| September/October 1969

Courtesy of Donald Madison

ATTENTION: Young Engineers Wherever You May Be

Hi There Young Engineers!

By the time you out there read this most steam shows will be in progress. I do not believe that I will be able to travel to the shows this summer. Sometimes you have to do things you don't want to and this is one of those times for me.

My Grandfather, James C. Madison, of Alexandria, Virginia, suffered a heart attack this past winter. He wished that I would spend my summer vacation with him. He has quite a bit of work to be done on his property. Even though he has a small lot it is wooded and he needs my help to clean it up. I could not refuse him and I am sure you will understand.

My friend Sheldon will have to do without my help this summer which I regret. He will gather information for me and I will write the articles from this. I hope to have a report on one of the steam shows in the next article. I will miss coming to the shows and seeing all of you. I love the smell of smoke and engine oil. It creates an exciting atmosphere at the shows. We burn maple, cut in small pieces, in our model boilers and it produces a smoke which is good smelling. This adds to the realism; of the models. At the writing of this article I have just gotten out of school for the summer, but when you read this it will soon be time to return. Where did the summer go?