It seems like yesterday that my gifted student, Drew Norton, died in a fire in Vermont. I met Drew when he was a 12-year-old camper at Camp Kitaki, where he came to my anti-drug program, Kastleland, wearing a legalize marijuana T-shirt. Later, I became Drew’s mentor in the Gifted program where we worked on the Kastleland video script together.
On the day of his funeral in Kearney, NE. Drew’s mom gave me a container of his ashes and asked me to sprinkle them on the lake at Camp Kitaki. The strange thing is, I had to get written permission to venture onto Camp grounds in accordance with the Federal Injunction I had won earlier that year. I did so and scattered Drew’s ashes on the moonlit waters of Kitaki lake.
Now, today, my lawyer, Brett MacArthur, is presenting my copyright infringement case in the Appellate Court of St. Louis. This is the second time I have been to court over Kastleland, which I wrote back in 1987. All things have a purpose, and so I must believe there is a good reason I have been forced to protect my copyrighted program once again.
I just hope this is the last time I have to present this case in court. The last time I won regarding this matter, my attorneys settled outside of court. While they reaped the benefits, I was forbidden to talk about the deal later, though I did establish my copyright and trademark. I assumed they were both protected by the law, so we will see how the judges rule after this day the 12th of April, 2010.