PUBLISHER'S LETTER

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Show season is upon us, and this is one of our largest issues of the year. Please remember as you attend the shows, that it's a good idea to get your show reports in early don't wait until the last minute, because it's difficult for us to accommodate the late reports. We usually have a story in process for about six months before it appears in the magazine, so the earlier your show report arrives, the more likely it is to be used on time. Keep in mind, also, that it is far better to provide different stories for different magazines, so that those readers who subscribe to many magazines in the tractor and engine collecting hobby don't find themselves reading the same text over and over! Different pictures are a good idea, too, and every show has more than one unique piece of equipment!

We received a letter from a subscriber back in January warning of the increase in thefts from engine collectors. This letter came after we had mentioned here that a particular engine was missing and its return was sought. We don't plan to start a special column for such information, but if you are subjected to this kind of crime and think our publicizing your loss will help, do let us know and we'll cooperate.

This week we got an e-mail inquiry from a man interested in 'robot lawnmowers.' We looked in Alan King's Lawn Mowers, 1948-1962, and found a 1953 Grass Finder manufactured by Fairbanks Morse. This modern device was intended to send its owner to the hammock, while performing a perfect job in concentric clockwise circles. The service department of our local John Deere dealer says they know of no such animal produced by their firm. Apparently this is an idea whose time came and went in relatively short order, as the riding mower became the norm for those with large lawns. Nonetheless, this was food for thought, and we'd love to hear from anyone who may own such a mower or know more about them.