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It's only mid-June as we ready this issue of GEM for the printer, but already we've seen a bumper crop of fantastic old iron coming out to bask in the wamth of the summer sun.

A trip in May to Decatur, Ala., had me enjoying some fine Southern hospitality, thanks to the great show put on by the Southland Flywheelers. Traveling to different parts of the country is always interesting, affording an opportunity to see engines that were once employed in ways you might not generally consider. Cotton has long been an agricultural staple in the south, but if you're not from the area you could be forgiven for not considering just how important gas engines were to cotton farmers, employed by the thousands to process cotton in the old gins that were once scattered seemingly everywhere. Some of those engines still survive, of course, and a few of them made the trip to the Alabama Jubilee.

I'm happy to report that C.H. Wendel is coming along well since his stroke this past May 3. A lot of you took the time to send cards and letters to Charles, and I know they meant a lot to him. We were finishing up this issue when Charles sent us a note updating us on his condition

As ever, I look forward to your comments and questions about Gas Engine Magazine. Contact me anytime at (785) 274-4379, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609-1265, or via e-mail at: rbackus@ogdenpubs.com