This blog,originally founded by Blogger, who is listed in Marquis Who's Who and is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. He holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Virginia Foxx and the Tempest in the Teapot
Every time we mention Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, commenters to this blog start rattling tea-pots. For the umpteenth time, here is the story of the teapot museum.Carolina Journal
A family named Kamms had a traveling exhibit of their collection of teapots at museums around the country, enjoying "spectacular attendance." They wanted to find a place to permanently house it. Cities like Atlanta, Chicago and others asked for it. However, hearing of the financial devastation that outsourcing had visited upon Allegheny County, in an act of compassion, they offered to donate the 6000 items worth more than $5 million.
An economic impact study determined that the project would attract 61,000 visitors annually and $7.5 million in new tourism spending. Tourists are always looking for unique attractions and Sparta is only a few miles from the Parkway and driving distance from two major interstates.
People like to mock the idea of a teapot museum because of the way it sounds. However, if you live in North Carolina, you may remember another idea that sounded strange. In 1981, a collector started selling hard to find silverware in a little building near Greensboro. As ridiculous as that sounded at the time, today Replacements has 415,000 square foot facilities (the size of seven football fields!) housing an incredible inventory of 13 million pieces in more than 300,000 patterns, some over 100 years old! Even the Greensboro Interstate bypass now goes directly to their door.
Who is to say, that something on a smaller scale could not have happened in Allegheny County if only the people of Sparta could have caught the vision. Today, Sparta still has little industry and the people hurt. Scripture says “Where there is no vision, the people perish."