By Sandy Robson
I’ve been working on this article all day and I am getting a little sleepy now, but I have to shake it off so I can finish the darn thing and my editors can get to work on it.
“On September 13, 2014, about seven weeks before the November 2014 Whatcom County elections, KGMI’s Saturday Morning Live radio show host Kris Halterman interviewed Brad Owens, Co-Chair of the Northwest Jobs Alliance (NWJA), which was created in 2011 specifically to promote the GPT project. The topic of the interview was Cherry Point industries. Owens told Halterman that NWJA’s focus has changed from focusing on the GPT project, to the Cherry Point industrial area, as Owens claimed: “In the past few months we have come to know that there’s a very organized, what I would view as an attack on our job base at Cherry Point.”
Alright, the first paragraph is tuned up. Now back to about midway through the article. So, GPT proponents and promoters needed a strategy shift… They probably thought that if they could convince the public that the current jobs at Cherry Point industries were imperiled that there would be a shift in the public’s……opposition…..to GPT………zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
[Begin dream sequence with blurred wavy video gradually focusing in on a scene from “The Music Man.”]
Professor Harold Hill says to his friend Marcellus Washburn: “I need some ideas if I’m gonna get your town out of the serious trouble it’s in.”
Marcellus responds: “River City ain’t in any trouble.”
Harold Hill says: “Were gonna have to create some. Must create a desperate need in your town for a boy’s band.”
Then the idea of the new pool table that just arrived in River City hits Harold Hill. He goes over to Mr. Dunlop, the shopkeeper next to the billiard hall, and says: “Either you’re closing your eyes to a situation that you do not wish to acknowledge, or you are not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated by the presence of a pool table in your community.”
Harold Hill launches into the famous song: “Trouble.” He sings, “Well, you’ve got trouble my friend. Right here, I say trouble, right here in River City.”
Harold Hill proceeds to gather the townspeople around him while he sings his worrisome message out to all who will listen, selling them on the idea that their town is in terrible trouble. . . trouble “with a capital “T.”
And the chorus breaks out:
“Trouble, oh we got trouble,
Right here in River City!
With a capital “T”
That rhymes with “P”
And that stands for Pool,
That stands for pool.
We’ve surely got trouble!
Right here in River City,
Gotta figure out a way
To keep the young ones moral after school!
Trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble…”
Thanks for napping with me. Check back on Coal Stop in a couple days to read the article.
imdb page for “The Music Man”: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056262/