Would a piece of popcorn sitting on an 18th
century blue satin chair in the Metropolitan Museum of Art inspire you to write
a children’s book (or even a short story)?
Well such a situation inspired “From the
Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by Elaine Lobi Konigsburg. The
book was written some 50 years ago, and Ms Konigsburg passed away in 2013. But
her children still remember how that piece of popcorn inspired the children’s
When the children and their mom spied the
popcorn on the chair, they wondered how it got there. A velvet rope kept people
away from the chair. Did a guard sit on the chair eating popcorn after the
museum closed? Or was someone sleeping on the chair and left the popcorn there?
Like, maybe kids or teen agers who ran away from home and were sleeping in the
Although the children and their mom never
figured out how the popcorn got on that 18th century blue satin
chair, their imaginations fueled one of the most popular children’s books of
the 20th century.
So, the next time you spy a piece of popcorn
in an unusual place, let your imagination run wild, and then write about it.
Post by Raquel Laneri
An elderly gentleman lost his wife and became
depressed and lonely. A policeman heard about the elderly man, and also learned
the older man loved popcorn.
The policeman was worried about the elderly
man who had no family nearby. The policeman wanted to do a wellness check, but
was concerned the old man might be offended. Then the policeman hit upon an
idea—he bought a bag of popcorn and took it to the elderly man’s home. The old
man was pleased and invited the policeman in.
The older gentleman and the policeman
developed a friendship that lasted for years. The policeman would bring a bag
of popcorn and the two men would talk. The policeman would relay current events
while the old man would reminisce.
When the policeman retired five years later,
there was a big writeup in the local paper. Among the accolades from his boss
and colleagues, there was a comment from the elderly gentleman. Of all the
glowing statements about him, the policeman was most inspired by the comments
from his elderly friend with whom he shared many bags of popcorn.
Post of Los Alamos by Carol A. Clark
Usually the summer season brings in the most
money for movie theaters. Unfortunately, this summer has seen a 16% decline in
summer box-office revenue—the steepest decline in modern times.
One theater owner in Morton and Hopkinsville,
Kentucky, is offering free popcorn to movie goers every Thursday. The owner
hopes this will draw in customers.
There are several theories as to why fewer people are attending movie theaters:
· Lack luster movies being produced by Hollywood
· Too expensive movie tickets
· Warm weather encouraging people to stay outside
· Television series improving in quality entertainment
Popcorn seems to be playing a role in trying
to get people back into the cinemas. Not only the free popcorn on Thursdays,
but also $4 movies and popcorn for morning shows.
Whatever the fix to increasing attendance at
movie theaters, I’m sure popcorn will play a part.
the Times by Brent Bader