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The change of seasons has brought a complete change here too in our business.

I've relinquished my reins of the ownership and editorship of both magazines to a fine gentleman, Mr. Gerald Lestz, from Lancaster, Pa.

Yes, it is with mixed emotions that I write this. Another chapter in my life's book is closing, but not without happy and rewarding memories. Thanks to you fine folks.

Teaching has always been my first love in working. I have only three more years for full retirement. As much as I enjoyed my involvement with you folks and the magazines, I know my health could not take the strain of both jobs for that length of time.

Mr. Lestz's experiences as a writer of books, co-editor of newspapers, and broad interests in antiques will, I am sure, be most enjoyable and beneficial to you folks.

Our contacts in this transition period have been amiable and pleasant. Certainly you will grow to appreciate him as a cooperative and understanding person.

I've tried to fulfill Elmer's wishes by continuing his project. Now that I no longer feel that I'm able to do so, I'm sure you'll understand. I hope to continue to 'keep in touch.'

Words cannot express to you my many thanks and appreciation to each and every one for your cooperation and kindness. Being the wonderful folks you are, I'm sure you'll continue to share these same feelings and gestures with our new owner, Mr. Gerald Lestz.

My prayers are success to him, the Iron Men Album, and you for many years in the future.

God Bless You All!