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Old 12-01-2007, 12:23 PM
Lexie Palmore Lexie Palmore is offline
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It's the business of business. Some win, some lose. I don't think some of the previous owners were losing money, they were just doing business. Richard Simonton was probably the last one to buy the boat for sentimental reasons. Volumes have been written on how to run a business, but I'll bet there is no chapter on How to Run A Steamboat. Every time you learn about some really successful business, you find a PERSON at the helm who has risen above the accepted way of doing things and is intimately acquainted with the operation. The Delta Queen seems to need that "person", but we could say that about a lot of things, unfortunately. Actually, the DQ has survived the norm in that she continues to operate after 80 years of every conceivable reason for her to not even exist.
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