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Television, Nephi, and the Inedible Sausage

Friday, October 14, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ryan Paul
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I must confess something. Fall is my favorite time of year. I enjoy the cooler temperatures, the UMA conference, and my birthday. However, it is the beginning of the fall television season that really gets me thinking. I love television, not all of it, but some of my best ideas have come to me while watching some of my favorite shows. Like you, I have my favorites, Doctor Who, Pawn Stars, and Modern Family — and my guilty pleasures, which I am secure enough to admit to — Sanctuary, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Top Shot.

pictureI remember as a kid one of my most loved TV shows was The Black Sheep Squadron. It was based loosely on the wartime exploits of Gregory “Pappy” Boyington and rag-tag group of pilots in the Pacific Theater during WWII. The opening credits always began with a male chorus singing, “We are poor little lambs who have lost our way, Ba, Ba, Ba.” Then, an old siren would sound as the pilots rushed to their planes.  You should check it out  I would hide in my room until I heard the siren then I would run and jump over the couch, which would be instantly transformed into my F4U Corsair, still, for my money, the coolest plane of WWII.

Often here at Frontier Homestead visitors will tell me that they feel old when they walk though our agricultural equipment exhibits, because they used many of those implements in their childhood. I remind them that they are now “living history” and should share their stories with others. Conversely, in my museum travels, I have felt those same feelings of adventure, excitement, and discovery as I did on Saturday nights back in the days of my youth. From the giant metal heads in the Farmington Museum, the awe-inspiring collection of aircraft at the Hill Aerospace Museum, and making sausage with play dough in Brigham City I have enjoyed the many delights our museum community has to offer.

I just returned from a trip to Nephi, where I participated in the DUP museum’s dedication of their new outdoor farm equipment exhibit. I remember a few years ago when Bessie Jones took me to a weed-covered parking lot and told me of her vision of a landscaped space to display their growing collection of horse and tractor drawn agricultural tools. I distinctly remember thinking that there was no way that her dream could be realized. Well, I am adult enough to admit, that I was proven wrong, not just wrong, but spectacularly so. Bessie and her team proved that a group of people with a passion for the past can build partnerships with city and county governments, local service clubs, and local volunteers, and literally move mountains. The ladies of the Nephi DUP have inspired me to recharge, revitalize, and work to find new ways to fulfill the goals of my museum. I encourage you next time you are traveling, pay them a visit and see for yourself. I hope to see you in Logan at the UMA conference. It will be as my good friend The Doctor says “ Brilliant!”

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