Students' video all about friendshipBong Delrosario and...

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May 15, 1994|By Sandra Crockett

Students' video all about friendship

Bong Delrosario and Donnell Green set out to prove a point. They ended up proving two points and winning an award to boot.

The Millford Mill high school students proved they could make a video others would appreciate. That video, "The Mall," won a Golden Apple award from the National Educational Film and Video festival to be held in Oakland, Calif., this month.

The 15-minute video took first place in the contest's student competition category, which recognizes educational media.

"The whole experience was like a dream come true because I have always wanted to act and direct," Donnell says. "It was also harder than I thought."

What else did the duo prove?

That Bong, who uses a wheelchair and cannot move his arms and legs because of arthrogryposis (a congenital condition that prevents movement of the joints), is at heart a teen with the same interests as others his age.

Bong and Donnell wrote, directed and acted in the film, in addition to casting classmates in other roles. They focused their video on common teen interests: going to the mall, the opposite sex, competitiveness and figuring out what is really important in this world.

"Donnell is my best friend," Bong says. "And everything between us is competitive."

In the video, two best friends and their girlfriends go to the mall. While there, the males compete to decide who is more appealing to the opposite sex.

"It ends up being a tie," Bong says. "The moral of the story is you shouldn't let anything or anyone stand in the way of a good

friendship."

@ The name's Cranford. Dale Cranford, private investigator. He works out of his Hagerstown home and has written a do-it-yourself private eye manual. Everything you always wanted know about spying on your spouse but were afraid to pay for.

As the man says, "The wife just wants to know what the other woman looks like and doesn't have the $3,000 to pay me to find out."

Mr. Cranford has sold 200 copies of his manual, "The Private Detective's Textbook," since he published it last fall. He charges Check out the gear advertised in the textbook. You got your CL3000 Covert Lens System, a camera disguised as an ordinary fire sprinkler (or stereo speaker). And for old-fashioned spies, "tell tales" still work:

Shove a cigarette butt into a door jamb at a home or business of a loved or hated one. The butt drops off when the person slips out. Of course, "you could easily be mistaken for a burglar. Also, many investigators have suffered dog attacks," the book says.

Surveillance is the game. It can pay well, too, Mr. Cranford says. But expect the cops to ask why you're snooping around the neighborhood. Tell them who you are and don't try anything funny. "Any sudden or threatening move, on your part, could get you shot," the book says.

And you can't call yourself a detective if you can't talk trash. To really find out about somebody, swipe their trash. A bunch of beer cans can help you in a child custody case. Old phone bills can give you someone's unlisted phone number, Mr. Cranford says.

"After reading this section," the detective says, "you should know that you need to buy a paper shredder right away."

"The Private Detective's Textbook" can be ordered by calling (800) 850-5063.

Rob Hiaasen

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