Al, did you hear about that

girl being knocked out in her

homeroom?

ALFRADO DONELSON

Yeah, I know the kid who punched

her. His name is MALCOMB JAMES and

he is in my bus in the morning.

PERRY GENOVESE

Really, what is this kid like?

46.

ALFRADO DONELSON

He is just a 7th grader like us,

but I think he wants to be known by

his friends as a ‘Hard Ass.’ He is

always picking fights on our bus. I

just stay away from him.

PERRY GENOVESE

Don’t get involved. How about the

cross-country match yesterday. Did

you see that guy from the other

team try to cut me off on the

woodland path?

ALFRADO DONELSON

No, I was too far behind you in the

woods to see what you were doing. I

didn’t get my second breath until

we came out of the woods onto the

Football field.

PERRY GENOVESE

I had to push the guy back when he

tried to cut in front of me on that

narrow path. The coaches never see

that crap. I guess it is all part

of cross-country track? Are you

coming to practice today?

ALFRADO DONELSON

Sure, I will be there. I am

beginning to like running.

PERRY GENOVESE

You want that muffin in your lunch?

ALFRADO DONELSON

No, you can have it.

CUT TO:

INT. PRINCIPAL WOORLEY’S OFFICE-DAY.

Ned Woorley looks angry as he explains a situation that just

happened. I’ve asked both of you to meet with me because the

SUPERINTENDENT of SCHOOLS SAM WOODRUFF and hired a

replacement for RALPH NEWTON and he is a black man. I don’t

know what SAM’S thinking was, but I did not even get to

interview this gentlemen.

47.

The DIRECTOR OF PERSONNEL JUDY MEYERS(40S) and SAM interview

this prospective Business Education teacher and did not allow

me to interview him for fear that I would not hire him. I

think this situation is all about Board pressure to hire more

minority teachers. I have to tell you I was very angry with

SAM for doing this to me and I want to share with you why we

did not get any input on his hiring. So, next week Mr.

JEFFERSON JONES will be reporting to our school for his first

day. Treat him well and do not attempt to harass him in any

way. He is a bomb waiting to go off with the SUPERINTENDENT’s

backing.

SUE BLACKBERG

Wow, that is a first. The

SUPERINTENDENT must really want to

have black teachers on the faculty

really bad? I had heard that the

Board held a secret meeting after

getting a poor review by the State

on the amount of minority teachers

in the district.

SAM KELP

I heard that rumor too. The

pressure is on to hire minority

teachers to match the increasing

minority students in our school

district.

NED WOORLEY

Remember be nice to this guy and

stay away from him for now. I don’t

want him running back to the

SUPERINTENDENT and spilling his

guts that we treated a black

teacher badly. Hush will be the

word people. Have a good day now.

FADE OUT.

INT. RICK RUNNERS SCIENCE CLASSROOM-DAY.

RICH RUNNER(20s) a first year science teacher is preparing

his classroom for an incoming class when MRS. SUE BLACKBERG

appears at his doorway to speak with him.(Rick has dark thick

hair, a muscular build and he is 5 ft. 9” tall. He wears

glasses for reading but usually keeps them in his pocket.

Rick is an occasional smoke and loves cigars)

48.

SUE BLACKBERG

Good morning, Mr. Runner. I need to

tell you RICK that this new kid

RICHARD FLYNN(12) is being

evaluated by the Guidance

department as to his proper

placement. He may have ADD or some

other learning impairment. We just

got his academic and discipline

records the other day and realized

that he was expelled from

elementary school on numerous

occasions. We may have to move him

to a below level class, instead of

an on level class like yours. For

now just be careful what you say to

him since he seems to have a chip

on his shoulder.

RICK RUNNER

Thanks Sue, I will keep an eye out

for RICHARD when he comes into my

class this period.

SUE BLACKBERG walks away down the hallway.

RICK RUNNER returns to his desk in his classroom as the late

bell rings. He begins to take attendance in his class book.

RICK RUNNER (CONTINUED) (CONT’D)

Welcome to Science 7, and my name

is MR. RUNNER. Check your schedules

and make sure you have Science 7

period six, M-F. Now let me check

the attendance. To make things easy

I want everyone to pick up their

books, and line up against the

wall. Thanks.

Now, where I call your last name

take a seat in the first row. Five

students will sit in the first row

and then we will move to five more

in the second row and so on.

(MORE)

49.

This will be your assigned seat for

the semester. When I take

attendance and your seat is empty I

will assume you are absent. Are

there any questions about that?

Suddenly a student bursts into the room, huffing and puffing

from running. He slams the door and then he quickly grabs the

nearest seat.

RICHARD FLYNN(12)

Is this MR. RUNNER’S science class?

(RICHARD is a short 5.1 feet in height boy, with light blond

hair, a scar over his right eye, and a very white complexion.

He is dressed in a plaid shirt and Lee Jeans and old worn out

sneakers. He has a high pitched voice almost like a girls

voice).

RICH RUNNER

Yes it is, and you are late. What

is your name son?

RICHARD FLYNN

My name is Richard. Richard Flynn.

RICK RUNNER

OK, Richard I are assigning seats

for attendance, and you will sit

behind GAIL GOLD in row four.

Please take your seat.

As MR. RUNNER continued calling out 32 names of students in

the class, Richard begins talking to his friends around his

seat.

RICK RUNNER (CONTINUED) (CONT’D)

Richard, you need to stop talking,

and just sit there until we have

the attendance seating completed.

RICK RUNNER (CONTINUED) (CONT’D)

50.

RICHARD FLYNN

(Richard gives MR. RUNNER an ugly

face. Learning forward in his

chair he taps a girl named GAIL

behind the head).

GAIL GOLD,(13)

Stop that please.

RICHARD FLYNN

(Laughs out loud) Ha hawwa

RICK RUNNER

(Stops what he is doing, and looks

at Richard and says), Richard, this

is the second time I have had to

speak to you. Quiet down.

RICHARD FLYNN

(Gives Mr. Runner the middle

finger, and says) “Fuck you.”

RICK RUNNER

(Hearing the words “Fuck you,” in

his class, he becomes angry

immediately. He walks over to

Richard, and says). Richard step

outside into the hallway please.

RICHARD FLYNN

(Shouting) No, you cannot make me.

RICK RUNNER

“Really” (as he grabs RICHARD by

the arm, and starts to drag him

toward the door).

51.

RICHARD FLYNN

(Richard pulls away)

Losing his patience, Rick grabs RICHARD by the armpits and

lifts him up, and slams him against the wall where the light

switches were. As RICHARD slides down the wall the lights all

go out creating a dramatic finish to the confrontation.

The class all breaks out clapping, and chanting, MR. RUNNER,

MR. RUNNER. MR. RUNNER leaves RICHARD on the floor, and goes

over to the intercom on the wall.

Taking the intercom off the wall, he calls the office to send

a security guard to take Richard to the Guidance Office for

the period. Security Guard DAN HEALY(70) appears, and tells

Richard to leave the room, and follow him to the Guidance

department. (Dan is a kind old man that is retired. He wears

his pants up to his chest with a stained old white shirt and

dirty dress shoes. He has a little bit of an Irish accent.

His hair is completely grey and he is in his early 70’s)

DAN HEALY (70)

(Dan is one of the school security

guards. He is a gray haired, pale

skin, Irish gentlemen) Hello MR.

RUNNER. Who is the student I am

taking to Guidance?

RICK RUNNER

There he is DAN, RICHARD FLYNN is

his name.

DAN HEALY

OK young man, lets go visit the

Guidance Office. (Dan leads RICHARD

down the hallway to the GUIDANCE

office in the front of the school).

RICK RUNNER

(RICK returns to his desk) Alright,

everyone has a seat now and I

expect you to be in the correct

seat every class so I can get the

attendance quickly and accurately.

Let’s begin.

CUT TO:

INT. CUCAMONGA JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL MAIN OFFICE-DAY.

52.

One week later JEFFERSON JONES(30s),(JEFFERSON is 6 ft. Tall,

with a full afro hair style, a mustache, very dark skin and

talks with a slight southern accent. He us dressed in a three

piece business suit and florsheim shoes). The new Black

Business Education teacher reports to the Cucamonga Junior

High office for his first day.

JEFFERSON JONES (30S)

Good Morning, my name is JEFFERSON

JONES, and I was supposed to report

to CUCAMONGA Junior High School as

the new BUSINESS EDUCATION teacher.

MRS. GREY

Hello, we were expecting you MR.

JONES. Principal WOORLEY would like

to welcome you to CUCAMONGA JUNIOR

HIGH SCHOOL. Just one minute. Mr.

WOORLEY, the new teacher, MR. JONES

is here. Shall I send him in?

NED WOORLEY

Sure, send him right in, MRS. GREY.

JEFFERSON JONES

Good Morning Sir. It is good to be

here today.

NED WOORLEY

I just wanted to take a minute and

welcome you MR. JONES to our

school. You are replacing a very

good teacher that served many years

teaching in this district. We have

had substitutes covering his

classes since he passed away, so

you may have to reorganize what

they taught if anything. MRS. GREY

will give you an class attendance

book and a Lesson Plan book. Since

we do not have a Business Education

department chairperson, you will be

reporting to FRED TOPOVER the

department Chairman for Social

Studies. Your lesson plans are due

to him every two weeks before the

friday payday. If you need an

classroom supplies Mr. TOPOVER will

provide you with them. MRS. GREY

also has you teaching schedule for

you. I believe you have prep second

period and LUNCH DUTY fifth period

and your own LUNCH will be fourth

period.

(MORE)

53.

You have five Business Education

classes of 8th and also 9th grade

students. 7th graders are not allow

to elect Business Education because

their schedule is too tight. Again,

welcome and my door is open if you

ever have any questions or

concerns.

MRS. GREY

Here are your supplies and schedule

MR. JONES. Your classroom is at the

top of the stairs, first class on

the left.

JEFFERSON JONES

Thank you MR. WOORLEY, And MRS.

GREY. I am looking forward to

teaching here.

MR. JONES leaves the main office and heads toward his

classroom up on the second floor.

FADE OUT.

INT. PRINCIPAL WOORLEY’S OFFICE-EARLY AFTERNOON, DAY

Principal WOORLEY Meets with his assistant Principals to

report that the new black Business Education teacher has

reported as expected.

NED WOORLEY

Well, SUE and SAM, Mr. JEFFERSON

JONES has reported today and has

begun teaching Business Education.

If you meet him in the hallway be

friendly. Meanwhile, stay away from

his classroom.

SAM KELP

I saw him walking up the stairs

dressed in a three piece business

suit and a full afro hair style. He

certainly stands out from the other

faculty.

SUE BLACKBERG

He had a relatively easy teaching

schedule with LUNCH Duty. I think

he will blend in fine here.

NED WOORLEY (CONT’D)

54.

NED WOORLEY

I certainly hope so. I am sure the

Superintendent will be on my back

for oral progress reports as to how

he is doing. I will just have to

take this situation in stride.

CUT TO:

INT. TEACHER CAFETERIA FOURTH PERIOD 11:50-DAY.

Several teacher have learned that a new black teacher was

hired to replace Ralph Newton and they are discussing their

views. Teachers PAUL PADUA(30)-English; ROBERT

MAULER(20s)SOCIAL STUDIES, RICK RUNNER-SCIENCE and BETTY

STRONG(20s)MUSIC are all involved at one table in the

discussion

PAUL PADUA (30S)

(Talking to ROBERT MAULER) Hey Bob

did you hear they hired a black

teacher to replace Ralph Newton?

ROBERT MAULER(20S)

Yeah, Principal Woorley buckled to

the pressure from the

SUPERINTENDENT of SCHOOLS to hire

some minority teachers, since our

staff was deemed all white by the

Board of Education.

PAUL PADUA (30S)

Really, wow that is shocking. I

never thought of our district as

having racial imbalance in hiring.

RICK RUNNER

(Joining the table with his tray of

food)-Did I hear you guys talking

about the new black Business

Education teacher. He stutters, and

comes from Mississippi with a

southern accent.

55.

ROBERT MAULER

I guess the kids are going to have

problems understanding him?

PAUL PADUA

I am all for more minority teachers

being hired. We have a lot of black

and minority students, and no role

models of color on the faculty for

the kids to follow.

BETTY STRONG (20S)

We have only two other black

teachers out of 75 white teachers

on the faculty. That seems to be an

imbalance.

RICK RUNNER

It has been a long time coming

since the district was cited in the

1950’s for a lack of segregated

schools. The Federal government

gave the district one year to

correct the imbalance of white

schools to one all black school The

solution was to take the black

students from the Hill area in the

south and bus them to North Junior

high to provide some black students

to balance against all the rich

white students from the north

county.

BETTY STRONG

I never though NED WOORLEY

particularly liked minority people.

He always makes that mistake of

calling them ‘those people.

PAUL PADUA

I haven’t met the guy yet, has

anyone else?

RICK RUNNER

I imagine we will meed him soon

enough. I understand he came to

school dressed in a three piece

business suit and he has a full

afro hair style.

56.

ROBERT MAULER

I am sure with the Civil Rights

movement in full swing we can

expect to see a lot more minority

teachers hired in the future.

BETTY STRONG

That is for sure.

PAUL PADUA

Hey RICK have you seen that new

female Phys. Ed. Teacher, ahh

Ronnie Bronson. She is really

stacked, if you will excuse the

expression BETTY.

RICK RUNNER

Yeah and she loves to wear tight

sweaters. I understand from BILL

MEDLEY that SAM FELDSTEIN(30S) the

PE chairman is making a fool of

himself catering to her every

needs.

ROBERT MAULER

Really you guys are so petty. So

what if a female teacher has a

large chest. What do we men care?

Only kidding, she is stacked. Sorry

Betty.

BETTY STRONG

That is OK, I know how you men

think. It is all about the physical

looks of a woman.

RICK RUNNER

Well, she is a PHYSICAL- education

teacher, Betty. Ha. With the

emphasis on Physical.

FADE TO BLACK.

INT. UPSTAIRS IN ROOM 204 ENGLISH-DAY.

It was a busy morning at Cucamonga Junior High. Fall was in

full swing and the classroom heaters had begun to come on in

the cold mornings. Suddenly smoke began to appear under MRS.

MEG ANGELO(30S)English Classroom MRS. ANGELO was on a break

in the Teacher Lounge at the time 10:30 am.

57.

A student coming out of Nurses office next to room 204

noticed the smoke coming from under the room 204 door. She

ran back into to tell the Nurse who came out and saw the

smoke.

NURSE MAYBERRY

Hello, main office. We have a fire

on the second floor. Smoke is

coming out of room 204, MRS.

ANGELO’s classroom. The door is

locked and I do not know where she

is. Hurray call the Fire Department

MRS. GREY

Calm down MRS. MAYBERRY. I will

send MR. KELP up there right away

to confirm that there is a fire.

NURSE MAYBERRY

Hurray, I am telling you smoke is

pouring out under the door of room

204 and it is not my imagination.

MRS. GREY

Alright Mr. KELP is on the way up

to the second floor. He just left.

SAM KELP

(Running up the stairs to room 204,

standing there gasping for breath)

Holy cow it is a fire. My keys

cannot open the classroom, damm?

MRS. MAYBERRY where is your outside

phone?

NURSE MAYBERRY

Right over there Mr. Kelp.

(Gesturing to a phone sitting on

the nurses desk)

SAM KELP

I am going to call out for the Fire

Department, we have a fire and have

to evacuate the building. Hello,

Highland Fire department. This is

Assistant Principal Sam Kelp from

Cucamonga Junior High School. We

have a fire on the second floor in

room 204. Smoke is pouring out of

the room and it is locked. Hurray.

