No doubt Marty brings in supporters for the MWOBS that otherwise might have never happened. Case in point: Myself !

Although long fascinated with the weather and having climbed the rock pile numerous times in my distant younger years, the other reason for joining was to keep up on Marty's adventures.

Let's see... already plenty of great web-cams on the summit.... How about a "Marty-Cam" so his many admirers can check in and possibly catch a glimpse of him "in action" (or in-action (ie: napping) ???

Perhaps my taking in 18 from the local shelter that get otherwise passed over being too sick or old, this is a biased opinion. But my hunch is that a Marty/Cat Page added officially to the MWOBS site will be one of the more popular !

I personally would prefer NOT to have it take on the form of a "fan club" on Facebook, unless that was done separately, as then a "fan club" format would work.... But rather from what life is like atop the summit from the perspective of Marty.. (BIG difference !).. One could have all kinds of fun with it such as weather reports from the perspective of the Observatory's star feline...

Not that this should ever detract from the Observatory's main objective, instead it could only enhance the Observatory's mission by well "lubricating" the financial gears so to speak.

Even Madison Ave knows the power of animal spokesmen.... Consider Tony the Tiger, The Energizer Bunny, the Geico Gekko, Morris the Cat, even our own Govt with their Smokey the Bear. It's a long list when you start to notice...... Madison Ave changes millions to create a Morris, Energizer Bunny etc etc etc... Consider that the Observatory has something even far better: their own living breathing spokes feline that's already gone national and without having spent little more than providing shelter, food and vet services when needed... Consider the possibilities.... This if executed properly would be nothing short of a marketing gold mine ! All that Marty need do is carry on as normal and occasionally pose for some pictures and video... Anyways, one web location right on the MWOBS site where visitors can view all the info and imagery of Marty, the former Nin, Jasper and Inga...

Make some content available to non-members just to entice them to become a member. As it is now for casual visitors to the site, there is pathetically little web content on the site concerning the summit cats; short of a few well hidden pictures... If he's become that popular with so little to almost no effort, consider the possibilities..

My own site has a dedicated "Cat Page".... It is the 2nd most popular page on my own company site.
http://www.videointerchange.com/cats.htm Not exactly the form I'd use for a Marty - Nin - Jasper - Inga page, but the point is that it is a major draw....

Even at my age, I'm now considering another last trip to the summit next summer (this time via the auto road or cog due to my age). Partly to see the station and to recall my younger years... But mostly just to possibly meet Marty in person !

Hint: a page link just before "Forum" on the home page would be an ideal location that would be easy to find...

In the take it for what it's worth dept: perhaps something to "mull over".....

Just my take on it !