EDITOR'S LETTER

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This 88-page issue of GEM is sent to you as we enter the peak season of shows and reunions. The issue is full of stories and ads of prime interest to all dedicated collectors, restorers and organization members. We are running well ahead of last year in the total number of pages in the first part of 1987.

We have a correction to make: In relation to the liability insurance plan discussed in the April issue by Jack Versteeg, president of the National Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association Inc., it is necessary for any group wishing to take part to become a member of the association. Jack explains that this enables outlining of safety guidelines for each participating group, and establishment of some sort of history to furnish to the insurance carrier.

With more issues on the way during prime season time, we urge all of you who send in ads to make certain they arrive here before our deadline times. Don't mail the last day and hope to get in under the wire. Our office is at peak of business just before each issue goes to press, and we do not wish to have anyone miss a chance to make the issue.

Our 1987 Steam & Gas Show Directory is selling well. We still have some on hand, so order today if you need one or more copies.

Would you be interested in a photo contest? We welcome reader input on this. As we have talked about it thus far, it might be divided into two classes: color and black-and-white. We might divide it into pictures of engines, people, and events or displays. Prizes might be $100 first, $75 second, $50 for the next five; free subscriptions and free copies of the show directory. The full calendar year would be covered, so that entries would not be due until Jan. 1, 1988, and winners would be published as soon as possible after that.

What do you think? Stay tuned for more!