The emergency code is ALPHA 360.

Send fire trucks right away.

(MORE)

58.

(Running back down the stairs, Sam

enters the main office) MRS. GREY I

am going to pull the main fire

alarm. Cover you ears.

The Main FIRE ALARM goes off ringing in all the halls and

classrooms in the building. Mr. Kelp gets on the PA and

announces.

SAM KELP (CONTINUED) (CONT’D)

Attention please. May I have your

attention please this is a fire

drill please evacuate the building

in an orderly fashion. Teachers

exit by the nearest outside door to

your classroom. There should be no

talking. Calmly leave your

classroom immediately. Let me

repeat, do not delay, calmly walk

in double file to the nearest

outside door exit and leave the

building. Ned, Mr. Woorley we have

a fire on the second floor and it

is for real. I confirmed it in MRS.

ANGELO’s classroom in room 204. We

need to evacuate immediately.

NED WOORLEY

OK, lock all the doors and the

vault and let’s get out of here.

Hurray I can smell the smoke

already.

The administrators in the main office walk briskly out the

front doors while all the classes on the first and second

floor exit the building by the side doors. The teachers,

students, and staff are all standing out on the Soccer field

100 yards away from the building which is starting to send

black smoke up into the air.

NED WOORLEY (CONTINUED) (CONT’D)

Here come the fire trucks, thank

God. Sam go and tell them where the

fire is located.

SAM KELP (CONT’D)

59.

SAM KELP

(Waving his hands to attract the

attention of the Fire Chief in his

red truck) Hello, the fire is on

the second floor room 204 on the

inside of the building near the

front of the school.

FIRE CHIEF BUTCH LONG(50s)

(Talking to Sam Kelp) OK, if we

enter through the front door our

hoses might be long enough to go

upstairs. We might have to go in

from the side. JIM take the hook

and ladder around the left of the

building.

SUE BLACKBERG

What the hell is going on? It this

a drill or a real fire.

NED WOORLEY

I am afraid it is a real fire on

the second floor in room 204. Sam

confirmed that smoke was pouring

out under the door and the door is

hot and locked. He could not get

into the room. I don’t know where

MRS. ANGELO is. It is her room that

the fire has started in. The NURSES

office is right next to that room

and we could lose all the medical

supplies and cots? Damm what a

mess.

JOHN CARDONE

(Talking to NED WOORLEY) What is

going on? I just went out for some

lunch at the local Deli and when I

came back I could see the black

smoke stretching up into the sky

from three miles away

NED WOORLEY

We seem to have a real fire on the

second floor. Sam went up there to

confirm the smoke pouring out from

under the door of room 204.

60.

JOHN CARDONE

Room 204, that is MEG ANGELO’s

classroom. Is she alright?

NED WOORLEY

We don’t know where she is. Her

room is locked.

JOHN CARDONE

I think she has a prep period

second period. She must have been

in the teacher lounge? That is

where she usually goes during her

break.

NED WOORLEY

We have no way of confirming that

now. Maybe when Sam takes the golf

cart around the building he may see

her line up on the back side of the

school?

JOHN CARDONE

Gee, I hope so. She is a good

friend of mine. We play tennis

together after school all the time.

Meanwhile, back in the building the classes are all filing

out of the sides and back of the school building. Bill Medley

was in the men’s bathroom when the fire broke out. As he

heard the fire alarm he quickly finished up in the bathroom

and hurried out of the building on the second floor. The

smoke was too thick to see through on the end of the hallway

so Bill decided to go down the stairs and then out the side

door. As the rushed down the stair case he saw a small girl

lying crumpled on the floor near the bottom of the stairs on

the first floor. He quickly runs over to her.

BILL MEDLEY

Hi I am Coach Medley, are you OK?

We have to get out of here quickly.

Can you walk?

61.

SMALL FEMALE STUDENT

(Crying) I twisted my ankle and

fell down, and everyone left me

here.

No problem, let me carry you

outside. Try not to breath the

smoke in. We will be out of here in

s flash. Be calm.

SMALL FEMALE STUDENT

(Crying) Thank you,(sobbing).

BILL MEDLEY

(Carrying the girl, he exits the

side of the building choking from

the heavy smoke) By the way what is

your name little girl?

SMALL FEMALE STUDENT

My name is NINA TURETSKY(13). Thank

you Mr. CARDONE.

BILL MEDLEY

(Seeing the Math Department.

Chairperson-ABE LEVINSKI(60s)

directing students away from the

building, he yells to him)

Abe give me a hand with this girl.

My arms are killing me…(cough)

ABE LEVINSKI(60)

Put her down and I will take care

of her. What is your name? OK, can

you walk? If not I will help you

hop on one leg.

(MORE)

62.

Let’s get away from the

building.(Abe is a short Jewish man

with greying hair and a bald spot

at the back of his head. He has a

thin beard, mustache, a large nose

and thick eyebrows).

BILL MEDLEY

(Asking ABE LEVINSKI)

What happened?

ABE LEVINSKI

I don’t know, but I think a fire

started in Mrs. Angelo’s classroom

on the second floor?

FADE TO BLACK.

INT. FLASHBACK TO A MONTH BEFORE THE FIRE-DAY.

JOHN CARDONE thinks back to a month before the fire when he

was standing in MRS. MEG ANGELO’s(20s) room 204, ENGLISH. THE

MONTH IS OCTOBER.(Meg Angelo is a busty, big haired blond

dyed. She is very outspoken and assertive. Recently divorced

with two children. She is a pretty woman for mid-30s with

lots of makeup and always dresses like a fashion model. (She

is actually Jewish, but has married an Italian guy).

JOHN CARDONE

John walking by MRS. MEG ANGELO’S classroom, when he notices

clothes lines with papers hanging from them. He sticks his

head in the door and says hello.

Hello, MRS. ANGELO. Hi MEG, I mean

MRS. MEG ANGELO, how are you doing?

MRS. MEG ANGELO

I am doing great, how are you DOING

JOHN?

JOHN CARDONE

My you are creative. What are the

clotheslines and the papers hanging

from them for?

ABE LEVINSKI(60) (CONT’D)

63.

MRS. MEG ANGELO

They are student project outlines

on cards, and I hung them from cord

to make an impression and to

demonstrate how many students were

doing writing projects.”

JOHN CARDONE

That’s great. Do you mind if I stay

a while and observe your class?

MRS. MEG ANGELO

Sure makes yourself at home, John

you are always welcome.

SALLY HALSTEIN(13)

Mrs. Angelo can you help me with my

outline?

MRS. MEG ANGELO

Gotta help this student, sit down

JOHN, and relax.

JOHN goes over to the window and sits down at the back of the

class. On the window ledge JOHN notices something out of

place. For some reason a pile of crumpled papers were stuffed

into the space between the wall and the radiator. It looked

really messy, and out of place. Just then he saw a student

crumple a piece of paper, and throw it toward the existing

pile of papers on the radiator near the window.

JOHN CARDONE

Meg you classroom is amazing. One

thing however, what is with that

mess of papers stuffed into the

radiator compartment?

MRS. MEG ANGELO

Oh yes, I have been meaning to have

one of the students clean it out.

We do not have a trash can, so they

have been dumping the papers on the

radiator.

64.

JOHN CARDONE

Don’t you think that could cause a

fire?

MRS. MEG ANGELO

No, the radiator is turned off this

early in the fall season. I will

get to it soon.

JOHN CARDONE

I can get rid of it for you.

MRS. MEG ANGELO

Don’t worry JOHN, I will get to it.

JOHN CARDONE

Well I gotta run. Thanks for

letting me observe your class.

Amazing creativity, I am most

impressed. I wish we had more

teachers like you.

END OF FLASHBACK

FADE TO BLACK.

1 EXT. THE FRONT OF THE SCHOOL BUILDING OUT ON THE SOCCER 1

FIELD-DAY

The fireman try to enter the school through the front doors,

but their hose will not reach the second floor going up the

stairs. a second approach with a ladder to the second floor.

the fireman knock out the windows on the outside of the

building and drag their hoses through the windows to the

hallway outside. the fireman have to use axes to break down

the door when the fire started. later, they made it to the

second floor, the nurses office was ablaze, room 2006 next to

204 was completely in fire and smoke. after an hour to put

out the fires, which had spread through the plaster walls

through three classrooms in a row and the nurses office.

Downstairs the water from the fireman flooded all ten

thousand books on the shelves, ruining most of them

completely. When the fireman were done, the two classrooms on

the side of the outside of the building were trashed.

The fireman have to rip out the windows to gain access to the

fire which was on the inside of the second floor classrooms.

65.

FIREMAN #1 (40)

(Lead fireman climbing up the Hook

and Ladder to the second floor of

the school) HAND ME THAT AXE.

FIREMAN#2 (30)

Here is the axe. Cover your eyes

with your helmet shield. The glass

is going to spread in all

directions. I am sure it isn’t

safety glass.

FIREMAN #1

OK, stand back here goes the first

shot. (Fireman Swings his axe and

smashes the side window of the

second story classroom to a million

pieces of glass shards in al

directions.

FIREMAN#2

Hook the window frame and pull the

whole thing out with your axe.

FIREMAN #1

(He hooks the hook side of his axe

around the frame of the window and

give a couple of strong pulls and

the window frame drops one story to

the ground) I’ve got it. Pass me up

the hose and I will climb in the

window.

FIREMAN#2

(Climbing up the ladder pulling the

heavy hose) OK, here is the hose.

Watch for sharp edges of the window

as you step in.

FIREMAN #1

(Shouting) I’m in (cough) putting

my respirator on too much smoke in

here. Turn on the water.

FIREMAN#3 (48)

(Yelling) Water is turned on. Hold

on tight.

FIREMAN#2

Slow down and let me get through

the window with you. Steady here I

come. (He steps through the window

into a room completely filled with

smoke)

66.

FIREMAN #1

I cannot see the door, but I must

be near the front of the classroom.

Follow me and hold onto that hose.

Do we still have enough hose left

to get into the building?

FIREMAN#2

Yeah, we have plenty of hose line

left. Is the classroom door open?

FIREMAN #1

I found the door. It’s open. Wow

the hallway is completely in

flames. Let’s water down the

hallway so I can get to the locked

classroom. What number is it again?

Never mind we probably would be

able to see the classroom number in

this thick smoke. It should be the

second room from the stairway.

Follow me.

FIREMAN#2

I am pulling the hose and I am

right behind you. Spray the ceiling

so it doesn’t collapse on us. Did

you find the second classroom yet?

FIREMAN #1

I think I found it. Stand back and

hold onto the hose I am going to

drop it so I can slam the door with

my axe. Ready? (He takes a full

swing with the axe with smoke

clouding his vision) The door

cracked. One more blow ought to do

it. You OK?

FIREMAN#2

I am OK. My oxygen is on. I can’t

see anything but smoke. Is the door

open yet?

FIREMAN #1

Yeah, damm, I got it. The door is

down. Stand back for a blast of hot

air. OK, clear, let’s blast the

hell out of this room to kill the

flames and smoke. Tell the CHIEF on

your walkie we are going to need a

second hose in here right away. Too

many classrooms are up in flames

for just the two of us.

(MORE)

67.

I found the source of the fire, but

the room is trashed, walls burn

out, windows blown out and the

ceiling is gone. We are dosing it

now.

FIREMAN#2

(Talking on his walkie talkie)

Chief can you hear me? Send up

another two men with another hose.

The fire is too big for us to

handle. Do you confirm?

FIRE CHIEF BUTCH LONG

I hear you. We are sending up two

more men with another hose. Keep

trying to suppress the flames from

spreading any further. Hang in

there the next crew is headed up

the ladder. Get those men moving up

that ladder. Hold the water until

they get in the window.

FIREMAN #1

We have got the flames out in the

second room. The first room next to

the stairs is next. It looks like a

Nurses office (cough), lots of

smoke. We’ll hose it down next.

The second team makes it though the window and the water was

turned on. They begin hosing down the other classrooms

enveloped in flame. An hour later the fires were all out, and

only smoke remains and the smell of burnt wood.

FIRE CHIEF BUTCH LONG (50S)

(Later on around 12:30 pm) Where is

the Principal? I need to talk with

the Principal right away to inform

him of the status of the building.

FIREMAN#1

I think he is out in front of the

building Chief.

FIRE CHIEF BUTCH LONG

(Walking to the front of the school

building) Where is Mr. Woorley?

FIREMAN #1 (CONT’D)

68.

NED WOORLEY

(Shouting to the Fire Chief) Over

here Chief. So what is the

situation?

FIRE CHIEF BUTCH LONG

(Speaking to NED WOORLEY) We have

put the fire out and are mopping up

now. I toured the building on the

first and second floor. The first

floor library sustained a lot of

water damage from the water leaking

through from the classrooms above

it on the second floor. The second

floor we need to get some

commercial fans to blow out the

smoke for 24-48 hours.

My boys will bring some commercial

fans back front the firehouse and

put them in place tonight.

Upstairs on the second floor five

classrooms are charred. You lost

the Nurses office also, and the

ceiling and floor tiles are also

destroyed. I estimate you have

several hundred thousand in fire

damage, which I am sure your

insurance company will cover. Now

for the problem at hand.

I cannot release the building

until we remove the smoke and close

off the damaged areas. Your

students will have to go home

without coats and their books

tonight. I know that is a hardship,

but no one can go back into the

building until we can clean the

whole building of smoke.

NED WOORLEY

That is real bad news. Now I am

going to have to send one of my

Assistant Principals up to the High

school to notify the Superintendent

of Schools Sam Woodruff that we

need buses immediately. We need to

also inform him that the students

will have to go home without coats

in this November weather.

(MORE)

69.

Sam can you take your car and drive

up to the High School, and call the

SUPERINTENDENT of SCHOOLS and

request school buses immediately to

take all the Cucamonga Junior High

students home?

SAM KELP

OK, I am on it. I will be back in

fifteen minutes.

FADE OUT.

2 INT. CUCAMONGA JHS SOCCER FIELD-DAY. 2

PERRY GENOVESE

(Talking to a few students lined up

on the Soccer field) Anyone get

their coat? I have mine in the

locker in the school and boy it is

getting cold out here.

ALFRADO DONELSON

Yeah, my leather jacket is in the

school locker also and all I have

is this thin short sleeve shirt.

SUZY SMITZ (13)

I am freezing too. My legs are

frozen in this mini-skirt. So much

for fashion. When are we going to

get out jackets and go home? It has

been hours since the fire started.

I missed my lunch hour too.

RICHARD WHITE (13)

Boy am I hungry. Just my luck to

miss lunch and when are we getting

back in the school?

3 EXT. SOCCER FIELD IN FRONT OF THE SCHOOL-DAY. 3

NED WOORLEY

(Using a portable bull horn)

Attention students and faculty.

NED WOORLEY (CONT’D)

(MORE)

70.

I have just spoken with the Fire

Chief and he has informed me that

the fire is tentatively out for now

but the thick smoke is still on the

second floor making visibility

impossible. The FIRE CHIEF has

informed me that he cannot release

the building until commercial fans

can be brought in to blow the smoke

out of the halls and classrooms on

the second floor. The library is

completely flooded and cannot be

used. Therefore, I know it isn’t

pleasant but we are ordering the

buses to pick us up now and take

everyone home without their coats

or book bags. No one will be

allowed to enter the building for

24-48 hours. Police patrols will be

on duty all night to protect the

school. I am sorry for this

inconvenience but we have to listen

to the FIRE CHIEF he is the one

responsible.

