Thu 16 Oct 8:25
I awoke just past 4 AM to check on the results of the final presidential debate. It appears that Reaganism will
finally ebb away after twentyeight years. One day in 1981 continues to be worth a week now.
Fri 17 Oct 14:38
This weekend may be the first one when I didn't put out garbage nor go for groceries. I think a trip for produce
will be sufficient today.
I still can't seem to get enough of "Terry". I watched it again as I tried to fall asleep last night. I placed
it on the computer, but I could not save nor copy any of the scenes.
I just noticed the dollar on the backside reads "Terry Fox, 1958-1981", not "Terry Fox Marathon". Obviously the
coin relates to him, not the marathon. His place among the alltime greatest Canadians has its merits as well.
Pierre Trudeau is among them, as I'd expected.
Mon 20 Oct 8:22
I realized that I have not yet written a review of "Terry", which I've seen about ten times since its arrival on Friday
When I first heard that there was going to be another movie about Terry Fox, I was curious about who was going to play
him. I had hoped in 2005 that "Terry" would broadcast on the television (in the United States) , but it was to no avail.
I did look up on the internet about Shawn Ashmore. This morning I discovered his twin Aaron is identical, although taller
and more muscular.
Anyway, I wondered how an actor with both legs could play Terry Fox. Then I thought that today -- unlike 1983 when
Home Box made "The Terry Fox Story" (aka "Heart of a Champion") -- computer generation could image a prosthesis on his right
leg. I did not consider a "double", which Grant Darby played to ease the transition. Also, how could Shawn know
how to walk and jog convincingly? I think they used a walking prosthesis as well. Obviously Grant, who porved
a deceptive double, trained Shawn well. I had difficulty trying to distinguish them in the scenes.
As far as other aspects of playing Terry Fox, I'd think the actor would have to be Canadian, average-height, handsome,
and lentigenous. Shawn was actually born near where Terry Fox lived in suburban Vancouver right before the Marathon
of Hope. He's 180 cm vs Terry's 178, and quite lentigenous. Shawn does have the azure eyes, versus Terry's cerulean
ones. One difference is where each has a wen: Terry's was more prominent and right below his left cheek, while Shawn's
is roughly the same place on his right one. That "beauty mark" helped distinguish him from Grant. As expected,
they covered up Shawn's facial freckles at the beginning and the end of the movie. Shawn was very pale as the dying Terry
Fox in May 1981. However, Shawn has quite the naturally cute freckles in the rest of the film. I realized they
were real in the shower scene (They don't wash off!) and looked for freckles on other parts of his body (which also proved
they were real).
In the movie proper, there were several subtile pictures of the real Terry Fox, besides the ending. Terry had on
a teshirt with smaller and thicker letters, which manifested in part of the scene in Toronto on television and through
a bottle of water at the motelroom the night before the last run.
19:50 Tue 21 Oct 19:50
The quickness of the shooting over one month showed in the scenes where Shawn plays Terry before the operation.
Terry had very stright hair, which Shawn did not. Any ugly scenes, even those from Homebox's version in 1983, are quite
absent. Even young children may watch this movie. It has many fine intimate scenes of children with cancer.
A different version of Manfred Mann's "Runner" and Stan Rogers "Turnaround" led the great music. It covers almost every
major quote from the run such as "If I die right now, I did happy, because I'm doing what I want to do" and "Somewhere the
hurting must stop."
A few ironies are that Shawn speaks fluent French, but did not as Terry in Québec, the great interview at Corner Brook
in the CBC archives wasn't mentioned, and Shawn could not match Terry's speeches (but who could?) in Toronto, after meeting
Greg Scott, and when he had to return home. Nonetheless, I highly recommend "Terry".
Tue 21 Oct 21:07
I sent my sister an update, and I finally wrote my review on the website. I uploaded my first comic, but little
else. I feel tired, and I just uploaded my diary about Terry Fox on my Heroes site.
Thu 23 Oct 15:01
Our Canadian MIS team asked to see my review of "Terry" yesterday, after I showed them the coin. They are not here
today, so I hailed them the right time, for I did not see them earlier this week. I am taking off tomorrow after a long
day. I am going to Block tonight for another seminar on education credits. ITIN still hasn't come up.
I spent much of last evening on the internet just checking what I uploaded. I walked both ways yesterday and bathed
Mon 27 Oct 14:45
I gave up early Saturday morning trying to find any proof of income. I sent what I could, but their postoffice
was supposedly closed, so I had to send it gound.
I indulged in MIT's "Solid State Chemistry", which has been a visit to Chem 12 in the fall of 1975. I suppose I
should start at such an introductory level not only to refresh my memory after thirtythree years, but also to latch onto any
advances since 1975.
I did a little sketching. Most of Friday disappeared into a multipurpose of maintenance and inspection of the van.
It cost $436.29 to pass through, but the problem of weak heater and air conditioning disappeared as well. The alternator
belt was cracked, so new belts run the heater much better. I could have used them back on 12 February. It might
have been when the belts cracked in the cold, although no one noticed when I had the plugs fixed last spring.
Tue 28 Oct 22:26
It was 28 years ago tonight that Jimmy Carter finally debated Ronald Reagan and lost the election. The slight lead
evaporated as five percent of the electorate switched to Reagan. No one knew it at the time. I remember the Tonight
Show had a joke where someone disguised as John B. Anderson knocked on the door on Halloween and asked to debate. The
evening of the election, Ray Chromie and I broadcasted the results of the election of 1968, then twelve years previous.
In my latest view of "Terry", I find myself further analyzing my hero amid the existential nausea I feel. Did Terry
ever feel that his life was so short that he had to attempt such a run? Did this wonderous and magnificient goal become
such a driving force that nothing else mattered? Once again, I am reminded how little I've accomplished in my life
as well. When am I going to write that autobiography? When am I going to find my life's work? I've been
living alone over two months, and I still don't get much progress.
I have yet another night with Block, this time in Bensalem. The bad weather will probably force me to drive anyway.
I should pick up another box for delivery to my sister, given I will have the van.
Thu 30 Oct 8:12
'Twas 19i70 and a Friday when I went to school as a drunkard, and I plucked two Gibbons (beer) cans off Kirby Avenue
(Mountain Top PA) along my paperroute.
The big news today remains the win in the World Series of the Philadelphia Phillies in game five. Two nights
ago, the game stopped in a rained suspension. Tonight we'll be plunging into a killing frost.
Last night I spent at Block in Bensalem. The instructor was nearly late as I waited outside the
mall in the cold. The third meeting about Build Your Business really provides an incentive to set goals and to write
them down, then send them in. When I came home, I went online and took the test, passing it on the first try.
Fri 31 Oct 8:22
Ugh! The sunrise is almost 7:30, making it difficult to get up. Daylight time has passed any usefulness.
i decided to wear my last teshirt to round off the month, instead of camouflage for Halloween.
I am visting tonight with coats and heavy clothes. I'll be sending clothes to my sister for Mom this weekend.
I suppose I'll have to begin bringing home my brother's summer clothes.
I brought my radioshow from Halloween 1981 to work. It still puts me in a wonderful mood. Now if the
political ads would cease.