REFLECTIONS

A BRIEF WORD


| January/February 1992



Riding lawn mower

27/1/1A

Robert A. LeBaron

With this issue, GEM begins its twenty-seventh year of publication. This writer was collecting gas engines when it wasn't fashionable, and as we've said before, the neighbors probably thought me daft when I started bringing old gas engines home in the 1950s.

Our little book, entitled Wendel's Notebook, will probably be back in print by the time you receive this issue. We did not anticipate the demand for this little book, and consequently we were caught napping, and had to go back to the printer with it in only a few weeks. For the present time, this title is available only through GEM or through the Reflector. (See advertisement elsewhere in this issue).

Beginning with this issue, we will begin making references to the Notebook, and we welcome additional information for the 1993 edition, due out late in 1992. Already we have had some feedback regarding certain paint color schemes, plus requests for the paint schemes of various other engines and tractors. Also, beginning with this issue, we'll begin using a little subhead entitled Notebook Items. For the convenience of those with the current edition, copy the new items into your book to keep it up to date.

A suggestion to our advertisers: When placing a blind ad, that is, one with only the phone number, but without your address, kindly include some general geographic information. This way, interested buyers will have some idea of the distance involved beforehand. We're told that a lot of prospective buyers won't bother with a phone call if they think that your equipment is several hundred miles away. For example, you might use the following format: Call Joe Smith at (515) 555-1212 (Central Ohio). We suggest this as a way of making your ads even more effective.

You'll also be interested to know that the gas engine hobby has even caught the attention of the real estate world. One realtor out in Washington state included the following listing:

'You'll keep your fishing pole busy living on Shady Lake-53 feet of waterfront-no gas engines allowed.' Now ain't that a fine kettle offish!