Posts from Stumpy in thread „JWMB sponsors a Walk Of Fame block“

    From one old man to another, I'd have to beg to differ. Look at us, using a computer and doing all sorts of things. I can't tell you how many of my friends never use a computer for anything, and have no desire to do so. Or a few who barely know how to do email and that's the extent of their knowledge.

    Let's face it - computers were not in common use 20 years ago, and you and I sit in front of one every day. I'd say you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!

    Chester :newyear:

    But in my case, Jim, it's not really a case of new tricks. I've been using a personal computer since around 1984, which is about 24 years. Now I'll admit, I've only been surfing the net since around 1996 but began using computers at least 12 years before that to compose correspondence, organize various household files, etc. And in fact, I learned the basics of computer use in the early Seventies, while assigned to Headquarters, U.S. European Command at Patch Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany.

    We are not attempting to pressure anyone to buy one, it is simply a post. Feel free to PM me directly with any concerns you may have about this, and I would be happy to work thru them with you.

    Just so you'll know, Kevin, my remark was not intended as criticism of you personally nor any of the moderators. It was just one of my often blunt and tactless comments about developments on the board.

    You've seen enough of my posts to know that I usually say whatever pops into my head, without thinking about how others may view those remarks. If I've offended you or anyone else, I apologize.

    Like most such institutions, the birthplace/museum will need funding. Funds to hire people who work there in one capacity or another, funds to pay the utility bills, and so on and so forth. (There ain't a doubt in my military mind that somebody could pry money out of the government for such expenses, since they are always ready to spend our money for one pork barrel or another. But IMO that would fly in the face of everything the Duke stood for and that conservatives, like me for instance, find abominable.)

    Therefore, I'd like to offer a suggestion. Why don't one of you moderators, or Kevin, contact whoever runs the Winterset operation, and suggest that folks who love and respect the Duke, and who want to support the birthplace museum, contribute money regularly, such as monthly or annually (or even when they can afford it.) And as each person's amount reaches cumulative milestones, such as $250., $500., $1000., then that individual is recognized in some way, such as the titles used on the board, or by issuance of certificates signed by one of the Wayne kids, or by the head honcho at the museum. I think the museum should post a list of contributors online, together with the amounts they've contributed, so we can see who's serious about our cause, and who ain't.

    I don't know about the rest of this board's posters but I for one am getting tired of these interminable solicitations to buy bricks. Hell, I'd rather just get a direct plea for donations from the birthplace/museum.

    Why don't the administrators take down this post - after all, the fund drive is finished and we did manage to achieve the $1500. goal that was set. This thing just takes up a lot of bandwidth that could be saved.

    (4) As far as listing the donors, that was discussed at the onset, and not knowing if people would be comfortable with a public disclosure, we opted not to do that. Kevin has changed it so donors are listed, but not the amounts (to avoid just the thing Robbie expressed concern about - someone perhaps feeling "inadequate" for making less than the "suggested" donation).

    IMO, this option should have been put to a vote of participating members instead of just you "wheels" arbitrarily deciding to do it your way.

    I myself have organized and ran fund drives and it's been my experience that you get more and better participation if all concerned are aware of who's giving and how much. In effect, it creates a bit of competition and many contributors try to outdo others. Not only that but this exaggerated concern for feelings of "inadequacy" suggests you folks have caught that disease called political correctness. In other words, you're more concerned about "self esteem" than raising funds.

    Let's face it, Rob, almost all posters on this forum have computers and access to the internet. So obviously, they're not as destitute as they would have you believe. I feel, therefore, that the poorest among us could contribute something, even if it was only 5 or 10 dollars. I certainly don't expect everyone to be able to contribute as much as I did but every little bit helps.

    Yes, Kevin is an excellent administrator, even though I've had several disagreements with some of his moderators about censorship I thought was unreasonable.

    I know where you're coming from and in no way belittle those who can't contribute, for whatever reasons. Nevertheless, I see no reason why the powers-that-be can't post a list of contributors, by amount given, and at least show their appreciation by a simple thank you. I don't think that's too much to ask.

    we are hoping that will change now that we are headed into a new month.

    I have both a suggestion and a belated complaint. It would be nice to know that those of us who contribute to this fund drive are at the very least acknowledged and some measure of appreciation extended by those doing the soliciting.

    The reason I say this is that when Kevin asked for donations to buy the program needed to run this site, some of us (including me) sent him money but there was never a word of thanks from anybody, including Kevin. People who know that their help is appreciated are more likely to give.

    I personally feel that a list of contributors should be posted, with the dollar amounts contributed.

    Finally, I don't use Pay Pal because I don't like to give out information about either my bank account or my credit card numbers over the internet. Accordingly, I submitted a request to be given a mailing address where I can send a money order but haven't heard zilch from anybody.

    Just out of curiosity, how long will this fund drive last? The reason I ask is because I want to make a contribution but January is a bad time for me as I'm trying to recover from large Christmas expenses, plus my car insurance comes due this month.

    Engraved bricks and/or granite blocks are a popular custom in the US, Rob, used to signify respect and admiration for the entity cited in the engraving. I don't know if other countries have the same custom but it's pretty widespread in the states.