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Sunday, June 27, 2010

A new Fayetteville Contest: renaming the Walton Arts Center?

Posted By on Sun, Jun 27, 2010 at 10:31 AM

"It seems a shame," the Walrus said,
"To play them such a trick,
After we've brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!"
The Carpenter said nothing but
"The butter's spread too thick!" - The Walrus and The Carpenter/Lewis Carroll

Now that our good friends the Waltons have decoded that Fayetteville will no longer benefit from their largesse - well, not in a major way, at any rate - Fayetteville faces a huge decision. While they may promise to continue “general support” (what in god’s green earth does that mean? Moral support? Office supplies?) they don’t foresee being the lead donor for any facility outside of their personal fiefdom of Bentonville.

We all know where Bentonville is - it’s where an art museum that may actually open one day.

A lot of folks weren’t particularly happy when the name Waltonwas slapped on the Arts Center in the first place, way back in the Wild and Woolly days of the 20th Century. Back when Town Creek Park was torn up, and folks were demonstrating - and oh, yeah, all of those aginners . . .

Anyway, I like WAC, and appreciate what it has brought to our community.

But there now that the ego-driven Waltons want to substantially lessen the amount of support they are giving to the center - and therefore the Fayetteville community - it’s probably time to change the name. Honestly, do you think that many folks in Fayetteville right now are feeling that kindly towards the Waltons today?

The city could sponsor a community-wide event - make a festival out of it.

Bach, Bling and Bar-B-Que?

Hey, I’m just throwing it out there; it’s all I’ve got off the top of my head. I’m sure that that others could come up with something even better.

Who knows, maybe the Walton Family Foundation could give a cash prize to the person who comes up with the best name.

Because to keep the name of Walton on the damned thing would just leave a sour taste in a lot of people’s mouths at this point, I think.

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July 1 - 19 years of On the Air

July 1 is the 19th anniversary of my program on public access in Fayetteville. A neat irony is that it also happens to fall on a taping day, which delights me no end. The show started out as a call-in, and kept that format for several years, till I discarded it, since it got in the way of having an actual conversation with the guest.

For that first show, we didn’t have one of those great little boxes from Radio Shack that lets you just hit a button and you can talk hands free, letting the audience at home hear the caller’s voice. So when the calls came in, I took the call, and relayed the question to the guest.

Yes, it was every bit as dorky as Ghost Whisperer.

Now, as then, the show has succeeded because of the excellence of the crew behind the scenes. I’ve pretty much proven that just about anybody can sit in front of a camera and pull it off (most of the time, at least) but my crew has pulled my fat out of the fire over the years more times than you can imagine.

Rsdrake@cox.net

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