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It's bad enough that I did it once, but twice is two times too many. I'm referring to my comments in the November and December issues of GEM in which I stated first, that the show season is almost over, and second, that winter is upon us. Not necessarily so, as Tom Salmons writes: 'In the Southeast the show season is just starting, and you can go to an engine show every weekend nearly 'til April.' So, to Tom and the rest of you, apologies, and if the snow starts flying around here, I guess I'd better shake my boots off and head for your shows and enjoy a winter respite.

In a continuation of sorts on the Tillinghast article from the December GEM (The Tale of Tillie, page 12), this month we feature a fantastic article on the history of the B.D. Tillinghast Machine Shop. Bill Tremel and Joe Prinzinger researched and compiled the article presented on page 25, and it might interest readers to know that Prinzinger, besides being an old-iron nut, is also a professor of economics at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Va. Not only that, Prinzinger was, in some measure, paid by Lynchburg University for his Tillinghast research. How's that, you ask? Well, Prinzinger happened to be on sabbatical when conducting his Tillinghast research, but at the same time he was also researching stationary engines as part of his university work (for what purpose he has yet to say), and happily for us he was able to combine the two projects. Now, I ask you, does he have a great job, or what?

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 email at: rbackus@ogdenpubs.com.