CUT TO:

4 EXT. SOCCER FIELD IN FRONT OF THE SCHOOL-DAY. 4

PERRY GENOVESE

Damm, I can’t believe we have to go

home with no coats.

ALFRADO DONELSON

I have thin blood, and I cannot

take this cold without a coat.

CUT TO:

5 EXT. SOCCER FIELD, TEACHERS STANDING ON FIELD-DAY. 5

JOHN CARDONE

Well folks, it looks like I lucked

out going out for lunch. I have my

jacket on me.

Has anyone seen Mrs. Meg Angelo

yet?

NED WOORLEY (CONT’D)

71.

BETTY STRONG

I think someone said she was at the

back of the building where the

teacher lounge teachers went.

NED WOORLEY

SUE can you take the golf cart and

look around the back of the school

to see if Mrs. ANGELO is OK.

Thanks.

SUE BLACKBERG

I will check MEG out right away.

The golf cart is over by the

janitors room fortunately far away

from the side of the building with

the fire.

NED WOORLEY

(Ten Minutes later) Sue did you

find MRS. ANGELO?

SUE BLACKBERG

Yes, she is OK but a little shaken

up that the fire started in her

classroom.

SAM KELP

Ned, we have a major problem. One

of the teachers, SAM MOONSKI told

me one of the boys in his class is

missing. The student asked to go to

the bathroom shortly before the

FIRE ALARM went off, and in the

confusion of leaving the classroom,

MR. MOONSKI did not realize that

the student BARRY NEEDLES(13) was

missing. He just happened to count

all his students while they were

line up outside and he was one

student short. After asking the

students in his class they reminded

him that BARRY NEEDLES went to the

bathroom just before the FIRE

ALARM. What should we do? I have

asked around all the classes line

up outside and no on knows where

BARRY NEEDLES is. SAM MOONSKI says

he is a 7th grader, small in size

wearing blue pants and a red and

white striped golf shirt. He wears

glasses and has light blonde hair

in a short cut.

72.

NED WOORLEY

A missing student. Oh, no. Now we

find out. CHIEF I need to speak

with you. CHIEF we just discovered

we have a missing student by the

name of BARRY NEEDLES. He is a

small 7th grader dressed in blue

pants and a striped red and white tshirt.

He has light blond hair in a

short cut and wears glasses.

He went to the bathroom on the

second floor of the far wing of the

school. The far wing is on the

other side of the school from where

the fire was.

FIRE CHIEF BUTCH LONG

Well that is a major problem. I can

dispatch some of my men to search

the building for this student. I am

not confident that if he was

anywhere near the fire that he

could have survived. Can you show

or tell me where the boys bathroom

is located that he would have used?

NED WOORLEY

I think so but I will have to ask

Mr. Moonski his teacher what boys

bathroom is closer to his science

classroom. Sue you have the golf

cart, can you go around to where

Mr. MOONSKI and his class are and

find out where the nearest boys

bathroom might be located.

SAM KELP

This is my worst fear, losing one

student out of 1,000 students is

easy to do. The timing was bad with

the fire Drill going off just after

BARRIE NEEDLES left the classroom.

I am worried NED.

The fireman begin to search the building. A half hour goes by

and still no word. The buses have begin to arrive and the

students are boarding them and going home.

NED WOORLEY, SAM KELP, SUE BLACKBERG, JOHN CARDONE, BILL

MEDLEY, WALT WILLEY, and NORMA NEWSOM, and SAM MOONSKI, all

wait for word about missing BARRIE NEEDLES.

73.

NED WOORLEY

Please GOD help them find this kid.

I can’t take anymore stress I have

to sit down for a little bit.

SAM KELP

Are you OK NED? You don’t look

well. I have a bottle of water do

you want some?

NED WOORLEY

Yes, let me have a little water.

This missing student thing is

killing me. I feel a little light

headed. I need to sit down.

FIRE CHIEF BUTCH LONG

Mr. Woorley we haven’t found any

bodies in the fire area or in the

bathrooms. We searched the entire

building. We will keep looking all

night but the outcome does not look

good.

NED WOORLEY

What am I going to tell this kids

mother and father? Oh, my God why

is this happening?

FIRE CHIEF BUTCH LONG

The student in question may have

collapsed from smoke inhalation or

he may still be hiding somewhere in

the school. We just don’t know.

There is a lot of smoking debris in

the classrooms, and my men said

they did not recover a body

anywhere in the ashes.

NED WOORLEY

I can’t tell the Superintendent of

Schools about this until I am

absolutely positive as to what

happened to this student.

SUE BLACKBERG

Maybe he got out of the school and

walked home. Junior high students

are known to do stupid things like

that sometimes.

74.

NED WOORLEY

We need some answers and before it

gets dark in a few hours. CHIEF

what do you recommend?

FIRE CHIEF BUTCH LONG

You can go home and I can put you

on call if we find something we

will call you first thing. There is

nothing you can do here. Let us do

our work and maybe this will turn

out well in the end.

NED WOORLEY

Well, it is my responsibility to

call Mr. and Mrs. Needles. It

really pains me to have to tell

Barrie’s parents that he is missing

in a school fire. Oh, well. I will

call him when I get home.

All of the teachers and administrators reluctantly go home to

wait for the dreaded call from the Fire Chief.

Somewhere in the school building in a Janitors cleaning

closet, a frightened boy lies crying and curled up in a room

that is locked from the outside. When the smoke started to

move down the hallway he hid in a room with a slightly ajar

door, which turned out to be a Janitorial closet, that had a

self locking mechanism in the door. When BARRIE hid in the

closet as the smoke enveloped the hallway the door locked

closed. He banged and kicked the door again, and again, but

he could not budge the locked door. The closet was full of

cleaning supplies, pails and mops with a strong smell of

ammonia in the air. BARRIE NEEDLES(13) was alone in a locked

closet, and no one knew where he was. Barrie is a small 7th

grader with wire rim glasses, light brown hair, freckles, and

a short pug nose. His hair is a crew cut style).

FADE TO:

6 INT. IN A JANITORIAL CLOSET IN CUCAMONGA JUNIOR 6

HIGH-NIGHT.

BARRIE NEEDLES is curled up in a pre-natal position falling

asleep, with smoke seeping under the door, and smoke

enveloping the hallway outside the closet. The light bulb

overhead flickers, and then goes out, and then there was

nothing but darkness. Barrie cries in the dark void of the

closet.

75.

BARRIE NEEDLES (13)

Help. Help me someone. (Cough)

(crying) Mommy, I am sorry.

FADE TO BLACK.

THE END.

76.

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My Political Commentary for today

It seems every morning I awake, President Trump has sent another childish tweet to attack someone like Harley Davidson or the diner that threw out his Communications secretary.  It is hard to keep track of all the different law suits surrounding President Trump and his associates. Take Paul Maniford for instance who attempted to bribe a witness and got caught. He tried to avoid taxes on the millions he received from foreign countries and he seemed to have broken ever law in existence except murder.

The saying, “birds of a feather, flock together is certainly true of President Trump’s colleagues. Even his son and son in law are suspects in money laundering and illegal influence peddling. Image charging foreign countries to see President Trump or influence his opinion? That is what his son in law did along with his daughter.

What about the cases by women against Trump? I feel sorry for Melania for seeing the story about the Porn Star that had an affair with Mr. Trump before he was President and how she was paid by Trump’s lawyer Mr. Cohen to be silent during the   Presidential primaries. What a horror show?

Now the border problem. Here is a President who married two foreigners turning against foreigners fleeing countries that are killing them and their families. Next the stupid idea to separate children from their parents while awaiting a hearing. Another dumb move by President Trump which caused an uproar across the country to the point the President Trump had to sign an executive order to stop separating children from their parents. Did it work? No. Only 6 were returned to their parents and nearly 2,000 still remain separate from their parents. Who is paying the bill to house these children? Why are they sent to different States? We are paying the bill through out taxes. We have a bible toting Attorney General that misquotes the Bible in trying to justify the disaster he and President Trump created. Meanwhile, the real criminals are sneaking into the country, not stopping at the border check points to ask for asylum. Common sense says we do not have enough Judges or lawyers to handle 4,000 cases of adults and children at the border.

What about the fence? Forget about it as the it as the Italians say. Dig under it or buy a ladder and climb over it. Fences and walls are a waste of money. Any smart criminal will fly into the country in a small plane and land on a road in the wilderness. Sneaking through million dollar tunnels is for drug smugglers not for the  cartels. They use submarines and boats or planes, not stupid trucks or cars to come across the border. If you really want to get across the border take a plane to Canada and come across that border in a boat or walk across.

Democrats and Republicans have become a joke in American because they no longer care about morality or fair play  in American. Everything is about money and influence. Yes, time limits would get rid of politicians in their seventies and eighties that cannot remember anything. Two terms should be the maximum for the Senate or Congress. Bring in some fresh young blood and women too and see things get stirred up.

So are there any solutions in American? I rather doubt quick solutions are there, but the Trump trade war against China is going to backfire and kill off all our farmers and companies that deal with China. President Trump’s daughter Evanka has 60 copyright patents in China. How will she ship her goods back to America with high tariffs?  Please daddy let my stuff come in duty free.  Now that President Trump has pissed off the European market, they too will raise their taxes to counter out taxes and tariffs on imported and exported goods. It will cause a depression soon and the stock market will tank out with everyone selling off stocks and running for cover.

Maybe in time President Trump will be removed from office long after all the damage is done to our image and reputation around the world. Why are we sending Millions to South American countries to help them out? Got me. Has Venezula ever done anything for us lately? How about Mexico? No way they are going to pay for any wall which Trump promised. So much for promises by politicians. Never trust them. Money spent on the border walls could go into border patrols, planes, and radar devices that work better. How about using dogs at the border? No one is going to mess with trained attack dogs.

I pray peace will return and President Trump will go back to New York city and stay there and be forgotten after many decades.

 

The end.

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The Confession of Stephen de Staplebrigge, Templar Commander 1311.

In 1308, January, King Edward II buckled to the pressure from the Pope to arrest all the Templars in England and put them on trial for heresy. At the time Stephen de Staplebrigge was a 25 year old Templar Commander at Dinsley Manor in England. When the arrests began he received word from Templar officials to flee to Ireland to assist the Templar Grand Master there. Four years later Stephen returned to England only to be eventually caught in Salisbury. He was taken to the Newgate Prison and tortured on the rack to get a confession from him regarding the Templar treasure and the inner circle of the Templar order. Stephen never told the torturers that the treasure was in Ireland hidden on an island off the coast. He did however, tell them about being inducted into the inner circle by England Grand Master Brian de Jay and how he threatened by six Templars with swords drawn to spit on the cross and deny Christ. Here is one resource I used for my script below. See the citation after the article since I did not write this piece.

After his capture by the king’s officials, Stephen of Stappelbregge was interrogated and confessed to a second, blasphemous reception that took place following his first, licit one. This second reception included spitting on the cross and denying Christ, both of which were demanded of him at sword-point by the receiving brothers, one of whom, he said, was Thomas Totty. Additionally he confessed to being told that “Jesus Christ was not true God and true man…[and that] he should not believe in the sacrament of the altar.”149 He also confessed that sexual relations amongst the brothers were not frowned upon, but that he himself had never participated in such relations. All other allegations, he denied.

Thomas Totty’s confession paints a fascinating picture. Totty, “calling on God as his witness,” categorically denied the charges of having been received blasphemously and of denying Christ or God,150 though he confessed to having met “four brothers of the Temple received in overseas parts by Brother Humbert Blank [Himbert Blanc, Commander of the Auvergne] whom he had received with denial of Christ and spitting over the Cross…”151 He likewise denied having illicit sexual relations, believing that the Grand Master or other lay Templar could absolve sin, and any charges about idolatry. Rather bizarrely, when asked whether or not he believed that the French Templars had stood before the pontiff and confessed to the myriad heinous charges against them, he responded that he did believe it, because he had been there to witness it:

he replied that what is contained in the charges was true, and he knows this well because the witness was present in the Roman court and heart the aforesaid confessions, and

149 Nicholson, Proceedings: vol. 2, 398. 150 Ibid., 401.

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Teachers of Tomorrow

Will teachers be packing guns in the future to protect themselves and their students. I rather doubt it. Without sounding sexist the majority of the teaching faculty are woman and most woman hate guns and have no desire to use them. Stopping guns in the schools is the job of the security guards. The problem is the quality of security jobs isn’t the greatest. They are paid low and usually retirees take the job. In these days and times someone needs to keep in touch with students and hear what they are saying.

Perhaps the best enforcers of security are the students themselves. After all they are on Facebook, twitter and all forms of social media and they learn of threats to their school first. Forming a student Leaders group to keep track of hackers and threats to the school might be the best idea?

Violence breeds violence. Bringing   up a generation of kids who play on electronic games all day and night breeds a generation who are shooting guns at nazis or monsters all the time. Guns become a game to todays generation. They have no sense of real fear with electronic guns. Some where along the line they take their father’s gun or buy a gun out of state and then the power of owning a gun goes to their head. They act first and think about the consequences later.

Schools have become very impersonal in the last decade. Teachers too suffer from being impersonal and not helping students or getting involved. There was a time that teachers really cared about their students, but today they have to worry about fake charges that they have a relationship with the student that is improper.

Technology has become a major tool in teaching if used properly. It is not all about Powerpoint slides but getting students involved with hands on research and writing. Reaching out to the real world and solving real problems is the challenge for the teacher of the future.

Teachers who become administrators must remember what it was like to be a teacher and not become an overruling lord.  It is amazing how in the cause of rules and justice administrators can bring the education process to a halt. Canned courses are cheap for school and colleges and students learn to teach themselves. Online courses threaten full time professor’s jobs. Once a college has a course filmed and written, they no longer need the Professor.

Money, money is all the matters for boards of education and administrators, yet in the end it is the administrators that get paid the most. Do they earn it? Rarely.  Some teachers would be better meeting students at a real business or public service and have them analyze how the business or pubic service operates like a Police department, water department, Mayors office, etc. or a large corporation or factory. Real education starts with a job setting, not in a textbook or powerpoint in school.

In the final analysis it is whether a school can get a student a job or prepare them to find a job. If students cannot get jobs after school, why bother to attend? Teachers need to keep their focus on reality and modern times. Even History professors need to apply the past to the future.

Lastly, the test made by the state will always be unfair to one minority or gender or another. State-wide tests focus on the average performance, not the best performance. They do not teach students to think. They only learn to memorize. Colleges teach concepts and High school memorize facts. Perhaps learning job skills and management should come before useless academic subjects which no longer relate to jobs in the modern world?

 

PKM

 

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The New Generation Teacher

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by Dr. Pelham Mead III

I was a secondary school teacher for 31 years until my school closed and I retired in 1998. I then went on to become an Instructional Technologist on the college and University level for 12 more years. That is 43 years total of teaching. So, I think that qualifies me to speak about teaching and teachers.

Teachers teach because they love teaching and the feedback from children.  Salaries make a teacher’s life easier and removes the stress of paying bills. I started at $7100. dollars a year in East Ramapo Central school district in Spring Valley, New York in 1967. I had a Masters degree from Springfield College, so they gave me extra money to start on the Masters plus salary level. My family and I struggled on only $7100. Remember in the 1960’s you could buy a house for $9,000 or a VW beetle for $1200. A quart of coke soda was .25. We ate rice in our hamburgers to fill us up. I drank a lot of cool aide in those days. Anyway if you want to fulfill a dream salary is important.

I am shocked at the salaries teachers in California get now that I live in San Diego. They are on strike every year it seems. The boards of education are more interested in saving money than hiring well paid teachers. I see articles almost everyday about Sweetwater school district which just settled a teacher strike. Hey, the administrators were all charged with fraud and conspiracy. They stole money meant for solar panels for the school. They took kick-backs from constructors until one finally blew the whistle. Superintendent after superintendent heads that district. It is like a revolving door. The community seems to have no feed back.

