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Old June 4 2014, 05:56 AM   #16
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Re: LeVar Burton's Reading Rainbow Kickstarter

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I'm happy for Levar and that he wants to keeping Reading Rainbow going. BTW, I read an article the other day that was critical of this new RR venture. The author said that the old RR was non-profit. But then, Levar bought all the rights for RR and that RR was now a for-profit company. The article was hinting at the fact that most schools will have to pay fees to utilize RR and that it was therefore bad that Levar was using Kickstarter to acquire funds for RR. I didn't like the article. I like Levar and I like RR!!!!
The money is being used to fund the program, and then distribute it to as many underprivileged schools as they can, for free. This includes what it would cost for equipment, and full access to RR's vast library as well. The goal is 7500 underprivileged schools to get free access, equipment, and the full database.

That alone is a worthy goal, and I support it all the way.

As for making a profit, what's wrong with that? This isn't public television. The money has to come from somewhere, and Kickstarter campaigns can't always pay the bills. LeVar Burton owns the rights to the name, and the intellectual property. If he wants it to remain solvent, then he'll have to ask for money at some point, and he does that via subscription.

I believe the subscription price for the app, service, and library (13,000 children's books), is $5 a month, and is available worldwide. That's one hell of a deal, don't you think? RRKIDZ (that's the name of LeVar's company) isn't getting rich off of this. It pays for the infrastructure, the employees, the maintenance, and everything. So it really is all for the kids. You can't get better than that.

As for the article, it's probably the Washington Post article, and people tore that thing apart. The author of that article got so much wrong, that the whole thing was seen as a smear against RR and Burton.
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Old June 5 2014, 03:37 AM   #17
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If it wasn't for Reading Rainbow, I probably wouldn't be into books as much as I am. I'm glad they're bringing it back for newer generations.
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Old June 6 2014, 02:19 PM   #18
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As for the article, it's probably the Washington Post article, and people tore that thing apart. The author of that article got so much wrong, that the whole thing was seen as a smear against RR and Burton.
Yup, I believe that's the article I read.
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Old June 7 2014, 06:50 AM   #19
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The ultimate visor package has been updated to include a private dinner with LeVar Burton AND Brent Spiner now. Really cool, wish I just had $10,000 lying around.
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Old June 7 2014, 09:33 AM   #20
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Re: LeVar Burton's Reading Rainbow Kickstarter

If I sold all of my possessions, I would have about $2000. Does anyone want to buy a $10,000 1993 Saturn SL2? It comes with a CD player!
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Old June 7 2014, 09:50 AM   #21
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If I sold all of my possessions, I would have about $2000. Does anyone want to buy a $10,000 1993 Saturn SL2? It comes with a CD player!
You can put it on Craigslist for $8500 because you "deserve to get back close to what you paid for it."

Can we bring back Secret City and Square One next?
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Old June 7 2014, 10:19 AM   #22
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Re: LeVar Burton's Reading Rainbow Kickstarter

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If I sold all of my possessions, I would have about $2000. Does anyone want to buy a $10,000 1993 Saturn SL2? It comes with a CD player!
You can put it on Craigslist for $8500 because you "deserve to get back close to what you paid for it."
Yes, I should do this.

Can we bring back Secret City and Square One next?
Hell no! If we're bringing another one back, it's 3-2-1 Contact!
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Re: LeVar Burton's Reading Rainbow Kickstarter

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If I sold all of my possessions, I would have about $2000. Does anyone want to buy a $10,000 1993 Saturn SL2? It comes with a CD player!
You can put it on Craigslist for $8500 because you "deserve to get back close to what you paid for it."
Yes, I should do this.

Can we bring back Secret City and Square One next?
Hell no! If we're bringing another one back, it's 3-2-1 Contact!
Heck to the yea! I remember that show . Anyone here remember Mathnet?
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Old June 7 2014, 04:03 PM   #24
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This is the kind of educational stuff we need resurrected. Electric Company too! We need less of the life lesson crap!
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Old June 13 2014, 12:03 AM   #25
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I just noticed that new packages were added for $1,200 and up...meet Patrick Stewart, meet William Shatner, meet the women of Trek, meet the men of Trek. I love it that Patrick Stewart is in the lead, and the women of Trek aren't far behind.
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Re: LeVar Burton's Reading Rainbow Kickstarter

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I just noticed that new packages were added for $1,200 and also up...meet Patrick Stewart, meet William Shatner, meet the women of Trek, meet the men of Trek. I love it that Patrick Stewart is in the lead, and the women of Trek aren't far behind.
Dang... that sounds pretty cool.
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Old June 13 2014, 01:10 AM   #27
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When Levar was here in town for a con back in March he suggested to the audience that this was going to happen soon. Cool to see it done. I contributed to the KS.
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Old July 3 2014, 06:24 AM   #28
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The Kickstarter was a success! It has been funded at $5,408,916 with a record-breaking number of backers. They are now in the top 5 Kickstarter projects ever, with the other four having contributed some new rewards and Seth McFarlane promising to match $1 million. So awesome!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...-child-everywh

Some really cool Trek rewards were given away...whoever got the ultimate visor package better come here and tell us all about it!
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Old July 6 2014, 12:37 AM   #29
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Now that the Kickstarter is over, I was wondering if anyone here is going to any of the Trek/RR events? When the price dropped, I pledged for the Women of Star Trek one. We are really excited, even though it's not until next year!

PS I am new to this forum -- I have posted primarily on the TNG forum.
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Re: LeVar Burton's Reading Rainbow Kickstarter

Posted today on their page:

Reading Rainbow Kickstarter wrote:
In only 35 days, almost 106,000 of us stood up & raised almost $6.5M because we believe in the importance of inspiring a life-long love of reading. Thanks to you, we'll be able to bring Reading Rainbow to the web, mobile, and Android, among other platforms, and provide FREE subscriptions to at least 13,000 underfunded classrooms!
That is just awesome!
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