SPARK PLUG OF THE MONTH


| November/December 1972



Shirley Shepherd

Shirley Shepherd

'Joe Fahnestock himself'

'Spark plug Joe'

(Shirley is a staff writer for the Muncie Star, covering Jay County for the Star as a Bureau writer on full-time basis. She has had articles published in agricultural and horsemen's magazines-Farm Quarterly, National Future Farmer, Western Horsemen and Hoosier Farmer. She is a junior at Ball State University and she and her husband own a small horse farm where they raise Arabian and Part-Arabian horses at R. R. 1, Dunkirk, Indiana 47371.

We appreciate her efforts in bringing out the highlights of the 'Spark Plug' of the Month--I'm sure you all enjoy Joe's efforts each issue--and we're mighty proud to have him in the Spark Plug Column this month. He won't know about it until he reads the magazine, so our hats are off to our 'Joe Dear' as we surprise and thank you for all your efforts-GEM.)

You might find him out in the garage, covered with a respectable layer of grease, tinkering with his fondest creation which looks like a John Deere garden tractor crossed with five other things. Or he may be locked in what passes for a study, laboring over a new chapter in one of the books he is always going to write but never does. Or, he might be holed up in the darkroom making prints from the latest rolls of film he shot for a 'Sparkplug' column.

But if he's not busy at any of these things, chances are pretty good hell be holding down a camp chair at the nearest tractor and engine show, peddling subscriptions to 'Gas Engine Magazine' and gathering information for the winter's succession of columns. His name is Joe Fahnestock.