RE: [DML] Online Museum (was Museum)
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RE: [DML] Online Museum (was Museum)

A museum is for a larger audience than we, as members of an online
forum, are.  We already have a love for the man and the car. 


This sounds more like an archive, or a research library.  Which would
still be great.


Many museums today have missions that try to inspire and educate, not
just display.


Think of the museum as a place where you wife and your mother-in-law can
visit with you, and they leave with real appreciation for the man, the
car, and their stories.  Yes, it's also a place where we, the diehard
fans, get to see obscure artifacts, that part is important too, but its
no longer the only thing a museum does.


Think of Preston Tucker.  Immediately we think of the story of the man.
Many of us think of the film.  It is the story that gives context to the
man, the car, and all the artifacts.  The same can be true here.


The documents will not shape, or correct the public's perception of JDZ,
it's the telling of his story that will do that.  No one here would care
about the artifacts if they had not already learned some of the story.


If a website becomes the way to tell that story, then you have the basis
of a great museum, otherwise you have a great archive.  Both have value,
but they are very different things.


I personally want to take my wife and kids to a place that will show
them and tell them the story of the man and the car, so that maybe one
day they will appreciate the artifacts too. I could try to tell them the
story, but its not the same.  Now, if you let me tell them the story,
and you give me Proto1, a gold car, and Johns personal  pre-GTO test
driver - I think I could get them to understand.  Show them a cutaway
modern car, all in black save the innovations that John created, in
white, suddenly they might get an understanding of what this guy did for
the automobile.  What the automobile did for America, and the world.


Now my wife and kids will really get it.  Maybe while they are watching
the big film for the second time, I can sneak over to the documents
gallery and check out some work orders from the factory on the day my
car rolled off the line...







From: Kevin Abato
Subject: RE: [DML] Online Museum (was Museum)

An interesting concept indeed.

In retrospect, I would like to see things like proto-one in a museum,
that is not likely to happen (now). In reality, I doubt I would ever go
a physical place to see all of the Delorean merchandise if there was not
main draw like Proto one, a stock DMC, GOLD DMC, and perhaps a pilot car
lined up side by side.

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