At the same time this issue goes to press, we have completed assembling the 18th annual Steam and Gas Show Directory and sent it to the printer as well. This means that directories should be available in early March as in other years. The directory will again be 144 pages in 1992, and at $5 a copy postpaid, it provides an awful lot of useful information for the engine enthusiast! (See the order form opposite. If you don't want to cut your magazine cover, write the requested information on a separate sheet of paper and send that in.) Thank you to all of you who helped by sending us the information for your 1992 show plans. Also, our advertising packages for show contacts have gone out-if you should have gotten one and didn't, by all means write or call our advertising department.
If you read the Reflections column this month, you'll find out that our conversion of computer systems didn't go quite as smoothly as we had hoped! Nonetheless, all the problems seem to have been addressed by our experts, and we expect very smooth sailing ahead! For the vast majority of you, there has been no noticeable change, but a small percentage of subscribers missed their December and/or January issues. We appreciate the patience of all who contacted us, and want you to know it is our very strong intention to do what we can to keep your magazine coming, and on time! One thing Mr. Wendel doesn't mention is that in addition to the computer 'bugs', our mailing dates were a few days late (Pennsylvania deer hunting season among other factors), and the Post Office did seem to be somewhat slow around the holiday season for everyone.
A couple of notes from engine friends this month: Max Homfeld, who wrote an article in the February 1992 issue, 'Marine Engine Information...', wrote to say that he incorrectly advised that 'anyone may visit the library and use it.' Apparently it is there for use by member companies; others must obtain special permission.
Subscriber James Gann suggests an article on 'How to Prepare and Paint' engines and tractors-hopefully a budding author will want to take on this subject it could be you!