Calling All Space Geeks and Parents of Young Children

I happen to be a member of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. (My son, like nearly every 5-year-old boy I know, is a dinosaur freak.) I just received an e-mail asking for feedback on a script for the AMNH’s new space show. I guess this is what life is like for museums after the Enola Gay/Smithsonian affair. I’m not really an outer-space guy, so feel free to lay some feedback on AMNH in my stead. Here’s the e-mail and appropriate link.

Dear AMNH Member,

The American Museum of Natural History is developing a new space show for the Rose Center for Earth and Space. We need your help and feedback to make an appealing and informative show. If you have 15-20 minutes to read a draft script and answer opinion questions, please go to http://www.nord-consultants.com/spacefilm/. We need your feedback by August 29 in order to revise the script and move to the next stage of writing. Your responses are anonymous, unless you wish to participate in a preview of the film in October, in which case, you will be asked to provide an email address for later contact. The contact address will be held confidential and only be used to provide you with information about the film preview. If you have questions about participating in the script review process, please contact Dr. Barbara Flagg via email at spacefilm@aol.com.

Anthony Braun
Executive Producer
Rose Center for Earth and Space
American Museum of Natural History

StCheryl

I'm a member of the AMNH for the same reasons you are -- I live a half block away and it's our indoor playground in bad weather. I suspect I will be seeing this space show a lot in the next few years. I have no comment on the substance of the script, but am interested to see that the museum is soliciting such detailed feedback from members. If only there was a questionnaire about their large mammal and ocean life exhibits, I might be able to help...

Anonymous

I think this is a question for Leavitt. Why do experts, here outer space museum exhibit designers, foist their work on the people who pay their salaries? Like when you hire an architect, and they'll keep asking you what they should do until you've done their design for them. I think it's a bad sign for AMNH. Outcomes in these cases deliver the lowest common denominator--here a future spacefilm that equally revolts 5-, 15-, and 45-year olds.

Noam Chomsky

Does Levitt still feel Pat Robertson is level-headed? Or more to the point, does Levitt think Hugo Chavez should be assassinated?

Just wondering. I got no beef with Pat Robertson. I'm just seeing if Levitt is following the new data: the new data suggests, by regression analysis, that Pat Robertson is insane.

Tracy Quinn

Hey Stephen:
I just finished your book--I'm sure others have probably told you where Madison came from: There was this movie in the early eighties starring 2 people whose names you may have heard somewhere, Tom Hanks & Darryl Hannah, it was named "Splash". Darryl Hannah was a mermaid who came ashore and took the name "Madison" from the street sign on Madison Avenue. I decided then and there to name my daughter Madison. By the way I was not even married at the time, but a few years later when I did have a daughter, I named her Madison. I think she may have been one of the first-that was over 19 years ago. When she enrolled At Clarkson University, the Vice President of the university came up to me when she heard me intorduce myself as Ms Quinn, Madison's mother, and told me she saw the name on the enrollment list and wanted to tell me what a great name it was. She has since taken an interest in Madison. Madison had almost a full scholarship to cover costs, not because of that, but because teachers have always taken notice of her; she was very intelligent to start with. All through her school years, teachers have told me that they just loved her name. Several have named their own baby daughters Madison and others have told me they have suggested the name to friends and family members who were expecting a baby. I'm sure that several others have had the same experience that I have had and that's why the name has grown so quickly in popularity. There were very very few Madisons when I named my daughter that and I had hoped that she would always have an unusual name, I never guessed that it would become so popular.
Just thought I would give you some insight into where I got the idea to name my daughter "Madison".

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StCheryl

I'm a member of the AMNH for the same reasons you are -- I live a half block away and it's our indoor playground in bad weather. I suspect I will be seeing this space show a lot in the next few years. I have no comment on the substance of the script, but am interested to see that the museum is soliciting such detailed feedback from members. If only there was a questionnaire about their large mammal and ocean life exhibits, I might be able to help...

Anonymous

I think this is a question for Leavitt. Why do experts, here outer space museum exhibit designers, foist their work on the people who pay their salaries? Like when you hire an architect, and they'll keep asking you what they should do until you've done their design for them. I think it's a bad sign for AMNH. Outcomes in these cases deliver the lowest common denominator--here a future spacefilm that equally revolts 5-, 15-, and 45-year olds.

Noam Chomsky

Does Levitt still feel Pat Robertson is level-headed? Or more to the point, does Levitt think Hugo Chavez should be assassinated?

Just wondering. I got no beef with Pat Robertson. I'm just seeing if Levitt is following the new data: the new data suggests, by regression analysis, that Pat Robertson is insane.

Tracy Quinn

Hey Stephen:
I just finished your book--I'm sure others have probably told you where Madison came from: There was this movie in the early eighties starring 2 people whose names you may have heard somewhere, Tom Hanks & Darryl Hannah, it was named "Splash". Darryl Hannah was a mermaid who came ashore and took the name "Madison" from the street sign on Madison Avenue. I decided then and there to name my daughter Madison. By the way I was not even married at the time, but a few years later when I did have a daughter, I named her Madison. I think she may have been one of the first-that was over 19 years ago. When she enrolled At Clarkson University, the Vice President of the university came up to me when she heard me intorduce myself as Ms Quinn, Madison's mother, and told me she saw the name on the enrollment list and wanted to tell me what a great name it was. She has since taken an interest in Madison. Madison had almost a full scholarship to cover costs, not because of that, but because teachers have always taken notice of her; she was very intelligent to start with. All through her school years, teachers have told me that they just loved her name. Several have named their own baby daughters Madison and others have told me they have suggested the name to friends and family members who were expecting a baby. I'm sure that several others have had the same experience that I have had and that's why the name has grown so quickly in popularity. There were very very few Madisons when I named my daughter that and I had hoped that she would always have an unusual name, I never guessed that it would become so popular.
Just thought I would give you some insight into where I got the idea to name my daughter "Madison".

Read more...