readers are really the absolute greatest folks anywhere!
With the postal
rate increase recently...and everything from ink to paper prices
rising...your editor's hair is not only turning gray, but WHITE!
Were it not for our most generous Family Tree readers, we would have long
ago sunk into financial oblivion. However, "the experts" who keep
predicting our doom just do not know the extent of the kindness and
generosity of our readers.
When folks hear
that it takes over $200,000 a year to print and mail this publication and
they look at this very ordinary, hair-turning-gray-white editor...they
say, "And it's YOU who has to raise all of this money?" I can always read
their minds. These folks are thinking, "Not in a million years, honey."
They do not take into account my secret weapon in the war against
financial ruin. The secret weapon is YOU! There is not enough paper in
the world for me to adequately thank you all for the things you have done
for The Family Tree over the last 13 years! Thanks to you, we're still
If you're ever in
Moultrie and if you have time, please stop by my office and help me open
the mail! You can join in the cheering and quiet, "Wow's!" that happen
during this process. Every single day is a Christmas or birthday for The
Family Tree - thanks to you. The bad part of all of this is we never get
to relax. When we survive printing and mailing an issue...just two months
later, we have to do it all over again.
If you have
never, ever sent a Postage Hero contribution to us...please remember us
when next you write checks. If you have not sent a Postage Hero
contribution in the last year...please remember us when next you write
This paper is
unique in publishing. It is the largest genealogical publication in the
world - by far. It is the largest Scottish publication in the world
outside Scotland...and it exists because of you.
Postage Hero list this time is long, thank goodness! We appreciate
most generous contributions from James and Donna Anderson of Lilburn,
Georgia; Alan B. MacIntyre of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; John F.
MacDonald of Teaticket, Massachusetts; Jerry and Patty Huber of
Jacksonville, Florida and Ms. Roxanne Rouanet of Horsham, Pennsylvania.
We had a
marvelous matching-funds gift from Mr. John M. Poythress! Super Postage
Postage Heroes this time include The Moultrie High School Class of
1947 which held its 55th Anniversary Reunion in Moultrie recently. They
sent us "a little money left in the fund." To us, it was a lot of money!
Postage Heroes also include Nancy Woods of Dalhart, Texas; Ruby B.
Hicks of Phoenix, Arizona and my wonderful "traveling-buddy" friend, Mr.
John D. Pringle of Puyallup, Washington.
Montgomery Society, International has entered the ranks of Super, Super-Dooper
Postage Heroes! We appreciate their most kind and unbelievably
generous check sent to us by Mr. Robert D. Montgomery, Treasurer, of
Dr. Robert S.
Davis, Jr., Director of the Family and Regional History Program at
Wallace State College, Hanceville, Alabama has seen to it that The Family
Tree has received a most kind and generous check. Wallace State -
Super, Super, Super-Dooper Postage Heroes!
We must also
thank our Internet Editor, Alastair McIntyre, of Grangemouth,
Scotland. Alastair, most kindly donated his fees for the first issue up
so that we could have a scanner and software and OCR software at the
The Scots in
particular and Family Tree readers in general...the most wonderful folks
Those of you that
know me, know that I love to laugh and to joke and I've even been known to
cutup upon occasion! However, I am as serious as I can be when I thank
each and every person who helps keep The Family Tree in existence.