Jesus and John

Jesus and John

A historical fiction novel with a unique approach to the development of Jesus of Nazareth’s mission and John the Baptist’s mission through their relationship to the secret Essenes in their day. Jesus spends 15 years studying medicine and healing with the Essenes which enables him to create the miracle healing that he does.

The original Script from The Junior High, A script for a TV series from the novel, The Junior High, by Dr. Pelham Mead

The Junior High (1960’s-1970’s)

By Dr. Pelham Mead III ©

TV Script for a 13 Episode Series


Narrator: The date is 1960, Upstate New York in the Highland School District and two years of construction on a new Junior High have come up short and will not finish on time for the school opening on September 5, 1960.



Episode 1-The Beginning

Scene 1- Cucamonga JHS construction site, Sept. 1959.

Description of Scene: Piles of wood everywhere, backhoe parked nearby and many trucks parked in background. Front of the building, Glass with taped X in the front hallway.


Job Foreman-Mr. Green- (Talking to another unnamed construction worker outside the school building) “Well it looks like we aren’t going to finish this job on time for the opening on September 5th.”

Construction Worker #1-“That’s too bad. There are going to be a lot of unhappy parents and

Job foreman: “Yeah about 600 unhappy students to be exact.”

Construction Worker #1: “What’s holding up the job?

Job Foreman: “The auditorium seats have not come in yet. We are also five unfinished classrooms left on the second floor.”

Construction worker: “Wow, that’s a lot to do. Well I have to get back to work. See you later boss.”


Scene two: The superintendent of schools, Mr. Sam Woodruff’s office.

Description of scene: (Phone rings and a secretary sitting at a desk in a large office area surrounded with books on shelves and education posters. Mrs. Adler, secretary to the Superintendent of Schools: ” Hello, Superintendent Woodrift’s office, Ms. Adler speaking, ‘how may I help you?”

Construction Foreman, Mr. Sam Green-“Hello, I would like to speak to the Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Woodruff, please. This is Mr. Green, the Foreman on the Cucamonga school construction.”

Secretary Adler: “Yes, one minute Mr. Green. I will put Superintendent Woodrift on the line for you.”

Secretary Adler: “shouting into the next room” “Mr. Green the Job Foreman on line 2 sir.”

Supt. Woodruff: “Ok, I got it, Hello,

Foreman Green: “Hi, Mr. Woodruff, this is foreman Green speaking.”

Superintendent Woodruff: “Yes what can I do for you Mr. Green?”

Foreman Green: “Well, Sir I am afraid I have some bad news for you.”

Supt. Woodruff: “Yes what is it?” (In an angry manner)

Foreman Green: “The chairs for the auditorium for Cucamonga JHS have not arrived yet. In addition, we are five classrooms behind in finishing, Sir”

Supt. Woodruff: “Are you kidding me! Here it is September 2, three days away from opening and you are telling me we are not going to finish on time? What the hell am I going to do now? We sent out 600 letters back in August to the new Cucamonga JHS students about opening day on Sept. 5th.”

Foreman Green: ” May I suggest Sir, that we lock the auditorium closed and block off all access to the five unfinished classrooms on the second floor, front hallway.”

Supt. Woodruff: “What about the building inspector? He is never going to give us a CO with the building unfinished.”

Foreman Green: “Don’t worry about the building inspector, we will slip him some money to go away until the building is done.”

Supt. Woodruff: “You can do that?”

Foreman Green: “Let me worry about that, Sir.”

Supt. Woodruff: ” Ok, I want action and fast.”

Supt. Woodruff: “Miss Adler, get me the President of the Board of Education, Mr. Grossberg, and Mr. Flemingberg, the Teacher’s Union President on the phone right away.

Supt. Woodruff begins pacing back and forth and looking out his office windows.


Foreman Green: ” Thank you Sir, goodbye.”

Supt. “Miss Adler, get me the President of the Board of Education, Mr. Grossberg, and Mr. Flemingberg, the Teachers Union President on the phone right away.

Supt.Woodruff- (begins pacing back and forth- looking out the windows of his office)

(A few minutes later the Phone rings)

Ms. Adler- (shouting) Mr. Woodruff, Mr. Flemingberg calling on line 2.”

Supt. Woodruff- “Hello Bill, I just wanted to let you know we have a problem with the opening day at Cucamonga Junior High school. The auditorium had no seats yet, and we are five classrooms upstairs away from finishing. I just wanted to keep you informed. Please tell your teachers that regardless of what gossip they hear, we will open on Sept. 5th with a faculty development day. Students will report on Sept. 6th at 9:05am.

Bill Flemingberg- Union President “Than you Cal. I will notify all our Union Members that is business as usual at Cucamonga Junior High school and all teachers assigned to that new school are to report in at 9:05 on Sept. 5th.

Supt.Woodruff- Cal “Thanks Bill, I will keep you informed, gotta run, bye.”

(Phone rings again)

Ms. Adler ” Mr Grossberg is on line 3 sir.”

Supt. Cal “Thank you Ms. Adler, I got it”

Supt. Cal- ” Good morning Sam, Shalom. How are you today?

Sam Grossberg, Pres. Of the board of Education- “Good and you?”

Supt. Cal- “Sam we have a problem with the construction at Cucamonga Junior High school. The auditorium seats have not yet been delivered and they have five more classrooms on the second floor to finish.”

