SOOT IN THE FLUES


| March/April 1992



Soot in the flues

Hi to you sweet, wonderful, supportive Iron-Men Family! My heart is singing with joy just to read some of your enthusiastic and encouraging letters. I think they deserve a place in this column, along with the ones important to the factual and instructive writings that go into the column.

This note came up from the office and was sent in by BRUCE MCCOURTNEY, Syracuse, Nebraska 68446 whom I know by name only, but he is one of my good friends and correspondents. He writes: 'Here is another lump of coal to refuel my IMA subscription. I got 'em all except this next coming issue of 1992.

'I have another lump after reading about maybe Anna Mae might fade out of the picture. How do you expect us to get along without Anna Mae? Good luck with whatever you have to do!' (Thanks for the good word, Bruce.)

DAWN SOMERS, 17837 Linden wood Road, Linden wood, Illinois 61049 sends this: 'As winter fast approaches and the daylight hours shorten, I finally find myself taking time to write again. I hope by the time this gets printed, many of us steam people have taken time to write you. Although we've never met, I feel I'd be losing a good friend if your column wasn't in the IMA. There have been many format changes in the IMA over the years; your Soot in the Flues column represents to me one of the best things that ever happened to the magazine. Your gentle, loving, God-fearing approach to people and life is a role model for us all. I wish I could do as well or be as strong as you have been over the years.

'So I'll save my stories for further along in the magazine, and direct this to Anna Mae-Please don't quit yet. This magazine needs a sounding board and if Soot in the Flues falls, I fear the magazine may too.' (Come on now, Dawn, I'm not that indispensable, but thanks anyway.) 'So all my friends in Steam-Show Land you graciously thanked me for writing some stories. I appreciate your thanks, but now you folks too should write a little. Just a note to Anna Mae will do. Doesn't have to be anything fancy, just a few lines. We just can't let this magazine get any thinner.' (You're right, Dawn - thanks for the requests.)

'Sounds like you were a bit down for the November-December ALBUM. Perk up! We want and need you for as long as you're able and I hope you have a protg to help, or someday take your place,' writes A. MORK, 5439 264th Street, Wyoming, Minnesota 55092. (Thanks for the pep-up talk, I needed that I too hope I can continue for a long time, but you know if I can't, whoever takes over has to have you great people to write the letters, or as I stated before this column isn't necessary.)