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Re: WCW and AKA tapes?
Dave Koran and Tom Grady did not make the decision by themselves to give the
judges videotapes of the speakers at the AKA convention. Here is the
history of it.
At the 2002 convention, I believe it was Liz Hutchins who approached the BOT
through myself or Dave - I do not remember which of us - and suggested it
would be a very nice gesture to 'give' tapes of the speakers to the judges
since they generally miss most of the speakers by volunteering their time to
judge the show.
The topic was brought up at the BOT meeting Friday or Saturday night (some
of my memory is hazy as to the days since I worked the convention from
Wednesday thruogh the weekend, but it was midnight) and the board agreed the
idea was a good one and a valid one since judges do miss several speakers
and yet pay for the entire convention - their rooms, the banquet etc. The
board voted I believe unanimously at that time to do this.
This was announced to a very positive response at the awards ceremony.
The subject came up a second time over the summer in a BOT letter and was
I agree Lowell should have been consulted, but at the time - the BOT wanted
to offer something of value to the judges.
Okay that is the history of the offer.
Now - as to the actual creation of the tapes. I am not an expert and make
no allusions to being one - but it seems to me that all or most of the
morning presentations should fit on one VCR tape and also tke same for the
afternoon ones. That would be two tapes per person maximum. if there were
20 judges - then that is 40 tapes - at a cost of about 5$ a tape or about
$200 in expenses.
To be honest, this may be asking alot of Lowell and that is not my intent -
instead I am simply stating how the issue occurred and maybe an idea to deal
However, I do not like the idea that Dave or I were the only people involved
in the decisions made. This was brought to the BOT and acted upon.
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