Young People's Page

| March/April 1970

Torque Power Live Steam Models Hyattstown, Box 144-D R. F. D., Ijamsville, Maryland 21754

Hi There Young Engineers:

This past summer I was invited to the Rough & Tumble Show to give a demonstration of foundry work. I had already given one at the Eastern Shore Show. I had planned to be there for the entire show but was only able to make it for part of one day. I arrived late on the last day of the show accompanied by my girlfriend, Miss Karen Keibler. Karen had traveled to most of the shows with me this past summer.

Even though I arrived late, Mr. Brubaker, President of R & T, managed to take time to see that I had a place to operate my portable foundry. A table with a sun shade and a hole in the ground for the furnace was provided for me in less than an hour. I would like to thank Mr. Brubaker and the R & T Club for their assistance.

Many people don't think about this but the presidents of steam clubs often don't have time to even enjoy their own shows. As I have been told by several presidents of clubs, many members think that it is a fun job. I guess it must be fun though, otherwise no one would want it. But is is a lot of hard work. Not only does the president have to see that everything is ready for the show, but, also, that everything runs smoothly during the show. Often he is needed in three places at once which is pretty hard to do. It is mostly the little things that take up his time, such as: seeing that there is plenty of coal and cylinder oil for the engines or managing to get a table for someone's display which some times requires having one built. At times he has to find an electric cord for someone who needs power for his display. This goes on all day long and every day of the show. The presidents of clubs and their directors need all the help they can get. This is often what makes the difference between a good or poor show.

From the people whom I have talked with and the letters I have received, it seems that the Young Peoples Page is bringing some needed new life to this hobby. This is what the Young Peoples Page is for to promote youth interest in the hobby. I have been told that the Young Peoples Page is starting to change the way of thinking of many people as to the future of the hobby. The interest it has created among the young people has been better than I expected. Mr. Ritzman told me not to expect anything big to happen all at once as it took him 25 years to build up what he has. I have been encouraged to write about what is going on in the hobby, the thoughts and feelings of the many hundreds of people I meet at shows. To do this I have to write not only about the good things that go on in the hobby but the problems with which we are faced. Since the young people are the future of the hobby, it is important that they know not only of the good things but of the problems which they can help solve. One of my friends told me that I would be treading on dangerous ground if I wrote about the problems as many of the older people might resent the young people telling them what is wrong. I certainly hope that this is not the case. The young people want to be part of the hobby and to work with the older people who started it in order to make it bigger and better for everyone.


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