[DML] Re: DeLorean Owners Association - NEW
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[DML] Re: DeLorean Owners Association - NEW

I am one of many of the DOA's biggest critic's due to my unpleasant 
experience many years ago as I posted in an earlier message.

However, after a few e-mails back and forth with Ken Baker we 
finally connected on the phone this morning and spend a good 45 
minutes openly talking about the past DOA, former board members and 
Ed Bernstein's (D1) current involvement in the DOA.

In my opinion there is NO better way to get your questions answered 
than by calling Ken directly.  I decided it was important enough to 
not rely on e-mail where intent and meaning can be taking wrong or 
out of context.

Ken is taking on a heavy load trying to change the tide within the 
DOA as well as all of our past issues.  I know I have many!.....Our 
talk was fruitful, honest and no holds barred. While Ken know he 
can't please all of you, it is my fervent opinion that he is trying 
very hard to do so.

I am comforted by the fact that a DOA President lives in Florida and 
not SoCal.  I am encouraged to hear that Ken is actively working and 
talking with Ken K and Steve from DMCH.  

If you are a skeptic about the direction of the DOA, have questions 
etc...by all means contact Ken and TALK to him.  Ken is not trying 
to hide anything by asking people to talk to him directly.  It is 
his belief (and I agree) that e-mail does not convey the same 
meaning as hearing someones intent.  He is well aware that any mis-
step or someone taking something the wrong way as they read it will 
create more issues.  Nobody should take his asking people to contact 
him directly as anything other than the most honorable intentions.

My questions were answered and I am convinced there is a new 
direction happening.  Let's all stop and take a deep breath and give 
Ken the chance here to do something we have all wanted.  If any of 
you are on the fence...please make the effort to talk to him 

We have become a society that is finding it too easy to send an e-
mail and complain but will not take the time to do it in person on 
the phone.  I think Ken deserves a fighting chance here and I hope 
we all can put aside out "stuff" and give him the opportunity.

My baggage has been put away after all these years.  Please, please 
let's as a group give this guy a break.  I am glad I talked to him 
and I encourage those of you who are very vocal on this board to do 
the same.  There is nothing sinister about his wanting to talk to 
people on the phone....for God's sake!  It's my understanding one of 
you "wanted it in writing".  If all of you jump down this guys 
throat we may lose a change at someone who seems to REALLY care 
about the future of our community.

Lack of communication is what most of you have complained about the 
DOA. Here is a guy who is begging people to contact him so he can 
tell you first hand what his hopes and goals are for the future of 
the organization.   Some of you may not be happy no matter what 
anybody connected with the DOA does....so be it.  But at least have 
the nuts to talk to the guy before taking a position.

Again......I am not someone easily convinced about the DOA but I 
have a great feeling about Ken and I hope some of our more vocal 
critics will as well after they talk to him.....

Tom Watkins   

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Kevin Abato <delorean@...> wrote:
> Ken:  Perhaps it is best to field (publicly) some of the questions 
that have
> already been asked several times here on the DML:
> 1.  What benefits does one get for having membership to the DOA?
> 2.  Where do the funds go?  (All organizations should be able to 
make their
> treasury available to its members)
> 3.  Why has DOA not offered any assistance at the past two DCS 
shows?  They
> had a presence in "the sandbox" but failed to play with everyone.  
> they sat quietly in their own corner
> 3.5.  Do you intend to recognize DCS as a national show and 
> resources to assisting with it?
> 4.  What is involved in your "revitalization" plan?
> Not trying to put you on the spot, but from the responses to this 
thread, it
> is apparent that a major public relations miracle would be needed 
to even
> remotely help the DOA in its attempt to rise from the ashes.  
Single person
> to person phone calls will only further confusion, rumors, and
> misconception.  It might be best to answer some of these questions 
asked by
> me (and others) here in this forum.
> I actually ran into a DOA officer at DCS and asked if they were 
upset or
> displeased with my posts on this topic.  Shockingly I was told 
that they had
> not read any of these posts and was not aware of mine (and other 
> feelings on the topic.  In hindsight, I am quite shocked that the 
DOA would
> be unprepared to speak about their new effort (privately to me, or 
in a
> public forum at DCS08) to revamp their image and revitalize 
> Kevin Abato
> Vin# 16680
> www.grenexmedia.com
> - I am back from DCS08 and have extra gas money now to put in more 
then my
> "2 Cents"   ;)


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