September 13, 2010
You did it again!
We have good news. Because of your generosity, thirst for good beer, good food, sale of mustard and other merchandise, and money in the cans--our gross revenue for Friday night and Saturday is over $30,000! While we have unpaid bills, we will begin the new year--our tenth, with a cushion.
Thursday, with thunderstorms predicted, I was panicked at the thought of empty seats, abandoned grandstands, lots of mustard to lug back to the office. But--Mother Nature cooperated--you gave and gave, and so we can now take up plans to move around the state.
Well done friends. Well done!
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On the Sunday following BobFest,the Janesville Gazette on-line edition contained an article about the Tea Party meeting in Racine, but nothing about BobFest. I immediately e-mailed them questioning their bias. They said they took it from the AP wire and there was nothing on the wire about Bob Fest. In response, I said that they were then a part of the larger problem. Their last e-mail referred me to their marketing department to find out about how to purchase an ad.
We need to flood our local media outlets across the state about their failure to consider BobFest to be newsworthy. And the sponsors of BobFest need to do whatever needs to be done to inform the public about events that feature progressive ideas. If enough of us kick up enough dust through letters to the editors, contacts with radio and tv outlets, calls to talk shows, we may get enough attention. Those of us who think of ourselves as Progressives have a responsibility to do this in their local communities. We cannot expect the sponsors of BobFest do all the heavy lifting on this.
If we do nothing, eventually progressive ideas will sound so radical we may become the new version of the Tea Party.
-Ed Timmer | Janesville, Wi | September 13, 2010