News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

The theory of evolution has a new perspective. Fifth grader Jay Tilden, an aspiring playwright from Barre, chose Loco the monkey as the play’s central character in his story about evolution. But the critter characters didn’t stop there, said the Times Argus. There was another monkey, a Spanish-speaking bird, a tortoise, a dog, a long-eared rabbit, an elephant, a bear, a greedy explorer, and a guest appearance from anthropologist Jane Goodall. The eight-act play was submitted to Project Playwright 2008. More than 90 fifth- and sixth-graders entered the contest with the hope of winning a free laptop computer for themselves and a $500 donation to the school’s library. "It worked better without the caveman," Tilden said. "I’m happy with it." Apparently the audience also was happy with the play as they gave it the "Audience Choice Award." Wonder what Darwin would have thought? Ah, who cares?

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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