We recently heard from a new subscriber who says that he enjoys GEM, but is somewhat disappointed. 'My hobby,' he writes, 'like many others, is working on kick-pedal engines. Could you please have some articles on these engines also?' He would like to see more on Maytags and Briggs & Strattons, particularly on rebuilding, painting, etc.
Our answer to this subscriber was that it is truly our readers who determine the content of this magazine, not a group of 'experts' who pick and choose among topics. We encouraged him, as we do all such subscribers, to write and submit the kind of article that he would like to read. From time to time, it does seem like a good idea to remind our readers that they DO have control over the content of the magazine, and that the best way to guide in the direction you wish it to go is to write to us on your own favored topics, or try to locate someone else you can encourage to write on the topics of your choice!
Sometime before that letter, we had a request that we use more engines on the cover that are in 'original,' rather than 'restored,' condition. This too is a bit of a challenge for us, as restorers send us far more photographs than those folks who prefer to keep their engines in their original state. Nonetheless, we are open to the idea, and welcome good pictures from everyone!
This is probably the last time for the year that I will mention our 2000 Show Directory; remember, if you haven't gotten one yet, there are still months of good use in these books, as they do have dates until the end of the year, and a good number of early 2001 shows listed. We should also remind you that before you get in your car or camper to travel a fair distance, it is always a good idea to phone the contacts to determine exactly the scope of the show-particularly if you will be disappointed to come across a small display when you expected something much larger! And while you're out there, take lots of pictures!