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Old October 31st, 2007, 12:54 PM
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Dear Friends of the Delta Queen:

As you have probably heard, Congressman Steve Chabot’s bill to save the Delta Queen, H.R. 3852, has been referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Chairman Oberstar has once again refused to send it go to the House floor. This is not a surprise for any of us, including our supporters in Congress. Nor is it a death sentence for the Delta Queen. We can still win out over our two adversaries, Rep. Oberstar and Sen. Inouye, but to do that we need to bypass their committees with bills that can go directly to the whole Senate and House of Representatives.

And we need to act NOW. You’ve probably already contacted your Representatives and Senators, but if you’d like to go the extra mile, here are some other things you can do to help the cause:

Ideas for Further Action

* Gather written signatures on a petition and fax it to your Representatives and Senators.

* Contact your friends and relatives, especially those living in non-river states, and ask them to urge their Representatives and Senators to vote for the Queen.

* Ask your town or city council, your county commissioners, and your state legislature to pass resolutions urging Congress to save the Delta Queen — and send copies to your local papers.

* Contact your local historical society or historic preservation group, and get them involved in any way you can. (Any group that has restored an old ship or boat should be especially eager to help.)

* If you’re a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, nominate the Delta Queen for inclusion on the Trust’s annual list of 11 Most Endangered Places. See www.nationaltrust.org for details.

* Write letters to the editor of your local and regional papers.

* Write to or call your paper’s travel, lifestyle, and political editors.

* Call radio talk shows.

* If you can get to Manhattan, go to one of the cable TV news studios during the early-morning talk show, and stand outside waving a Save the Delta Queen sign. When the hosts and cameras come out to greet the assembled throng, try to grab a few seconds of speaking time. The more people you can take with you, the better.

* Send email to the cable TV news channels urging them to cover the Save the Delta Queen campaign.

* Write to your favorite entertainers—especially those who perform jazz, country, or Great American Songbook music—and ask for their support. Remind them that jazz (and hence the Songbook) came up the river from New Orleans on steamboats. If you know any performers personally, pull out all the stops!

* If you’re a knowledgeable steamboat buff (perhaps a member of the Sons & Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen), contact your local schools and scout troops and offer to speak to the boys and girls about steamboats and their pivotal role in American history. Encourage the kids to get involved in the Delta Queen “war? effort. Depending on the youngsters’ ages and inclinations, they could write letters, circulate petitions, hold a rally, or draw pictures to send to their Congressmen.

* Make a presentation to any civic groups of which you are a member, such as Rotary, the Lions Club, or your local Chamber of Commerce.

* Contact your community’s art center or local art galleries and ask them to stage a show, open to anyone from kindergarten students to professional artists, that’s focused on the Save the Delta Queen theme. Get as much local publicity as you can, and send pictures to your Representatives and Senators.

* Write to Joe Ueberroth, President and CEO of Ambassadors International, the parent company of Majestic America Line. Tell him what the Delta Queen means to you and why you think she should be kept alive, maintained in top shape, and steaming up and down our inland waterways. Here’s the address:

Joseph J. Ueberroth, President & CEO
Ambassadors International, Inc.
1071 Camelback Street
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: (949) 759-5934

Onward and upward!

The Save the Delta Queen Task Force
John Lewis - jayel2m@aol.com
Nori Muster - norimuster@gmail.com
Franz Neumeier - franz-neumeier@steamboats.de
Vicki Webster - vjw@olypen.com
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