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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
, 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

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

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

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Richard Backus, Editor-in-Chief

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