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With this January 1990 issue, we stand on the threshold of a new decade! GEM is now 25 years old, and entering its 26th year of publication. We look forward to an exciting future full of homage to farm machinery of the past!

This month, we are introducing a new column, written by Jack Versteeg, President of the National Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association. This first column appears on page 27, and will begin with some history of the organization. We hope that the many members of the various EDGE&TA branches will enjoy reading the messages from their national president, and that their network will grow because of this feature.

Our directory listing forms are coming in now for the 1990 Steam and Gas Show Directory. Don't forget that DECEMBER 15TH is the deadline for the listings and advertising in the Directory! As you know, this is a once-a-year opportunity to reach thousands of showgoers. Be sure your material for your show is here by the 15th!

We just want to mention that we're gradually changing the typesetting system we've been using, and have added a 'desktop publishing system.' This means that we can use your diskettes if you type and record your stories on a personal computer. Our system is an IBM-compatible one, and we can accept several different word processing programs, as well as ASCII files. We mention this, since a growing number of our authors are sending us printouts from home computers, so keep it in mind!

And here's to an exciting 1990!