First Things

On Making Changes

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Because things are the way they are, things
will not stay the way they are.
- Bertold Brecht

Truer words never spoken. Case in point: This issue of Farm Collector concludes a four-year romp through these pages by freelance writer Oscar H. Will III. Hank began his career at Farm Collector in the May 2003 issue, writing about an International Harvester Farmall 544 Hydro. This issue contains his final regular contribution to the magazine: a profile on Nevada collector Alvin Barkl.

In between, Hank enthusiastically delved into everything from horse-drawn implements to vintage construction equipment, Briggs & Stratton engines to wire fence makers, the evolution of the row crop tractor to the history of hemp cultivation in America. Readers enjoyed his stellar reporting, writing and photography, and as an editor, I was as happy as a pig in clover. Then, Hank got an offer he couldn't refuse, and he is now working as the editor of Farm Collector's sister publication, Grit magazine.

The old order changeth, yielding place
to new … - Alfred, Lord Tennyson

At about the same time I was considering Hank's imminent departure from these pages I received a query from a writer in the U.K. "I'd like to give your readers an insight into what country life is like in this little Welsh hamlet, and introduce some of the fascinating people (and tractors!) I meet at shows, ploughing matches and in my everyday life," wrote Josephine Roberts. Reading Jo's essays, I was intrigued by a fresh perspective on the hobby. And so it is that with this issue, we welcome her to these pages on a quarterly basis.

Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.
- Faith Baldwin

We never tire of tinkering with Farm Collector. Last issue we expanded the What Is It department to include enlarged views of patent drawings. This gives you a better look at the remarkable mechanisms of various tools and devices. We're also planning a new department beginning next month featuring great finds: Stay tuned!

Change is inevitable … except from
a vending machine. - Robert C.
Gallagher

We may tweak the looks; we watch people come and go. But at the heart of it all, Farm Collector endures. We're still fascinated by old farm machinery and the people who enjoy, appreciate, show, preserve, collect and restore it. And that, dear reader, will stay exactly the same!

Leslie McManus, Editor
lmcmanus@ogdenpubs.com