The EarlyBird Magazine

July/August 2019 Issue
Volume 57, Number 4

Front Cover

Back Cover

3 President’s Column
Bob Witt
4 HQ Highlights
Jim Spawn and staff
5 CTCI By-Law Amendment
Bob Witt
5 CTCI Board of Directors Call for Candidates
6 Re-Billed or Re-Issued Factory Invoices
Dave Tulowitsky
8 Our Western Classic Roundup
Chuck Thompson
16 Chapter Newsletter Editor Awards for 2019
Sandra Hood
19 Conway’s Hidden Treasure
Terry Mullins
22 Collector’s Corner
Member submissions
23 Minter’s Thunderbirds
Jim Spawn
24 Welcome New CTCI Members!
25 Nuts & Bolts
Gil Baumgartner
26 Topless to Flagstaff
Ed Life
30 Proposed By-Law Changes
Pocahontas Cole
31 Bonjour les amis
Philippe Donighian
34 On the T-Bird Trail
36 CAR-es-pondence Clinic
Technical Editors
39 Around the Aviary
CTCI Chapters
52 Classified Ads
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 – Jim Dinunzio
’57 – Don Hyde

Authenticity – Gil Baumgartner

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