We've needed this for a long time, Jim.
This would put us on "front street", letting all group
members know what is going on, and-a very important
extra-be good for public relations with other groups
of the OTR community.
It will be a lot of work, but I say a definite "go" on
--- Jim Beshires <beshiresjim@...
> Well folks,
> It looks like we might be launching another
> ambitious project here
> at the Home.
> Ryan E and I have been kicking around an idea for a
> newsletter or
> bulletin that would highlight goings-on in our
> various groups.
> We're thinking something that would be created and
> electronically that folks could peruse at their
> leisure. We are
> also thinking of something that would incorporate an
> RSS feed as well
> (any ol 1, are you listening?). Also it would be
> very similar to a
> printed newsletter so that it would look nice
> printed out.
> There's so much going on in the different groups
> that a lot of it
> tends to get overlooked in the group posting areas.
> It's very hard,
> except for the most dedicated members to stay
> up-to-date with what
> projects are underway in the various sub-groups.
> Most of the
> following are ideas that Ryan came up with, but I
> agree with them.
> Here are suggestions for content:
> 1. Main Articles - Jim J.'s constantly making great
> to OTR logs. I'd like to know what his research
> processes are, Ian
> to share all the things he and the Aussie crew have
> going on, Travis
> (Cliff) to write up a piece about his current
> project(s) .Cliff is
> always making some little discovery. Publicize it.
> What is Ben
> currently working on? Clorinda's latest
> discoveries. Nothing fancy,
> just how they're going about, who are they working
> with, what
> resources are they using, etc.
> 2. News Bits - Some news may not necessitate a
> longer article, like
> the Broadway Is My Beat new episode that was
> recently discovered.
> Maybe someone discovers the name of an unknown
> voice, etc (ala a
> Cinnamon Bear character recently). Still, a short 1
> or 2 paragraph
> write-up by the discoverer would be nice. What's the
> story? How'd
> they find it? etc
> 3. Misc. Items - I'm sure folks come across
> information in the course of their research that
> would be of general
> interest to OTR fans, even if it doesn't pertain
> exactly to a series
> they're working on. -I know group members
> occasionally make contacts
> with old-time actors and such. Write it up; let us
> know about it.
> 4. Monthly release updates - List new series that
> have been
> certified and list re-released certified sets
> explaining what
> changes have been made.
> 5. Include new artwork that Roger creates. A lot of
> people never
> get around to checking it on the site.
> 6. Library - Keep a running list of series that are
> certified and
> available from Doug.
> 7. Other group news - what has the purchasing group
> been up to. What
> have they got their hands on?
> 8. Review of the website stats.
> 9. Wikki news updates,
> 10. Otter news, etc.
> 11.Classifieds - List tapes, reels, machinery you'd
> like to get rid
> of or trade. Sales? not sure. Like any newsletter
> 12. Summarization of the Voice Conferences.
> 13. Leaders of the group to make short reports on
> the group's
> overall progress. Outline any decisions made during
> audio meetings
> that affect our direction. I never download those
> that I miss.
> Some members get so frustrated because great
> discoveries get lost in
> the ongoing threads. Plus, who looks at messages
> more than a few
> days old. If we had a nice little newsletter that we
> could archive
> on the site people could easily catch up on the news
> and it would
> preserve old discoveries for easier future
> reference.. Think how
> much great info is shared on the Digest every day
> but there's no
> practical way for researchers and fans to access it
> in the future.
> Charlie told Ian the Digest is archived but not
> publicly accessible.
> A lot of this is available online but it can be
> tough to find. This
> centralizes all our core data and research and makes
> it easy to
> access, reference, and share outside the group. As
> an e-document we
> can email it to all members and easily make it
> available to non-
> members who want to see it. This is a legitimate
> research group;
> let's archive all this research and make it easily
> available to all
> other researchers and fans. I don't know how much
> debate we need to
> have initially. Those interested can probably
> elicit writings from
> folks and bang a prototype issue together. Put it
> out there and then
> we could tweak the content from suggestions we get.
> Length doesn't
> matter. Since it's electronic we don't need filler
> material to kill
> white space.
> What does everyone think of this idea? Personally,
> I think it's
> long overdue for us, as the only serious group
> conducting research
> into old time radio, to publish such a newsletter.
> Too much of the
> things we discover wind up in the hands of others
> and we don't get
> proper credit for them.
> Your thoughts?
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