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Copy of Forrest Gump Project
Transcript of Copy of Forrest Gump Project
Your Life and Times
University of Alabama Integration
On May 16th Alabama courts demanded that the university be integrated.
On June 11th, 1963 Governor George Wallace sent National Guard to prevent the students from enrolling while JFK sent federal army to protect the students.
Vivian J. Malone and James A. Hood became the first African-American students to maintain enrollment at the university.
Forrest Gump was attending U of Alabama at the time, saw the two students go into the school, and picked up one of the students’ books for them.
Fall of the Berlin Wall
The Watergate Scandal
East Germany is still split from West Germany even though four decades have past.
President Reagan condemned the sequestration of Eastern Germany, challenging Gorbachev on August 12, 1989 to "tear down this wall" as a sign of growing peace.
Finally, on November 9, 1989, the wall falls under the observation of President. George H. W. Bush.
Forrest could have gone to Berlin if President Bush was to invite all honor medal recipients. He would have gone, in military garb and without his son, to watch and even help destroy the wall.
The category 4 hurricane with 150 mile winds hit the Atlantic Coast on August 29 and lasted until September 10th, in 1974.
United States damage was estimated at $150 million.
The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. was created by Forrest in honor of his promise to Bubba.
Forrest's shrimp boat was the only boat to survive Carmen.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990
Assassination Attempt on Reagan
• On March 30th, 1981 in Washington DC, John Hinckley Jr. attempted to assassinate Reagan.
• Reagan visits Ford’s Theatre in DC for a fundraising event where he and 3 others were shot.
• He suffered a punctured lung and heavy internal bleeding but he recovered quickly because of quick medical attention.
• Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
• Forrest sees this on TV on the news.
The bill was signed into law on July 26, 1990 in order to prohibit discrimination against citizens with impairments.
It ensures equal opportunity and access for those with disabilities.
Thanks to this law, Forrest was able to use his college credentials to become a special education teacher. His ability to relate with children was phenomenal.
Winds of Change by Scorpions
Oklahoma City Bombing
Columbine High School Massacre
Completion of the Human Genome Project
President Obama elected
Occupy Wall Street
Grand Opening of the JFK Space Center
On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
It was the worst terrorist attack in the United States until the 9/11 bombing.
Using a truck bomb with Terry Nichols, McVeigh attacked in response to the federal government's handling of the Waco raids where the FBI shot Christian extremists dead.
On July 29, 1958, NASA opened its new space center.
The John F. Kennedy Space Center was established in Merritt Island, Florida.
Every NASA human space flight has been launched from this site since 1968.
Inclusion in the movie:
A NASA employee would be traveling through Alabama and stop at the Gump House and would invite Forrest and his mom to the opening day ceremony at the space center.
When trying to visit his son in Oklahoma State University, Forrest gets stuck in Oklahoma City where he sees the explosive-filled truck. Not wanting to be late, Forrest runs away. Shortly after, he hears on the news that that same car blew up an important building.
Freedom Riders bus routes started in the Deep South with the Birmingham Alabama route starting in May 1961.
Civil rights activists rode these buses to protest against the non-enforcement of the unconstitutionality of segregation.
Inclusion in the movie:
Forrest would follow Jenny and take the bus from Birmingham and join the protest demanding equality for all races.
This pivotal school shooting on April 20, 1999 sparked a controversy on the availability and regulation of firearms.
In Columbine, Colorado, two high school seniors Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold planned a shoot out which murdered 13 and injured 21. The two also committed suicide.
This massacre forced United States gun control and culture.
As a teacher and an honor medal recipient, Forrest was invited to do a motivational speech. Unfortunately he was late and was stuck behind the police blockade as the shooting happened. He saw all the children running in terror.
The Palestinian terrorists created a plane hijacking plan that involved interfering with multiple flights in Europe heading to New York and London on 9/6/1970.
The group involved was the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
Inclusion in the movie:
On the way home from China for the ping pong competition, Gump stops in Amsterdam for a connecting flight to New York.
After getting to the plane, Gump unknowingly trips Patrick Arguello, the terrorist who failed to hijack the plane.
The trip would assist in security killing Arguello and capturing his partner, Leila Khaled.
Fall of the Berlin Wall
Finished in 2003, the project was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Its goals included sequencing every human gene and storing the information within a database.
This project marks a milestone in biotechnology and medical advancement.
When getting a routine check-up in the hospital, Forrest gets a sample of his DNA and blood taken. The Genome Project told him they intended to use it to map common variants in the caucasian genome.
Last Kiss by Pearl Jam
"Where, oh where, can my baby be? The Lord took her away from me. She's gone
A series of four suicide bombings contributed to the deterioration of the nation's morale on September 11th, 2001.
The terrorist group Al- Qaeda was charged for the terrorist attcks, after it was discovered that 19 of the group's terrorists has hijacked four passenger planes.
