History is a tough thing. There are so many adages. History repeats itself. If you don’t remember history you are doomed. We have a history together.
You may or may not know, but I am on the board of the National World War Two Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana. Lots of people say it’s “an honor” to do this or that, but to me this is an amazing privilege and opportunity to do something good for some people, and my country.
James Altucher and other popular bloggers say you need to bleed a little when you blog. Maybe I haven’t done enough bleeding. But I’ll bleed a little here.
I hooked up with the museum via a friend of mine who is also on the board. Funny thing is, I have been interested in World War Two my entire life. I read, no devoured, books about it. In fifth grade, I gave a speech about it in front of my class.
You know those tests that you take to figure out what the hell you want to do with your life in high school? I took one. In the top three things on the list for me was “cadet at a military academy”.
My first college: US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Got a basketball scholarship to go there. Dropped out after Beast Barracks. One of the more stupider things I have done in my life. As the car drove away from the Academy, I knew I had made a huge mistake that in some ways I have not forgiven myself for today.
Instead of failing, I created failure. Big difference. Fast forward 30 years to today.
This opportunity came up for me in my life. I serve on a board with some really neat people. But you don’t have to serve on the board to help. Keep reading, you’ll see how. I need some answers.
One of the things that history museums have difficulty doing is connecting with the future. How do you do it?
I truly believe that of all the conflicts that the world has seen among man, World War Two was one of, if not the most important. Even though it happened seventy years ago, it affects the kids that are going to be born tomorrow. How do you make it alive for today? What would you teach them? How do you make a museum relevant for them? How do you get them to interact with history and get the word out? I don’t know the answers. I leave it to you, the reader, to give me suggestions.
What do you think?