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Family Album USA: Episode 18 - Making a Difference


Act I

In Act One, Ellen finds out that Carter Boswell is running for the school board. Ellen is upset because Boswell wants to cut the school cultural programs. Philip thinks Boswell will win the election. What will Ellen do?

EllenI don't believe it!
PhilipWhat's wrong?
EllenCarter Boswell!
PhilipWho's Carter Boswell?
EllenHe's running for the school board. The election's next month.
PhilipWhat's wrong with wanting to be on the school board?
EllenNothing. But he wants to cut the school budget!
PhilipMaybe it needs cutting.
EllenCutting the budget is fine, but he wants to do it by cutting all the cultural programs. No music, no dance, no concert, no stage presentations.
PhilipWhy does he want to do that?
EllenHe says it's to save the taxpayers' money, and I think he believes that the taxpayers' will vote for him if he spends less on the cultural programs.
PhilipHe's probably right. Lots of reople want their taxes used for new books and a new paint job in the schoolrooms.
EllenMaybe some of us would like to pay a little bit more and keep the cultural programs for our kids.
PhilipWell, I'm not sure, Ellen. I hear it from my patients. Lots of people are tired of highter taxes.
EllenI know, but if Boswell wins he'll be an important decisionmaker on the school board, and he doesn't know anything about our children's education.
PhilipWho's running against him?
EllenNobody. That's the problem.
PhilipWell, it sounds to me like Carter Boswell is going to win this seat on the board.
EllenOh, not if I can stop him!
PhilipAnd how are you going to stop him?
EllenI don't know. Maybe I'll run against him.
PhilipWell, You've got my vote.
EllenI'm serious, Philip. Why shouldn't I run?
RobbieWhy shouldn't you run for what, Mom?
PhilipYour mother is thinking of running for the school board.
RobbieHey, that's terrific, Mom!
RichardAgainst Carter Boswell? Great!
EllenWell, if I run for office, the voters will have a clear choice. I stand for everything Boswell doesn't.
MarilynI think a lot of people will vote for you against Boswell, Ellen. I'll vote for you.
EllenWill you help me if I do run?
MarilynAbsoutely.
EllenThe trouble is it takes a little bit of money to run a campaign.
PhilipI think you can make a difference, Ellen. And in a short campaign you wouldn't need as much money. You know something, Ellen? Why not give the people of Riverdale a clear choice? I'm with you. You can make a difference.
MaxwellCome in.
EllenMr.Maxwell?
MaxwellYes, Charles Maxwell.
EllenMy name is Ellen Stewart.
MaxwellHello.Please, sit down. You asked to see me. What would you like to see me about?
EllenI'd like your help.
MaxwellWell, I'm editor of the most influential newpaper in Riverdale. Actually, it's the only newspaper. A lot of people would like my help. Do you have a story?
EllenI'm planning to run for the school board.
MaxwellAgainst Carter Boswell?
EllenYes.
MaxwellWell, that is news.
EllenWill you announce that I'm running?
MaxwellSure. But I need some information.
EllenOf course.
MaxwellWhy will the voters vote for you against Boswell, Mrs.Stewart?
EllenBecause I care.
Maxwell"Vote for Ellen Stewart.She cares." Not a bad slogan. But what do you care about?
EllenWell, I care about the children of our town. I don't want hem to grow up without cultural programs in our school.
MaxwellDo you have a plan?
EllenI want our children to learn more than reading, writing, and airthmetic. I want to keep the after-school programs-the music, the concerts.
MaxwellIt's not a bad plan. But who's going to pay for all of this?
EllenWe are.The citizens of Riverdale, of course. I plan to get help from the businessmen and the corporations of Riverdale.
MaxwellThat's fair enough.Exactly what do you want from me, Mrs.Stewart?
EllenYou don't know me. I can't expect you to take my side a against Boswell. But I do nee some publicity so that the people of our town know that I'm running for office and that I car about our children.
MaxwellFair enough. I certainly can print the news. And you are now making news.

Act II

In Act Two, everyone helps Ellen and her campaign. Grandpa gets the fliers printed. Marilyn and Richard prepared the envelopes. And Robbie and his friends tell people about Ellen's campaign. Later, the family sees Boswell in a commercial on television. What will Boswell say?

