A contributing editor muses on the coming of spring, the growth of the magazine, and the work of preparing for summer engine shows.
Mr. Robert Brandt with Mack tractor and low boy bringing C. E. Stambaugh's 30-60 Model E Oil Pull from North Dakota. C. E. Stambaugh (Bud) lives in York, Pennsylvania. Courtesy of Robert Brandt of Harvey, North Dakota
I am having a problem of not knowing what I am going to write about. Only a few days left before the deadline! I don't know why I wait until the last minute to get organized, but that seems to be the way I do things. I was just looking through my file of all the issues of Gas Engine Magazine, and noticed that the first few issues had 28 pages. Now we're averaging 40 pages. It is good to know that you readers are sending in lots of pictures and stories. Keep it up! We look forward to each issue every two months and wish it came every month.
As I am writing this, we are experiencing the coming of Spring; the Canadian geese are winging their way northward, pussy willows are in blossom, maple trees are being tapped for their sap which makes the delicious maple syrup, the warm rains are washing away the dirty snow from winter, and most important of all the sun is becoming warmer and warmer, and reminding us that summer is just around the corner.
Auctions are very plentiful at this time of the year. Collectors, both men and women, often can find a good bargain. I have never attended many, but I think it would be interesting and great fun.
I received a very nice letter from Mr. William Gilroy of Waltham, Mass., saying that he has a Coldwell Cub engine like mine. He says, "One of the best things about 'Olden Times' was that the quality and durability, (which includes craftmanship), were prime requisites, and also keeping up with the Jones' was not yet invented." I agree with him!
For those of us who are officers in the engine clubs, it is a very busy time. The advertising and promotions for the coming annual Reunions have to be taken care of. It will soon be time for the "Gas-ups" and engine shows and meets to start. We all look forward to this season when we will see the folks we haven't seen since last fall. All indications point to a very busy summer around here, with something going on almost every weekend. I hear from some of our engine friends in other parts of the country, who say that there is very little "engine activity" in their localities. That is too bad, as we meet a very nice bunch of people and have made many good friends through these organizations.
At our house, we have just purchased a new International pick-up truck. Paul has wanted one for a long time, as he says he would rather ride in one than a car. I have to agree that it is very nice, and it will be more convenient to take an engine or two to a show.
There is a correction in the recipe for "Never Fail Cake" that was in the March-April 1968 issue. The temperature for baking should be 350 degrees instead of 250 degrees.
Be very careful in your selection. Do not choose one too young, and take only such varieties as have been raised in a good moral atmosphere. When decided upon and selected, let that part remain forever settled, then give your entire attention to preparation for domestic use. Some insist on keeping them in a pickle; while others are constantly getting them in hot water, but this only makes them sour and hard and sometimes bitter. Even poor varieties may be made tender and sweet and good by garnishing them with patience, well sweetened with smiles and flavored with kisses to taste; then wrap in a mantle of charity, keep warm with a steady fire of domestic devotion and serve with peaches and cream. When they are prepared this way, they will keep for years and improve with age.