The EarlyBird Magazine

Sept-Oct 2020 Issue
Volume 58, Number 4

Front Cover

Back Cover

3 President’s Column
Bob Witt
4 HQ Highlights
5 Introduction of New Board Members
6 Candidates for Board of Directors
10 Getting to Know Our New Editor
11 Summary of CTCI Board Meeting Minutes
12 1955 Thunderbird The Second Mechanical Prototype
John Smith
16 Nuts and Bolts – Turn Signal Cancellation
Gil Baumgartner
18 Notice of Intent to Relocate Corporation
19 By-Law Change
20 Jim Moomaw & Prestige: Restoring Thunderbirds
Rob Moomaw
22 A T-Bird Love Affair
Ed and Donna Benson
26 Welcome New CTCI Members
CTCI Office
28 On the T-Bird Trail
30 Explanation of “TAG” on the Factory Invoices
David Tulowitzky
32 Boogie Woogie T-Bird
Lonny Paul Jonhson
37 CAR-es-pondence Clinic
40 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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