A few years ago I was tutoring a brilliant teenage girl in Chula Vista, south of San Diego county. Her mother had her own document business and her father was an insurance agent. They were both naturalized Mexicans, having come to America when they were children. They sent their daughter to a private prep school because they were afraid that the public school students would adversely affect their daughter. They like most parents wanted the best for their daughter. The mother told me that their was only two Catholic High Schools in the entire San Diego county north and south. In order to get to the schools she or her husband had to drive their daughter everyday to school. That was a big sacrifice. Mini-busses were available but they drove around for two hours or more picking up students from everywhere. The mother told me she was afraid to go to the mall with her daughter because the kids that hung around the mall were bad news. In her prep-school a social studies teacher left and the prep-school never replaced him. They just dropped teaching social studies. What a shame? I coached her to first place in the public speaking contest and tutored her in writing Essays and improving her vocabulary. Sweetwater could have had a smart student like this girl but they don’t seem to care in recruiting brilliant students. Their curriculum is average at best with stressed out teachers. When you are stressed out you cannot teach well.

Every four years when I was teaching in New York we had a contract renewal and strike threats. During a threatened strike the Union forced us to work to RULE as they called it. All volunteer jobs were cancelled. No more after school tutoring. No more coming in early to tutor students. Nothing extra without pay was allowed. The students suffered and the teachers stressed out. The administrators became the bad guys informing the students and teachers of the dumb policies the board created. When I started teaching we had 100% medical coverage. When I retired we had only 40% which the district paid and we had to pay 60%.  We did not have dental coverage for ten years.

Did you know that all teachers have to get a Masters degree in three to five years in all States in the USA? Yes, they have to pay for it out of their pockets too. If you do not get your Masters in three or five years, you are fired and not allowed to teach anywhere until you get that degree. That is five years of preparation to be able to teach. When summer rolls around every year teachers go broke. They have to get another job to survive, usually at Day or resident camps which pay very little. I got a free membership for my two children for teaching gymnastics at a day camp called Camp Hill for 14 years. That saved me having to shell out $3,000 total for the two of them.

Let’s talk curriculum in California. A lot of the curriculum is State mandated like in Health Education. I was a Health Ed. teacher for 31 years and I wrote the Health curriculum for my district in 1980. The State of New York wrote an AIDS curriculum which lasted on year until parents sued and it was removed. The next year my district wrote the AIDS curriculum. We knew very little about AIDS in the 1980’s. It wasn’t until the 1990’s that we had figured out that the T-cells got infected in HIV and AIDS.  We had no curriculum material to give the students in the 1980’s and Indian students were excused from. Sex education unit because their parents objected. They got to write essays about HIV instead in the library. In the 1990’s I purchased Laser disks to teach my students about AIDS. The huge disks has movies about people that died of AIDS on the front and a step by step curriculum on the back. It lasted a full month of teaching. The movie, “Philadelphia,” with Tom Hanks came out and I used it regularly in my classes to explain AIDS and HIV.

Locally in the North county of San Diego the parents were protesting the Sex Education curriculum  The curriculum had pictures of anatomy and AIDS PREVENTION AND THE parents were shocked. Well, if parents taught sex ed at home the school would not have to do it. Letting parents have input in writing a curriculum is vital. The schools in the North county did not do this.  Shocking the lack of correct information the parents had. They got all emotional about the curriculum. I am sure none of them every volunteered to help write the curriculum. The solution could have been involve the parents to avoid parent protests. In Loco parents is the latin phrase, in place of the parent. The teacher becomes the parent in the school for 6 1/2 hours a day. The rest of the day they are at home.

TO be continued.

PKM

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The Curse of the Samurai Kabuto.

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The Curse of the Kabuto of Samurai Taira no Masakado.
By Dr. Pelham Mead

My newest movie script in novel format before converting it to dialogue.

Jimmy Devesto son of millionaire John Devesto of Rye, New York is 13 years of age. His father purchases the original first century Kabuto and armor of an immortal samurai Taira no Masakado. John Devesto pays five million for the kabuto with elk horns and reddish style armor. John is warned when he purchases the kabuto and armor that there is a curse on the kabuto and armor from the beheaded Taira no Masakado. John Devesto pays the warning no mind. He tells Jimmy about the exploits of the famous samurai Taira no Masakado and how when his father died he had to fight his greedy Uncles for his father’s land and riches. He does not mention how Taira died by having. His head severed from his body and the head was taken to the Emperor who had the head hung on the palace gate for many weeks. The head never rotted and every night it came off the hook and traveled around the land.

Jimmy wanted to come up with a unique costume for Halloween put on the Kabuto (Helmet) of Taira no Masakado and suddenly Jimmy was overcome with visions of Taira’s life and battles. He fell to the ground with the kabuto on his head and began to dream he was back in the first century Japan. He could see his Uncles coming for him to take his father’s land from him. Anger arose in his body and he began to shake. He had his katana sword in his hand and he could see as he cut men who ambushed him right and left.

When he finally took the kabuto off the dreams stopped, but something evil remained in Jimmy’s mind. When Jimmy’s father realized Jimmy put on the kabuto of Taira no Masakado the famous samuri he was angry. It was then he told Jimmy that the kabuto was known to be cursed and that the head of Masakado caused many to die and brought bad luck. A shrine where the head of Masakado is buried is found in …. Japan John told Jimmy. Personally, John did not believe in ghosts and curses, he just admired the beauty of an ancient Samurai kabuto with impressive elk horns and a reddish style set of Japanese Samurai armor. Jimmy on the other hand have night-mares ever since he put the kabuto of Taira.

A month later Jimmy is attacked by a bunch of local bullies and thieves who demanded Jimmy’s watch, wallet and money. Jimmy told them no. Suddenly, six thugs attacked Jimmy at the same time. Out of no where Jimmy suddenly knew how to defend himself. He tool a nearby broom and used to to poke and injure all six bullies. The gang eventually fled from the scene all bleeding and holding their wounds. Jimmy was amazed since he had never taken any karate or martial arts instruction in his life. When he went home Jimmy did not tell his father about the attack at the local park.

A week later Jimmy ordered a pocket knife with a long 12 inch blade to protect himself in the future. After he received the knife in the mail he began to read and study how to fight with a small knife, sometimes known as a dagger.
The bullies that attacked Jimmy before return, but this time Jimmy has a weapon and is ready to use it. When the biggest bully attacks Jimmy, jimmy pulls out his pocket knife with the long 12 inch blade and ripes a slashing cut from the bullies shoulder to his hip. The spinning around it cuts the bully from the other shoulder to his hip exposing his intestines and spilling blood everywhere. The remaining bullies run like hell to get away from the kid with the 12 inch knife. Jimmy goes home but never tells his father about the attack of the bullies. The police have no witnesses except the bullies and they have no credibility because they are members of the Flying Dragons gang. Jimmy afterward feels a sense of superiority with his ability to handle a knife. Knives become an obsession with Jimmy.

Later on in high school, Jimmy joined the Fencing team and learned how to use a sabrer, Epee, and French Foil. After one season he learned all the moves so well that he beat everyone on the team. The Coach Bill Waters made Jimmy number one fencer on the team. “Jimmy is a natural. I have never seen anything like it. He fights like a samurai, whether he is using a sabrer, Epee or Foil. Everything he does seems to instinctive. Jimmy went undefeated the following season with only one season of experience. The team began to call him the fighting Samurai. Jimmy often had flashbacks when fighting of a samurai fighting other samurai. It was strange as if he was actually in the middle of a samurai battle in first century Japan. He could even feel the kabuto rubbing against his head and the string tied under his chin.

One night while walking home from high school, Jimmy comes across a rapist who had a young girl down on the ground and was tearing her clothes off. Jimmy comes to the rescue and pulls out his 12 inch pocket knife and slashes the rapist across his back causing him to drop to the ground. The girl named Peggy is grateful, but in shock. Jimmy takes Peggy to the local hospital for treatment an leaves the rapist to bleed to death in the city park. After Jimmy takes Peggy to the hospital he tells her his name and number if ever she needs help. After recovering from shock and bruises in the hospital, Peggy contacts Jimmy at his home and thanks him for saving her life. Later at a Football game Jimmy sees Peggy in the crowd and he walks over to talk to her. A romance develops when he takes Peggy for ice cream after the football game. The romance continues on after Jimmy graduates from high school. Both him and Peggy begin attending Columbia University in Manhattan as students. Jimmy and Peggy become serious in their romance.

Upon graduating high school, Jimmy chose Columbia University in New York City because they had one of the best Fencing teams in the country. The Fencing coach gave Jimmy a ? scholarship or financial grant as the University called it for Jimmy’s skill ability in Fencing.
All during the season Jimmy was undefeated until one day he fenced a Japanese-American student from Stamford, California named Manny Tasuku. When they began with the saber fencing something seemed to take over Jimmy as if he was a real samurai and when he looked at his opponent Manny Tasuku, all he could see was a samurai dressed in a kabuto and armor. Jimmy won by forcing Tasuku off the fencing strip three times. Tasuku was previously undefeated in the Western USA division of College Fencing. Coach Bill Greenberg was amazed how aggressive Jimmy was during the saber match. He congratulated Jimmy for an outstanding win over Stamford University’s best fencer. That night Jimmy dreamed of a samurai named Minamoto Tasuku attacking him and he was all of a sudden Taira NO Masakado and it was the first century AD in Japan in a place called Momoto near Hitachi provence. Eventually, Jimmy becomes a Lawyer and marries Peggy. They live in Manhattan on the East side 181st street and 2nd avenue. Jimmy becomes a vigilente at night seeking out criminals that become famous. He uses Samuari techniques in killing these criminals. Always a knife and never a gun becomes his motto. Peggy has no clue about Jimmy’s nefarious activities. She is a nurse at New York University medical center. Finally, he meets another person who is the reincarnation of Taira No Masakado’s mortal enemy Minamoto Tasuku tries to ambush Jimmy in a parking garage and a sword fight begins with Jimmy pulling a katana sword out of his car trunk and Minamoto using his katana sword. Both engage in two handed sword battle. Jimmy wins and kills Minamoto Tasuku who tells Jimmy his real name before he dies. Jimmy dumps Minamoto’s body in the river.
Police detective Ralph McGrath comes on the scene when the body of Minamoto washes up on the shore. Minamoto’s body is slashed to pieces. A very sharp knife killing is suspected because the cuts are so precise and deep. Ralph tries to determine why he has no information in the Police records of any Japanese male missing.

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Resume’ for Dr. Pelham Mead III

Dr. Pelham Kenneth Mead III

Fulbright Scholar Senior Specialist

Graduate of Columbia University, NY

260 E. Bradley Ave., Space 3

El Cajon, Ca. 92021

619-449-8716

drpel@aol.com

Resume’

Work Experience:

Author of five novels 2011-2016, Autumn Winds over Okinawa 1945; The Chinese Crystal Ball, Jesus and John, The 23rdPsalm, and the Junior High.

Author of twenty movie scripts: see http://www.inktip.com.

College Tutor- Online Tutor agency 2014-2018

College Tutor- Helped student from Miami University, Florida write her Master’s Thesis- “Birthplace Motels in Calif” 2016.

College Tutor- Volunteer instructor with Seniors, El Cajon, Ca.

 

College Teaching Experience (31 yrs. Secondary ed. Teacher, 12 years College Professor and Director. Author- 18 years.

 

Adjunct Professor- St. John’s Univ. -Freshman course- “Discovering New York 3 credits. Taught Fall of 2006.

 

Adjunct Professor- College of Mt. St. Vincent- “Computer Graphics-3 credits; Powerpoint Illustrated-3 credits; Adobe Photoshop course-3 credits (I wrote the Curriculum for Photoshop).

 

Books written and published

“Jesus and John,”(2013) A historical fiction novel about the early years of Jesus of

Nazareth, and his second cousin, John the Baptist. This story explains why Jesus

verbally attacked the Pharisees, and the Sadducees, but never the Essenes. The oral

and written tradition of the Coptic church of Egypt regarding where the Holy Family

fled in Egypt from Herod’s soldiers is included. Also explained is how Jesus got his

extensive medical, and healing knowledge, and how John came to use Baptism as the

basis for his ministry is researched and explained.

“The 23rd Psalm,”A science fiction novel that takes place in the year 3550. A comet

collides with the Earth causing the poles to melt and flooding the world to the height

of 6,000 feet above sea level. Only a few human groups survive, two of which happen

to be in North America near Lake Tahoe. One group is a fundamental Christian

church group and another group is a liberal Jewish Temple group. They all seek

higher ground to survive. This is a story of a six-year survival trek across the world on

oil drum rafts and how spiritual intervention takes place through a Jewish Cantor who

begins to have visions that all come true.

 

“Autumn Winds over Okinawa,”(2011) publication by Xlibris.com, 160 pgs. and a

non-fictional story mixed with a fiction account of my father Chief Ken Mead at the

end of WW II, when he got off the USS Antietam aircraft carrier on Okinawa Aug.

30, 1945 to transfer back to the States. He was trapped there with three other sailors

until October due to a naval oversight. He survived two typhoons in Sept. 1945,

Japanese snipers, and jungle diseases that made his teeth fall out, and a skin rash that

lasted all his life.

 

“The Chinese Crystal Ball,”(2012) publication by Author-house. Fictional mystery

story about the main character John who buys an ancient Chinese crystal ball that

Maria ends up in northern Mexico where she has some cousins living there. She

makes the mistake of telling them about the crystal ball and her Uncle while at a local

bar brags about the magical properties of the crystal ball to the bar tender. The story

eventually gets report to a local hoodlum called El Toro. He tracks Maria’s cousins

house down and burns it to the ground in order to get Maria’s cousins to tell where

the Chinese crystal ball was hidden. A chase occurs and Maria leaves for Mexico City

where John’s detective finds her. The Chinese crystal ball is recovered and returned

to John. Years later John seeks the skills of a gypsy woman to help him with his

crystal ball. On the way home, he accidently drives off the road and is killed and the

crystal ball flies out of the car on impact and is smashed into a million pieces.

 

The Junior High,” (2012) Published by Xlibris. The story of teaching in the 1960’s

and 1970’s, in New York State against the backdrop of the social movements of the

day: The Civil Rights Movement, the Anti-War demonstrations, the Free Sex Era, the

and the Free Drug Era.

 

Scripts: (All Listed onwww.inktip.com)

 

Captain Retro Superhero– An autistic young man develops a formula to winning

the Super Powerball Lottery. He wins $370 million and when asked what he will do

with the money, he claims he wants to become a Super-Hero and everyone laughs at

him. In the end he proves everyone wrong and gets his dream.

 

The Cammerada Commanders– Hawkmen create a city in the sky over radiated Earth, and go on

to develop other winged bird men, The Angels of God, The Eaglemen, The

Falconmen, and the Vulturemen. They rein supreme in the skies over mutants living

on Earth in radiation and death.

 

The Bodie Bandit– inspired by a true story about a bad man who held up stage

coaches and was caught and sent to jail, only to escape and seek refuge in Bodie,

California.

 

Saving Lincoln– Movie Script.  Based on a true story about the first female Pinkerton agent in 1856 who

helped save President elect Abraham Lincoln from being assassinated in February

1861 along with Alan Pinkerton.

 

My Five Reincarnations– A humorous story about an Italian Don who is

reincarnated five times.

