PUBLISHER'S LETTER

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The end of the year is upon us, and we're thinking about great things to come in 1997. By the time you read this letter, we will all know the outcome of our presidential election, but as I write, the debate is continuing. Meanwhile here at the office, we'll be hard at work trying to assemble all the thousands of pieces of information that go into our annual Steam and Gas Show Directory.

If you're one of those 'show contacts,' please be mindful of the December 15 deadline for your free listings. And if you have started a new show that we might not know about, be sure to write and tell us about it.

If you're planning to order a gift subscription for someone on your list, we need to have it by November 18 in order for the first issue to reach your giftee by Christmas in the regular mailing. Otherwise, we'll have to charge you an extra two dollars to send it out in the regular mail to get it there in time. Try not to procrastinate too long if you want us to send gift subscriptions or books for Christmas, as no orders will be processed after December 20.

We have had several inquiries recently regarding insurance, both for small shows, and individuals who are seeking to insure their collections. Quite a few years back we collected and published some information on the subject of insurance, which is probably outdated by now. If some other people might have some expertise or experience in these matters, we would really appreciate hearing from you, so we can pass along some information to those who need it.

Please note that we have the concluding second installment of Mac Sine's story of Lauson engines in this issue.

May you all have the Happiest of New Years!