| July/August 1969

Several months ago I gave a gift subscription of the Iron-Men Album to my friend and assistant, Donald Madison. His picture appears on Page 29 of the January-February 1969 Issue of the Iron-Men Album in which you published the article on Torque Power. Donald enjoys the Iron-Men Album as much as I do. But, we both have one complaint and that is this: you have a page devoted to the Iron-Man of the Month, a ladies page and various other articles of interest but nothing for the young people. As you know, the future of the steam hobby and of the Iron-Men Album depends on young people like myself and Donald. Of course, we realize that you have to have some young person willing to take on the responsibility of writing such a column. After talking about this situation, Donald decided that he wanted to try and write a regular column. He asked me if I would write to you and see if you would be willing to let him try it.

As you know by now, we are both real steam nuts and very dedicated to the hobby. We have found that the steam hobby is like the hub of a wheel which has many spokes of interest branching out. And this I have found to be an important point to keep in mind.

Donald has written an introductory article which he would like you to publish in the July-August Issue of the Iron Men Album. The article is written from the viewpoint of a young engineer who is trying, like myself, to keep a bygone era of American History alive. Even though neither of us lived during this period of time, we both have found many good old ways which should be promoted as much as the space age technology is to the young people. Donald hopes to be doing his part for the steam hobby and the good old ways by writing the articles which will promote these things to the young people who receive or know of your magazine.

Donald has my complete support in his project and I am sure it would be worthwhile for you to let him try this. Mr. Charles Hope of Arlington, Virginia has given Donald the use of his archives of steam and gas information as he needs it for future articles. We hope that this page devoted to Young Engineers will become as well known as Cobs from Elmer's Corn Crib, Soot in the Flues and Iron-Man of the Month.

Donald has just recently moved next door to me and will be receiving his mail through Torque Power. I thought you might want to write to him giving some advice on his articles as you see fit. We have been wanting to come up and visit you but Donald is in school and we won't be able to make it until this summer.

ATTENTION: Young Engineers Wherever You May Be

By Donald Madison


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