We had an unhappy phone call from J. D. Witthar this month, a subscriber who called to report an unfortunate theft. It seems that sometime around the third weekend in November, a quarter scale Nichols & Shepard engine was stolen from the home of Jack and Susan Terry in Independence, Missouri. The model is from half to three-quarters finished, is burgundy and black, and has no governor, no throttle control and no whistle. The bottom of the firebox is missing. Anyone with information should contact J. D. Witthar at Riverton, WY 82501, phone 307-856-1164 and leave a message if no one is home. We hope that the Terry engine will be returned.
By the time you read this, our 1997 Show Directory will be at the printer, getting ready for publication by early March. Remember that we have a deadline of February 15 to get the 'early bird' price of $7 postpaid (in the U.S.). After that, the Directory goes to $8, reason being that we send out the first group by bulk mail and pass the savings on to you. Over the years the postage has become a larger and larger part of the Directory's price, so save yourself that dollar and order early!
See the ad on the inside front cover, and remember, you don't have to cut up your magazine you can just photocopy the ad or send us a note with your check telling us where to send your copy.
This month we've got Donald Siefker's invaluable index beginning on page 11this will tell you where everything appeared over the 1996 year in GEM.