GrandpaHere are the fliers, hot of the press!
EllenLooks good.Simple.
MarilynRight over there, Grandpa. You fold the fliers, Richard and I will put them into the envelopes.
RichardWe finished addressing over three hundred envolopes.
GrandpaNeed another box?
EllenGood work, gang.
MikeHi, this is Mike Johnson. Can I speak with Mr.Or Mrs.Anderson? Thanks.
RobbieMr.Nelson. Hi. This is Robbie Stewart.Did you know my mother is running for the school board?
JimmyYes, Miss Kim, Ellen Stewart."She cares." Oh, see you at the polls.
RobbieCertainly, I'll give her your best wishes, Mr.Nelson.
MikeHi, this is Mike Johnson. Can I speak with Mr.or Mrs.Burns? Thank you.
EllenWe have done so much in such a short amount of time. I can't believe it! Wait till Philip come and sees our progress!
RobbieEveryone saw story in the Riverdale newspaper.
EllenMr. Maxwell was very kind to print my announcement.
GrandpaIt helps enormously. Everybody in riverdale reads his paper.
RichardYour photo in it helped, too.
EllenThanks to you, Richard, it's a godd picture.
PhilipWell, hi, all.
Richard&RobbieHi, Dad.
EllenHello, darling.
PhilipMay I...may I help?
MarilynLicking envelopes.
GrandpaI fold the fliers.
RichardWe stuff them.
PhilipAnd I lick the envelopes.
RobbieHey, everybody, Mrs.Greenberg is on the phone. She says Carter Boswell is on the TV right now-doing a commercial.
PhilipWhat channel?
RobbieFive.
PhilipFive?
Boswell...and if you ask what I care about, I'll tell you. I care about the school buildings in need of paint. I care about more lockers for the teachers. I care about new fixtures in the hallways-not music or dancing or entertainment. I care about the practical things. If you do, vote for me, Carter Boswell.
EllenA lot of people will agree with him.
PhilipI told you.
RobbieToo bad kids can't vote. It's our school, but we can't vote.
RichardThere are people in favor of the cultural programs, Mom.
MarilynThere are, Ellen. Don't be upset by Boswell's commercial.
PhilipYou have to go on television, too.
EllenBoswell's a powerful speaker.
PhilipYou can be, too. Your ideas are good ones.
EllenI don't know. I'm not sure I'm up to it.

Act III

In Act Three, Richard and Robbie make a video tape of Ellen as she gives her campaign speech. And Richard figures out a way for people to see the video tape. Later, the family listens to the election news. Will Ellen win the election?

Ellen...my slogan is "I care". I care about people, not things, Vote for me, Ellen Stewart. I care. How was it?
RichardYou were terrific!
EllenCan I see it?
RichardSure.
EllenHello. My name is Ellen Stewart, and I'm running for the open seat on the school board. My slogan is"I care". What does the word care mean?...I care about people, not things. Vote for me, Ellen Stewart. I care.
PhilipI like it, but now what? How can we possibly get it on so Riverdale will see it and hear it?
RichardLeave it to me.
Ellen...I mean that when I say"I care". I care about people, not things. Vote for me, Ellen Stewart. I care.
MarilynWhat happened?
RichardMom is now on television in every appliance store in Riverdale, except Hamlin's.He's a Boswell voter.
PhilipThat's a brilliant idea, Richard!
GrandpaYou inherited your father's brains.
PhilipWe got our brains from you, Day.
RichardAnd guess what? I called channel five. Their TV news is going to cover it."Housewife campaigns in appliance stores."And I'll bet some magazine will pick up the story, too.
RobbieMom, you're going to win! I know it!
PhilipHold it, Robbie! Just cool down. Iknow we're getting some attention now, but in the end the voters will have to decide.
GrandpaYou're going to win. Trust me!
ReporterIn the hotly contested race for the one seat on the Riverdale School Board, Mrs.Ellen Stewart has taken an early lead.
RobbieShe's winning! Mom, you're winning!
ReporterNow returning to other local news...Riverdale High School beat its rival Horace Mann in baseball today...
EllenIt's too soon to know for certain.
PhilipYou're ahead. That's better than being behind.
ReporterMore sports after this.
EllenIt's not over yet. Let's just all calm down, and wait for the final results.
GrandpaEllen, why don't you go out to the backyard and get some fresh air?
EllenThank you, Grandpa. I need some.
EllenWhat happened?
PhilipYou came very close, Ellen.
GrandpaYou lost by only a hundred and twenty-one votes.
EllenI lost.
RichardYou tried, Mom.
MarilynYou lost by a very small number of votes.
RobbieOnly one hundred and twenty-one votes! I'm sorry, Mom.
EllenThere just wasn't enough time.
PhilipLook, you've made a very strong impressing on our community. You'll have another chance next election.
PhilipHello.Oh, yes, yes, Mr.Maxwell.
EllenHellom Mr.Maxwell.
MaxwellHow are you? I just called to tell you that you are very impressive. You lost the election, but you won the attention of the residets of Riverdale, of Boswell, and of me.
EllenWell, thank you, Mr. Maxwell. I appreciate your kind words. I needed that.
MaxwellI hear Boswell wants to appoint you to a special arts committee. I'm sending over a reporter in the morning to interview you.
EllenYou are?
MaxwellI'm going to do an artcle on"Ellen Stewart-she cares."Maybe we'll all care now. Good-bye.
EllenThank you-and good-bye.
PhilipWhat was that about?
EllenYou were right, Philip. I did make a difference in town.
RobbieAnd in this family.


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