Re: Richie Called Me Yesterday Evening -- Everything Is Going To Be Fine

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Re: Richie Called Me Yesterday Evening -- Everything Is Going To Be Fine

Postby Mike McCarthy » Fri Aug 28, 2015 4:03 am

13jul-2015

From: donald@crrm.org


Thanks so much for the updates. It sounds like these guys might be potential angels. Please let me know if there is an opportunity for me to meet with them! I would be delighted to share the vision for the Museum with them.
Donald

Donald Tallman
Executive Director
Colorado Railroad Museum
Direct 720.274.5146

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_____________________________
From: Mike McCarthy <mike@impactphotoart.com>
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2015 3:30 AM
Subject: Richie Called Me Yesterday Evening -- Everything Is Going To Be Fine
To: Donald Tallman <donald@crrm.org>


Donald,

Richie called me yesterday evening as soon as he was back from
Breckenridge. In spite of more than a twenty year communication lapse
othing has changed for the two of us, and in fact we decided on the spot
on our next car travel journey -- the total solar eclipse of 21aug-17
right here in the good old USA ...
http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/in_the_path.htm

I hadn't wanted to mention it before but Richie brought something up
entirely on his own that I want you to know about. You see, DEC made
Richie a millionaire thirty years ago, one of about a dozen key
technical people bound to the company by engineering VP Gordon Bell
using golden chains that were a mixture of cash and stock options. I've
no idea how much better Richie has done financially since then -- it's
not the kind of thing he and I talk normally talk about -- but Richie
said that not only would he like to get involved, he wants to make a
financial contribution himself, size and timing unknown.

Richie believes he has an even better way to get to Gates -- someone he
knows who, I think he said, actually works for Gates at the Foundation.
Richie thinks that getting to use Gates' name to open doors is
entirely feasible, but he further agrees with me that getting Cutler
involved anyway also would be a good idea.

====================

Richie is now Chief Technology Officer at X-IO in the Springs. They
make advanced storage systems and, Donald, I have zero doubt that if you
were to ask for a system for the museum capable of storing a thousand
terabytes, they would provide it at no cost if the museum agreed to be a
reference and publicity account for them.

These are the kind of people you're about to get involved with. They
won't want to run the museum -- they will want you to continue to do
that -- they just will want to know that whatever funds, goods or
services they send CRRM's way are going to be used for the greater good
of the nation and/or the world. They are the same kind of people you
deal with now every day- self starters who became successful through
hard work and innovative thinking -- it's just that they stumbled into
something so good that you have to append two or three trailing zeroes
to all the usual numbers. :) Life has been good to them, now they want
to give back.

And remember ... The cardinal sin in startup financing is failing to ask
for enough money to ensure success. Nobody wants their money to have
gone to waste simply because the recipient had not planned in sufficient
depth.

What makes CRRM unique among startups is that you're already a going
concern. When you talk about the museum and your plans for it, everyone
will understand that you are not speculating -- you've already built the
proof of concept, and you made it grow all by yourself. You have
exactly the track record of success that makes potential large donors
feel comfortable that you know how to use money as a tool.

I won't name names but someone at CRRM told me that the vanished Thomas
cars should have been replaced years ago. This is nonsense and these
kinds of big potential donors will agree. You needed those funds for
other immediate purposes to help fuel the museum's growth. I assume you
figured that at the time the Thomas Cars promissory note was called as
it now has been, you'd work something out. That's the kind of self
confidence that separates the startup winners from the losers, and it's
something that these people will be looking for -- your ability to put
plans together on the fly and somehow make them work in spite of major
negative suprises.

====================

Richie also thought my ideas about penetrating Hollywood to be entirely
feasible. I will say to you that musicians Neil Young and Rod Stewart
are huge model railroading fans, and I'm very confident that Stewart
would love to be recognized as a member of CRRM's "One to One Scale
Club". My music producer friend Tom Werman knows everybody who was in
the music business back in the day so I'm confident that we could
network our way to Stewart if you wanted to do that. What a wonderful
attention-getting addition to the board he would be.

