Operators are standing by...

Day six of our mini fundraising drive. I haven't been able to keep a running commentary this week due to a digital injury which, hopefully, was corrected by minor surgery yesterday. It is very difficult to type whilst keeping one's left forefinger elevated, but I want to acknowledge those who have responded to our plea and become members this week. THANK YOU! and we appreciate your willingness to give support to an entity which, on the surface, does not purport to fix the many local, national and global inequities that other worthy organizations need funding for. There are still 18 days left to reach our goal of $4,000.00!

We hesitate to quantify our early results in cold hard cash. Looked at dispassionately, the actual figure looks anemic. But to spin this in the most positive light, we’ve reached about 13% of our goal! I promised you transparency...this is how fundraising works: little by little.

We realize that there are greater things out there than the founding of one little toy museum. We just hope to tap into a little of the latte and movie money set aside for pleasures of the body and soul. And we do hope that once we are up and running, our exhibits will provide quality food for thought… and action. We will explore issues such as the social impact of toy design and manufacturing, and the history of play in educational systems. We will balance our fun with insight.

On the reporting side, however, we are happy to announce that new memberships have come in from a wide range of supporters from coast to coast. Thank you to Karla, Steve and Jeanette in Los Angeles; Ann Marie from Northern California; and Louise from Massachusetts. Pledges are coming by mail from New Mexico and Oregon, and one is being hand-delivered from London on New Year's Eve!

On the business side of LATDA, we recently had a wonderful local find. We procured seven vintage board games (some delightfully obscure), a View-Master(tm) complete with a box of reels, and a large box of HO gauge railroad track.

The games look as if they were played, but were in remarkable condition, including the boxes. I remember one of the games, "Go For Broke(R)”, by sight, but don't recall ever playing it. The object of the game is the opposite of Monopoly(R) - the winner is the first player to spend a million dollars. I will have to check through the cards to see if one of the ways to do this is to endow a museum.