Sam “Wow are we going to open on time?”

Supt. Cal- “Yes we are going to open on Sept. 5th for the faculty conferences, but the upstairs will be blocked off and the auditorium will be locked.”

Sam “OK, I am glad we have a backup plan or the parents will be calling me night and day.”

Supt. Cal “I will keep you informed Sam, have a nice day”

Sam “Goodbye Cal.”

Supt. Cal (dialing out on a rotary phone) “Hello Principal Worley? This is Superintendent Grossberg. I have some good and bad news for you. Which do your want first?”

Principal Ned Worley “What is the bad news.”

Supt. Cal -“Well the construction on your school is running behind schedule. Your auditorium chairs have not been delivered yet and five classrooms upstairs rooms 201, 202,203,204, and 205 are not finished yet.”

Principal Ned Worley ” Are we going to open on Sept. 5th?”

Supt. Cal- “Yes but with restrictions. The second floor font stairway will have to be blocked off by your staff and the auditorium will have to be locked.

Principal Worley “So what is the good news?”

Supt. Cal- “The good news Ned is your are going to open on Sept. 5th for the faculty conference day.

Principal Ned- “Great, I will get on the closures right away in the hall and auditorium. Thanks you and have a nice day.”

(Hangs up)

Principal Worley- “Mrs. Grey call the Assistant Principal Mr. Kelp and have him modify the class schedule and move rooms 201 to 205 to different rooms. If there are not rooms available the small cafeteria will be available except periods 3,4, and 5 during lunchtime. Also have him inform the faculty and staff that construction will go on during school hours and the auditorium is off limits and will be locked until the chairs arrive.”

Secretary Grey- “I am calling him right now Mr. Worley”

Principal Worley “What are I going to do about the parents, should they be informed? It is probably too late for that.

(Talking out loud to himself)

Narrator: “And so the first day of school arrived with faculty conferences on Sept. 5th and all Cucamonga Junior high faculty were to report to the building as usual for meetings.Imageunioe

The Difficulty of writing Historical Fiction

Currently I am writing a historical fiction novel about Anne of Cleves the 4th wife of King Henry VIII in 1539 in England. Anne managed to escape getting her head cut off and in return for their annulment King Henry awarded her 3,000 ducats a month and Richmond castle and several other castles an manors that had renters paying rent. This made her one of the richest women at the time in England. What makes it difficult to write is all the known historical facts already part of history and following that time line accurately.  I had to read and research several books on Anne of Cleves, King Henry VIII and his wives in addition to blogs on the topic and get everyone’s view of the annulment and the events surrounding the place in time.

Setting up an accurate time line was a first priority. I am writing the book from her viewpoint which has not been done before, therefore, a lot of information she was not privy to I can leave out. My sub-themes are to show who well she adapted even though at first she could not speak English and knew very little about the English culture. She was a major influence on Lady Elizabeth when she was a child. She got an agreement front the King to allow her to visit with Elizabeth on a regular basis. Anne was 24 and Elizabeth 7 at the time of the annulment. Anne was also a friend and confident of Lady Mary who became Queen after Edward VI died at age 15. This helped Anne to survive after Edward and his council took away most of her estates and monthly allowance. Getting all these facts straight is indeed a challenge and sometimes I have to force myself to write, but I know in time I will eventually finish the Personal Diary of Anne of Cleves.

Dr. Greenspan

Dr. Greenspan

From the novel, “The 23rd Psalm,” Dr. Greenspan helps to save many people with his medical skills. This is a unique story of two religious groups seeking to survive after a Comet hits the Earth and the Poles melt. Combine the science fiction theme with a Messiah theme and you get the 23rd Psalm where each chapter is a line from the famous Prayer from the bible.

King Henry VIII

King Henry VIII

Anne of Cleves was Henry’s 4th wife from Germany who could speak little English. After trying to sneak into her room Anne realized that he was not the handsome man she had heard but rather a fat obese man who was unable to hold an erection. Some say he had a disease and others say he was just impotent from his poor health and huge girth.

Hever Castle

Hever Castle

King Henry VIII gave Hever Castle along with other castles to Anne of Cleves after their marriage annulment. Hever Castle was smaller and more manageable than Richmond castle and was a favorite home of Anne of Cleves, “beloved Sister of the King.”
All these stories are included in my upcoming novel, “The Personal Diary of Anne of Cleves, 4th wife of King Henry VIII of England

Jesus and John stain glass

Jesus and John stain glass

The New Testament in the Bible tells some wonderful stories about the miracles of Jesus and John. What if Jesus spent almost 15 years training as a healer and user of medicines by the Essenes? What is what Jesus said on the Mount was a compilation of Essene prayers and theology. Was Jesus Christ, “The Righteous Leader,” that all the Essenes prayed for? Where did John the Baptist get his training using Baptism as the core of his ministry? Was it from the Essenes in Qumran near the Dead Sea? I try to answer these questions and more in a historical fictional context in the book, “Jesus and John,” published by Xlibris

Mrs. Lee the Home Economics Teacher

Mrs. Lee the Home Economics Teacher

The only Chinese teacher in the whole school was Mrs. Lee. She taught Home Economics, Sewing, and Cooking. If you wanted to go to Chinatown in New York city she would write a meal recommendation in Mandarin for you to present to the waiter at certain places in Chinatown. We always got a great meal this way, thanks to Mrs. Lee