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inside as we SUPER:
KANSAS CITY, MO. - 1963
INT. TRUCK - DAY
sold more. You didn't think I'd
sell that health restaurant, did you?
No. Not even you.
Why so glum?
I don't know.
No, nothing. I've got a problem,
Were you bothering by those
waitresses making a fuss?
No. But, honest. What are you
supposed to say when they keep
talking about your looks? I don't
even know what they mean -- "Beat
them off with a stick."
Gerald stiffs a grin.
You know, Tom, I feel a little
Proud? I'm just embarrassed that
I like when they say those things.
As long as that's your only problem
two Ds and an incomplete.
Oh my. I see you studying so hard,
I'll just have to try harder. I don't
know. I will.
I will. I will. I will.
Thanks, Dad, this talk helped. Will
you sign it, please?
(as he signs)
Would it help if I got you a tutor?
That would be great.
It better help. What can you do with
yourself if all you do is look good?
BOSTON, MASS. - 1965
graduation gown -- is delivering his valedictory. He is a
rare bread -- a battle-scarred innocent.
Whitman High School, I don't have the
may have more to say about the quality
my own limitations...
...that was, of course, not meant to
difficulties are in being graduated
fifteenth birthday. I sometimes
think it was the difficulties
If I'd been appreciated or even tolerated
I wouldn't have been in such a hurry to
graduate. I hope the next student who
made to feel so much an outcast. But
the happiest day I've had in a long
This is very little applause.
ANGLE ON TEACHERS
ANGLE ON STAGE:
semi-literate high school graduates.
cuff Aaron around.