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As I write this to you in mid-February, we're enjoying a balmy record-breaking day weatherwise, with temperatures expected to reach into the high 60's. Of course, this warmth will be blown out of here by the weekend, when it's back to more seasonal temperatures. Nonetheless, the spring-like sunshine does help me think ahead to the time when you'll actually have this issue in hand.

By then, those of you who've placed early orders for your copy of the 1999 Steam & Gas Engine Show Directory should have received the book. Isn't it a stunner? Bigger than ever, with more shows listed--what a way to celebrate a 25th anniversary edition! If you haven't ordered your copy yet, see the advertisement at left for more information. The directory is a valuable exhibiting and vacation-planning tool, and no one should be without.

With show season approaching (actually, already started in many parts of the country), we remind you to think 'safety first,' both for yourselves and for others. As the hobby grows, a lot of new folks are coming out to see what these marvels of old iron are all about, and many of the newcomers don't know that you're not supposed to stand too close or stick your fingers into certain places--you as an exhibitor have to set the boundaries. I know it's April, but let's not be foolish!