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Vehicle: Bus: Entertainment
Historians on Buses   (+11)  [vote for, against]
Preemptive note: not the same as historical bus tour services.

(1) retired people who have lived near a given bus route their whole lives
(2) city buses (on regular commuting routes; not special historical area routes)
(3) designated seats on the buses for amateur "bus route historians"

While riding the bus home yesterday, I overheard the bus driver talking to a young kid about all the changes along the route in the past 50 years or so. The kid was fascinated, and I also noticed that a number of other passengers were keenly listening in. If the transit service were to recruit retired people to occasionally sit on buses and talk to interested passengers about the history of the areas along the bus route, I'm sure many people would enjoy it (and it would be safer than having a driver distracted by conversation). And the passengers who prefer to read their papers could simply sit in another part of the bus.
-- swimswim, Dec 31 2009

Solves a lot of problems: 1)Income for the elderly (where else do you get paid for reminiscing; plus, they would likely have to do a little research to lengthen their presentations). 2)Boredom on bus(Personal histories are often more interesting than community histories) 3)Likely would increase ridership (help environment). However, it would be nice if there were a lot of different historians; good for passengers who travel the same route regularly.
-- leinypoo13, Dec 31 2009

Especially if it's Grandpa Simpson.
-- wagster, Dec 31 2009

<Grandpa Simpson> 'I never thought I could shoot down a German plane, but last year I proved myself wrong!'
-- RayfordSteele, Jan 01 2010

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