Gettin Up Speed


| September/October 1969


At this writing we are smack in the middle of summer and the temperature are soaring and the lawns and gardens are thirsty for water.

To all you people who have had those terrific storms and tornadoes my thoughts have been with you as just a thunderstorm terrifies me and that is why I'm not complaining too loudly about the weather.

True to my column heading, your won't believe it, but I have joined a physical fitness class, not to lose weight but must compete with my two teenage daughters and they just might say, 'Mother, either shape up or ship out'. I was shocked to find out at 'weighing in time' that I had gained 6 lbs. Here I had made the brag that I could eat anything and everything and not gain an ounce. I blame it on the stenographer spread.

The mail has been very interesting lately and through the Iron-Men Album magazine I have been corresponding with a family from Ohio, my native state, who by strange coincidence our paths crossed again after a lapse of many years. Mr. Warren was our County School superintendent for many years and now is near 90 years young and still able to drive his own car. I was just a child when he would visit our little country school very unexpectedly.

Another letter from Mr. W. R. Wheeler of Sun Valley, California; he sent for a Floyd Clymers Steam Traction Engines book and this is what he wrote, 'Am an old man but cannot forget the steam threshing engines for which I hauled water 65 years ago (now 88 years old) Steam Best Power yet!' How about that!

Don't know yet if we will make it to any steam shows. Will try to see some of you.






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