The EarlyBird Magazine

March-April 2020 Issue
Volume 58, Number 2

Front Cover

Back Cover

3 President’s Column
Bob Witt
4 HQ Highlights
Jim Spawn and staff
5 The Paul Hudgins Memorial Award – Call for Nominations
Bob Witt
5 Sharon Jurkonie named CTCI Secretary
Bob Witt
6 Pilot Model Production Study
John Smith
12 2020 Barrett-Jackson
Chris Ames
15 Russo and Steele Scottsdale 2020
Chris Ames
16 Leake Auction Results Scottsdale
Chris Ames
18 Mecum Auction Kissimmee 2020
Mecum Auctions
20 Quiet on the Set
George Bishopric
22 Electrical Diagnosis-Making Voltage Drop Tests
Ron Trella
24 Dallas Club to the Rescue!
Robert Goodwin
25 Ford Johnson Memorial Trophy
Cathy Stubbs
26 Welcome New CTCI Members
CTCI Office
27 The Invoice Shows
CTCI Office
28 Nuts & Bolts
Gil Baumgartner
29 A Tribute to C.L. Hood
Robert Goodwin
29 Preparing for the International 2020 Convention
Gil Baumgartner
30 Classic Family Memories
Bill Brown
34 On the T-Bird Trail!
36 Sarasota is Set!
Betty Tulowitzky
37 Around the Aviary
CTCI Chapters
52 Marketplace
64 Calendar of Events

15-Time Winner of the Golden Quill Award

For many years, Krause Publications’ Old Cars Weekly has brought recognition to numerous publications in the old car hobby. Clubs enter their magazines and newsletters for consideration and are honored by the selection with a certificate and recognition in Old Cars Weekly. The annual Golden Quill Award continues to be a source of pride for their Editors. Members are pleased they belong to a “winning” club.

The EarlyBird magazine of the Classic Thunderbird Club International has been awarded this honor 15 times for the years 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.


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It is not easy to win this recognition each year as the publication must show continuous improvement. Story selection and content is another factor that needs attention, since competition between club publications seems to become stiffer each year. According to Gerald Perschbacher, Golden Quill Judge, a winning publication must fulfill the following:

  • Meets the needs of club members
  • Is consistently high quality in design and content
  • Offers a balance in content (news, features, technical, etc.)
  • Presents fresh and creative material that advances the hobby
  • Is a good-will ambassador for the club
  • Is visually attractive and interesting

If your chapter would like to submit your publication for consideration of this award, please see the instructions and tips at the Old Cars Weekly web site.

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Find Technical Articles in past issues of the EarlyBird in the Technical Article Index

EarlyBird Magazine Staff


Editor-in-Chief – Jim Spawn

Technical Editors
’55 – Mitch Reed
’56 – Rich Martin
’57 – Don Hyde

Authenticity – Gil Baumgartner

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