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We have a bit of information to pass on from our readers this month. First item is a letter from Brad Smith, who wrote an article on hydraulic rams. Brad was very gratified by the response he had in letters and phone calls from readers, but he notes that when a reply is expected, one should send along a self-addressed, stamped envelope. We quite agree that this kind of courtesy is very important, since postage costs add up for the authors, and they usually do try to give everyone a reply. So thanks Brad, for asking us to mention this!

An Australian reader, Warwick Bryce, gave us some advice regarding the use of credit cards, especially for individuals outside the U.S.A. He advises us that credit card transactions are cheaper for the individual living outside the U.S.A. trying to purchase subscriptions or books in U.S. funds. We quite agree, as checks drawn on foreign banks in currency of other countries can be prohibitively expensive for us to accept (that's why we ask for payment in U.S. funds). In any case, this is simply a reminder that we do accept MasterCard and Visa for payment of subscriptions and other goods. If you wish to renew using a credit card, be sure to include your card number, type, and expiration date.

Incidentally, we'll be getting our mailing list updated shortly for our annual directory listing solicitation, so if you are involved with a new show, or find one in your travels, do let us know about it. Or, if your show has changed contact people, let us know so we can be sure the right person receives the mailing!