 

A Teacher Goes to War-The True story of Colonel Joshua Chamberlain and how he

saved the Battle of Gettysburg from being won by the Confederates by defending

Little Round top and preventing the Confederates from flanking the Union line.

 

“Don’t Be Square,” (2014) TV Pilot script based on the book, “The Junior High,”

which takes place in the 1960’s and 1970’s in a Junior High school in New York

State. Based on a real story of a teacher who taught for 31 years in the same Junior

High.

 

Act II” (2014) the sequel to “Don’t Be Square,” continues the story started in the

TV pilot with the emphasis on three male teachers who struggle to survive against the

administration and the politics of a Junior High School.

 

“The Night is a Child, (Usiku Ni Mtoto)The Adventures of Sister Angelina, CIA

Nun,” (2015) This is a story about how the CIA and the Vatican Holy See hire an ex-nun

to help them investigate the murder of three Nuns in Burundi, Africa.

 

“A Templar Squire’s Tale,” (2015) This is a script that tells the inside story about

Jacques de Molay of the Templar Knights in the late 1200’s and early 1307-1314 and

thereafter. It begins in France in 1288 and continues until 1314 when Jacques de

Molay is burned at the stake and the Templar Knights that escaped are in Spain and

Scotland. An epic story 294 pages long.

 

“The Fairytale Adventures of Tom Wolf,”(2015) This is a script based on several

classic nursery tales that tells the story of a man named Tom Wolf who is arrested for

being drunk in London in 1855 and eventually is thrown into Bedlam Mental Hospital

in London for telling everyone that he was a wolf. The Doctor Von Hess interviews

Tom Wolf many times and each time Tom tells him a story from his past. The first

story is about Tom Wolf and three rich children from the Swine family. The second

story is about a little girl whom Tom fell in love with called little Red Riding Hood.

The third story is about a little boy in Russia whom is warned by his grandfather not

to go into the meadow and leave the gate unlocked. After each story the Doctor sends

Tom back to his cell with more medicine and more torture with cold-water tanks,

chaining to the wall, and hanging upside down in a straight jacket. In the end Tom

Surprised the Doctor.

 

“Solar Sailing Pirates,” (2015) A Science Fiction movie or TV script about a rich

young man who accidently shoots a fellow cadet and is expelled from the Sky Hawk

Academy as a result. The main character Jake Johnson is the son of a millionaire who

uses his connects to prevent Jake from being arrested for accidently shooting his best

friend at the academy. Jake goes on to become a well-known Solar Sailing Pilot with

his new friend Arrundi Buel. Together they build a new space solar sailing vessel

called the Iron Butterfly and win race after race in space against many challengers.

A competitors ship called “The Black Dragon,” belonging to pilots Desmonde Adar

and Ron Blue is stolen after a solar space race. A five million dollar reward is offered

and Jake and Arrundi decide to seek the reward. They revamp their solar sailing ship

with laser cannons and other weapons that they can use in tracking down the pirates

that stole the “Black Dragon,” Solar sailing ship.

 

Eventually, Jake and Arrundi catch up to the pirates whom are Count Von Wertz and

Shaolin Sun Cho after the pirates intercepted a Mars Cargo space ship loaded with

gold and uranium. A chase ensues and Jake and Arrundi chase the Black Dragon into

an asteroid belt that is fatal to any solar sailing vessel’s solar collecting wings. Jake

attacks the Black Dragon from behind a large meteor and manages to destroy on of

the ships solar wings rendering it useless. Count Von Wertz is killed, but Shaolin Sun

Cho escapes in an escape pod headed to the moon.

 

Jake reunites with an old girlfriend on Earth from his academy days and claims the 5

million dollar reward for returning the Black Dragon to its owners. Jake teams up

with his girlfriend Veronica, whom is now a Lieutenant in the Sky Hawk squadron.

They plan together to capture Shaolin Sun Cho. Shaolin Sun Cho survives and lands

on the moon where he connects with old friends and plots revenge against Jake and

Arrundi. The plot thickens and Jake and Shaolin Sun Cho meet on Mars where

Shaolin has been hiding. Veronica helps Jake find Shaolin only to be wounded herself

in a laser gun battle. Jake tricks Shaolin into believing he is dead and shoots him

when he approaches. Jake and Veronica go on to become husband and wife.

 

Technical Booklets and Manuals Written

 

NY College of Osteopathic Medicine,  Faculty Workshop Handbook July 2009

Class and Faculty Assessment Manual for Students at NYCOM-18 pages

A Learning Outcome Assessment Plan for NYCOM(submitted to COCA Feb.

2009 for accreditation) 180 pages.

 

Podcasting Manual– 8 pages for St. John’s university faculty.

St. Johns Univ. –Faculty Pedagogy Guide in Technology in the Classroom

Author, “A Simplified Guide to PowerPoint for Faculty,” (2001, updated 2005),

65 pages, published for all College of Mount Saint Vincent Faculty.

 

Author, “A Simplified Guide to Adobe Photoshop for Faculty,” (2001, 2002, 2003,

2004, and updated 2005) 80 pages, published for all College of Mount Saint

Vincent Faculty.

 

Author, “A Simplified Guide to Web Publishing,” (2001, 2003, 2005), 77 pages,

published for all College of Mount Saint Vincent Faculty.

Teaching Experience:

  • Health Education Teacher, Physical Education Teacher, Black and White Darkroom Photography instructor-4 yrs. And Dean of Students-6 yrs.,Kakiat Jr. High School, East Ramapo Central School District, Spring Valley, N.Y.- 31 years with a permanent Teaching license in Hygiene and Physical Education in New York

State, 1967-1998. Retired

 

  • Online Instructor at the College of Mount Saint Vincent- Adobe Photoshop all

assignments online using Blackboard with automatic grading and discussion

 

  • Online Instructor for “Smoking Cessation Unit, “ Nurse student introductory

course at the College of Mount Saint Vincent- two years. Co-wrote the curriculum

for the online course with Professor –Dr. Kathleen Flaherty 2002-03

 

  • Online Instructor at St. Johns University. Certified Online Instructor for

Discover New York and Scientific Inquiry CORE courses. Certified by St. Johns

Univ. after taking two semesters in Online Teaching for WEBct and Blackboard

 

  • Certified Blackboard Administrator 12 years experience, recertified at St.

Johns Univ. and in Jan./2009 at NYIT as Blackboard Administrator

 

  • Adjunct Professor -Introduction To Computer Information systems (CIS) 2-

yrs.at SUNY Westchester and SUNY Rockland using some online usage of

Blackboard.

 

  • Adjunct Professor of Nurse Supervisory Course at the College of Mount Saint

Vincent, teaching instructional technology and medial in the Nursing setting.

 

  • Adjunct professor in Adobe Photoshop- 3 yrs.
  • Adjunct professor in Computer Graphics 4 yrs.
  • Adjunct Professor in MS Word, Excel, Publish, Access, Frontpage, and

Powerpoint

  • Adjunct Professor in Frontpage Web Development 10 years, NYU, Pace, SUNY
  • Adjunct Professor at SUNY Rockland Community College in MAC workshop in

Illustrator, Pagemaker, and Photoshop.

 

Administrative Work Positions in Colleges and Universities:

 

Senior Educational Technology Specialist for Title III– Title III Grant Educational

Technology Specialist for St. Johns University, April 2006-Aug. 2008

  • Wrote and helped redesign SJU CORE courses “Core Discover NY,” and

“Core Scientific Inquiry.” Taught Online Freshman courses.

  • Wrote the Curriculum online for instructional technology for faculty
  • Designed a new Faculty Learning Lab with all wireless equipment including
  • Designed a new Online training Course for Faculty
  • Installed 10 Polyvision electronic white boards on Queens and Staten Island

campuses

  • Adopted Apreso automatic podcasting for 110 classrooms.
  • Installed two walk and talk TV modules from Polyvision,
  • Planned and provided iPod training for all SJU faculty,
  • Provided instruction in advanced Powerpoint training.
  • Completed all financial worksheets on Excel for Grant expenditures.
  • Develop an online portal http://www.t3portal.org.
  • Provide Faculty DVD-R Support disks for software programs,
  • Created 1,000 Powerpoint templates and clipart animation.
  • Contribute to monthly T3 Newsletter for T3 Faculty.

Director of the Teacher Learning Lab and Faculty Course Designer at the College

of Mount Saint Vincent, Riverdale, N.Y.- 2001-2005- Title V grant administrator.

  • Trained 80 full time and adjunct professors in technology relating to instruction

over five years.

  • Podcasting for Faculty, Laptop Loaner system created
  • Installed 26 smart classrooms, some including podcasting and electronic

whiteboards.

  • Curriculum Design and Instructional Technologist Specialist for Title V

Federal Grant

  • Wrote Curriculum for Instructional Development

Director of Communications and Technology at New York University, Professional

Development Lab 1998-1999.

  • Established the first 120 page web site for the PDL.
  • Trained all field supervisors in Instructional Design and Technology applications.
  • Organized and taught clinics at 8 NYC school districts in Technology integration into

classroom teaching.

  • Educational Design Specialist position in setting up tutorials, lesson guides for

technology usage, faculty HELP manuals, online resources and web development.

Grant Writer and Research skills

  • Course Designer 12 yrs. Experience
  • Corporation and Academic Trainer 18 years Experience
  • Grant and Proposal Writer 16 yrs. Experience

o Wrote $200,000 tech grant in 1992, awarded

o Co-Wrote Federal Title V “Cooperative Grant for $600,000”, awarded

o Fine Tuned Title III Grant for St. John’s University $1.5 million

  • Blackboard Campus Administrator-5 years -e-learning Web Site, trained

faculty how to use Blackboard, helped setup Tests online, Documents, Digital

Lock boxes, and Conferences.

  • Expert Web Master with 16 years Experience using Frontpage,

Dreamweaver, Flash, Java, JavaScript, CSS, html coding, Adobe Photoshop

and Camtashia.

  • Dreamweaver e-learning Plug-in program writer.
  • Expert Graphic Artist -12 years experience using and teaching Adobe

Photoshop CS2 and CS3.

  • Expert in MS Office 2003, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, Access, and

Frontpage (taught this in 240 blocks at BOCES, 3-credit course at SUNY.

  • Digital movie editor using iMovie and Final Cut Pro- 5 yrs. MAC
  • Digital photographerand 35 mm SLR photographer-20+yrs

 

EDUCATION

 

1992 Doctoral Degree in Education, Educational Administration,

Columbia University Teachers College,New York -Minor in

Computer Systems Management. * (Kappa Delta Pi National

Honor Society)

 

1983-1987 6th Level Administrative Certificate program at SUNY New

Paltz,26 credits, not competed, transferred to Columbia

Univ.

 

1967 M.Ed., Education, Springfield College, Springfield,

Mass.(Completed Field work in the L.A. School District

School Camp program the summer of 1967).

 

1966 B.S., Physical Education and Health Education, Springfield

College, Springfield, Mass.

* Doctoral Dissertation: “In search of equity in educational funding.”

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

 

1975-Teacher of the Year, Kakiat Junior High PTA

1980- Superintendent Special Recognition Award

1991- Inducted into Kappa Delta Phi, National Ed. Honor Society

2005-Feb. – Fulbright Scholar Senior Specialty program Instructional trainer

2009- Selected by Stamford’s Who’s Who Blackboard of Leaders in American

Education.

 

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

 

Self-Employed Author -2010-present- wrote and published five novels, and numerous

Movie and TV scripts (see above) Five novels published and 15 movie Scripts.

New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY

  • Director of Faculty Development and Assessment
  • Member of the Department of Academic Affairs
  • Instructional designer for new Medical ONLINE courses
  • Reported directly to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Instituted a new student volunteer evaluation team approach to

course evaluation

  • Instituted and installed WEAVEonline as an online all college

assessment system

  • Tutored MDs and Dos in instructional technology for their lectures
  • Provided Assessment data from all departments and compiled that data

for reports to the Assoc. Dean

  • Developed a test database from the past five years of tests

St. John’s University, Queens, NY

  • Senior Course Designer Instructional Technologist for a Title III

2.5 million dollar Federal grant

  • WEBct and Blackboard administrator
  • Wrote the Faculty Online Training Course for all Title III participants

to use and contribute their individual success stories. See portal:

  • http://www.t3portal.org
  • Did the annual grant assessment and compiled the financial records
  • Tutored 52 faculties over 3 years in instructional technology

techniques in the classroom and lecture hall.

  • Developed faculty workshops each semester
  • Installed automatic podcasting in 5 campuses
  • Installed electronic whiteboards in Queens and Staten Island

Campuses

  • Planned faculty training lab, designed and purchased all furniture and

technology equipment

 

College of Mount Saint Vincent, Riverdale, NY

05/2001-12/2005

  • Director of the Teacher Learner Center and Title V Grant Coordinator
  • (Course Designer and Educational Technology Specialist),
  • Blackboard Systems Manager-5 yrs., e-Learning Manager,
  • Adjunct Professor of Communications, College of Mount Saint Vincent,

Riverdale, NY. (Taught Photoshop, Multimedia, and Computer Graphics

Undergraduate courses at night)

  • Worked directly with the President and the VP of Academic Affairs
  • Taught 80 professors how to use technology over 5 years.
  • Established a new TLC Ambassador program to get faculty to continue

ongoing training for 5 years.

  • Installed 26 Smart Classrooms.
  • Converted an Old Communications lab into state of art.
  • Planned and installed New Communication lab in newly constructed

Maryvale building 2004.

  • Supervised two staff members and 3 student workers
  • Supervised a 1.1 million dollar federal grant.
  • Started and finished the Title V grant with each year for five years having

balanced the grant budget. The Grant was successfully completed in Dec.

2005.

BOCES of Nyack, NY Adjunct

2000-2001 April Adjunct Instructor for Advanced Office Skills

Training, BOCES of Nyack, Nyack, NY- Developed web e learning back

up site for adults taking BOCES courses. Worked with adults of foreign

countries in 240 hr. block of MS Office program training for job

placement. Also taught evening classes in Photoshop and Web

Development.

 

SUNY Community Colleges of Rockland and Westchester Adjunct

o 1999-2000 Aug. Adjunct Professor of Computer Studies, SUNY

Rockland, Suffern, NY- Used Blackboard, Website with e learning.

  • 1998-2000 Aug. Adjunct Professor of Computer Studies, SUNY

Westchester,

Pace University, Valhalla, NY– Used Blackboard.com, Class website with e learning.

  • 2000 Sept.-Dec. Adjunct Professor of Web Development, Purchase

University,Pace University Adjunct Pleasantville, NY- Taught basic web site, e-commerce, e-learning,

 

Assumption Academy Catholic School

  • 1999 Aug.-2000 June- Director of Technology, Assumption Academy,

Emerson, NJ

 

New York University

1998 Aug. -1999- Director Technology for the Professional

Development Lab, College of Education, New York University, NY

(Course Designer and Instructional Technology Specialist for 7 NYC

school districts)

Wrote and created a 120 page web site for the PDL

Became a full Professor of Research at NYU

Directed and managed all financial records for an AT&T grant for $500,00

for one year.

Wrote Teacher Manuals how to integrated technology into the classroom

for eight New York City school districts.

Ran technology clinics for Harlem District 5, Manhattan District 2,

Brooklyn districts 15 and 18, and Queens Districts 26 and 27

Supervised a staff of 4 and 6 graduate students

 

Sample of WEB SITES PUBLISHED

http://www.drpelhammead.com-mead novels

http://www.meadnovels.com    wordpress Blog 2013-2018.

http://www.profweb.ws Online faculty workshops 2001-present

http://www.profweb.ws/~muriel.kneeshaw Student Nurse “antismoking”

Interactive training site.

http://www.profweb.ws a student teacher observation form site with

Interactive forms to fill out the report.

http://www.profweb.ws the Teacher Education Department Web

Site done with Prof. Arlene Moliterno.

http://www.t3portal.org – Title 3 Portal site posted 2007.

http://facpub.stjohns.edu/meadp – Draft site for Title 3 information

http://www.blogger.com/facultyswamp – Blogger Site serves as a demo-training

site for T3 faculty.

