Allow me to repeat below my message of April 1. It hopes to remind everybody that all of us involved with Model Yachting magazine are very aware that issues are behind schedule. Formatting the pages by complicated computer program is a slow process that needs to be done by a person with graphics art skills. For the past five years we have relied on Jack Gregory, a real good guy who has always had the best intentions, to do the job. Real life things such as business and family limited the time available to do volunteer work on the magazine. We on the staff know well what support we owe Jack. We knew better than to think he might be slacking off. We knew it best to ?cut him some slack?. We instead offered encouragement and the hope that he could get things caught up.
You are being asked to be patient, to understand the situation, and to cut us some slack as we make a serious effort to get caught up and back on schedule.
<font color=“blue”>3,000 copies of Model Yachting #136 have just been printed. It’s at the bindery now. It goes to the mailing house Tuesday morning, and it will be in the mail by the end of next week.
All articles for Model Yachting #137, which features the Infinity 54 Class, have been turned in and it is now being formatted by a professional graphics service. New Model Yachting Managing Editor, John Davis, is involved in the Graphics Arts business, which means he has background in supervising page layout. This issue should be ready to go to the printer by the end of April.
The deadline for Model Yachting #138, which features Hardware & Rigging, is coming near. There is still time for sending in last minute info, articles and photos.
Model Yachting #139 features the US Vintage MY Group. The VMYG is a well-organized bunch of guys who are probably well-along in providing a fantastic issue. There are no worries about them keeping the editors waiting.
2005 Is the year to get the magazine caught up. The plan is to produce an issue every two months until it is back on the three-month schedule. </font id=“blue”>
Here are my thoughts regarding some recent comments and suggestions that this topic has inspired. I have read the opinions. I can understand and appreciate the ideas and concerns. I hope in turn that you are willing to consider my opinions. Frankly and on the other hand, if Skipper Lemke and anybody other member of this website wants to make Beginning Member, me, a replacement for Doug Lord as a verbal sparring partner; I will just as soon promote myself to OuttaHere Member.
I?m sure a poll taken with members of this forum (?Sort of a select and exclusive poll group, yes?) would show unanimous enthusiasm to replace the printed publication with a website version. Yeah, right. We haul off and make it a requirement that every AMYA member be required to have Internet access. Let me suggest that idea just ain?t practical and it ain?t gonna happen. For example, only half the membership of my club, Chicago R/C MYC, will admit to even having an email address. Reasons for this vary, but the most popular being that they are busy with many things other than computer related and that cell phone voice mail provides unmatched convenience, selectivity and the ultimate in virus protection. Some of the reasons for not devoting much time to the Internet I find humorous. Many folks may give computer a lot of importance in their life, but there are still a lot of folks out there that do not. Tell you what, as soon as my subscriptions to SAIL, Sailing World, Boating, Lakeland Boating, Business Week, Forbes and Coastal Living are only available by Internet; is the day when Model Yachting is available in the same way.
Timely info about upcoming regattas and boats for sale are now available on www.AMYA.org. For years, Doug Hemmingway has done a great job keeping the AMYA Regatta Schedule up to date. Mark Cooper posts updates to the Honest Ahab Classified ads pretty much on a weekly basis.
How about posting articles on the AMYA Website? Yeah, right – again. Refer to this website?s Home Page. See the list of articles posted. Note when it was that the most recent article was contributed. And, there?s complaint that Model Yachting is late?
Friday I was at the printer to see how the production of Model Yachting #136 was coming along. It was ready to be loaded on a truck and be sent to the Mailing House. If copies of this magazine were to be piled up one on top the other, it would make for a stack as tall as a three-story building. It made me feel good to see this. It made me feel good that this magazine represents the good work and the good intentions of the almost four-dozen folks involved in putting it together.