INT. JIM'S CLASSROOMDAY
Alone in his room, JIM studies the Omaha World-Herald
TRACY (VO CONT'D)
He'll probably tell you how committed
he was to teaching and democracy and
integrity and all. Don't be fooled.
After laying the paper down to circle an article, JIM leans back in
his chair and momentarily loses himself in thought.
It's hard to remember how the whole
thing started, the whole election mess.
What I do remember is that I loved my
job. I was a teacher, an educator, and I
couldn't imagine doing anything else.
Suddenly a VOICE --
Hey, Mr. M. Mr. M.!
JIM glances OUT THE WINDOW and sees a kid -- PAUL METZLER -- pointing
at him. Paul walks with a LIMP. Behind him, other STUDENTS approach
Stop daydreaming! Get back to work!
JIM enjoys the affectionate joshing and gives the kid a wave. He
returns to his newspaper, a contented man.
The students knew it wasn't just a job
EXT. MILARD HIGH FOOTBALL STADIUM-- NIGHT
JIM sits in the bleachers, clapping his hands over his head.
C'mon, wolverines! Defense! Let's
hold 'em back!
I got involved. And I cared.
INT. MILLARD GYM DAY AT A PEP RALLY -
JIM is dressed as a WESTERN VILLAIN, and his black hat reads "Lincoln
South." With a menacing grimace he approaches a group of FOOTBALL
PLAYERS at a poker table.
JIM (VO CONT'D)
And I think I made a difference.
A CORNER OF THE SCHOOL DAY
JIM has a comforting hand of the shoulder of a CRYING GIRL
JIM (VO CONT'D)
I knew I touched the students' lives
during their difficult young adult
years, and I took that responsibility
INT. AUDITORIUM -- NIGHT
JIM trots up the stairs to receive a plaque. He beams.