Stewart fulfilled a lifetime dream when Model Railroading Magazine
featured his layout on its front cover. A related story is here ...
http://www.therichest.com/expensive-lif ... ollection/
When he was still touring, Stewart spent his free time in hotel rooms
scratch building scenery and rolling stock. I have no doubt that
everything you see in those photos was built by Stewart himself.

====================

Donald,

Having spoken with Richie yesterday evening I know now for sure that you
will be allowed to take this museum just as far as you want it to go.
Speaking for myself, train rides come and go, as do locomotives, but the
Richardson Library is properly the museum's long term legacy to mankind.
I would be intensely proud to have played a part in making it possible
for people all over the globe to do research at Richardson online. I
think we're talking about something similar to Project Gutenberg here,
and I think the big money people would be in favor of helping to make it
happen.

I would like whatever role I may play in this to be kept quiet, for the
same reasons that whatever tiny financial contributions my wife and I
are able to make to CRRM should be kept anonymous. We are conservative
altruists -- Quakers in fact, though I find myself surprised to use that
term to describe me at this late stage of life. If we were to take tax
deductions for our contributions, that would taint the contributions in
our eyes. If I were to deduct driving mileage, that would not be right
for us. We don't suggest that others should feel the same way, I'm
simply saying what we personally believe is right for our relationship
with The Universe.

The one exception is a brick I would like to now buy by credit card,
with the inscription "Mike and Evalyn McCarthy, 2015". I would like it
placed as near Bob LeMassena's new brick as is reasonable.

====================

I would like you to think about you and Rick using me in the way I was
used in my early days at DEC, which is as a troubleshooter and startup
guy. My first DEC boss was a management wunderkind named Dave Stone.
His boss was Larry Portner, the VP of Software Engineering, though in
the early days it was called simply the Programming Department.

Anyway, on more than one occasion I received marching orders from some
combination of Stone and Portner, the orders basically saying "We have
decided to do X. We know you've been the biggest opponent of X,
therefore we are tasking you with making X fly since you know more than
anyone else about its vulnerabilities. Let us know when X is up and
running to your satisfaction. Then we'll turn it over to a team of
people for operations while you move on to the next problem."

That's who I am, Donald. A problem solver who prefers to work in the
background. I'm a startup guy, not an operations guy. The two skill
sets are entirely different.

thx,
Mike


Donald,

Richie called me yesterday evening as soon as he was back from
Breckenridge. In spite of more than a twenty year communication lapse
othing has changed for the two of us, and in fact we decided on the spot
on our next car travel journey -- the total solar eclipse of 21aug-17
right here in the good old USA ...
http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/in_the_path.htm

I hadn't wanted to mention it before but Richie brought something up
entirely on his own that I want you to know about. You see, DEC made
Richie a millionaire thirty years ago, one of about a dozen key
technical people bound to the company by engineering VP Gordon Bell
using golden chains that were a mixture of cash and stock options. I've
no idea how much better Richie has done financially since then -- it's
not the kind of thing he and I talk normally talk about -- but Richie
said that not only would he like to get involved, he wants to make a
financial contribution himself, size and timing unknown.

Richie believes he has an even better way to get to Gates -- someone he
knows who, I think he said, actually works for Gates at the Foundation.
Richie thinks that getting to use Gates' name to open doors is
entirely feasible, but he further agrees with me that getting Cutler
involved anyway also would be a good idea.

====================

Richie is now Chief Technology Officer at X-IO in the Springs. They
make advanced storage systems and, Donald, I have zero doubt that if you
were to ask for a system for the museum capable of storing a thousand
terabytes, they would provide it at no cost if the museum agreed to be a
reference and publicity account for them.

These are the kind of people you're about to get involved with. They
won't want to run the museum -- they will want you to continue to do
that -- they just will want to know that whatever funds, goods or
services they send CRRM's way are going to be used for the greater good
of the nation and/or the world. They are the same kind of people you
deal with now every day- self starters who became successful through
hard work and innovative thinking -- it's just that they stumbled into
something so good that you have to append two or three trailing zeroes
to all the usual numbers. :) Life has been good to them, now they want
to give back.

