"My Town and Yours" Thoughts and Observations of Mark Lange
Is That a Big Number
by Mark Lange,posted Aug 16 2013 6:12AM
The reports that about 1,500 people have visited the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy since it officially opened last month is interesting. Is that a good number or is it a not so good number. I've got no idea. Let's say those fifteen hundred people all came on the free Senior Citizen Day after the museum opened. If that's the case, then the numbers aren't so good. What if all of those visitors came from out of town and stayed overnight? That would be great. The Convention and Visitors Bureau will really know how to figure the financial impact of such an influx, but even a DJ can figure out that would be a bunch of additional dollars.
Of course, the situation is somewhere between all getting in free and all coming from out of town and also spending the night. But the Red Skelton Museum is in a long haul to become a long term attraction to Vincennes. It will take a long time to get the word out - even to the locals. Even if all the visitors came from Knox County, there are still over 27,000 people in Knox County what haven't visited.
Red's humor has lasted a long time because it was well crafted and well presented. His museum will also last a long time for the same reasons.