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The Conductor, The John Parker Story

On a "Friends of Freedom" bus trip from Columbus to Ripley Ohio on a chilly fall day 3 years ago I had the opportunity to tour the historic homes of Reverend John Rankin and John P. Parker. On these home tours I learned just enough about John Parker, a former slave, conductor on the Underground Railroad, and a successful businessman, to be really intrigued. This man, John Parker, and his town (Ripley), played an amazing lead role in the abolitionist movement among the small border towns of the Ohio river. This was a story just waiting to become a feature film or documentary, based on Parker’s autobiography “His Promised Land


Onward: Scott Matthews Voyage of Discover

People of vision always seem to find a way to succeed. In the 1890’s Bascom Ohio was certainly not the epicenter of the marine industry, in fact it was hardly even on the map. An innovator among his peers, young Scott Matthews had a vision of what was required to create a swift and resilient boat that was pleasant to look at. By 1900 his boat designs were gaining national attention from yachtsmen countrywide. In late 1904, burnt out from the stress of growing a successful company, Matthews envisioned a yearlong “relaxing and restful” boat trip from the farm fields of Ohio, down the Mississippi around Florida up the East Coast and back again to the Great Lakes. On November 11th the sleek 70 foot yacht “Onward” was ready to disembark on the first leg of its’ epic journey. “Onward” (link to video http://www.vimeo.com/10438712 is a story of discovery aboard a boat that would launch Scott Matthews’ revolution in boat building.


Emma “Grandma” Gatewood: Trail Magic

Emma Gatewood’s story speaks to the courageous,undaunted spirit of Appalachian people everywhere. Emma Caldwell was born around 1887 at Raccoon Creek in Gallia County Ohio; she was one of 15 children. When she was 19 years old she married Perry Clayton Gatewood, a teacher and a produce farmer. During a time when abuse was considered strictly “a personal matter”, Perry would often beat Emma. By 1943, Emma left Perry for good. After raising her eleven children, apparently Emma decided she needed another challenge. When she read about the Appalachian Trail in National Geographic she discovered that no woman had ever hiked the trail alone from one end to the other. She decided to BE that woman. She managed to go the entire 2,170 miles becoming the first person to solo walk the entire Appalachian trail at the age of 67, was no small feat! Emma, became known to the public as “Grandma” Gatewood, and became a cause celeb across America. Being the first woman to solo hike the AT end to end, Local reporters followed her story, Sports Illustrated featured her, even the KEDS sneaker company latched onto the marketing opportunity and supplied her with shoes. After completing the hike she was featured on the “Today Show”, Groucho Marx’s “You Bet Your Life” show and the “Tonight Show”. Her story raised the veil on several cultural barriers of the day, including age and sex descrimination. This project is in conjunction with the non-profit Eden Valley Enterprises http://www.edenvalleyenterprises.org/movie/movie.htm