A M O V I E R E V I E W America: Imagine the World without Her j u l y 2 0 1 6 A L I V E E A S T B A Y 39 T R I V I A L MATTERS B E N F E R N A N D E Z CAROLYN HASTINGS "There's a bright golden haze in the meadow," are the opening lyrics to the American treasure Oklahoma, the first musical by the legendary team, Rodgers and Hammerstein. Rodgers wrote the music, while Hammerstein supplied the lyrics and libretto to a steady stream of great musicals from the 1940s to the 1950s. Let's reminisce about their masterworks produced together and separately. 1. Prior to getting together with Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein wrote the lyrics to the great musical of 1928, Showboat. Who was the music composer of that great show? 2. Prior to getting together with Hammerstein, Richards Rodgers partnered with a wonderful lyricist in several hit shows of the 1920s and 1930s, such as Pal Joey. Who was that lyricist? 3. She later won an Oscar for Gentlemen's Agreement, but she got her first big break playing Ado Annie in R & H's first hit Oklahoma. Who was she? 4. Their next big hit was Carousel. The love song between Billy and Julie was the personal favorite of R & H. What was it? 5. For their next hit, South Pacific, they hired a star from the New York opera to play the male lead and sing "Some Enchanted Evening." Who was he? 6. For their next hit, King and I, they chose a star from England who made her career in British music halls and some early Broadway musicals. Who was she? 7. The most successful movie based on a R & H musical was Sound of Music. Julie Andrews starred in the movie, but who played Maria on Broadway? June Answers: 1. June Jones 2. June Cleaver 3. "June is Busting Out All Over" 4. June Haver 5. June Allyson 6. June Christy June Winner: Sue Howard of Martinez WIN $25 ON BEN! The first person to email or mail (no calls please), the correct answers to all of the above questions will win a $25 gift certificate, compliments of Ben! Entries must be received by July 20, 2016. In the event of a tie, the winner will be drawn at random. Please email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to ALIVE, 3200 A Danville Blvd., Ste. 204, Alamo, CA 94507. Prizes are limited to only one winner per household per quarter (every three months). Employees and family members of employees of ALIVE are not eligible. I don’t often re-visit a movie but July 4th, Independence Day, is a very special day to me. I love all it stands for. I am blessed. If you are reading this in the USA, you are blessed. If you didn’t watch this movie when I wrote about it before, do it now. America is once again at a crossroads. Watch and learn. It started with a bus and a curb. Independence Day is one of my very favorite holidays and on that day, every year my quaint little town pulls out all the stops to celebrate our freedom. We start with a parade (well, for the early risers they get to start their celebration with a pancake breakfast) and move on from there. My grandkids and I go down the afternoon before and stake our spot. About midway through the streams of kids sports teams, dogs, horses and floats there was a BIG BLACK BUS. I had never seen a bus in the parade and this one had a picture of the Statue of Liberty emblazoned on the side. America: Imagine the World without Her, has finally been released in theaters. I thought, “What better day to ponder that question than Independence Day.” Someone once observed “America is great because she is good; if she ever ceases to be good she will cease to be great.” Today that notion of the essential goodness of America is under attack, replaced by another story in which theft and plunder are seen as the defining features of American history – from the theft of Native American and Mexican lands and the exploitation of African labor to a contemporary foreign policy said to be based on stealing oil and a capitalist system that robs people of their “fair share.” Our founding fathers warned us that, although the freedoms they gave us were hard fought, they could very easily be lost. America stands at a crossroads and the way we understand our past will determine our future. Now, there’s the rub. We have people in America who would love to change her. I am old enough to remember when there was rarely a meeting of more than a handful of people where we didn’t say the Pledge of Allegiance. When we said the pledge or an American flag went by we put our hands on our hearts and the men actually took off their hats. That’s respect; respect for a flag that stands for a country that STANDS. America has fought in almost every land, not to conquer them but to free them. Not to plunder and steal but to add value. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the men who created this incredible movie. Dinesh D’Souza is an immigrant from India. He and John Sullivan wrote the screenplay and directed this amazing documentary. Dinesh also wrote the book and produced this film. The movie takes 21st century Americans into the future by first visiting our past. It exemplifies and echoes the reasons and passionate feelings most Americans still have today. I have to admire the many early grade educators who still hold to the truths about America. My four grandchildren had teachers who taught them well. As Americans we need to insist that our colleges and universities hold fast to American exceptionalism. If you are faltering in your belief of that, I challenge you to see the movie, America: Imagine the World without Her. As always, I invite your thoughts at email@example.com.
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