After an eventful week, the group and I are now getting down to the end product of our Scalar. The final product is due to our professor in Monday, April 30, so we are trying our best to polish the content in order to make what we have done look as professional as possible. My work has centered on two main areas over the last two days.
The first area has been the chronology of the air base. I thought that I was done with that particular page, but it turns out there were a couple of problems. First, I put way too much information in there for a project of this scope. My professor’s feedback was difficult to take after I had spent so many hours on the research for that particular part of the project, but I will concede that no everyone’s as much a nerd as I am about this stuff. Therefore I have taken the digital scissors to it considerably, and I have trimmed it down to where it is about a tenth of what it used to be. I have also expanded on the entries that remained in order to highlight the importance of them for the site’s visitors.
Secondly, I took all of the information I had collected in the chronology about aircraft accidents at PAAB and created a new page dedicated to just that aspect of PAAB’s history. I felt that the high number of accidents and deaths should be memorialized and remembered, so why not create a separate page in the Scalar to commemorate their sacrifices? I already had the research done, but it still took me quite a few hours to put together a decent page that coalesced the information into a readable page. I also pulled in some images of crashed bombers to dress the page up a little, but not I could not find images that were directly associated with PAAB. I substituted one just so viewers would get an idea of what I was writing about, and I made a notation on the photo that it was not an aircraft from PAAB.
Over the course of this weekend, I was able to work a bit on the Scalar project about the Pueblo Army Air Base. Each member of the group has selected certain pages/subjects of the project on which to concentrate, and two of mine are a chronology of the base and a page on the celebrities that visited the base when it was active during the Second World War. The chronology was completed, and the celebrity page has been completed for the most part.
The chronology page is a chronological list of events that pertain to Pueblo Army Air Base from its creation in 1942 until its closure in 1947. Major events are chronicled including arrival and departure of Commanding Officers, accidents and mishaps, major social events, and other major events like the switch from the B-24 as the base’s main training aircraft to the new B-29 in 1945. This gives a line-by-line approximation of events that occurred during the base’s relatively short lifespan.
The celebrity page talks about visitations from famous celebrities to entertain the troops when the base was active during the Second World War. Most of these entertainers and celebrities came to the base as part of the USO to help lift morale. Most were famous actors and singers like Bing Crosby and Albert Dekker, but others were there as part of the training groups at PAAB like Clark Gable. On the page itself, I provided a brief synopsis along with a little bit of information about what that celebrity would have been known for during the time of their visit. I hope that viewers will find the information interesting.
Today DJ, Shannon, and I made another visit to the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum. This visit proved to be quite beneficial as we uncovered a virtual treasure trove of artifacts and media to use in our Scalar project about the Pueblo Army Air Base. While there, we also performed some basic cleaning functions for the museum in a quid pro quo in exchange for them allowing us access to their unique displays and artifacts.
DJ and I methodically worked our way through the main display case that contained a myriad of photos, medals, I.D. cards, and other fascinating artifacts from the air base. We removed each item from the case, and then we cleaned both the items and the case. Once we were done photographing the artifacts we planned to use in our project, we replaced them all back in the case in the same respective places from which they had come. In this way, we managed to both perform a service for the museum and obtain some needed media for the Scalar project. I took around 27 photos, but I have to go through them to determine which are worth keeping and which should be discarded.
Shannon was able to rip a copy of a video about the Pueblo Army Air Base from one of the displays for use in our project. When I say rip, I don’t mean physically, but rather he was able to copy the video from the DVD that the video was on to his computer. We would obviously never damage any artifacts in any way. We plan to feature this video on our Scalar, and I think we will be able to host it on youtube for the viewing pleasure of our site’s visitors.
Until next time, thanks for reading!