Two of the planes were aimed towards the Twin Towers in new York City, while one was targeted to attack the Pentagon. The last jet was intended to attack Washington D.C, but failed in its mission.
"Well now she's gone, even though I hold her tight. I lost my love, my life, that night."
The lyrics reflect what it was like for someone to lose someone they love.
Numerous families lost loved ones that fateful day, but these same people refused to forget the disaster or the memories.
Columbine High School Shooting
Power of Equality by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Hurricane Katrina, the fifth deadliest hurricane in United States history, terrorized between August 23rd and August 30th 2005.
The Hurricane formed over the Bahamas, moving through the Gulf of Mexico to Louisiana, Florida, and Texas.
New Orleans was devastated because of its implementation of a levee system.
The nation, as a result of the storm, became more united in its attempts to ameliorate the quagmire faced by hard-hit New Orleans
Forrest is upset that he barely sees his son anymore and begins running again. His running inspires people who think he is running for a cause and eventually, a marathon following Forrest is created to raise money for Katrina relief.
Barrack Obama was elected in the 2008 Presidential election, on November 4th, 2008, becoming the 44th President.
Obama ran against Republican nominee John McCain on a platform of "Change" and "Hope".
A large amount of Obama's support stemmed from The Northeast and the Midwest.
President Obama was first a Senator from Illinois. He was a Columbia and Harvard graduate.
Hero by Enrique Iglesias
The Change by Garth Brooks
Forrest, during this election, was finally convinced to vote by his son Forrest. He votes without knowing about the campaign platforms for Obama. When Obama wins, Forrest is enthralled.
"Now would you die for the one you love?"
Iglesias's song was used to sympathize with the families that lost loved
In New York's Zuccotti Park on September 17th, 2011, protestors gathered condemning the apparently ubiquitous unethical behavior and fraud in Wall Street.
Unfortunately, the protestors attempts were futile for no criminal prosecution was garnered by their efforts.
Protest regarding the unjust practices and corruption infiltrating the financial industry arose from the apparently augmented wealth gap.
On his way to his son's apartment, Forrest gets lost and wanders around until he finds himself amidst protesters who pull him into their movement where he passively joins in.
Uprising by Muse
Occupy Wall Street
Hank Aaron Returns to Alabama
Baseball History: In 1974, African-American player Hank Aaron defeated Babe Ruth's long held record for home runs.
Hank Aaron beat the record in an Atlanta stadium
He received thousands of death threats because they did not want an African American to beat a white man's record.
Inclusion in the movie:
Forrest Gump and Lieutenant Dan attend the memorable baseball game.
He would run along the diamond alongside Aaron and the other white fans.
Hostage Crisis Attempted Rescue
Americans from the embassy were taken hostage by Iranians. 52 US citizens were kept for 444 days within the embassy. The hostage was started by Iranian revolutionists.
Carter planned a secret rescue for the hostages in Tehran from April 24-25, 1980
Inclusion in the movie:
Forrest Gump would be taking care of Jenny
He would turn to the TV and see the news of the helicopter crash and the exposure of the rescue plan
Oklahoma City Bombing
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
"One hand reaches out and pulls a lost soul from harm while a thousand more go unspoken for."
Bye Bye Bye by N'SYNC
The Scientist by Coldplay
The Human Genome Project
Move Along by All American Rejects
of people from the rubble, but over a 100 others died. This highlights the responders who came to help.
Bush v. Gore Election of 2000
On November 7th, 2000, Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore battled for the title of president.
On exit polls, Gore was predicted as President, with only the counties Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach to recount.
When the margin between the two candidates narrowed, a mandatory recount was necessary.
In the end, the prolonged recount gave the electoral vote to George Bush while the electoral went to Al Gore.
Written in 1989 by the popular rock band, it became the unofficial anthem for German Reunification after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Forrest goes to visit his son who after high school decided to work in New York. Forrest decided to stroll around town after his son left for work. Upon seeing the blast, Forrest ran instinctively to his son's work to make sure he was okay.
Soundtrack of Forrest Gump II
On November 22nd, 1963, JFK was shot and killed as he was riding in an open limousine in Dallas, Texas.
The alleged gunman was Lee Harvey Oswald.
VP Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn into office on Air Force One.
Forrest heard this on the news on TV.
On June 17th, 1972, 5 men from Republican committee for the Re-election of Nixon broke into the Watergate Hotel to bug the rooms.
Nixon had a tape-recording system, which revealed a cover-up by the president.
US Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the president had to hand over the tapes to government investigators.
The scandal eventually led to Nixon’s resignation.
Forrest reports to the hotel security that the electricity must have been broken because people were using flashlights in the Watergate Hotel.
Because of the Watergate Scandal, Nixon was at the brink of impeachment.
Nixon resigned as president on August 9th, 1974.
