While I've had some major problems with the fact checking on some of your articles its a response like this that makes me still respect you. Some other authors would just say, "You don't like my article, screw you, nothing I do will make you happy." I hope you do learn from it. I look forward with anticipation to reading Al's articles because they're not mere speculation, they're full of hidden info that no one else has. Sure, he's got a ton of ears on the ground who report to him, but he spends a ton of time researching and digging before giving us a post. I sometimes get annoyed that it takes a few months between his posts, but when they come they're quality.
Apparently, it was not my best work. Despite appearances, there was research done (I certainly don't carry around in my head the owners of the World of Discovery or Sumner's net worth, among many other things). But that's besides the point. If the article didn't resonate with readers, the problem lies squarely with me and the way I phrased things, ordered ideas, left other notions only half-explained, whatever. So it's good feedback for me to hear.
This is something I've thought of and even posted about briefly on some of the other threads. I did the math as well and didn't see where Augustus could afford the parks either, but it certainly would be nice to see it happen. The Busch family always loved their parks and treated them like their personal playgrounds. They may not have had quite the emotional investment in them that Walt had in Disneyland, but it seems they were owners who truly cared about them and didn't just see them as a profit center. It would be nice to have someone to run them who still views them that way.
Of the many good emails I got, one in particular made me want to share the idea: would the sale of AB yield enough money to the Busch family that they could possibly buy the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks back, for themselves?
August Busch III seems to have 1.4 million shares. At $70 each, that doesn't seem enough, just on the sale price alone, to come anywhere close to the parks' price. But if he were interested, and attracted fellow investors to let him run the place... I dunno; seems intriguing.