The EarlyBird Magazine

May-June 2021 Issue
Volume 59, Number 3

Front Cover

Back Cover

3 President’s Column
Brian Carron
5 HQ Highlights
6 Encore Article: 1956 Production Process
John Smith
9 Loving My Baby Bird
Diane Wood
10 Passing the Keys
Brenda Rhodes
12 Summary of CTCI Board Meeting Minutes
13 A Note from Vice President, Ed Benson
Ed Benson
14 The Early Bird Starter
Ron Trella
17 An Instant Restoration
Edward Chiaramonte
18 Music, Elvis, T-Birds and More
Robert Van Velzen
20 Otto Scherer’s Grandson Wins Best of Show
Dave and Mary Jane Osborne
24 Welcome New CTCI Members
CTCI Office
25 Heater Core Fix and Repair
Jo Huttenhow
26 Bill and Sue Van Name’s Green 1956 Thunderbird
Bill and Sue Van Name
28 On the T-Bird Trail
32 Major Makeover
Todd Schofield
37 CAR-es-pondence Clinic
40 Around The Aviary
CTCI Chapters
51 Letters to the Editor
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 – Garrett Shropshire

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

Authenticity – Gil Baumgartner

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