IT HAD TO START SOMEWHERE . . .

I originally wrote GRUMPUSS back in 1969 to amuse my then 5-year-old daughter, Lisa.  She must have liked my rhyming tale of a knight sent by his king to vanquish or tame a huge, prehistoric cat, because it was she, all grown up, who urged me to adapt it into an illustrated book and feature film project.

I took her advice and in the normal course of development, recorded an audio demo, evocative of the radio programs of my youth.  The motion picture version would run to many millions of dollars, more than my independent production company could hope to raise, but a preliminary budget for an oversize illustrated book, audio production and made-for-TV video production of a live performance came in at around $3 million, with a star, and fully one third of that was for the illustrated book, which could be postponed.

Broadcast television is event driven and GRUMPUSS was a fresh, original work, with no track record.  Still, with the right star and a fetching location, perhaps one of Britain's great houses, it might find a niche.  England was a likely setting for a tale of knighthood and chivalry, but both Scotland and Wales had long-standing bardic traditions and all three have castles, ruined and intact, which might provide stunning locations as well as a bit of history, perfect settings for a performance that harkened back to bards of old and that form of entertainment once reserved for kings, noble lords and outlaws.

I'd need a hook, something to attract broadcasters as well as modern audiences.  Something fanciful might work for cable . . .
A FANCIFUL "SCOTTISH" HOOK?


Are Scotland's Grampian's really "Grumpians?"  Is the mountain chain's modern name the result of a scribal error a "u" written poorly, closed at the top?  What about the evidence found on the ancient flag of Scotland, itself?  Does that golden field represent a ripe field of grain?  If so, could not that red, heraldic lion represent a GRUMPUSS trapped in a field of grain?  Would that not explain why it is depicted rampant?

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