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The '20s where a time of jazz, proabition, scandles, and scocial reform. In honnor of this "Jazz Age" one of the projects was to make a newspaper with articals about the times. Here are a few of my articals:

The Monkey Trial Scandle

The Truth about Winnie

Chat with Mr. Magic

Book de Jour

Mickey the Mouse

The Monkey Trial Scandle

In the popular Broadway hit Chicago, we see the trail system played like a big show put on for entertainment. While the show deals with young jazz killers, there is a case where it is all a show put on for the media.
The stage is a small city in Dayton, TN, where business was bad. In order to draw in more people and press George Rappalyea, and others conspired tighter to have a more of a "show down of ideas" then a trial.

TN has a law called the Butler Act . This act prohibits the teaching of Darwin and evolution in science class because church leaders thought it diminished the teachings of the Bible.

Rappalyea is a young Methodist with contempt for the new law. Once he heard about Mr. John Scopes, he invites him to come to a local drug store. After a brief questioning about the stand in teachers motives behind the teaching of evolution in spite of the law, Rappalyea asked if Scopes would be willing to "stand for a test case?" John Scopes agreed. Let the games begin.

With a top team of science fiction writers and law professors form neighboring states, Scopes was ready for court on July sixth.

As expected, the defense did not agree that Jon Scopes committed a crime, they instead argued that it was the law that was in the wrong.

Bringing in many well known scientist and Professors on the Bible, both sides argued back and forth for many days.

The trial was pompously stretched out, like a show that was extended it's stay on the golden stage of Broadway. More and more media coverage came. This time form all over the world. The conspirators had succeeded. The city of Dayton was now known as a battle ground for the scientists and rationalists ageist the Bible-thumping, stuck up, church officials.

Winnie the Pooh

Mr. Alan Milne took Christopher Robin, his young son to the zoo for the first time last week. While there, Christopher Robin, saw a great black bear named Winnie and fell in love with her. He stood at her cage for hours, and even went into the house to feed the bear some condensed milk!

This may sound like the begging to a great collection of stories featuring a "Winnie the Pooh" but in realty, it never even happened.

Sir Basil Bartlett, neighbor to Mr. Alan Milne, had attended a dinner at Mr. Laurence Irving's London home. While there, Sir Bartlett motioned to Mr. Irving that his neighbor wished his son to join the Irving family the next time they went to the zoo. Mr. Irving agreed, thinking that the trip would be good for little Christopher Robin, since he had never been to the zoo before.

At the zoo, Mr. Irving, his two children, and Christopher Robin went to see the polar bear in his "house". Poor Christopher was so afraid of the "beast" that he cried and begged to be brought back home. The other two children started crying and wailing as well, since they did not wish to leave at that time.

After a bit of pleading, bargaining and condoling, the children all went to see one last animal - the black bear, Winnie. Christopher, while terrified of the polar bear, fell in love with Winnie. In one photo taken that day, you can see Christopher Robin feeding the bear milk, with Mr. Irving looking through the bars.

At an afternoon lunch between Mr. Irving and Mr. Milne, Mr. Irving told Mr. Milne about the trip to the zoo, editing out some details involving polar bears. This lead to many poems and also some stories celebrating the fine event. You can buy copies of these stories and poems at any fine bookstore near you. See the back of the paper for coupons.

Chat With Mr. Magic

Interviewer: "Hello, Mr. Houdini"

Houdini: "Please call me Harry"

Interviewer: "As you wish. Now, Harry, I understand that Harry Houdini is not yur true name"

Houdini: "It is not the name my parents gave me"

Interviewer: "What was the name your parents gave you then?"

Houdini: "Ehrich Weiss"

Interviewer: "Why did you change your name?"

Houdini: "My father died when I was thirteen, after that we moved form my birthplace, Appleton to New York. I had only just began to study and perform magic under the name 'Ehrich the Great' when I read a book about the greatest magician in the world - Robert Houdin. I wanted to be like him so badly that I changed my name to Houdini to be like him."

Interviewer: "I thought that you called yourself the 'King of Cards' when you first started"

Houdini: "I did, but that was after I changed my name to Houdini"

Interviewer: "Have you read any other books in those early years that affected you and your carrier to this day?"

Houdini: "Yes, I read a book called Revelations of a Spirit Medium by A. Medium"

Interviewer: "Did the medium have a name?"

Houdini: "Yes, A. Medium. I don't know what the first letter stands for"

Interviewer: "That sounds interesting, what was it about?"

Houdini: "It talked about fake mediums mostly. How they would have themselves tied up then, when no one was looking, release themselves and cause things to happen in dark rooms. They would throw things, make weird noises, things like that"

Interviewer: "Do you believe in mediums and ghosts?"

Houdini: "I think it is very distasteful and now I try to expose fakes as much as possible"

Interviewer: "But I understand, that once when you where down, you tried the same thing"

Houdini: "That is true, but I found it distasteful and stopped. Now I try to expose as many fakes as possible"

Interviewer: "Was that book the inspiration for your death defining acts now?"

Houdini: "I don't know, most likely that was a part of it."

Interviewer: "How did you first start those acts?"

Houdini: "I started with card tricks, calling myself the "King of Cards" as you said before. I joined up with a lad from the factory I was working at and started using handcuffs in the act. Later on, my brother replaced the boy"

Interviewer: "Why did you start doing the escape changes?"

Houdini: "It sold tickets and I liked the challenge. I still do."

Interviewer: "Is that why you fly planes?"

Houdini: "I guess, but I stopped that after the Austrian flights in 1910"

Interviewer: "I see, thank you for your time Mr. Houdini"

Houdini: "Your welcome, I was happy to speak to you"

Book de Jour

T.S. Eliot's new book, the Outsiders, is a powerful book. It is the hard and rugged tale of a family that lives in the slums of a city and the life they lead.
Far form being glamorous, the Outsiders is packed with raw emotion that you can feel when you read it.

The plot is well crafted and you can see the main characters growing up and into the hard world around them. At it's heart, it's truly a story of friendship against all odds.
My only real criticism is that the book is simply too short! When you are done reading it, T.S Eliot's colorful and vivid writing style will leave you wanting more.

I think the most touching part of the whole novel was at the end, when one of the major characters… Well, you'll just have to read it for yourself!

Mickey the Mouse

November the 18th, 1928 was a big day for a little mouse now known as Mickey. Why? Because that was his first showing on the sliver screen.

The lovable mouse started life as Oswald the Rabbit. When creator Walt Disney was denied the funds needed to improve the drawings, he started thinking about a mouse cartoon.

In in interview, Mr. Disney recalled the train ride when Mickey was born and said "Mrs. Disney and I were coming back from New York on the train and I had to have something I could tell them. I've lost Oswald so, I had this mouse in the back of my head because a mouse is sort of a sympathetic character in spite of the fact that everybody's frightened of a mouse including myself".

With such a lovable mouse such a huge celebrity, who could be scared of a mouse now?