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Friday, August 24, 2007



Greetings and Salutations to All my Kith and Kin and All the Ships in Outer Space:

I just finished watching THE EMPEROR'S CLUB, starring Kevin Kline, which was broadcast in high definition on a local cable television channel.


This show is sort of a combination of GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS and DEAD POETS SOCIETY.

I recognized Dr. Joel Fleischman from the NORTHERN EXPOSURE television series.

Here now is the tricky part, i.e., describing this movie without ruining the story for you.

It is about an exclusive boy's college preparatory school, with emphasis on ancient Mediterranean civilizations, and the struggle over personal integrity at every stage of contemporary life.

Objectionable material would be the affair between a teacher and a married woman.

The movie never shows the couple doing anything sexual, but the implication is there.

Also objectionable is hearing the teacher say "Oh, God!" when he obviously isn't praying, or even seriously referring to divinity.

Would you want someone like that to be teaching your sons, especially when you'd paid thousands of dollars in tuition and fees for education at the very finest private academy?

But, despite these relatively minor infractions, I think, that with parental guidance, this movie is ultimately clean enough for the entire family to enjoy watching together.

At the very least, it may stimulate your young'un's curiosity about the contributions of ancient Latin and Greek civilizations.

The young'uns might even be encouraged to indulge themselves in a bit of independent research.

Who knows what intellectual seeds may be thus planted?

Please pass the popcorn.

Thank you.

John Robert "SAIGON" Mallernee, KB3KWS

Official Bard of Clan Henderson
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Washington, D.C. 20011-8400

NOTE: "My unpopular and controversial personal opinions are independent of my Scottish clan."


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