FROM THE EDITOR

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Our staff has had a frantic time getting out this issue and taking part in the holiday preparations, all at the same time, but here we are again with a GEM full of articles, pictures and ads you won't want to miss!

As 1986 enters, we look back over triumphs and tragedies of 1985 and resolve to do better. Everything considered, this shaped up as an excellent year for organizations and events. Many set new records for attendance and participation; others ran into problems such as bad weather or minor mishaps.

May this be your best year yet!

Articles in this issue include one on the Kansas and Oklahoma Show, at Winfield, Kansas, which the editor was able to attend. We met a lot of wonderful people part of that great race of men and women known as Engine folk.

Reflections readers will find the column longer than usual for a very good reason the intense interest in what our good friend Wendel says. Keep those cards and letters coming, for he's ready to give you a real assist.

Our annual Steam & Gas Show Directory is underway; listings are still coming in. It is due out in mid-February. Incidentally, if you operate a farm museum of any kind, send us a note marked 'Farm Museum'.

A long story on 'The Real Fordson', by Jack Heald and Tom Brent presents a fascinating tale on the development of the MOM tractor. It's just one of our many choice offerings.

Keep sending us articles and photos; they're always in demand here to fill the pages of your favorite magazine.