Back in the 1980s, Ronald Reagan was dubbed “the Teflon president” by a grudgingly admiring Democratic congresswoman. Her point was that no matter what bad news might emanate from Washington, it had no appreciable effect on the great popularity of the president. Jumping ahead 20 years, we might now re-apply that phrase to the annual industry get-together in Anaheim…
Catcher and philosopher Yogi Berra supposedly said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” In a fractured kind of way, he’s right: it is tough. When asked, most would-be prognosticators will beg off on venturing predictions, often claiming the old crystal ball is a little hazy at the moment.
At a press conference during the NAMM Show, NAMM advisors Dr. Barry Bittman and Karl Bruhn unveiled the new Web site plans for the organization’s new Recreational Music Making program (RMM). An outreach to promote music making, they look to the new site (http://rmm.namm.org) to eventually receive a million hits a month.
“So you will know,” Bill Boyce says with a smile, leaning back in his leather chair. “I’m really big on outside promotions.”
Speaking on a Tuesday evening in his new St. Louis store opened just four months earlier, shortly after being handed the keys to the Yamaha Dealership for the metro area, the comment seems to be an understatement.