Trashing Brands and Other Stuff
My estimates of the numbers were high, but the problem is very real. On January 11, Jim McQuillan, The Adman, sent me a hyperlink to an AP story on a China Daily front-page report. It stated, “China will have 30 million more men of marriageable age than women in less than 15 years as a gender imbalance resulting from the country’s tough one-child policy becomes more pronounced, state media reported Friday. The tens of millions of men who will not be able to find a wife could also lead to social instability problems …”
11/20/05. Philly Phundraising Phollies
One weekend, I spent a magical afternoon at the Independence Seaport Museum with its splendid collection of paintings and interactive exhibits of ships from the early days of the colonies to today’s supertankers. Could I volunteer to help the museum acquire members or raise money as I had for the Whitney Museum in New York for many years? In particular, I was interested in the possibility of generating funds for the cruiser Olympia, anchored at the Penn’s Landing wharf. This 100-year-old battlewagon was part of Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White fleet that circled the globe in 1908. According to The History Channel, she was in desperate need of $15 million for restoration.
I wrote museum Director John S. Carter, and offered to raise money and help acquire members on a pro bono basis. At the very least, I suggested, he might like to see what other museums around the country were mailing so that his people were not reinventing the wheel.
A couple of weeks later, a large envelope from the Seaport Museum arrived. No letter acknowledged my letter. It was the annual report showing an endowment of $47 million.
The message from Carter was clear: “We do not need members, we do not need money, and above all, we do not need you, chum. We’re rich.”