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How The Screenwriter Behind Such Hits As 'St. Elmo's Fire' Found His True Calling

John Tarnoff | Posted 04.27.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

The 1985 film 'St.Elmo's Fire' helped usher in a series of movies that spoke directly to the Boomer generation. Coming on the heels of 'The Big Chill,' the film was a poignant look back at our transition into adulthood -- a perspective that, in our late 20s and 30s, we were just beginning to appreciate.

A Shot to Save the World Premiers on the Smithsonian Channel for World Polio Day

Michael Rose | Posted 12.24.2013 | Impact
Michael Rose

Two things terrified Peter Hamilton as a child: a disaster overcoming his family, and polio. Remnants of that fear and the relief at being vaccinated triggered an emotional connection when he saw an early version of the film about scientist Jonas Salk's struggle to find a vaccine to stop polio in the 1950s.