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September 4, 2013

KITCHELL: For once, a black cat would be good luck

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Granted, that doesn’t happen every day. But with a museum that would cater to every age from grade school field trips to senior citizen tour bus excursions, a mascot hall of fame would more than pay for itself in tax returns. Lodging would be filled for overnight stays. Restaurants would be patronized more often, and probably generate a demand for more restaurants. Buses would fuel up here. Meanwhile, the free exposure Logansport and Cass County would receive couldn’t hurt either.

Think of the sports fans who happen to have business contacts. There have to be thousands, if not millions. One of the places clients are often wined and dined is at a ballgame.

A mascot hall of fame could do for Logansport what the baseball bat industry does for Louisville or a certain type of basket does for a small city in Ohio. The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame draws thousands to New Castle, but that’s just from Indiana primarily. Think what a national hall could do here.

And after all, doesn’t Felix deserve a little company. He’s only been a mascot here since 1926.

There’s an old superstition about black cats being bad luck, but Felix has never been anything but great luck for Logansport. Reading into his bag of tricks might help Logansport secure a shot at a project that would be a family-friendly weekend destination for all those Midwestern American households looking for a one-tank trip to somewhere cheap and fun.

I know there are critics of this idea reading this column and saying, “Yes, but the College Football Hall of Fame moved out of South Bend.” Point made, but a college hall in this case was probably too close to Notre Dame to be separated from its image. Canton, Ohio, works for the professional football hall because it isn’t Dallas, New York, Philadelphia, Washington or Miami, and it doesn’t have a franchise. It’s just in the middle of the country.

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