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Armstrong named FAB keynote speaker

Sheridan Press, tidings…

• The second annual FAB Women’s Conference (For. About. By. Women) has a keynote speaker: Stephanie Armstrong. She founded the San Diego-based nonprofit, Heart of Leadership, which works with young girls and young women to promote leadership and positive self-image. Mentorship and women as role models to other women are also a part of the HOL organization.

Ms. Armstrong’s program and appearance in Sheridan is being sponsored by First Federal Savings Bank.

The FAB Woman of the Year banquet is Friday, Sept. 26 at Sheridan College.

The FAB Conference 2014 a day of empowerment, training and education, is Saturday, Sept. 27, at Sheridan College. Sheridan College is a presenting sponsor along with The Sheridan Press.

• Coverage from the Legislature: The Sheridan Press’ government reporter, Hannah Wiest, is in Cheyenne covering issues germane to Sheridan County and its citizens. Look for her reporting and stories via the Press and on our Facebook page.

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The Academy Awards ceremonies, which will be broadcast Sunday, are featuring older winners. In the last five years, the average age of Best Actress recipients is 38; compare that to a five year run in the “golden age” of 1950s Hollywood (1954-1958), when the winners were 33 years of age on average (Hepburn, Lelly, Magnani, Bergman, Woodward.). The Best Actor winners in the last five years are 50.4 years. During that same time frame in the 1950s (Holden, Brando, Borgnine, Brynner, Guinness), the age was 36.6.

“Movies today that are designed to win Oscars are for an older audience,” says one critic, adding that those voting for those winners are older, too. The median age of voting members from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is 62.

The Oscar show will be without Harold Ramis, who died earlier this week at 69 from a rare immune system disease. Ramis was movie director whose films weren’t celebrated by critics, but they did do one thing always: they made us laugh. And reflect.

I don’t know one person who doesn’t identify with the cinematic theme of Ramis’ film, “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” Who hasn’t been stuck in the backseat of a cross-country vacation with a sibling that doesn’t pinch, a know-it-all father espousing non-stop trivia and a mother trying to keep the peace. Or someone who wasn’t in a fraternity that doesn’t recognize the laugh-laden debauchery in “Animal House” and saying to others: that was just like my crowd… Or a golfer who hasn’t repeated at least one time during a round some dialogue from “Caddyshack.” Or someone who wouldn’t want to re-do some romance ala “Groundhog Day.” Add “Ghostbusters” and “Stripes” (“That’s a fact, Jack!”) to the list and it’s a body of work that influenced millions.

Ramis’ biggest contribution was as a writer. You can watch these movies pop up endlessly on a “marathon” cable loop, watch for a few minutes, and get sucked into watching the whole movie thanks to his writing. Ramis’ humor was like the guy you shared detention hall with, cutting up until the principal’s secretary said, “Shhhh!!!” He was like having the clever, wiseacre pal.

 

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