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    Quote Originally Posted by AAFO_WSagar View Post
    I've pondered this for years.. I know kids are fascinated by airplanes, pretty much of any kind; I love seeing kids enjoying the event with their parents but how can we get more?
    Wayne, back in the day was the field filled with kids? Asking this because it seems like RARA and the local school system has been doing a pretty good job of getting at least a handful of kids interested. There's also the parents like in Dawg's thread that bring their kids to Reno to get them hooked. That's what my dad did with me and I'll do the same with my kids. A lot of it is up to the parents! Those parents out there that aren't going to Reno (and hence not bringing their kids) because Strega, Voodoo, Rare Bear aren't there are REALLY hurting the sport. Just off the top of my head, kids love talking to guys like Kevin Eldredge and Andy. Even if some of these "downer" parents aren't happy that there aren't the Unlimiteds that they grew up seeing, getting kids hooked on Sport Class, Jet Class, F1's, etc. gets them in the gate and starts the cycle of following Reno and coming every year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GRNDP51 View Post
    Wayne, back in the day was the field filled with kids? Asking this because it seems like RARA and the local school system has been doing a pretty good job of getting at least a handful of kids interested. There's also the parents like in Dawg's thread that bring their kids to Reno to get them hooked. That's what my dad did with me and I'll do the same with my kids. A lot of it is up to the parents! Those parents out there that aren't going to Reno (and hence not bringing their kids) because Strega, Voodoo, Rare Bear aren't there are REALLY hurting the sport. Just off the top of my head, kids love talking to guys like Kevin Eldredge and Andy. Even if some of these "downer" parents aren't happy that there aren't the Unlimiteds that they grew up seeing, getting kids hooked on Sport Class, Jet Class, F1's, etc. gets them in the gate and starts the cycle of following Reno and coming every year.
    Thanks to Paul Guillow we can still teach them about aerodynamics via rubber band power, just like me 55 years ago.

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    It seemed like the school kids were EVERYWHERE this year, the most kids on the most days I have ever seen. The "Bad Boys of Air Racing" (I hate that term BTW) do draw them in a bit, but most locals I talk to are more interested in the big jet teams and military presence than other things. Also, though the advertising has grown a bit in the last few years most don't know what goes on out there and are surprised when I describe it.

    I know they need to make money and comparatively it isn't that expensive BUT getting people that only have a passing interest in aviation to shell out for tickets, parking, pit passes, food and probably a toy, shirt, etc. or two is a lot harder than getting them to an Aces game. There are so many cheaper diversions around here.

    Even for a die-hard it is an expensive proposition that we save for all year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRNDP51 View Post
    Wayne, back in the day was the field filled with kids? Asking this because it seems like RARA and the local school system has been doing a pretty good job of getting at least a handful of kids interested. There's also the parents like in Dawg's thread that bring their kids to Reno to get them hooked. That's what my dad did with me and I'll do the same with my kids. A lot of it is up to the parents! Those parents out there that aren't going to Reno (and hence not bringing their kids) because Strega, Voodoo, Rare Bear aren't there are REALLY hurting the sport. Just off the top of my head, kids love talking to guys like Kevin Eldredge and Andy. Even if some of these "downer" parents aren't happy that there aren't the Unlimiteds that they grew up seeing, getting kids hooked on Sport Class, Jet Class, F1's, etc. gets them in the gate and starts the cycle of following Reno and coming every year.
    I actually had general aviation altogether in my mind when I wrote that.

    You are correct that RARA and the local school districts do a bang up job of getting the local kids out there. Bigger picture is how to make air racing something that's far more recognized world wide.. I grew up down there and there was little mention (none) in school of what was going on out there in '64. I knew about it due to the activity at Reno Municipal. Anyway, it'd be really cool if there was a Discovery/Smithsonian type show where they followed an air race team through the year of preparation, flight tests, they could make it interesting, then race week season finale..

    Aww crap, I'm getting too old to spend much time with this sort of dreaming!
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    You've said this before Wayne and I still think it's a great idea!
    It would be MUCH more interesting than so much of the crud that is on TV nowadays. Everything seems to be about watching someone else live their lives instead of living our own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AAFO_WSagar View Post
    I actually had general aviation altogether in my mind when I wrote that.

    You are correct that RARA and the local school districts do a bang up job of getting the local kids out there. Bigger picture is how to make air racing something that's far more recognized world wide.. I grew up down there and there was little mention (none) in school of what was going on out there in '64. I knew about it due to the activity at Reno Municipal. Anyway, it'd be really cool if there was a Discovery/Smithsonian type show where they followed an air race team through the year of preparation, flight tests, they could make it interesting, then race week season finale..

    Aww crap, I'm getting too old to spend much time with this sort of dreaming!
    I guess this is the right thread to put this in... it's public info so I think it can be shared...? But the Miss America team IS having a documentary made for them and it looks to be REALLY good footage and basically what you described above. Here is some info, although minimal, about the project.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9138128/

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    Default Re: Miss America Brent "Doc" Hisey: RENO 2019

    Although not strictly Reno, they did kind of do that with the Voodoo record attempt.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ev29gcUAk0&t=4s

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    Didn't know there was a Miss America documentary in the works. That should be cool.

    Not to get off topic, but to continue the conversation about TV and kids, and attendance. The livestream the last two years is the TV coverage that has been asked for. My generation (millenials) don't watch TV anyways so all the cost of getting a mainstream TV channel onboard would be a waste. Livestream is perfect and we can rewatch that all the way till March when NBC does their show.

    Seeing the popularity of Oshkosh, Sport class can/should/is trying leverage the speed mods to get GA folks out to Reno. It's about all the R&D of the teams sharing (and maybe even selling) what they've learned to help non-racing pilots and owners get more performance, efficiency, and safety out of their daily drivers.

    As mentioned at the banquet there is a Reno Air Races documentary in the works. That's why the camera L-39 was flying around all week. Saw them chase one of the heats down the chute. That will be a very cool shot.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeVY7iLJL3U

    And of course the STOL guys are going to be back. Their social media presence is stellar and has lots of potential in reaching a new demographic of fans.
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    Default Re: Miss America Brent "Doc" Hisey: RENO 2019

    "young" Thomas,

    That is a very good point about live streaming. For some of us guys over sixty, we are having to change and adapt to the new and different medias. Some of us are still thinking that we need one of the "big" networks for coverage.

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