I thought I would give you a progress report on how we’re doing so far.
As I’m sure you all know by now, we’re in the midst of fundraising to keep the preservation and restoration of thousands of hours of historic audio going and expanding.
Past Daily has been up and running a little over two years. Basically, it’s the website for the Gordon Skene Sound Collection, which keeps and preserves all this stuff and makes it available to you 24/7 for years and, hopefully decades from now. The Collection has been active since 1963 and bits of it have been heard in movies, TV – a bunch of Box Sets (Rhino Records Great Speeches of The 20th Century, The Beat Generation, The 70s Culture Box) and a lot of other websites and more than a few news programs.
But that’s a tiny part of the collection, the soundbite part. What Past Daily has been all about is giving readers the complete (or as complete as possible) picture of history. The parts you don’t often hear, but the parts which shaped the events that changed many lives at the time. Most of the time those events took days and weeks to unfold, and that’s one of the things we like doing around here. Not to bore you to death, but to give you a better understanding that some things just don’t happen overnight.
Aside from the history though, Past Daily is about music and the pop culture. A lot of that material is new, current. Why we put it up every night is to let you know history is on-going, our culture is every evolving (whether you believe it or not) and Music is a very important, crucial part of our makeup as people. I run a lot of current music by new bands because I believe the up-and-comers need the props, the encouragement and the exposure to continue to make their dreams happen. They will be the points of history some day. And whether or not all the music I play is your particular taste, it shares a role in the bigger picture of things – the continuation of our culture and the imperative that life is all about keeping an open mind and being available to experience new things in order to form your own opinions.
So we’re not all about old stuff. What I have tried, in my own way, is to make it about good stuff.
The historic news and speeches and political postings are about presenting history, not taking sides. In the archive business you can’t say yes to one thing and no to another because these are all elements which shaped an event and influenced a culture. And sometimes it’s uncomfortable. But history is rarely pleasant and history never takes sides.
With all that in mind, we’re smack in the middle of Fundraising and we’re into our second week. Frankly, donations have been dismal – blame it on summer, the events of the day-to-day, the seeming overload of information and constant crisis. And that’s understandable – but it’s nonetheless disappointing.
So I thought I would give you some progress report – some idea of why I’m asking for your contributions to keep this site up and the Archive alive and the restoration and preservation continuing. I put a pitch in at the end of my posts since we started this thing, and some of you don’t scroll down that far. So, if you haven’t kept up with the daily appeals for support, I’m asking you to consider giving that support now.
The good news is, Past Daily and The Gordon Skene Sound Collection are now Non-Profit. So your donations are Tax Deductible. We are now affiliated with Fractured Atlas, a wonderful organization dedicated to helping operations like mine get the message across. We’re also affiliated with Indiegogo, who are handling the Fundraiser. I could not have done any of this without them, and I would urge you to support them.
All those elements are here to convince you that your donations are going to a vital and worthy cause. But more than that, we’re all here to let you know we’re serious about our dedication to the cause of history and of education and of enhancing the quality of life. We’re here to try and give back, in exchange for your support.
So please consider your Tax Deductible contribution in order to keep history alive and making a difference. We can’t really do it without you and you’re the ones we’re doing it for.
Okay – enough out of me. Click on the link at the top, just below our Piano Playing/Singing Mascot.
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