Fat Steve's Blatherings

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Once You Get Obsessed

      I turn on the tube, and there's Inherit the Wind, the play supposedly based on the Scopes trial.

      The problem is, it's almost all a fabrication.  In the play, the teacher is trying to teach about evolution when he's arrested and thrown into jail.  In reality, Scopes volunteered to be a test case.  He wasn't sure if he'd every discussed evolution in the classroom (he was a substitute teacher, brought in near the end of term to do review for finals, and he thought he'd skipped it), but Scopes persuaded some of his pupils to testify that he'd taught the theory in the classroom.

      In the movie, the people of Hillsboro are angry and hostile.  In reality, the town fathers were the ones who came up with the idea of a trial, just to put Dayton, TN on the map.

      There's only one thing that's really true to life: one character in the movie & play is there at the end (I owe this insight to Phillip Johnson), dubbed Radio Man.  Radio Man is there to broadcast the verdict.  When "Brady" tries to make a statement, Radio Man cuts him off.  That's real -- the media deciding who should be heard.

THE HOUSE OF SAUD MUST BE DESTROYED -- AND WILL BE!

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