The EarlyBird Magazine

Sept-Oct 2021 Issue
Volume 59, Number 5

Front Cover

Back Cover

3 President’s Column
Brian Carron
4 HQ Highlights
5 Vice President’s Column
Ed Benson
6 Summary of CTCI Board Meeting Minutes
6 2021 CTCI Newsletter Contest: Last Call for Entries
7 Nuts and Bolts: Side Glass Replacement
Gil Baumgartner
8 Candidates for Board of Directors
11 Election Schedule
12 Hydraulic Brake Fluid and Your Thunderbird
Ron Trella
15 The Story of Rosie
Gary and Gaye Nichols
18 Power Seat Modification
Scott McGilvray
19 Fresh Air Heater Tube Screen
Bob DePaola
20 A Birthday Thunderbird
Andrew James
24 Welcome New CTCI Members
CTCI Office
25 My 1956 T-Bird Story
Denny Kehl
26 How to Store 63 Years of Thunderbird Club Records & Memorabilia
Jean Riley
28 On the T-Bird Trail
29 50-Year Thunderbird Love Affair
Lani and Chuck Korenko
32 A Thunderbird of My Own
Hilda Moe
37 CAR-es-pondence Clinic
41 Around The Aviary
CTCI Chapters
54 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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