The EarlyBird Magazine

Jan-Feb 2021 Issue
Volume 59, Number 1

Front Cover

Back Cover

3 President’s Column
Bob Witt
4 HQ Highlights
5 Bylaw Election Results
6 A T-Bird Wedding
Joe Gregitis, Cathy and Frank Stubbs
8 Uncovering Our Thunderbird History
Bob and Jeanne Gilmore
10 Turn Indicators That Cancel Before Making a Turn
Doug Stoessner
11 Summary of CTCI Board Meeting Minutes
12 Nuts and Bolts – Refinishing Exhaust Manifolds
Gil Baumgartner
13 Survey Results – Listening to Our Members
14 The Thunderbird Battery
Ron Trella
18 A Dream 12 Years in the Making
Mark and Scarlett Never
24 Welcome New CTCI Members
CTCI Office
25 Looking for History
David Tulowitzky
26 On the T-Bird Trail
30 A Long-Awaited Thunderbird
Tom Cason
37 CAR-es-pondence Clinic
39 Around The Aviary
CTCI Chapters
52 Marketplace
55 Letters to the Editor
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 – Garrett Shropshire

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

Authenticity – Gil Baumgartner

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