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June 11, 2013

BEAM: Chicken Little’s Truth

Matt Mason isn’t your typical 12-year-old. Why, just last night I watched him detonate several electromagnetic devices that ended up crippling a portion of an invading alien race’s forces. Of course, the rebel “skitter” army did help him a bit, their painted faces closely resembling an extraterrestrial rendition of Braveheart. 

Shame a kilt couldn’t fit over their four spider-like legs or we might have had quite a skirt-raising display of provocation.

Toward the end of the ruckus, Matt’s too-hot-for-network-television father Tom rode in on a gallant steed to finish the job like a modern-day George Washington, only with much nicer teeth. Did I mention he’s the new American president, or at least the leader of what remains of the states? 

Just another job to add to daddy’s long resume that already contains physician, librarian and founder of Apple. 

OK, you got me. Matt Mason doesn’t actually exist outside the make-believe world of the hit TNT science-fiction drama “Falling Skies.”

But the kid who plays him on the show certainly does. 

Folks, meet Maxim Knight. Don’t let his curly ringlets of gold and sweet, little face fool you. This 13-year-old can throw it down when it comes to fighting aliens, or at the very least sure as heck can act like it. 

Back when we lived in Hawaii, our families became friends through a local Mom’s Club chapter. Even then, the little boy we knew as Max had a certain magnetic energy about him. 

As a small character in a local independent movie filming on Oahu, it was no surprise that Max got bit by the acting bug. While we gave up island living and returned home to Indiana, he and his mother Laura moved to Los Angeles to begin a new life of their own. His father and little brother Logan remained in Hawaii, while his mom now accompanies him with their two cats while he films the series five months out of the year in Toronto. 

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