Quote of the Day: “The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well, and doing well whatever you do without thought of fame. If it comes at all it will come because it is deserved, not because it is sought after.” –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
It is only natural, and I think good that people will complain about how the Jackson County Hall of Fame is being established. It proves the need for one if nothing else. TB already has seen several things I would’ve done differently so I’ll try not to be too defensive about whatever criticism comes my way on this. I find in other parts of my life that if you take action, you almost always later realize you could have done something better. But if you take no action you can be certain you do nothing right. I can assure you of one thing–that my intent is to produce a real Hall full of deserving members.
To make this thing work, I need your help. Constructive criticism is unwelcome but necessary. I’ll make some changes and not others. Though this is a collaborative effort, I have to make the final calls on a lot of issues. But one of those will not be membership. Whoever finds the site gets an equal voice in this and your participation is vital. Next, spread the word about the Hall. The more memories we tap, the better the final product will be.
So the Hall will be more than just another internet list, I’m also asking for your help on filling up these virtual walls with memorabilia. If you have video of an enshrinee or a great game (particularly title games), I want to post them. In particular, if someone can turn the old football game tapes into digital form, they would make the site gold. Post video to youtube and send me the link or send me a dvd or email and I’ll get them on the site. Just brainstorming, old news clips and home videos would also be welcome. I know at least one poster has access to some old newspaper files. Articles about our members or our great teams would be great and I’ll post them all. You can also scan in articles and photos from your scrapbooks, email them to me and I’ll get them on here. I think it would be cool to get photos of some of the old high school trophies if someone can score them. Photos of old programs, ticket stubs, yearbook pages–whatever else you can think of–think what a historical repository we can make of this with enough participation! I’ll be scouring the web for links and bios and will also use any links you folks send me.
I’d also love to collect your stories as a fan and a participant in the great sporting events of our county’s past. The discussion thread has been a good start on this, and you will see some of that in the new hall. Finally, if anyone is able to get comments from the players we induct, or their families, it would add a lot to the record.
I’m fully aware of the possibility this request will be met with the sound of crickets, but if I don’t ask, the result is no better. But if I can get some good material, I’m going to set up a separate website that we can all enjoy and improve for years to come. So help dammit.
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org