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And also, sometimes that gets people interested in fields in the automotive industry, and nowadays we’ve cut back auto shop programs in schools, and yet whether it’s these technologically advanced cars that are all computerized with modules, or even in body shops, repairing vehicles. It’s not like the old days with a hammer and Bondo and all that stuff. They put them on computer turntables today. They’ve got to make sure those frames are safe and everything.

There are a lot of great careers available for people who go into automotive fields, but they need to have some computer and math skills, and they can be very, very well paying jobs. So we think there are just so many pieces of it that connect, that make some sense. And maybe we turn some young people on, we get them interested.

You know, my daughter’s interested in drag racing. She’s driving an A/Fuel dragster this weekend. I watch her; she has an interest in looking at the past and how it evolved, and will even make fun of it sometimes. “You mean, you guys did it like that?” They learn from that, how things have evolved. And what they enjoy today is like that because it started at a different place and a lot of people evolved it as it went along.

: One of the things I’ve noticed about the museum is that it has come to life in the last couple of years. I don’t know if you can attribute that to any one person or if it’s the Auto Club’s involvement with spreading the word about the quality of this museum.

TM: Well, there are a lot of people that are involved and we started and of course there was a lot of fanfare, but Wally’s passing, that’s been tough on everybody, plus we’ve been in a tough economy, but I think there’s been several people... You know they just added two people to the board, Dave McClelland and myself, and I think the people at the museum do a fantastic job. They’re very committed, and so what we want to do is try and get the word out.

Some great things have happened, like the LA Roadster Show, they had a connection. You could go through there, and so we’re getting people to realize it’s there and what it has. And it’s not static. A lot of times museums are criticized because it’s the same thing when you go back. Certainly you have some period of time on the exhibits, but it’s not static.

There’s  a lot of things they rotate through there. They did that ‘Four Hundred Years of Racing’; and Gale Banks has a great exhibit here now. Gale’s a great supporter of the museum. He’s done a lot to help it. So I think we’re building people who see it the same way. They see value. A lot of them lived it, but they value where we came from, and they think it’s worth preserving, and they also think there’s some benefit to sharing it. We’re hopeful.

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