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

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

Postby Mike McCarthy » Fri Aug 28, 2015 4:18 am

14jul-2015

From: rickbernstein@fehuproductions.com


Hi Mike,

Sorry I did not have time to talk today. I see that you are in extensive communication with Donald. Honestly there is nothing I can do to assist in this matter. I have no authority to make any of these kinds of decisions. I think it is best to just wait for Donald's return and continue conversation with him.

Good luck, sounds like you are barking up a very lucrative tree!!!


Rick Bernstein
Director of Events and Volunteers
Colorado Railroad Museum
rick@crrm.org
(CRRM): 303-279-4591
(Rick Direct): 720-274-5153

July 2015: "Celebrating the Birth of our Nation." On Saturdays July 4, 11 and 25th we will present campaign and inaugural speeches from Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Performances will be at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm on the platform of the No. 96 Presidential Car. Also in July, join us on July 11 for our birthday celebration of our locomotives, No. 346 and No. 491. We'll be singing happy birthday and serving cake at 2:00pm at the Roundhouse. July 18 is Dinosaur Express featuring artifacts and fossils from Dinosaur Ridge and Morrison Natural History Museum. And of course, every Saturday are train rides around the museum. July is a great month to enjoy the Colorado Railroad Museum.

Check the website for details. coloradorailroadmuseum.org

Thanks to SCFD...making it possible!


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Fwd: Re: Richie Called Me Yesterday Evening -- Everything Is
Going To Be Fine
From: Mike McCarthy <mike@impactphotoart.com>
Date: Tue, July 14, 2015 5:16 pm
To: rickbernstein@fehuproductions.com

Hey, Rick ...

First, I received an autoreply to my email to Donald saying that he
would be out of town till Friday. Therefore I'm forwarding it to you
even though you said it was a Donald/me issue.

Second, please read the lower section headed "Donald,". It's what I
stopped by your office in the wake of your media photographer to tell
you about in case you hadn't gotten the word.

thx,
Mike


-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: Re: Richie Called Me Yesterday Evening -- Everything Is Going
To Be Fine
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:08:39 -0600
From: Mike McCarthy <mike@impactphotoart.com>
To: Donald Tallman <donald@crrm.org>

Hi Donald,

Sorry for the delayed reply -- Qwest internet has been down in our
neighborhood, and my wireless Lenovo has a bad IP parameter setting and
cannot be used outside our neighborhood at the moment. That said ...

Around the 17th or 18th of August I'm going to ask Richie and his wife
to come to Lakewood on the evening of Friday, 21 August for a party with
the extended McCarthy family with an eye to bringing him to the museum
at 7:30am (if not earlier) on Saturday, 22 August for a detailed day
long visit of the entire CRRM operation. I can show Richie the museum
as it is -- including track gang issues and machine shop and carpentry
shop stuff -- and I can talk about the library to a certain extent --
but of course only you can explain what you want it to become, which
would be best done after the basic tour is complete.

If there's any chance of firing up a steamer just for a Richie cab ride,
I would do that so he will be able talk to other potential angel
investors with complete conviction that the museum is what I will be
telling him that it is. If you were willing, maybe the steamup and
visit with you both could take place at leisure after the museum closes
at 5:00pm, or maybe the meeting with you could be on Sunday. I know
it's asking a lot to propose that you basically give up your weekend,
but Richie is the real deal with respect to doors he can open. (It's
not just Cutler. I can think of a half dozen other important computer
industry CEOs/CTOs who worked at DEC and both know and respect him. One
of them is high up in Apple, for crying out loud.)

I'd like to be in the room when you do that but if you want it to be
just the two of you that will be fine. If things needed to spill over
into Sunday at the museum, I don't expect that would be a problem though
I would want Richie to be aware of that possibility in advance.

Donald,

I understand from Mike Horner that he and Jeff Ambrose quit today. I
will cut directly to the chase.

In my opinion what you and the museum need is not seven restored cars
but instead seven Thomas rider cars. Ignoring manpower for the moment,
I would replicate one of the existing open-sided rider gondolas by the
quickest method that would yield a safe passenger experience. If that
means temporary plywood floors instead of expensive and hard-to-install
tongue and groove redwood planking, so be it. These cars could be
reworked at a later date but if CRRM's reputation as THE Thomas
reference account is to be maintained, it is more important to build
them quickly and robustly than to restore them with the exquisite
cosmetic accuracy that can come at a later date.

I stand prepared to help in this effort any way I can. If Thomas is
blown it is not going to look good to potential angel investors.

thx,
Mike

On 7/13/2015 7:06 PM, Donald Tallman wrote:
> 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 <tel:720.274.5146>
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> _____________________________
> From: Mike McCarthy <mike@impactphotoart.com
> <mailto: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 ><mailto: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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