Pet Peeves, Midwinter, etc

Mike Boedicker (
Thu, 24 Jan 2002 15:50:56 -0800 (PST)

Hi Randy,
Loved the editorial in the latest issue of VL. I'd add to that: DVD cases
that hold the disc so tightly it has to be twisted like silly putty to

Have you ever thought about running an annual pet peeves article/list, with
input from readers? I'm sure we could all generate many items, and not just
trivial ones. One of my biggest peeves is when vendors like A&E or History
Channel sell videos in plain cases. I've heard their arguments about
library markets being a niche for them, and thus not wanting to spend time
on packaging, but I don't buy it.

And on a related note, for the column on creative ad copy: I ordered
"Wilderness USA," a 2-tape travel set which came in today. Didn't realize
when I ordered it that: it's from Madacy; and it's recorded in the EP speed
(or I wouldn't have bothered). The package reads "Recorded in the highest
quality EP mode"! Gee, didn't realize there were levels of quality for EP,
just thought they all sucked.

We missed you at Midwinter. Covered a lot of ground, including some
interesting new business on establishing a VRT scholarship and a digital
technology interest group. Becky should have the minutes done shortly.
Time for me to start the Gala fundraising. Lisbeth was merciful and said
they shouldn't expect me to raise as much as you had last year, since I
don't have your number of contacts. Rick suggested a call first, then a
follow-up letter a month later. He also said most vendors don't mind being
contacted and are actually upset then they're NOT.

Anyway, just wanted to fill you in on the latest and say hi (in a roundabout


Mike Boedicker
Audiovisual Director & Webmaster
Danville Public Library
319 N. Vermilion, Danville, IL 61832
(217) 477-5223 ext. 123 / Fax: (217) 477-5230

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