Have you ever seen a magic trick performed for a group of kids? The moment the magician utters the words, “I’m going to make this object disappear!” the performer has the undivided attention of those children.
And that quite simply is what a science museum, art museum, aquarium or zoo is supposed to accomplish: grasp the imagination of the viewer, perform the magic to the amazement of the audience and then explain how the trick was done.
This is what determines an effective exhibit. When a visitor leaves the room and says, “I can’t believe what I just saw, that was so cool!” and then shares that experience with others, then and only then do you have a successful exhibit.
This is one reason the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s trepanation exhibit became so memorable.
A good exhibit can be absorbed and explored by 30 to 40 people all at once, something that’s impossible through a purely technological touch screen interaction.
If the museum develops exhibit content that intrigues the imagination and informs and educates on multiple levels, then guests have an enjoyable, educational and memorable experience.
Otherwise, the museum fails as an institution.
Priorities are off
Donald Trump loses $915 million, so he legally gets to avoid paying federal income tax for 18 years.
Arlington residents are asked on the election ballot if we want to pay many millions of dollars, directly and indirectly, for a new ballpark for the Texas Rangers.
Fort Worth is unable to find private and/or public funds to offer reasonable raises to the highly talented musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, who have presented our residents with the best in culture for decades.
Do our values and priorities seem a bit out of balance?
Tony Zurlo, Arlington
Vote for Trump
The tape of Donald Trump’s disgusting remarks about women was released at this time to defeat him at the polls.
A vote for Trump is not to condone his bad behavior, but to preserve what little freedom we have left in America.
Trump’s pledge to protect our freedom of worship and our Second Amendment, control illegal immigration, end sanctuary cities, appoint justices to the Supreme Court in the mold of Scalia, repeal Obamacare, eliminate Common Core and return local control of our schools, oppose abortion, support our law enforcement officers, rebuild our military, care for our veterans, destroy ISIS, etc., is what we will lose if Hillary Clinton is elected.
While I do not condone or excuse Trump’s private conversation about women 11 years ago, that does not make me willing to let pathological liar and left-wing socialist Clinton take the White House and our constitutional protection away.
Shirley Spellerberg, Denton
Bill’s not running
Bill Clinton is not running for president. Donald Trump is.
Kay Fulgham, Fort Worth