All audio forums share the same objective but not all of them have the same backbone. If you attended Polkfest, awesome but if you didn't here's some history.
This wasn't Polk saying HEY! let's open up the doors for a bunch of forum freaks to run around our offices and make us look cool.....this was serious business.
There was a lot of work that took place and you folks will never feel the impact of that. How many companies open their doors because you belong to a user forum? This was, and always has been a member generated effort. You need to poke the giant every now and then but the reality of it all is the meeting of the actual members' and the setting.
Club Polk and its members' have created and generated the action for these events. Polk Audio happens to think that's pretty awesome and they have always pulled out all the stops to make it special. HQ tours DO NOT happen every year, this was a bonus. The last one was in 2005.
Polkfest, as a user gathering, has been happening since 2002 and you know what, it was a members' idea....nothing major, just an idea. Why not have a get together for people that dig Polk products. Russ Gates (Russman) started this whirlwind and I believe the first meet was all of 5 members? Russ, correct me me if I'm wrong. Phuz fits in here even earlier but I am a late member.
I called you freaks because I'm a Polk freak as well, and proud of it. You don't have to own every Polk speaker made to be a member of this forum. That's pretty obvious by the diverse selection of listeners/members we have available 24/7. We're here because we care about the many facets of not only the product but the end result of what we all love in the end....audio.
We LOVE our forum and I firmly believe it's one of the best on the internet for this type of conversation and support. Polkfest, since 2002, has set the bar for our community. You all, ALL, should feel good about that.
Some, or all of us have been to Texas, Carolina, Maryland, and Georgia based on member participation alone. This wasn't a paid exploration into the unknown....members volunteered their homes for these functions. I think it's about time for the West Coast to step up and host something....but the middle area, the area you hate to drive thru, wouldn't be too shabby either. If it's Ohio, count me out ;)
Our Polkie TroyD(SC PF 1&2) is running a hardship tour in Korea but has hosted two of these events, just like Russ(TX PF 1&2). You know what his objective is when he gets back? Alot of monkey, basket style sex but more importantly, to immediately host another Polkfest and I'll be there for sure.
That's family style structure folks, on the internet.....show me some of that elsewhere.
You want to know who has supported us since 2002, especially 2008....whether they liked it or not :D You have no idea how many ppl make this happen for you but here's a handful that you better bow down to next time you see them. In no particular order...just as I typed so blame me.
The Kluge - Live Music....In-House Polk musicians that came out AGAIN to jam for us. Awesome!
"The group that played was Steve Tourison and I (the group known as Still Thinking), plus Brad Saylor. So calling us The Kluge is appropriate. The Kluge has traditionally been a group of Polk employees gathered together for the purpose of playing music for a Polk event, usually lead by me. Not to be confused with Dean’s Blues All Stars, of course, which is a group of Polk employees gathered together for the purpose of playing music for a Polk event, usually lead by Dean. - Scott Orth"
Len Shufelt – Set-up of all demos and equipment support for the Ballard event.
Stu Lumsden - Engineering & CLASSIC Video of "Balmerese"
Shelia Edwards – Administration
Katie Badders – Administration
Jenny Suskind – Tour Guide
Greg O’Rourke – Tour Guide
Monica Robles – Tour Guide
Scott Olson – Tour Guide
Eric Wong – Tour Guide
Brian Knauss – Tour Guide
Matt Lazzaro - Tour Guide
Matt Lyons – Facilities Tour
Al Baron – Demo
Mark Suskind – Demo
Brain Ahmed – Demo
Matt Polk – Demo
Al Ballard – Demo
Thom Voisinet – Car Demo
Warlocks1(Jeff), A non-employee and resident Polkie has always squared away Polkies for car rentals since 2003 since he's a badass rep for a certain company :D Thanks for geting some of these weirdos here.
This is just a 2008 listing but Polk has pulled out all the stops for us historically. There are so many others that contribute behind the scenes as well.
Seriously, that's hardcore and that means alot to me personally.
For the Polkies....just some thoughts, and maybe you can thank who grabbed you by the hand and tour'd you. I swear Matt had a whip and a DEVO hat but that has not been confirmed.
Polk Audio, thanks SO much for the time and effort you spent for us lowly Polkies....it means SO much to us. Hey Polk....it isn't just an email for thanks....you folks are like Rock Stars to us, and yes that's weird but get used to it. And get used to us hiding in your bushes....or at least ME hiding in your bushes at night....playing Stratego sans pantalones.
Viva la Polk!....wait, I'm a redneck...so, uh, cool man, let's do a kegstand.