And remember ... The cardinal sin in startup financing is failing to ask
for enough money to ensure success. Nobody wants their money to have
gone to waste simply because the recipient had not planned in sufficient
depth.

What makes CRRM unique among startups is that you're already a going
concern. When you talk about the museum and your plans for it, everyone
will understand that you are not speculating -- you've already built the
proof of concept, and you made it grow all by yourself. You have
exactly the track record of success that makes potential large donors
feel comfortable that you know how to use money as a tool.

I won't name names but someone at CRRM told me that the vanished Thomas
cars should have been replaced years ago. This is nonsense and these
kinds of big potential donors will agree. You needed those funds for
other immediate purposes to help fuel the museum's growth. I assume you
figured that at the time the Thomas Cars promissory note was called as
it now has been, you'd work something out. That's the kind of self
confidence that separates the startup winners from the losers, and it's
something that these people will be looking for -- your ability to put
plans together on the fly and somehow make them work in spite of major
negative suprises.

====================

Richie also thought my ideas about penetrating Hollywood to be entirely
feasible. I will say to you that musicians Neil Young and Rod Stewart
are huge model railroading fans, and I'm very confident that Stewart
would love to be recognized as a member of CRRM's "One to One Scale
Club". My music producer friend Tom Werman knows everybody who was in
the music business back in the day so I'm confident that we could
network our way to Stewart if you wanted to do that. What a wonderful
attention-getting addition to the board he would be.

Stewart fulfilled a lifetime dream when Model Railroading Magazine
featured his layout on its front cover. A related story is here ...
http://www.therichest.com/expensive-lif ... ollection/
When he was still touring, Stewart spent his free time in hotel rooms
scratch building scenery and rolling stock. I have no doubt that
everything you see in those photos was built by Stewart himself.

====================

Donald,

Having spoken with Richie yesterday evening I know now for sure that you
will be allowed to take this museum just as far as you want it to go.
Speaking for myself, train rides come and go, as do locomotives, but the
Richardson Library is properly the museum's long term legacy to mankind.
I would be intensely proud to have played a part in making it possible
for people all over the globe to do research at Richardson online. I
think we're talking about something similar to Project Gutenberg here,
and I think the big money people would be in favor of helping to make it
happen.

I would like whatever role I may play in this to be kept quiet, for the
same reasons that whatever tiny financial contributions my wife and I
are able to make to CRRM should be kept anonymous. We are conservative
altruists -- Quakers in fact, though I find myself surprised to use that
term to describe me at this late stage of life. If we were to take tax
deductions for our contributions, that would taint the contributions in
our eyes. If I were to deduct driving mileage, that would not be right
for us. We don't suggest that others should feel the same way, I'm
simply saying what we personally believe is right for our relationship
with The Universe.

The one exception is a brick I would like to now buy by credit card,
with the inscription "Mike and Evalyn McCarthy, 2015". I would like it
placed as near Bob LeMassena's new brick as is reasonable.

====================

I would like you to think about you and Rick using me in the way I was
used in my early days at DEC, which is as a troubleshooter and startup
guy. My first DEC boss was a management wunderkind named Dave Stone.
His boss was Larry Portner, the VP of Software Engineering, though in
the early days it was called simply the Programming Department.

Anyway, on more than one occasion I received marching orders from some
combination of Stone and Portner, the orders basically saying "We have
decided to do X. We know you've been the biggest opponent of X,
therefore we are tasking you with making X fly since you know more than
anyone else about its vulnerabilities. Let us know when X is up and
running to your satisfaction. Then we'll turn it over to a team of
people for operations while you move on to the next problem."

That's who I am, Donald. A problem solver who prefers to work in the
background. I'm a startup guy, not an operations guy. The two skill
sets are entirely different.

thx,
Mike

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