 

REFERENCES

 

Matthew Melee- fellow local board member at Anchor-down mhp, El Cajon, Ca. mrmrsv@gmail.com 

 

Dr. John McCarthy, worked as a colleague at NYCOM, now at SUNY Oswego

University in NY jmccarthyjr@oswego.edu or john4warner@yahoo.com

 

Bonnie Granat, Director of Assessment, NYCOM, bgranat@nyit.edu

 

Dr. Brad Shope, Title III Coordinator at St. Johns University, now at N. Texas Univ.

at Denton; bshope@ntexas.edu

 

Dr. Qi Lu,Physics Professor, luq@stjohns.edu, 718-990-6437

 

Dr. Pat Grove, Biology Professor, 718-405-3242,

patricia.grove@mountsaintvincent.edu (A colleague and student of mine and leader

of the college, and supporter of instructional technology)

 

Dr. Kathy Flaherty– Nursing Professor, kfrnn@aol.com, 718-405-3780

 

Prof. Richard Barnet- Professor of Fine Arts, Richard.barnet@mountsaintvincent.edu,

718-405-3400 (Working as Assistant in Color Photography and Black and White

Photography course last spring 05 and Fall 2005 semester)

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The Glaive of Light

 

Templar knights

THE GLAIVE OF LIGHT

Written by

Dr. Pelham Mead

 

Summary

This is a story about a magical sword that could cut with light, and a Pict

named Kenkenny, who was chosen to protect it. The Glaive is a sword of

great value; made by the Gods, and not for anyone to handle. Only a good

hearted person, with virtuous intent could hold the Glaive of light. All

others, with evil intent, would die when they touched the sword. The story

takes place in the times of the Celts in ancient Ireland, hundreds of years

before Christ, and the Roman invasion. It is told with some subtle humor,

and tells stories on the lighter side. It is a story for children as well as adults.

CHAPTER ONE-SWORD OF THE GODS, THE BEGINNING

SCENE 1-INT. DAY – CLOUDS FLOATING BY HIGH UP IN THE

SKY AS AN UNSEEN NARRATOR TELLS THE STORY OF THE

GLAIVE OF LIGHT.

FADE IN:

NARRATOR (MALE VOICE)

The Celtic old ones say that in the beginning

of time, the good Gods, and the evil Gods

made a peace for a short period of time. The

good Gods would reign during the day, and

the evil Gods would rein in the night. The

good and the bad Gods fought for many

millenniums until a peace was declared.

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As a symbol of their peace a Glaive of

Light, or a Sword of light, was fashioned out

of the rare stones of light such as diamonds,

and quartz, rather than steel or iron. This

sword was unlike any sword shaped by man

or God. For it was forged of diamonds and

quartz, some of the hardest crystal-like rock

in the earth. It would have no metal cutting

edge. Rather, it would have a dull edge, but

it reflected any light source and magnified

its intensity to become was would become

known millions of years later as a laser

bean.

The light beamed through the crystal-like

appearance of the Glaive, and shown the

colors of the rainbow, in a prism of color. It

was with the great skill of the Gods of good

and evil, that this symbol of peace was

created under millions of pounds of pressure

to form an unbreakable sword of power, and

light. In the handle of the Glaive of Light

were the most precious emeralds and rubies

set into the grip of the sword. The handle

was wrapped in leather and finally treated

and oiled to perfection.

The evil Gods did not completely trust the

good Gods, so they limited the powers of the

Glaive of Light to daytime, or a light source

only. The good Gods were equally

mistrusting of the evil Gods, and they

empowered the Glaive of Light with powers

never known to man before. Any holder of

the Glaive of Light would be greatly

enhanced in size, mental ability, and

physical strength. He would have the power

of 100 men.

NARRATOR (MALE VOICE) (CONT’D)

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2.

The holder of the Glaive of Light would

have to be tall enough to carry a four-foot

long sword, and swing it with one or two

hands. Swirling the sword overhead made

the sword bearer invisible to human eyes. It

was another wonderful power of the Glaive

of Light.

The Glaive of light had special powers that

if pointed at an object could cause a beam of

light to cut a person in half, or a rock at over

one hundred yards or more. The Glaive

could cut through metal or any hard

substance, like a hot knife through butter.

When the Glaive of Light was finished the

Gods of good and evil were pleased, since it

seemed to be the perfect symbol of the peace

of the Gods, and the balance of night and

day. As the seasons progressed the Glaive of

Light got more and more powerful toward

spring, and finally reaching it’s peak of

power in the summer of the year. The Glaive

of Light represented life, and the four

seasons of the year. It was a symbol of

eternal life, and the changes that occur in

life. It was a symbol that was greater then

any one person or country or continent. It

was the truth.

The Gods of good and evil were determined

that the Glaive of Light would not fall into

the wrong hands so they chose a “Keeper of

the Glaive of Light.” The “Keeper of the

Glaive” would pass on to his descendants or

someone worthy and pure from one

generation to another the powers of the

“Keeper of the Glaive,” its secrets, and how

only pure truth, and noble blood could hold

it.

NARRATOR (MALE VOICE) (CONT’D)

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3.

The powers of the Glaive were for the

betterment of mankind, and to balance the

forces of good and evil in the human world.

FADE TO BLACK.

CHAPTER TWO-THE TRIBES OF CELTIA

SCENE 1- EXT. DAY -THE LOWLAND FORESTS OF CELTIA IN

THE NORTH OF MEATH.

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

Welcome to Celtia a small hamlet in the

North of Meath in early Ireland before the

Romans came. I am Kenkenny, the keeper

of the glaive. What is a glaive you ask? Well

in the Celtic language of old glaive means

sword. Let me first tell you about the strange

tribes in early Celtia. I myself am a Pict and

I live the lowland forests of Celtia in the

northern reaches of Meath (today’s Ireland).

There were many tribes in those days. It was

a time before the Romans came to the

county of Meath in Celtia. There were the

Picts tribe from the northern regions who

came across great ocean from northern

Europe. They were the tribe chosen by the

Gods to protect the “Glaive of Light, sword

of the Gods.”

The second tribe was the “Belts” were

another tribe to the south of the Picts, who

fought with their belts and sharpened belt

buckles, known to cause great damage.

Often they used their long belts to trip their

opponent, and then stabbed them to death.

NARRATOR (MALE VOICE) (CONT’D)

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4.

The third tribe was the “Delts,” another tribe

from the southeast of Celtia. They were a

tribe that had a magical smell. A deadly fart

smell is what they had from a diet of a lot of

beans. If one hundred “Delts” stood in a

row they would create a fog from their farts,

and their enemies would not be able to see

them. They attacked out of the smelly fart

fog, and killed their enemies.

The fourth tribe was the “Darts” who were a

smaller tribe that left the Delts because they

could not stand the smell in their villages.

The Darts were experts in poison darts

which they threw in a battle.

The fifth Tribe to the northeast of Celtia,

and the islands in the north was called the

Melts. The Melts were a tribe that loved

chocolate. They would smear the chocolate

and mud all over their bodies to blend in

with the earth. The were known to throw

mud in their enemies eyes blinding them

long enough to kill them with a sword.

The Sixth tribe was the “Nelts” a tribe who

wore plaid skirts like the Scottish of today.

They were fierce warriors that allowed their

woman to fight with them. Before every

battle the “Nelts” would kneel down and

pray. This was seen as a weakness in their

attack methods by other tribes, but for the

Nelts their strength was in prayer and

spiritual power.

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

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5.

The Seventh tribe was a nomatic tribe that

lived near the southern beaches of Celtia

were called the “Pelts.” The “Pelts” were

spear throwers of great accuracy. Their

spears could travel almost as far as an arrow.

They were known for wearing animal pelts

when going into battle.

The Eighth tribe to the western highlands

was the Smelts. This tribe had an unusual

ability to smell their enemies, and were

often sought as trackers by other tribes.

Their noses were larger than average to

smell with. Now you know all there is to

know about the eight Celtic tribes.

SCENE 2- INT. DAY- CELTIA.

Kenkenny is a little person. Not a dwaft, but small just the same. He has

busy red hair and a thin full face beard with a large bulbous nose.

FADE IN:

KENKENNY (20) KEEPER OF THE

GLAIVE

What a beautiful day it is in the forests of

Celtia today. What news do we have today?

CARNOFF (25) PICTS TRIBE

We have word of the Belts tribe is causing

trouble with the Delts tribe again. It seems

they raided the Delts during the night, and

stole their ponies and horses.

KENKENNY

Really? And who reported this to you?

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

6.

CARNOFF

A messenger from the Delts tribe rode in

this morning to our village to tell of the

tribal troubles. He reported that the Belts

fought with their sharpened Belt buckles

which caused great damage to many Delt

tribe members.

KENKENNY

Send word to the Delts tribe that the Picts

will support them in any battle.

CARNOFF

What do we do about their magical smell

problem Kenkenny? Everyone knows they

have a diet of beans with all their meals

which gives them unusual fart power. I have

heard tell that if one hundred Delts stood in

a row they could create a fog from their

farts. (Laughing)

KENKENNY

(Laughing) I think they smell more because

they never bath, rather then because they eat

a lot of beans. We don’t want an all-out war

among the tribes if we can help it. The Darts

tribe could team up with us because they

hate the Delts. They are experts in poison

darts which they use battle by throwing the

oversized darts at their opponents. They

have also been known to use poison arrows

with bows.

CARNOFF

What about the Melts on the islands in the

North? They are a chocolate crazy tribe.

They even use chocolate smeared all over

their bodies with mud to blend in with the

Earth.

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7.

They even have been known to throw mud

in their enemies eyes blinding them long

enough to kill them with their short swords.

KENKENNY

What I am most worried about is the Nelts

who wear plaid skirts called Kilts. They are

fierce warriors that allow their women to

fight with them. They are very religious and

seek the help of many Gods, always

kneeling in pray before going into battle.

CARNOFF

Have you forgotten the nomadic tribe of

Pelts the great spear throwers and the Smelts

a tribe of unusual tracking and smelling

ability. The Smelts have larger noses than

the average person to sniff with. Some say

that they have wolf in their family tree.

KENKENNY

Let us hope brother Carnoff that a battle

among the seven tribes never happens. Send

messengers to all the tribes to make them

aware that war may be on the horizon.

CHAPTER THREE- KENKENNY, THE “KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE.”

The Glaive of Light was a big sword, as big as the keeper of the Glaive

himself. The first keeper of the Glaive of Light was a small person known to

his clan as KenKenny. One day hundreds of years after KenKenny lived out

his years as the first Keeper of the Glaive of Light, one of his descendents

would become Kenneth the Ist, the first recorded King of Scotland

CARNOFF (CONT’D)

8.

To preserve and carry the “Glaive of Light,” it had to be kept in a

lightproof case of the softest deerskin, and formed in the shape of a sheaf.

Many of the women of the clan of KenKenny sewed together the sheaf to

protect the Glaive of Light with the utmost skill and perfection.

It was the duty of the descendents of KenKenny to go, and seek out a noble

ruler for the land of Celtia who would be able to use the Glaive of Light for

justice and honesty. It was indeed a solemn duty that was entrusted to the

“Keeper of the Glaive of Light,” and his generations that followed. This is

the story about KenKenny, the first “Keeper of the Glaive of Light,” and his

journey to be a worthy Keeper who could use the power of the Glaive of

Light for good for all mankind.

Our story begins on the Hill of the Belothe in Central Celtia where a major

battle was to be undertaken. The daughter of a Melts Chieftain had run away

with her lover the son of the Chieftain of the Smelts. The Chieftain of the

Smelts was named “Smelly the 3rd,” and the Chieftain of the Melts was

called “Choo the Melter. “ Somehow a member of the Celts tribe was

mistaken for a Smelts tribal person while hunting for Deer. He was killed

with a poison chocolate tipped arrow, and left to die. The chieftain of the

Celts, Celtis III, was insulted that one of his tribe was killed accidently, and

declared war on both the Melts, and the Smelts. The Delts got involved by

siding with the Celts and the Belts sided with the Smelts so that they would

have smell and razor sharp belt buckles to fight with.

So it came to be on the day of the full moon in an unknown date in a time

before time the many tribes met on the hill of the Belothe. The hill of the

Belothe was a sacred site with open fields surrounded by wooded forests.

The northern part of the hill was a steep downhill grade, and the southern

side was less steep, and led to the open grass plain.

9.

It was a cloudy and rainy day when the tribes arrived to do battle. The dogs

of war howled, Celts screamed, drums pounded, and bone whistles pierced

the ears. It was a day to die.

The daughter of the Choo the Melter was called Sienna, and her lover, son of

Smelly the 3rd, was called “Big nose the 2nd.” Despite their differences,

Sienna, and Big Nose the 2nd, loved one another. Choo the Melter was from

the Melts tribe who hated the Smelts tribe and with Sienne falling in love

with Big Nose 2nd of the Smelts tribe war was declared. To make things

worse the Celts tribe declared war against both the Melts tribe and the

Smelts tribe. Blood would flow heavy that dreaded day.

So the battle had begun and arrows were flying in the sky everywhere as the

sun rose over Belothe hill. Many miles away Kenkenny was asleep having

a dream about stopping a battle of the tribes. A fairy woman dressed in red

told Kenkenny in his sleep to go to Belothe Hill with the Glaive of Light and

part the enemies with the powerful sword. So when Kenkenny awoke he

saddled his pony and took the Glaive of light with him and rode off to the

battle on Belothe Hill.

An hour later Kenkenny appeared on a Belothe hill near the middle of the

battleground with his sword, “The Glaive of Light.” He could see from

where he was standing that all three tribes were killing one another with

sword and arrows. Remembering what the red faire woman said, he decided

to stop the fighting. It took but a few minutes for him to swing his sword

cutting down soldiers on all sides of the battle. This weapon so astounded

everyone that all the soldiers from all three tribes ran for the forests, and

kept running back to their homes, never daring to look back at the carnage.

Kenkenny the Pict, had saved the day. The price he paid, however, was that

now everyone in Celtia knew he had this amazing weapon, and soon they

would try to take it away from him.

10.

CHAPTER THREE- KENKENNY, THE KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE.

SCENE 1- INT. DAY – KENKENNY’S HUT IN THE PICT VILLAGE.

KENKENNY

(Speaking out loud to himself) Truly this

Glaive of Light is a very large sword,

especially for a little person such as me.

Almost every day I have to take the Glaive

of light out of it’s lightproof case of the

softest deerskin, and polish the blade to that

it shines in the light. As the Keeper of the

Glaive of Light, it is my solemn duty to be a

worthy Keeper who could use the power of

the Glaive of Light for the good of mankind

Mildred is Kenkenny’s wife who is a small person, slim with long silver

blonde hair, and a face that is always smiling. She is a loving and caring

wife that any small person would love to have for a wife.

MILDRED (19) WIFE OF KENKENNY

What would you like for dinner husband?

KENKENNY

I am in the mood for turnips and greens

good woman.

MILDRED

Than turnips and greens it will be. You look

worried my love. What is on your mind?

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KENKENNY

I worry that there is more to stealing horses

with the Belts and the Delts than we are

aware of. Something tells me we are in for a

surprise.

FADE OUT.

