SOOT IN THE FLUES


| July/August 1966



Soot In The Flues

A cheery Hello to all the wonderful folks of the Iron-Men Album Family And by the time you get this issue, you will all be steamed up for the numerous Reunions that will betaking place across the country. I do hope you all have a wonderful summer.

I must tell you some unhappy news I am just recovering from a serious illness as I became sick on March 16 with the old-fashioned flu and instead of pulling out of that, it developed into encephaltis and I was taken to the hospital where I remained in unsatisfactory condition for quite awhile. But, through the grace of God, the many prayers of all my wonderful friends, the wonderful care of the doctors and nurses, I came back home on the 31st of March and here I am writing another column to you, something they all thought I would never be able to do again. I'm really, at this writing, almost back to normal, but I'll be most happy for any of you to remember me in your prayers as we won't know for many weeks the final results on all tests that were made. Because of this illness, I will definitely have to change my way of life. I will no longer be handling your subscriptions, ads or any kind of orders. I will, however, still be on the Iron-Men Album and the Gas Engine staff, but in a lesser capacity. I'll be handling all material and pictures that come to the magazine and will get them ready for publication and continue my columns. I must say, for me it's a little sad as I've been with the Iron-Men Album 8 years in that time it's become quite a part of me and I know it is going to take me awhile to adjust to the fact that I am no longer the business manager. But I guess that's life, or as they say 'that's the way the ball bounces' or that's 'the way the cookie crumbles' at any rate, I'm very grateful and happy to be back home and able to work as well as I am now doing. I've become acquainted with some wonderful folks through this magazine and even though I've never met many of my friends, I feel as though I know them. For these friendships I'm very grateful we can still be in touch.

The business has been moved to a new address. Kitty Snell will now be taking care of all the business for you. She lives at 4 Ellen Drive, Enola, Pennsylvania 17025. Kitty is a fine person and I'm sure if you give her and her husband, Earl, a chance to learn the job, they will serve you every bit as well as I have probably even better! They have two children, Ricky, age 6 and Kathy, age 4, and at the present time they have a 13 year old foster boy, Rick, living with them, and oh yes! Buddy that's the big collie that completes the family.

Many thanks goes to Janet Mundis, a good friend of ours who has been helping me for about four years working part-time on the magazine. Janet had just been in the hospital for an operation and really wasn't back to par when I became ill, but she helped out all she could and was left with the load on her shoulders. She has been assisting Kitty in learning this work. So you see, all in all, there has been quite a shake-up in the home office and we do hope you will bear with us if things are not just as they should be, for there are many things to do and it will take awhile to get all settled down again.

Before I close, I must tell you my family, neighbors and friends were really wonderful in taking over here at home during my illness and are still helping. A great deal of the responsibility was placed on the young shoulders of our daughter, Dana, who is a senior in High School.

She had to take my place and still get her school work attended to and she did a wonderful job between her and my husband and my wonderful friend, (Ann Koltalo, who lives across the street and has been our right arm in all our trials) things went pretty smoothly. I'm a lucky person and very grateful for my family and all my blessings. Dana, however, became run down and contracted mononucleosis, but thank goodness in a mild form and with rest and medicine she has been able to keep up with school. And for a bright note, she was elected May Queen and the ceremony will be this Saturday evening at the high school. Naturally, we were all very happy for her and she is having brother Donald as crown bearer and sister Keli as flower girl. Then another happy note, Keli, age nine, had sent a question in several weeks ago to 'Tell Me Why' - a column that is in many papers across the nation and we just heard recently she had won a set of Britannica Junior Encylopedias 15 books in all isn't that wonderful? We had to go over to our Patriot-News office where they interviewed her and took her picture quite exciting for a nine year old!