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Aretha Franklin—A Lot of Respect

“I didn’t think my songs would become anthems for women. But I’m delighted. Women probably immediately feel compassion and relate to the lyrics. We can all learn a little something from each other, so whatever people can take and be inspired by where my music is concerned is great.”
Aretha Franklin (1942—2018)
Time interview

Before Aretha Franklin became the Queen of Soul—and a Grammy winning artist—she began singing at her father’s church in Detroit.

Scott W. Smith

 

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“It ain’t about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”
Rocky Balboa

I started this blog when I lived in Cedar Falls, Iowa and the story of Taylor and Danielle Morris is as good an example as they come of what makes that area and people special. The first video was just released by the Gary Sinise Foundation regarding the Morris’ new Cedar Falls home, and the second video is Taylor talking about his Navy experience in Afghanistan where an IED exploded underneath him leaving him a quadruple amputee in 2012.

Scott W. Smith

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Afflicting the Comfortable

“There are some cases where you want to afflict the comfortable, and there are other cases where you want to comfort the afflicted.”
Katie Couric on the journalist’s job
Interview on The Tim Ferriss Show

According to a Poynter article by David Shedden the roots of that sentiment go back to a one-act play with this line “The job of the newspaper is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” But Shedden writes that original version of that quote appeared in the 1902 book Observations by Mr. Dooley by the Chicago newspaperman Peter Finley Dunne (1867-1936):

“Th’ newspaper does ivrything f’r us. It runs th’ polis foorce an’ th’ banks, commands th’ milishy, controls th’ ligislachure, baptizes th’ young, marries th’ foolish, comforts th’ afflicted, afflicts th’ comfortable, buries th’ dead an’ roasts thim aftherward.”

P.S. Heard Couric’s quote this morning and thought that movies—along with being able to entertain—also have the ability to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable. The Shawshank Redemption and The Florida Project are two different movies that come to mind.

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Make a difference today for someone who is fighting for their tomorrow. You don’t need to be a Russell Wilson, an Aaron Rogers, to make a difference out there. Every single person in this roon can be a difference maker. You can be just a normal person that gets up every morning and goes to work—but you can be a difference maker, putting a smile on those faces. So I urge anybody out there, if you have somebody out there suffering—it doesn’t have to be cancer—it could be somebody not having a good day. It could be your mom, your dad, it can be your grandparent. What you say to them, the smile that you have on your face—that can be the difference in them making it to the next day.”
Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly (who has also gone through years of cancer treatment)
Jimmy V Award for Perseverence acceptance speech
July 18, 2018

Kelly for Kids Foundation

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“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me. ”
Fred Rogers

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If you time it right next Tuesday you can catch the unusual double feature of Mr. Rogers  (Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and Full Metal Jacket at the Enzian Theater in Maitland, Florida.  Catch the documentary on Fred Rogers at 6:30, grab a food and a drink at Eden Bar, and then catch the Stanley Kubrick war classic at 9:30. (Therapy afterward optional.)

How many times will you get to do that in your life?

I had the opportunity to cross paths with Fred Rogers twice in my life. The first time was in 1997 when my wife was playing a piano duet in the music building at Rollins College.  As my wife and I were talking after the recital Mr. Rogers came up and said to my wide in his super nice and friendly manner, “I really enjoyed your music.”

Mr. Rogers also played the piano and went to Rollins College where he met his musician wife. She later received a book from him with a nice note.

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My second Mr. Rogers encounter was when I was taking photos at the Rollins Chapel carrying equipment and he opened the door for me. It was like having Forrest Gump open the door for you. (Speaking of…Tom Hanks will be playing Mr. Rogers in the movie You Are My Friend coming out next year from a script by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and  Noah Harpster. )

Fred Rogers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998 and may have taken one of the more unusual routes to Hollywood Blvd. He born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (where golfing legend Arnold Palmer was also born) and after Rollins attended Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and became an ordained Presbyterian minister before launching his TV class show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. 

Here’s a little Mr. Rogers inspiration for you today.

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P.S. In the early 60s (1961/1962) author and theologian R.C. Sproul was starting his training at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary just as Fred Rogers was finishing his education there. In 1971 Sproul started the Ligonier Valley Study Center in Stahlstown, PA. (Stahstown, Ligonier, and Latrobe are all neighboring towns within a ten-mile radius of each other.)

Sproul later moved to Orlando and in the 90s when I was just a few years out of film school and looking for “Hollywood East” I produced many videos and a radio program with Sproul and he told me he’d gone to seminary with Fred Rogers.

Proving once again that it’s a small, small world with many surprising twists and turns.

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Won’t you be my neighbor? (“Full Metal Jacket” version.)

Related post:
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Hollywood East (written after R.C. Sproul died last year)

Scott W. Smith

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“Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one’s life.”
Anthony Bourdain

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Saturday night I had an enjoyable meal at Isabelle’s located at The Historic Peninsula Inn in Gulfport, Florida. I took this photo the next morning because I knew it’d be bathed in the early morning light. (The blue sky was a bonus.)

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I thought a lot about Anthony Bourdain over the last few days since hearing about this death. I enjoyed his shows and how he balanced talking about food, travel, movies, and culture. While I have traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and overseas on various productions, my entire career probably looks like a slow year for Bourdain. One article I read said he was sometimes on the road 250 days a year.

No need for me to read into his death, but I’ll miss seeing him explore far (and near) places. His work continued a thread in my life that started when I grew up listening to Jimmy Buffett’s music. A desire to see the far side of the world. And sometimes just the far side of the United States that are sometimes in our own backyards.

So when I pulled into the small art town of Gulfport (next to St. Petersburg) there was a spirit of discovery there that just made my short trip enjoyable.

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Parts Unknown Part 3

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Parts Unknown Part 5

Parts Unknown Part 6

Parts Unknown Part 7

Parts Unknown Part 8

Parts Unknown Part 9

Parts Unknown Part 10

Scott W. Smith

 

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My advice is always that your path to success is to do the things that you’re the best at. And I think a lot of time the things that you’re the best at are the things that you have the most passion for. And I think those are the two areas I would always recommend people focus on. I think that it’s more likely that a fantastic amazing stunt coordinator is going to get hired to direct a big movie than someone who has made another big movie really badly. Like I just don’t think that – it’s an industry where you get over-rewarded for things that you do really well. And I think that those are the things that you need to focus on.

I think it was Guillermo del Toro said that all of the things that are flaws about you when you start doing well just become your voice. And when you’re not doing well they’re all the things people point out as problems.
Indie Producer Keith Calder
Interview with John August on Scriptnotes. Ep. 343

P.S. On a similar note writer/director Francis Ford Coppola said the things that they criticize you for early in your career are what you get honors for later in your career.

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