CHAPTER FOUR-THE BATTLE OF BELOTHE

SCENE 1- EXT. DAY THE HILL OF THE BELOTHE IN CENTRAL

CELTIA

celtis is a short and fat chieftain of the celts tribe with a full face beard and

reddish brown long hair.

CELTIS III (43) CHIEFTAIN OF THE

CELTS TRIBE

Do you see them coming Dragona? The sun

Is blinding my sight over the valley.

Dragons is a witch with long white hair and green eyes who wears a long

purple gown and a strange peaked hat. She carried a magical cane that had

many strange properties.

DRAGONA (30) WHITE WITCH OF THE

CELTS TRIBE

I see two tribes descending on the Hill of

Belothe where we stand Chieftain. It is the

colors of the Melts and the Smelts.

CELTIS III

We will make the Melts and Smelts pay for

killing my son IDILIS. It is any eye for an

eye.

Elsewhere in a cave hidden far away are Sienna daughter of the Melts

Chieftain and Big Nose 2nd, son of Smelly 3rd.

12.

SIENNA DAUGHTER OF CHOO THE

MELTER, CHIEFTAIN OF THE MELTS

TRIBE

Big do you think we did the right thing by

running away to this cave? You know my

father Choo the Melter will search

everywhere for me?

BIG NOSE 2ND (20) SON OF SMELLY

3RD CHIEFTAIN OF THE SMELTS

TRIBE.

Sienna my love I am thinking of a plan for

us to escape to another land where we can

live together. Come closer to me and the fire

so you can get warm.

SIENNA DAUGHTER OF CHOO THE

MELTER, CHIEFTAIN OF THE MELTS

TRIBE

I feel so wonderful when I am in your arms.

FADE OUT.

Back at the Hill of Belothe.

CELTIS III

We will wait until the Melts are within range

of our arrows and then will unleash a hoard

of arrows to block the sun of the sky.

CHOO THE MELTER (40) CHIEFTAIN

OF THE MELTS AND FATHER OF

SIENNA.

I can see the flag of the Celts on yonder Hill

of Belothe. They have the high ground but

no matter we will set a trap by sending our

calvary around the back of the hill to flank

them while our foot soldiers march down the

middle of the valley.

13.

SMELLY THE 3RD (38) CHIEFTAIN OF

THE SMELTS

I will send my calvary around the back side

of the hill Chieftain Choo. We will surprise

the Celts by flanking their lines at the top of

the Hill of Belothe.

Conan the Druid is a small bent over old man with long grey hair tied in a

pony tail and an animal skin for clothing. On his head he wears deer’s

antlers.

CONAN THE DRUID (60)

I have checked the bones and they say this

will be a great day for the Smelts and Melts.

The signs are all good master.

SMELLY THE 3RD

Good. Can you read where my coward son

Big Nose has gone?

CONAN THE DRUID

No, Master. Something strange is blocking

my vision of your son and the bitch Serena.

SMELLY THE 3RD

I see the Delts have come to reinforce our

troops. We outnumber the Melts now 3:1.

At the far end of the valley the Delts tribe arrive to reinforce the Smelts.

Rono is extremely fat weighing at lease 400 pounds. He is short and so fat

that he has to wobble to walk. He wears a long goatee and has many

wrinkles on his fat face and beady little eyes.

RONO THE FAT (55) CHIEF OF THE

DELTS

Axes send word to Smelly the 3rd that the

Delts have arrived to reinforce his troops.

Back on Belothe hill.

DRAGONA, THE WHITE WITCH

Celtis the Delts have arrived and they are

supporting the Smelts and the Melts.

(MORE)

14.

What are we to do Chief? Perhaps I can put

a spell on them?

CELTIS III

Blood will flow deep today Dragona. Tell

the troops to be ready.

So it came to be on the day of the full moon in an unknown date in a time

before time the many tribes met on the hill of the Belothe. The hill of the

Belothe was a sacred site with open fields surrounded by wooded forests.

The northern part of the hill was a steep downhill grade, and the southern

side was less steep, and led to the open grass plain. It was a cloudy and

rainy day when the tribes arrived to do battle. The dogs of war howled, Celts

screamed, drums pounded, and bone whistles pierced the ears. It was a day

to die.

FADE OUT.

SCENE 1- INT. NIGHT – THE BATTLE OF THE HILL OF

BELOTHE.

Kenkenny is asleep in his home and a fairy woman appears in a dream. She

is dressed in a long red dress. Her hair is a bright reddish-orange color and

she floats through the air with ease. Her eyes are a deep dark black color that

seem to stare vacantly.

FADE IN:

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

(Sleeping)

RED DRESS FAIRY WOMAN

Kenkenny I come to warn you that a battle is

about to take place on Belothe hill not far

from your village. It is written that a small

person with a magical sword will settle the

battle before hundreds of lives are lost. You

are being called Kenkenny to take the

Glaive of Light and to the Hill of Belothe

right now.

The fairy woman in red disappears as quickly as she appeared.

DRAGONA, THE WHITE WITCH (CONT’D)

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Startled, Kenkenny awakens from his dream and sits bolt upright and calls

our for Madeline his wife.

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

Madeline! I just had a terrible dream. It

seems that many of the tribes are about to

engage in a major battle on the hill of

belothe. A fairy woman in a long red dress,

came to me in a dream that I must go, and

stop this battle before much blood was shed.

I must go and saddle up my pony and use

the Glaive of Light to bring peace.

MADELINE

I worry for you Kenkenny. You are but a

little man, and the mysterious Glaive of

Light is so very powerful. I hope you will

enhance your size and power this very day

of darkness. Go with strength my husband.

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

I am off my love. With the Glaive of Light

at my side I will have more power than ten

armies. I go now on my pony to the hill of

belothe. Hurray my pony.

An hour later Kenkenny appears on the hill of Belothe. The battle had

already begun with arrows flying through the air everywhere and foot

soldiers charging across the valley to climb up the hill of Belothe.

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

(CONT’D)

Stop, stop this insanity. (Yelling) Hail

Chieftains of the Celts, Melts, Smelts and

Delts tribes. I am Kenkenny of the Picts

tribe, and this sword that I hold is the

legendary Glaive of Light, given by the

Gods to prevent evil and help good to

endure. I am here today to stop this

unnecessary bloodshed. I urge you to go

back to your villages and put this fight

behind you.

(MORE)

16.

If you do not stop this fighting then I will

have to use the magic of the Glaive of light

to make you weep that you did not stop

when I asked you to. (Shouting to the top of

the hill of belothe) What say you Chieftain

Celtis III? And what of you Smelly the 3rd,

and Rono?

CELTIS III

Who is this little man from the Picts tribe

and what is he doing here. This is not his

fight.

DRAGONA

He is the Keeper of the Glaive of light for

the Gods.

CELTIS III

And what does this Glaive do that we should

care?

DRAGONA

It is supposed to have magical properties my

Lord.

On the other side of the valley.

SMELLY THE 3RD

Who is that little man from the Picts tribe?

CONAN THE DRUID

He is the Keeper of the Glaive, Master.

SMELLY THE 3RD

And why do we care? Cut him down when

we charge the hill of belothe.

CONAN THE DRUID

I would not advise it master. I have heard of

this magical sword that was created by the

Gods. We should wait and see what he does

before charging.

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

(MORE)

17.

Oh, see he is getting off his pony. That is the

Glaive of light he is holding in his hands and

swinging over head.

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

Since no one is listening to me I am going to

have to get your attention. Gods above, and

Gods below bring forth the power of the

Glaive this day and make me taller, stronger

than 100 men, and let the sword shine and

do it destruction this day. (Kenkenny’s body

began to grow and grow until he was 8 feet

tall, and his strength was that of a hundred

men). Suddenly the Glaive of light began to

get bright, and still brighter until no one

could look at it directly. Kenkenny swung

the sword pointed it toward those standing

on the Hill of Belothe and several hundred

warriors fell to the ground, their bodies cut

in half as if a giant razor cut through them.

KENKENNY

Now I point the Glaive of light at the Smelts

and Delts for not listening what I have to

say.

CELTIS III

Gods above look how big the little man from

the Picts tribe has grown. He must be 8 feet

tall? That sword is killing everyone. Run,

we must run to survive.

SMELLY THE 3RD

That Pict has become a Giant. It is the devil

at work. Retreat, run for your lives.

As a long beam of light swung across the valley below the Hill of Belothe

several hundred horses and riders were cut down where they stood. This so

frightened the tribes when they saw this, they all ran away from the battle

back to their villages.

CONAN THE DRUID (CONT’D)

18.

KENKENNY

The vultures will feast well today as will the

scavengers of the forest. I feel so strong and

big. When I put the Glaive of light in it’s

scabbard I will return to my normal size and

strength.

And so Kenkenny mounted his pony and returned to his village.

FADE OUT.

CHAPTER FOUR- KENKENNY AND THE GREY WOLF

SCENE 1- EXT. DAY – SOMEWHERE IN THE CELTIC FOREST.

FADE IN:

It was late in the afternoon in the Celtic forest, and the tree shadows were

getting longer. Kenkenny was hunting for Quail eggs in the field along the

edge of the forest. He had collected about 28 eggs so far. As the sun began

to set early he knew he had better head home before darkness came upon the

land. He had two ways to get home; the quick way through the forest or go

around the forest over a stream, and through the valley of hills.

Being it was still light out, Kenkenny decided he could run through the

forest with his precious eggs, dragging the Glaive of Light with him. Being a

small person had it’s advantages in being able to duck under the tall bushes,

and not hit his head. The Glaive of Light that he was entrusted to protect at

all costs, hung around his neck dragging slightly on the ground.

19.

Half-way though the forest, Kenkenny heard loud growling sounds. As he

approached the place where the sounds were coming from, he hid behind a

huge bolder. From behind the bolder he saw a bear, and a grey wolf fighting.

The grey wolf was bleeding badly. The female bear had the grey wolf

cornered against a high rock ledge. The grey wolf was barking, and howling

from pain. The grey wolf was already bleeding from a cut from the bear.

The bear seemed ready to kill the grey wolf with a volley of her sharp claws

sweeping across the wolf’s body.

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

I am Kenkenny Keeper of the Glaive of

Light. I command you to stop this fighting

now.

BEAR

Who is this human to tell me what to do? I

will crush him with one sweep of my paws.

Step back little human.

GREY WOLF

I am Grey Wolf. Stay away human. This is

none of your business.

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

When I swing this magical sword over my

head, I will grow in height, and have the

strength of 100 men. Then, I will cut both of

you in half in an instant.

GREY WOLF

I have stepped away human. Do not cut me

in half.

BEAR

I am the great Bear of the forest and no

human tells me what to do. Prepare to die

human.

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

By the powers of the Gods give me the

power to swing this sword and strike the

Bear down.

(MORE)

20.

(The Glaive of light began to get brighter

and brighter until a beam of light came out

of the tip and cut the Bear in half on the

spot). The two halves of the Bear lie on the

ground and the Wolf howled from fright.

GREY WOLF

So you do have magical powers human. I

am indebted to you for saving my life from

the Bear. I give you my commitment to

protect you for life for saving my life. Go in

peace little human.

FADE OUT.

CHAPTER FIVE-THE WOLF AT MY BACK

SCENE 1- INT. DAY- KENKENNY’S HOME

KENKENNY, DEFENDER OF THE GLIAVE

As I look out my window I can see a lone

grey wolf howling on a hill nearby every

night at dawn. The full moon shadowing the

outlines of the wolf with here head thrown

back howling at the sky. I knew that I had a

friend for life that I could always depend on.

That night Kenkenny had a dream and a ghostly woman in white came to

him.

GHOSTLY WOMAN IN WHITE

Kenkenny, Defender of the Gliave of Light,

I come as a messenger of the Gods. It is you

mission to do good for mankind and to seek

out a Prince or King that would use the

Glaive of Light to bring peace to the many

tribes of Celtia, Meath, and Farlandia.

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

(MORE)

21.

This prince or King must be a good and

honest man first of all. His heart must be

pure. Go and find this prince or King to

bring peace to all the tribes. You must be

cautious because many others of evil means

desire to steal the Glaive of Light and have

it’s powers for themselves.

FADE OUT.

The next morning a map lie at the foot of Kenkenny’s bed showing the area

of South Celtia beyond country of Meath, called Hammoth.

KENKENNY

Ahh, I have heard of Hammoth where many

rich Kings and Princes live. I must do as the

ghostly white woman commands and search

for a worthy owner of the Glaive of Light. I

will ask my best friend Debruce to come

with me for two is safer than on strange

roads.

Later that day.

KENKENNY (CONT’D)

Debruce I have been looking for you. Will

you come with me on a ride to the country

of Hammoth in search of an honest, and

pure heart King or Prince?

Debruce is another little person with a full face beard who looks a little like

a dwarf only taller and a smaller nose. His long dark hair is braided together

behind his head and he wears a wide brimmed hat to shade his face from the

sun. He is 22 years of age and still a single man.

DEBRUCE (22) FRIEND OF KENKENNY

You know I will never say NO to my friend

Kenkenny. I can have my pony ready in

thirty minutes. How far is Hammoth from

our village? Are you bringing the Glaive of

Light good friend?

GHOSTLY WOMAN IN WHITE (CONT’D)

22.

KENKENNY

Aye, Hammoth is at least a week’s ride or

more depending on the problems we have

along the way. There are many creatures and

unholy things lurking in the forests and

fields. I have our food already packed. Go

back to your home and get a bedroll and a

water flask is all you will need my friend.

DEBRUCE

I will be back before you have a chance to

water the pony.

And so the journey begins with Kenkenny wearing the long Glaive of Light

strapped to his waist. The sword was nearly as tall as he was and slapped his

leg constantly as the pony galloped along.

After a long first day’s ride from Kenkenny’s hamlet the sun was beginning

to go down.

KENKENNY

Let’s find a safe place to bed down for the

night before it get’s dark. I see an old tree

that fell down with huge roots to protect us

from bad weather. Let us ride over and

inspect it.

Suddenly a dark horsemen emerged out of the woods.

DEBRUCE

Kenkenny, Look out it is a headless

horseman dressed in black on a wagon

pulled by four black horses. Run for the

woods. Get that pony moving quickly before

the horseman does harm. Hid behind the tree

roots Kenkenny.

GREY WOLF (8)

I am here little one. This black horseman

does not scare us. Run brother and sister

wolves. Chase the dark horseman on the

wagon with his four black horses. Bite at he

horses legs.

Suddenly, the horseman reins in his four horses and turns and runs away in

23.

another direction leaving the pack of wolves behind.

GREY WOLF (CONT’D)

As I said before little human, “I have your

back where ever you go.”

KENKENNY

Thank you Grey Wolf. You saved our lives.

We will stay here for the night, knowing you

are in the hills always on watch.

DEBRUCE

Now you talk to wolves? What other secrets

do you have my friend? And where the hell

did that headless horseman come from?

KENKENNY

It is a long story I will tell you someday.

Come let us start a fire to warm up.

That was the end of their first day on the road to Hammoth.

FADE OUT.

CHAPTER 6- THE NYMPH IN THE CAVE

SCENE 1- EXT. DAY- A STORM SURGES ACROSS THE LAND.

FADE IN:

DEBRUCE

Kenkenny are you up? The sun is up and it

is time to hit the trail and get away from this

creepy area.

KENKENNY

Alright Debruce. I am ready. We can stop

later and have some hot tea and dried meat.

24.

In the middle of the next day a storm surged upon the land. Kenkenny and

Debruce sought cover when the storm approached, the clouds thicken, and

the sky darkened. Suddenly, down came a deluge of rain washing away the

roads, and bending trees to the earth.

