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    The March/April 1985 issue of Gas Engine Magazine heralded the change
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The more things change, the more they stay the same

When Rev. Elmer Ritzman launched Gas Engine Magazine 40 years ago, he tapped into a growing interest in the preservation and restoration of stationary engines. Ritzman was no stranger to old iron: Twenty years earlier, he had launched The Farm Album, which eventually became Iron-Men Album and then Steam Traction.

As he had done with The Farm Album, Ritzman combined his natural enthusiasm with a sincere interest in old iron to satisfy the wants and needs of a unique community of like-minded folks.

For 19 years Gas Engine Magazine readers eagerly awaited their bimonthly fix of old engines and tractors. Beginning with the May 1985 issue, the decision was made to go monthly. The hobby was taking off like a rocket, and as it did readership continued to increase.

In GEM's last bimonthly issue, March/April 1985, editor Gerry Lestz alerted GEM's readership to the pending change to a monthly frequency, but not without noting that there were readers who didn't support the planned change. Regardless, Lestz felt strongly that the time had come to make a change, and for the last 11 years GEM has continued to come out each and every month, 12 times a year. Now, as we get ready to head into GEM's 41st year of publication, it's time for another change.

The old engine hobby is as active as ever, but the challenges of delivering GEM every month have increased significantly. Rising paper costs (almost 30 percent in the last couple of years) and increases in postage have made it that much harder to deliver your favorite magazine on a monthly basis.

After long consideration, we have concluded that the best way to ensure GEM's health and longevity is to consolidate and deliver six larger issues every year. We'll move to the new schedule beginning with the next issue.

We're committed to the old engine hobby, and we're committed to ensuring GEM is the best magazine it can be. And we'll be redoubling our efforts to make sure that each and every issue contains the kind of stories you've come to expect. We know you look to GEM as the voice of the old engine hobby, and we're looking forward to delivering on that expectation for years to come.

Richard Backus


U.S.P.S. #214560

Founded in 1966 by Rev. Elmer Ritzman

Published Bimonthly: An Internal Combustion Historical Magazine


$33/6 issues, U.S.

$44.95/6 issues, Canada

$68.95/6 issues all other countries

First Class or Air Subscription Rates

$63/6 issues, U.S.

$73/6 issues, Canada

$93/6 issues all other countries

All subscriptions are in U.S. funds; Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover accepted.

PUBLISHER and Editorial Director

Bryan Welch


William Windsor, Circulation & Consumer Marketing


Bill Uhler, Advertising & Fulfillment


Richard Backus, Editor-in-Chief

Erin Shipps, Assistant Editor

Kay Winford, Assistant Editor


Carolyn Lang, Group Art Director

Terry Algarin, Assistant Art Director


Cherilyn Olmsted


Andrew Perkins, Marketing Director

Terri Keitel, Marketing Representative

Vicki Trembly, Marketing Representative

Mandy Miller, Advertising Coordinator

Kristy Culp, Classified Advertising

Mindy Garrison, Administrative Assistant

See page 63 for a complete listing of deadlines for submission of material for coming issues. Send subscriptions and renewals to:
1503 S.W. 42nd St.
Topeka, KS 66609-1265
Telephone: (800) 888-9098
Fax: (785) 274-4300

Gas Engine Magazine is published bimonthly by Ogden Publications Inc., 1503 S.W. 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609-1265

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Ā© Copyright 2006 by Ogden Publications Inc. All rights reserved. Gas Engine Magazine is a registered trademark. Material in this publication may not be reproduced in any form without written permission. Permission requests must be in writing and should be directed to Bryan Welch, Gas Engine Magazine Permissions, 1503 S.W. 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609. Subscribers: If the Post Office alerts us that your magazine is undeliverable, we have no further obligation unless we receive a corrected address within two years.


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