From Bob McCarty. I should have seen it coming. But I didn’t.
Piano Enthusiasts Relaunch Campaign
December 25th, 2006
(KEY WEST, FLA.) — Claiming that organ donor programs across the nation have received more than their share of free publicity over the years, the newly-formed Piano Donor Coalition of America is relaunching an effort to seize the donor program spotlight.
“It’s time piano donors received their due,” said Sid Greenhorn, PDCA chairman, speaking at an early morning news conference in Key West, Fla., home of PDCA headquarters. “After all, how many people listen to organ music anymore?”
Greenhorn cited several studies showing that less than one percent of Americans listen to organ music on a daily basis – and that figure includes listeners who hear organ music during church, at weddings and during funerals.
“Lobbyists are to blame for the whole organ donor thing taking off,” Greenhorn explained. “President Ronald Reagan and the Congress were continually ‘played’ by representatives of the organ manufacturing sector. The following year, they designated the week of April 22 through April 29 National Organ Donation Awareness Week.”
“Had members of the piano industry been willing to ‘tickle the ivories’ of legislators 23 years ago, Americans today might be checking boxes on the backs of their drivers’ licenses and, in effect, telling the world they want to donate their pianos to people in need.”