KENKENNY (CONT’D)

Rain clouds on the horizon Debruce. We had

better head for shelter.

DEBRUCE

How about the huge oak tree over there.

Let’s make a run for it before the rain

comes.

KENKENNY

The old oak protects us from the rain, but we

need something more secure for the night.

How about that cave over there by the rock

ledge?

DEBRUCE

Let’s make a dash for the cave while the rain

is still light.

KENKENNY

This cave is great. We can start a fire and

stay dry from the rain storm all night. Grab

those dead branches over there and we can

use them for the fire. Tie the ponies to this

rock in the cave where they can get some

shelter too. My pony biscuit doesn’t like the

rain. Here is an apple and some dried fish

for you Debruce. If you heat up some water

I have some loose tea too for us to drink.

DEBRUCE

I am tire from all the riding today. I will turn

in early tonight.

KENKENNY

Sleep well friend. I will turn in after I finish

my tea.

Later that night a strange sound came from deep within the cave.

25.

KENKENNY (CONT’D)

(Sitting bolt upright) What was that sound? I

heard something from deep within the cave.

Debruce wake up there is someone else in

the cave with us.

In the darkness of the back of the cave a pair of eyes appeared.

KENKENNY (CONT’D)

Debruce wake up please. We have a visitor.

There is something or someone in the cave

with us.

DEBRUCE

What are you talking about?

KENKENNY

Look back in the cave. Do you see those

eyes moving around? Don’t move I am

going to grab the Glaive of Light to protect

us. Who are you and what do you want of

us? I have a powerful sword in my hands

and will use it if I am forced to do so.

DEBRUCE

Let me get a stick from the fire to use as a

torch. Maybe we can see better with it?

KENKENNY

What the hell is that flying about our heads?

Is it a nymph? What is your business here

Nymph?

ELKI, THE NYMPH OF THE CAVE

Fear not little person, I mean you no harm.

(Speaking in a strange woman-like sound). I

am Elki, the Nymph of the cave, here to

protect sacred portions of this special cave.

It was in this cave that a great warrior was

born.

26.

KENKENNY

If that be true Nymph, why do you come to

us in the middle of the night?

DEBRUCE

I will hide behind you Kenkenny. This

nymph flying around makes me nervous. If I

hold my torch higher I might be able to see

the nymph better. Oh, there you are little

one. You look like a little bird with bluish

green skin, red eyes and wings that beat as

fast as a hummingbird.

ELKI, THE NYMPH OF THE CAVE

Fear not little men, so long as you do not

defile this sacred cave, then we have no

business together, and I will go my way.

DEBRUCE

Look who is calling who little? Fine then

we are going back to our fire, and wish you

no ill will.

They went back to the opening of the cave, and tried to get warm, and return

to sleep, but sleep seemed impossible keeping one eye open for the

unpredictable nymph.

ELKI, THE NYMPH OF THE CAVE

I see that on the morrow you will enter the

Forest of the Elders, and the talking trees.

There you will learn some wisdom regarding

your journey. Fear not the talking trees in

the Forest of the Elders, and most of all do

not cut any branches or axe cuts into the

trunks of the great trees for they are the

bodies of the Elders thousands of years old.

These trees reach up to the Gods, and join

heaven and Earth with their branches and

roots.

27.

KENKENNY

(Shouting) Thank you Nymph of the cave

for your wisdom. We will do as you

command. Come Debruce let us pack our

ponies and be on our way before the sun

rises.

DEBRUCE

Good idea. I never got any real sleep

anyway.

KENKENNY

I see the Forest of the ELders off in the

distance rising high above the land.

DEBRUCE

I just can’t wait. Do these trees talk too?

KENKENNY

I know only what the nymph told us.

DEBRUCE

I am beginning to feel I should have stayed

back in the village my friend. All these

creatures, talking wolves, nymphs, and now

talking trees. Too weird for me.

A few hours later Kenkenny and Debruce come to the Forest of the Elders.

As they enter the forests the light from the sun fades with the huge trees

shading the forest floor.

DEBRUCE (CONT’D)

We are finally in the forest of the Elders

Kenkenny. Now what?

KENKENNY

Just keep riding and be careful not to step on

any roots or brush by any of the trees.

FADE OUT.

ACT SEVEN-THE FOREST OF THE ELDERS

28.

SCENE 1- EXT. DAY- THE MAIN ROAD THROUGH THE FOREST

OF THE ELDERS.

FADE IN:

DEBRUCE

Look at how big the tree trunks are

Kenkenny. I have never seen trees so large.

KENKENNY

You know that tradition has it that many

generations before, the Elders of Celtica

were turned into talking trees by an evil

Wizard for betraying him to his enemies.

The forest was all tall oak trees, that stood

taller than redwood trees.

DEBRUCE

Kenkenny, do you hear that humming sound

from the tops of the trees blowing in the

wind? Strange sounds seem to be

everywhere. There don’t seem to be any

animals or squirrels in this forest. Even the

sound of birds are absent. It is a creepy kind

of silence in this forest. So where are the

talking trees or is that just another fairy tale

told by the druids of old?

Do you believe what the nymph said about

learning our fate in the Forest of the Elders?

KENKENNY

I am not sure. Have nymph’s ever lied

before? There is a stream ahead. Let’s

dismount and give our ponies a rest and

some water for their thirst.

Look at what a beautiful stream there is right

in the middle of the forest. You can almost

see your own face in the still water.

DEBRUCE

Yes it is a beautiful stream indeed.

As Debruce and Kenkenny sat beside the stream.

29.

DEBRUCE (CONT’D)

How many more days do we have to travel

to get to the land of Hammoth?

KENKENNY

I do not know for I have never been to

Hammoth.

Debruce sat on the root of a large Oak tree which he thought was a mount of

dirt, and rested. Suddenly, there was a huge roar that came from high in the

trees overhead.

SAMMON THE ELDER, GIANT OAK

TREE

Sit on your own roots little one.

Kenkenny and Debruce jumped to their feet and started to run away from the

huge oak tree.

GIANT OAK TREE

Come back little ones. I did not want to

scare you.

KENKENNY

Are you an evil spirit?

SAMMON THE ELDER, GIANT OAK TREE

No, little one, I am Sammon the Elder of

old.

DEBRUCE

How is it you can talk?

SAMMON THE ELDER, GIANT OAK TREE

We are the elders who were imprisononed

by an Evil sorcerer many centuries ago. We

cannot move except with the wind, but we

can still talk. We can also see into the future

because we can see across the entire land

from sea to sea. It would be wise of you to

go around the swamp that you will come to

after the forest.

30.

KENKENNY

But that would add a extra day to our

journey.

SAMMON THE ELDER, GIANT OAK TREE

In the swamp you will come upon many

creatures, poisonous Giant Frogs, Banshees,

and Crows of death.

KENKENNY

We have encountered many creatures

before, great one. Besides, I have the Glaive

of light to protect us.

SAMMON THE ELDER, GIANT OAK TREE

You will see little ones that what I have

foretold will come to be.

KENKENNY

We thank you for your advice, oh big one,

but we are in a hurray to reach the land of

Hammoth.

SAMMON THE ELDER, GIANT OAK TREE

Do as you wish, but it is your destiny, and I

cannot change that.

KENKENNY

We bid you well old one, and we must be on

our way.

SAMMON THE ELDER, GIANT OAK TREE

Go with the Gods little ones.

Narrator: And so Kenkenny and Debruce rode on their way through the

forest of the elders until they came to open grass fields. Kenkenny looked

behind them, and saw the Grey Wolf standing on a hill nearby. Yes, the wolf

was always at their back.

31.

DEBRUCE

Is that wolf following us?

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

Yes the Wolf is still there. She is looking out

for us. Do not worry Debruce. See this

grassy knoll I have marked on my map, it is

the O’Sher Battlefield, where hundreds of

years before all of the Celtic tribes did

battle. We should be coming to the

battlefield soon.

DEBRUCE

Graves scare me Kenkenny. Oh my God

look ahead. There are grave markers of

stone everywhere as far as the eye could see.

The field of graves must be about five miles

long, and the grave stones were in the

thousands. Big and small the grave stones

were, silently watching the passing of time.

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

We should stop and rest at this long stone

wall. My pony is exhausted, so the timing

seems right to camp for the night.

Narrator: The stone wall was all that was left of a home once built of stone

and cement. Only the wall, and the outline of the house remained. Darkness

came quickly that night, and Debruce started a fire to cook their dinner of

potatoes and dried beef in a stew.

DEBRUCE

I will cook up a dinner of potatoes

and dried beef in a nice stew.

Perhaps if you could look around

for some herbs they would improve

the taste of the stew.

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

Surely, I will begin to search for

some herbs or wild vegetables. Look

here I found some wild onions and

carrots too.

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DEBRUCE

In an hour or so this dried beef will become

soft, and the potatoes, carrots and onions

will become soft and tasty too.

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

I cannot wait to taste of this stew after so

many hours of riding on our ponies.

Narrator: In about an hour they were eagerly scooping out the stew into

wooden bowls and remarking how great the stew tasted.

Later that evening under a cloudy sky they covered themselves with their

blankets and fell fast asleep. Sometime after midnight the wind began to

pick up and began to sound like howling sounds. Soon leaves and branches

began to blow across the grassy field as the wind picked up in strength.

Suddenly out of the darkness, a human sound of howling was heard. It

sounded like a woman in pain, crying for help. Kenkenny and Debruce were

awakened to the loud sound of wailing.

DEBRUCE

Did you hear that? What the hell?

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

Yes, I did and it seemed very frightening.

DEBRUCE

What is it? Perhaps this place is haunted?

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

It sounds like a banshee crying in the wind.

DEBRUCE

Banshee, what is it doing here in a

graveyard

Narrator: Soon the sound got louder and louder and a myst appeared, and out

of the myst came the image of a old woman. She had a look of fear on her

face as she flew around the air back and forth, wailing and wailing, on and

on.

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

I cannot stand it anymore. Take some cloth

and block out your ears so you cannot hear

the banshee.

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Narrator: Debruce did as Kenkenny requested, and put small pieces of cloth

in his ears so he could not hear the banshee crying loudly.

DEBRUCE

Is she going to hurt us?

Narrator: Finally, Kenkenny could take anymore of the wailing, and took out

the Glaive of Light, and held it over his head.

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

By the power of the Glaive of Light, I

command you to stop.

Narrator: The Glaive of Light got brighter and brighter and all of the

cemetery around them was lit up. The banshee began to become smaller and

smaller, and her wailing finally turned to silence, and all of a sudden there

was silence, and she was gone.

DEBRUCE

Well I am glad that worked.

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

It is not as easy as that my friend. Each time

I use the Glaive of Light it weakens my

magic a little more and more. Let us go

back to sleep for the sun will soon be rising.

The next day, Kenkenny decided to ride around the outside of the field of

sorrows so as not to disturb the spirits near the graves.

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

(CONT’D)

Come Debruce, We will use the road that

goes around the outside trail instead of

going straight through the five mile long

grave yard.

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DEBRUCE

Good idea Kenkenny. I have had enough

with these spirits, banshees, and nymphs for

a lifetime.

FADE OUT.

CHAPTER NINE- THE BANSHEE IN THE FOG

SCENE 1- EXT. DAY-THE GREAT FROG SWAMP

Narrator: The rain was coming down hard as Kenkenny, and Debruce rode

their horses through the valley of Earth beyond the great frog swamp. It was

but a few days ride to the castle of the stone Prince, that they were seeking.

Around mid-day Kenkenny and Debruce stopped in a little village called

Pruneland. Here was a village that had hundreds of Plum trees which the

local people dried, and made into prunes. Their prunes were well know

throughout Celtia.

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

This is the town of Pruneland. They have the

best prunes in Celtia. Let’s stop and get a

bag of prunes.

DEBRUCE

Let’s check in at the Pruneland Inn and get

some rest until the rain lets up.

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

Good idea Debruce. I am tired from riding

through the rain.

DEBRUCE

I will get us a room for the night. Why don’t

you put the ponies in the stable and see that

they get some feed?

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

Consider it done Debruce.

A few hours later both Debruce and Kenkenny fell asleep from exhaustion.

FADE OUT.

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SCENE 2- EXT. DAY-The Heavy Fog in Prune

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

(CONT’D)

I need to go outside after

breakfast and get some fresh air.

There is a terrible odor in this

inn.

Kenkenny goes outside to breath in some fresh air.

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

(CONT’D)

Wow, the fog is so thick I cannot

see twenty feet in front of me. I

think I see something. Could it be

a woman in the fog near the well? I

must be imagining this vision.

OLD WOMAN BY THE WELL

Have you come to fetch water at the well?

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

No I am just walking old woman.

OLD WOMAN BY THE WELL.

Can you fetch me a cup of water?

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

(Lowering the bucket into the well) I am

happy to get you a cup of water. What is

your Name old woman?

OLD WOMAN BY THE WELL

My name is of no importance.

Narrator: Kenkenny wondered if she was a ghost or something. She seemed

to float around in the mist while they were talking. After she drank the water

she thanked Kenkenny, and disappeared into the fog. Kenkenny walked back

to the Inn wondering about this mysterious woman and why she had

appeared in the fog.

Later that night while Kenkenny and Debruce were fast asleep there came a

howling at the window. It was the mysterious woman Kenkenny met at the

well. She was screeching at the top of her lungs while flying around in the

fog outside the window.

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BANSHEE

Beware, beware little ones, for down the

road lies death. Yea, death I say, beware,

beware.

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

Who are you?”

BANSHEE

I am the banshee of life and death and you

face death down the road little ones.

Beware.

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

Go away, we do not believe you evil one.

DEBRUCE

What is the matter, why are you shouting?

Who are you shouting at? I cannot see

anyone.

The banshee disappeared into the fog from whence she came screaming,

death, death to all.

KENKENNY, KEEPER OF THE GLAIVE

I think we have a supernatural warning

about what is to happen down the road. We

must be on our guard.

The following morning they bid their inn-keeper farewell, and continued on

their journey.

FADE OUT.

CHAPTER SEVEN-A RIVER TOO WIDE

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CHAPTER EIGHT-REDEMPTION

CHAPTER NINE- THE COURT OF THE STONE PRINCE

CHAPTER TEN-BETRAYAL

CHAPTER ELEVEN-ESCAPE

CHAPTER ?- THE DEMONS DOWN UNDER- (DEMONOTS UNDER

ROCKS ATTEMPT TO STEAL THE GLAIVE OF LIGHT)

CHAPTER 5- THE MAGICIAN- A MAGICIAN ON THE ROAD,

TRIES TO FORCE HIS POWER OVER THE GLAIVE OF LIGHT

AND IS GREATLY SURPRISED

CHAPTER 6- THE CASTLE OF LONNIGAN

Kenkenny finally arrives at the Castle of Lonnigan where the Prince William

lives with his father King Sheere.

CHAPTER 7- THE BETRAYALKing

Sheere puts Kenkenny and Debruce in prison after drugging them at a

banquet.

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CHAPTER 8- ESCAPE- PRINCE WILLIAM COMES TO THE

RESCUE AND LETS KENKENNY AND DEBRUCE ESCAPE

CHAPTER 9- RETURN TO CELTIA AND THE TWISTED TOWER.

Kenkenny and Debruce listen to the wisdom of a talking tree about the

future of the Glaive of Light and their need to hide it from the other tribes.

CHAPTER 10- ARTS AND FARTS, AND DUTY DARTS- SOME OF

THE LOCAL TRIBES SHOW THEIR HAND IN WANTING TO

SEEK THE MAGIC SWORD.

To be continued.

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