March...in like a lion and out like a lamb, or so they say. Hard to believe that spring is coming, when we're just experiencing our first taste of winter as I write this. And it's not much of a taste, really-just some cold temperatures and wind chill factor. No snow yet, although it's bound to happen sooner or later. If you're tired of the winter you're having, just take a look at those bright tulips (not to mention the bright engine) on this month's cover, and remember that spring will be here soon!
Speaking of being here soon, the 2000 Steam & Gas Show Directory should be back from the printer and ready for mailing in early March. If you haven't ordered your copy yet, don't wait much longer...we've got more listings than ever, and you don't want to miss any of those early season shows. Use the order form opposite this page, or if you don't want to cut up the cover, just jot your request on a slip of paper and send it, along with payment in U.S. funds (see ad for pricing), to Stemgas Publishing Co., P.O. Box 328, Lancaster, PA 17608-0328.
Attention show advertisers: you should by now have received a packet of information from our advertising department with all the information you'll need to place an ad for your upcoming show in the magazine. If you're the one who's responsible for this task for your club, and you haven't gotten a packet, let us know and we'll send one out right away. An eye-catching magazine ad, in tandem with a listing in the show directory, is a sure way to boost attendance at your event.
A sad note: we've heard from subscriber Dan Axtell that Jack Versteeg, well-known to many as an active member and former National president of the Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association, passed away January 5, 2000 at a Bend, Oregon, hospital after a stay of a few weeks. We hope to have a full obituary for Mr. Versteeg in our next issue. Our condolences to his wife, Barbara, and many friends.