He was the only US president to ever resign.
He was later given an executive pardon by Gerald Ford.
Forrest sees this on the news on TV.
Promised Land by Malik Yusef ft. Kanye West &
"The world is closing in. Did you ever think that we could be so close, like brothers. The future's in the air."
Like song's world tightening, East and West Germany were reuniting thanks to the collapse of the Berlin Wall.
"Walking down the street, distant memories are buried in the past forever."
With the collapse of the fall, communism was eradicated from the state of West Berlin, placing the communist reign in Germany in the past.
"The wind of change blows straight into the face of time like a storm wind that will ring the freedom bell."
The wind of change, signifying the Berlin Wall's fall, is a pivotal change, allowing for freedom to ring throughout Germany and hopefully Eastern Europe.
Popular during 1991, when the law was implemented, this single discussed the topics of prejudice and discrimination.
"American equality has always been sour, an attitude I would like to devour."
During the era, the disabled were treated with hatred. The motives behind the law were to devour the prejudice and allow for inclusion of all.
"The power of equality is not yet what it ought to be. It fills me up like a hollow tree."
The power of equality, or the inclusion of the disabled, is something that with the help of the ADA will finally become what it ought to be and not full of hollow promises.
Written by the country superstar in respect to the families of the victims, The Change used the bombing to inspire national change.
The rescuers saved hundreds
As one of the teen tragedy songs popularized during that era, "Last Kiss highlights the pain of losing a person you care about.
to heaven, so I've got to be
good. So I can see my baby when I leave this world."
Popularized in 2000, this "song of the summer" displays how Gore like the narrator was kicked out of the national spotlight
Used in the "A Tribute to Heroes" benefit, this popular single was used as commentary to the terrorist attacks.
ones on this tragic day.
"Would you run and never look back... and would you save my soul, tonight?
The song questions what the general public would do if put in the life-or-death situation, whether they would be courageous or cowardly in the face of adversity.
"I was just guessing at numbers and figures, pulling puzzles apart, questions of science, science and progress.
Released in the US in 2003, this single alludes to the many questions of science throughout.
Before the Human
Genome Project, scientists were unable to pinpoint specifically where on chromosomes different hereditary diseases were.
"Tell me your secrets and ask me your questions... running in circles, coming up tails, heads on a science apart."
With the Human Genome Project, scientists were able to uncover the secrets to the hereditary code.
This star-powered single released in 2008 was an Obama campaign exclusive from its fundraiser album.
"This is a declaration that we'll be fair again, especially to those Americans who were Americans before there were Americans."
"I need you to take us to the promise land. Don't just make us promises."
On vacation in Florida, Forrest is on a morning jog and sees a man walking into a building holding boxes. He accidentally runs into the man and papers fly out of the boxes, scattering everywhere in the wind. Later on the news it says that the Supreme Court forced an end to Florida's hand count due to its inaccuracy and violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.
The lyrics display how the 2008 election of the nation's
The lyrics reflect Obama's campaign promise of positive "change we can believe in" and the slogan "yes we can", assuring the public that he made no hollow promises.
Popularized during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the song "Move Along" urged those mired in quagmire to keep their heads up and stay strong to move along.
"When all you got to keep is strong, move along, move along like I know you do. And even when your hope is gone, move along, move along just to make it through."
The lyrics, while displaying the pain encountered by Katrina victims, also inspire those impacted by the disaster to stay strong and work together to move along.
"So a day when you've lost yourself completely, could be a night when your life ends...All the pain held in your hands are shaking cold."
The lyrics gleam the pain and suffering encountered by those impacted by Katrina and offer comfort to these victims by creating a sense of security and support.
"As long as one heart still holds on, then hope is never really gone."
Despite the mass amount of death and pain that arose thanks to the bombing, families of the victims came together to support those injured, hoping that the criminal would get justice.
"Just hit me with the truth, Now... So give me one good reason."
There were many flaws in the Florida vote count.
"Don't really wanna make it tough, I just wanna tell you that I had enough"
After the votes were given to Bush, Gore saw the injustice in the allocation, but decided to concede. He claimed it would be better for the nation to maintain its unity.
This alternative pop song "Uprising" discusses the need for revolt against an overwhelming power.
"Another promise, another seed. Another, packaged lie to keep us trapped in greed... And endless red tape to keep the truth confined"
The protestors at Wall Street were disgusted by the
"Rise up and take the power back; It's time the, fat cats had a heart attack."
The protestors, fed up with the immense greed, decided it was time for the rich's actions to be mitigated. The economy had taken a hit because of their actions, and now they needed to fix it.
Dispute over the allocation of the electoral votes lasted quite a long time.
greedy behavior of the businessmen. They were cheated out of their life savings for the sake of the "1%".
first African American president was a milestone for the nation, finally proving the belief in the declaration of equality.