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Exceptions to "Next Generation" Stereotypes
By Dan Robinson

I feel compelled to respond to the posting by Tom Detweiler
in 990727 MMD, "Music Rolls With Seals Intact is Silliness".
I found Tom's comments on preserving music rolls for the "next
generation" to be rather offensive.

> Because, look at the next generation coming along now --
> that's right, the nose-ringed, multi-color haired, foul-mouthed,
> rude ones.  Do you really think _they_ will value such things?
> Not a chance!  Your precious Mint In Box rolls are just so much
> recycling trash, to them.  If it's not a CD or videodisk or Sega
> cartridge, they won't even know what they are; your pristine Mint
> In Box paper rolls will be tossed in the dumpster along with all the
> other "old junk" no one knows anything about or cares about but you.

Tom, I know where you are coming from with these comments.  I confess
I have made some of the same ones myself.  I guess I am offended being
placed inside these stereotypes.  I am a 17-year-old in this next
generation, and I love band organs and their rolls with a passion.
The form I have this music in now is recordings, and I value them
highly.  When I come to own a band organ and the paper rolls to play
on it, I will treasure and preserve them, and I will make sure the next
generation of my family knows the value of these priceless pieces.

As to the above remarks: I have no rings anywhere, my hair is one
color, I generally speak with class and I'm a courteous person, the
CDs I value are my Wurlitzer band organ CDs, and the videos I value
are my band organ rally and carousel videos.

So you should know that I am an exception to these generalizations,
and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Dan Robinson

(Message sent Thu 29 Jul 1999, 16:37:04 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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