Letters & Miscellanies

Notes and Responses From Readers


| April/May 2002



Lufkin engine

Lufkin engine on matchbook cover, date unknown.

Recycling and Recirculating

I would like to offer a suggestion to readers regarding disposal/recycling of their back issues.

A friend of mine who does volunteer work noted the local nursing home did not offer much reading material and asked if I had anything that might appeal to folks in their 70s, 80s and 90s. I bundled up a year's worth of GEM and other antique/car magazines thinking these might be of passing interest to some. What an underestimation I made of the residents' enthusiasm for your publication! They nearly fought over any issue left unattended, and all copies quickly became dog-eared and worn. Men and women alike reminisced about the old trucks, tractors, engines and equipment they used to use.

My suggestion for readers is to consider sharing their back issues of GEM with the appreciative folks at their local nursing homes. And, if they spend a little extra time with the residents during the magazine drop-off, they'll learn more about a past era than we could ever recapture in print and pictures today.

So, make space in your home, make a new friend or two at the nursing home, and make many folks' day by gifting your GEMs to some good people who will truly appreciate your thoughtfulness.

John Sudlow, 6301 E. 1550 N. Road Oakwood, IL 61858

Reflections:

Regarding the following queries in C.H. Wendel's 'Reflections'( See GEM February 2002)