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Kansas Aviation Museum to try to capitalize on unexplained activity at the museum

kamWICHITA — As executive director of the Kansas Aviation Museum, Lon Smith often works late – and alone – at the 1934 building, which was Wichita’s first airport terminal.

One night at about 1 a.m., he says, “I heard a loud, loud screaming sound. Sounded like a female voice more than a male.”

He walked in the direction of the sound to the darkened atrium, which once was a waiting area for passengers. He turned on the lights and started to investigate.

“When things like that happen, I tend to look for explanations, like there’s wind blowing through a window jamb or something like that,” Smith says. “It wasn’t anything like that.”

So Smith says he returned to work.

“All of a sudden, there it was again,” he says. “It was really like a blood-curdling, chills-up-your-back, somebody’s-getting-hurt kind of sound. Like if it had been a real person, I would have thought I need to go save this person from some kind of untimely demise.”

Instead, he left the building.

“I hate to admit it, but I was a little frightened.”

After six years of working there and experiencing about 25 unexplained incidents such as this, Smith has decided to start sharing his experiences.

“For quite a long time, I did not share anything about these incidents because it was my belief that some people might be worried about visiting the museum,” he says.

Smith says he’s changed his mind on the counsel of a trusted adviser.

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“Too much #Shocker Spirit? Guilty!”

– A Facebook post from Subaru of Wichita, which has changed its response to a union “shame on” sign by putting up a new sign saying, “For excessive Shocker spirit”

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“Dear Businesses Not in Wichita, If you are NOT here quit advertising! Thanks Dunkin Donuts, Ruby Tuesdays, Macys, and Dave and Busters. Sincerely Wichita Citizen!

– A Facebook post by Wichitan Carla Simpson, who added, “Come to Wichita trust me we are a Great City! Give us a try.”

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“This doesn’t mean we won’t still be friends—I love you all and that will never change—this move will just allow that love to grow. So please, PLEASE, show me that there are no hard feelings and ‘like’ me ASAP.”

Wu Shock’s plea to Facebook friends to like his fan page instead of trying to friend him on his profile page, since Facebook won’t allow the WSU mascot to have more than 5,000 friends

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“If the farmers market demand was any indication, the City of Wichita could make more money licensing ‘Don’t Frack With Wichita’ gear than it ever would from oil under the river, even if it exists.”

– A Facebook post from Delano activist Karen Cravens on T-shirts she created to protest potential oil drilling in her area

To Your Door Tanning is “beauty delivered” to your door

UPDATED — Two things are prompting Gretchen Franz, who already has a full-time job, to start a side business.

One, she’s never met a stranger. Two, she doesn’t want to sit around at home in her off time. She’d rather be out meeting people.

So she’s starting To Your Door Tanning, a mobile spray tan business. Franz says the tagline is “Beauty delivered.”

“It’s kind of like a social event,” she says of visiting people in their homes.

Franz hopes to have tanning parties, too.

She will take a private tanning tent to someone’s home and set up in any room of their choosing.

“That way, they are already in the comfort of their own home,” Franz says. “It’s just more fun that way, too.”

Customers can then don a robe or bathing suit afterward, which she says should help their tans last longer instead of getting fully dressed in street clothes again.

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Policy change leads to employee grumbling on Via Christi Health’s Facebook page before comments were removed

WICHITA — A policy change related to employee cafeteria discounts led to a minor Facebook dustup for Via Christi Health this week.

Employees no longer will receive discounts at any of Via Christi’s cafeterias.

“It’s a cost-savings measure,” says Judy Espinoza, chief human resource officer.

Also, she says there were a range of discounts depending on locations, and some sites didn’t have any.

“It was very inconsistent.”

After the change was announced, some employees took to Via Christi’s main Facebook page to complain.

“It was very obvious the employees did not know they were on the public page,” Espinoza says. “You could tell from the language.”

Also, she says some comments tagged employees who weren’t part of the conversation although they appeared to be.

“That kind of crosses the line,” Espinoza says.

“I’m not a Facebook savvy person,” she says, but if she were caught in a similar situation, “I’d just be mortified.”

She says Via Christi made the decision to remove the comments after one employee who was tagged expressed concern.

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“The days of the giant club are over, and it’s time to freshen things up. Stay tuned!”

– A Facebook post from Doc Howard’s Lounge owner Bryan Shapiro on the Old Town bar closing this weekend

 

Spirit AeroSystems shares award for crisis communications with American Airlines

UPDATED — Which is a bigger crisis for an aircraft company or an airline to deal with: An EF-3 tornado, or Alec Baldwin getting kicked off a flight for playing Words With Friends when he’d been told to shut down all electronics?

Turns out they’re both big deals for crisis communicators, so Ragan’s PR Daily recently awarded Spirit AeroSystems and American Airlines an award for best crisis communications.

“I was totally blown away,” says Spirit spokesman Ken Evans. “I thought we had a 10 percent shot.”

He figured no matter how dramatic the April 14 tornado was, it’s hard to top a celebrity crisis.

PR Daily says Spirit won because it lost all its traditional communication tools – e-mail, its website, even desk phones – but still managed to keep the public, the media and employees informed.

“We were kind of forced to think outside the box for us,” Evans says. “We’re a fairly conservative communications group. … I know that’s shocking to you.”

Twitter became one of the company’s chief communication tools. It also used YouTube and Flickr.

Evans says Spirit’s communications team made a case to management that it needed to reach out immediately, particularly to the media, “so that all of our local stakeholders wouldn’t panic.”

“One of the best results of the week was that our stock did not take a major hit even after that EF-3 tornado.”

He says the company learned lessons from the crisis as well.

“The one audience we didn’t spend (time) keeping up to date was an internal audience at other Spirit sites around the world. They were hungrier for information on a daily basis than we thought they would. They felt left out.”

Evans says the company is using some social media more these days than it used to.

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“It’s not that we’re not here to make money. There’s just times when holiday with the family is more important than making a few dollars.”

Hillside Feed & Seed owner George Sander, who had a Facebook post letting customers know he would not be opening early Friday because he and his store “lack the greed of the big box stores”