Emmett Brown From the Director’s Desk

By Emmett Brown

October 26, 2020 

I hope everyone is well in dealing with these tough times. We have a long way to go, but if we act responsibly and with our communities’ best interest in mind we will get to 2021 together. 

Traditionally, this is the time of the year when our Northern readers are winterizing their equipment and our Southern readers are waiting out the lull between the Fall and Spring. Good luck to all in whatever clime you hang your hat. This time of the year also marks the period in which we are making our Boat and Sport show attendance plans. As of this writing the nationwide Boat and Sports Show schedule is full steam ahead. With the caveat that “conditions on the ground” will ultimately dictate go or no go. Let’s hope for a resounding greenlight across the board. 

This past August, our National Hall of Fame Selection Committee met online and selected a stellar class of 2021. This class of seven individuals represents the finest of professionalism and sportsmanship the fresh water sport fishing community has to offer. Please go to page 4 of this issue for an overview of their extensive accomplishments.
Despite our late opening this year, our visitor attendance in Hayward went remarkably well. We opened safely on June 5 and our visitors came and did so in an enthusiastic and safe manner. Thank you. 

About a week ago Hayward had its first measurable snowfall followed by seasonably low temperatures. In fact, the National Weather Service is predicting 15 above 0 tonight. Brrrr rabbit! 

Museum operations will wrap up normally on October 31, with a much anticipated Spring 2021 opening on April 15, just on the horizon. 

On a personal note, I was saddened by the news that longtime Hall supportor, Leonard Kouba, (see pg. 3) was scooped away by the big landing net in the sky. I got to know Len fairly well and I will miss his stories. 

Until the winter, 

Best regards,
Emmett A. Brown, Jr. | Executive Director