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“cracker-barrel philosopher”

Since: Jan 08

Wilmington/Carson/San Pedro

#1 Nov 25, 2010
Dominguez and others don't have to create scenarios that show the possibilities for interest in the battleship. Experience is a better predictor. When the Missouri was here before leaving for the first Gulf War, doesn't anyone remember the enormous traffic congestion in Long Beach for most who merely viewed the vessel from afar? The vessel will be an enormous draw. The obligation for the successful benefit and use of the vessel is on the organization behind it.
Neil Proffitt

Redondo Beach, CA

#3 Nov 25, 2010
Off-topic stuff(ing);

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Slug, Cowboy, Tom from PV...We'll talk later. Have a good one!

Peace,
Neil

Since: Dec 09

Torrance, CA

#4 Nov 25, 2010
Neil Proffitt wrote:
Off-topic stuff(ing);
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Slug, Cowboy, Tom from PV...We'll talk later. Have a good one!
Peace,
Neil
You too, Neil. And slug, Cowboy, Al_X, etc

“cracker-barrel philosopher”

Since: Jan 08

Wilmington/Carson/San Pedro

#5 Nov 25, 2010
Neil Proffitt wrote:
Off-topic stuff(ing);
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Slug, Cowboy, Tom from PV...We'll talk later. Have a good one!
Peace,
Neil
Same to you, Neil, and the rest. Russell
Facts

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Nov 25, 2010
slug wrote:
Dominguez and others don't have to create scenarios that show the possibilities for interest in the battleship. Experience is a better predictor. When the Missouri was here before leaving for the first Gulf War, doesn't anyone remember the enormous traffic congestion in Long Beach for most who merely viewed the vessel from afar? The vessel will be an enormous draw. The obligation for the successful benefit and use of the vessel is on the organization behind it.
It all sounds good in theory, but if you look at the other "battleship" museums around the country, they don't tend to operate in the black very often, if at all. On the other hand, "aircraft carrier" museums tend to do quite well. I think this is a terrific project, but judging from the facts and figures of some of the other battleship museums around the country, this will be a flash in the pan then die out. I hope it doesn't happen, but the facts show differently.
To Facts and Reality

Los Angeles, CA

#7 Nov 25, 2010
It will take continued efforts.
The community needs to be inspired,
to participate in keeping it alive.

But there is so much to learn,
so much to see,
and it's well worth it.

That ship didn't come out of a computer,
and there we can see how things were done,
when real and dedicated workmen were still around.

From heavy machinery to precision instruments,
everything at one and the same place.
Who else has that to offer?

And there's that motorcycle "museum" just up the street,
actually it's Century Motorcylces on Pacific,
offering the same great opportunities.

Young people get excited,
when they see real things.
Facts wrote:
<quoted text>
It all sounds good in theory, but if you look at the other "battleship" museums around the country, they don't tend to operate in the black very often, if at all. On the other hand, "aircraft carrier" museums tend to do quite well. I think this is a terrific project, but judging from the facts and figures of some of the other battleship museums around the country, this will be a flash in the pan then die out. I hope it doesn't happen, but the facts show differently.
Visiting Cowboy

Menifee, CA

#8 Nov 25, 2010
I'll share the sentiment.. To all a happy Thanksgiving.

And I tripped over this, which I thought was rather good and worthy of being shared.
http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/av...

Have a wonderful holiday.

Since: Nov 08

San Pedro, CA

#9 Nov 25, 2010
"Naturally", Stacy's daughter totals her car on an onramp in the rain.

LOL!

Happy Thanksgiving, all.

Since: Jul 10

Location hidden

#10 Nov 25, 2010
TomFromPV wrote:
<quoted text>
You too, Neil. And slug, Cowboy, Al_X, etc
Happy Turkey Day to you and everyone on Topix, Tom.

“cracker-barrel philosopher”

Since: Jan 08

Wilmington/Carson/San Pedro

#11 Nov 25, 2010
Facts wrote:
<quoted text>
It all sounds good in theory, but if you look at the other "battleship" museums around the country, they don't tend to operate in the black very often, if at all. On the other hand, "aircraft carrier" museums tend to do quite well. I think this is a terrific project, but judging from the facts and figures of some of the other battleship museums around the country, this will be a flash in the pan then die out. I hope it doesn't happen, but the facts show differently.
Success comes from running an efficient operation that opens all of the ship to visitor access. My understanding is some of the other ships of this type fail to do that. Just walking the deck as a one time experience can be interesting, but not exciting enough to get a return visit or good word of mouth PR. The Midway in SD opened with much less ship access for visitors than now. I was there a couple of times in the first few months and wasn't that excited about it. I didn't make another trip until recently. The tour strategy was different. The access was nearly everywhere and there were storytellers who were actually part of carrier crews. They shared interesting stories and detailed info about ship operations. Battleships have a different kind of operational story from any other vessel and a political history worth telling. Anyone interested in visiting the ship would also be interesting in hearing those details. Again, I believe the burden is on the organization responsible for the operation of the attraction to provide an efficient and interesting experience for visitors. If they can do that successfully, I think the facts show they should have a successful operation.
reality check

Irvine, CA

#13 Nov 27, 2010
Facts wrote:
<quoted text>
It all sounds good in theory, but if you look at the other "battleship" museums around the country, they don't tend to operate in the black very often, if at all. On the other hand, "aircraft carrier" museums tend to do quite well. I think this is a terrific project, but judging from the facts and figures of some of the other battleship museums around the country, this will be a flash in the pan then die out. I hope it doesn't happen, but the facts show differently.
You're right about carrier museums doing better than battleships, but most are still struggling regardless; look at the situation of the Yorktown and Intrepid (about $120 million needed for the Intrepid alone).

And I don't know where Dominguez gets his "facts" from.

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