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Old 02-06-2017, 05:18 PM   #1
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Saving The Print Medium

As I sit here, thinking of our trucks, dogs, friends and print media, in no particular order, the fate of this magazine comes to mind. Perhaps it’s the post holidays blues; maybe this is easier than working on my taxes.

Gordon Maney

His love of Malamutes, Power Wagons, construction and fabrication techniques and lively discussion. Trees. The study of people and their machines...all machines. Anything from simple tools to firearms; WW II aircraft to the Space Station. Anything and everything were fair game when it came to having a chat with this magazine’s founder and editor. Any of these topics could pop up within the pages of the PWA magazine or it’s forums, or in personal conversation. It has been over 3 years since his passing and it is still hard for me to quantify his impact upon the Power Wagon community, and the lives of our individual members. He was known by many as a teacher, but make no mistake...Gordon was the consummate student.

The PWA

Will we lose the print media? This is a very real possibility without continued and sustained support. Sadly, this magazine’s existence is in jeopardy. Many other publications are feeling the pinch also, as electronic media continues to dominate our daily lives and methods of data gathering. Even here in Wyoming, newspapers seem to be swirling the drain as more and more people choose to take their news and information from on-line sources.

As one who does a lot of research on the inter-web, I still enjoy reading print media most. My land-line phone and cable TV may be gone, but still I haven’t given up the newspaper yet...what would I do without the funnies and a crossword puzzle? And I continue to enjoy reading and re-reading from my Power Wagon Advertiser library.

It just seems so contrary to our trucks, and the disciplines they represent, to abandon the paper format of the PWA.

Our fair magazine remains my favorite, albeit a bitter-sweet monthly indulgence. It requires no batteries, is very portable and is superior tactually, especially when compared to my slick and glossy Four Wheeler magazine. It goes hand-in-hand with the nature of our analog trucks and their history, and it won’t break if I drop it. Thanks to Matt Welcher, our brave new editor, I still feel like this is a place where I can share insight with my pals or a laugh with Gordon...and revel in the fact that here, at least, I don’t need to explain who that is!

On those days when I’m not in my ‘49 B-1, GUS, I now drive Gordon’s 2001 Dodge 3/4 ton 4x4. It is a simple way to commune with my friend, at least in sprit. Dish, as he has come to be known, has been retrofitted with the topper I built for Po Campo, my ‘96 1-ton dually that recently met an untimely demise. Soon the air springs from Po will be fitted on as well. Many components have needed repair or replacement due to the ravages caused by the Iowan environment. We in Wyoming forget how harsh salt and humidity can be on vehicles.


By-the-way, I have been told that it is perfectly normal to name vehicles of any description, not just boats and aircraft. So don’t be taking a step back when you see that I participate in the practice. I think I am in pretty good company...we can’t ALL be crazy.


Please, join me in supporting the continued publication of the Power Wagon Advertiser magazine.

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Old 02-07-2017, 07:29 PM   #2
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Thanks for your continued support, Tom. Yes, Matt is struggling along, trying to keep the PWA afloat. He has some pretty big shoes to fill.

All we can do to try and give him help where possible.


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Old 02-09-2017, 10:35 PM   #3
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Tom,

I see your reply dated 2-07-2017, 07:08 AM. Did you post another? We may need to ask the Big Kahuna if any further posts ar not showing up.

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Old 02-10-2017, 05:20 AM   #4
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Try it again Tom, not sure what happened.
Thanks you guys truly.
The PWA will continue have faith in me, the format may change, there may be a few more or less pages. It may be something that is mailed every other month. My goal of this posting is to wrap all of our minds around one common goal of what's best for the magazine and all of us. I will continue on with the magazine and the forum as long as I am here. It, along with everything else in the world, will change with the times.
Any ideas and or thoughts you all may have, keep them coming. Thank you
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Old 02-26-2017, 05:16 PM   #5
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PWA Ideas

I love it when my new issue of PWA arrives! Over the years, I've managed to gather every issued published. They are fun to read and informative as well.

My suggestion is this.... consider some sort of fee based digital subscription that could be in addition to the monthly publication fee. There is a world of knowledge in the paper PWA's, but with around 400 published - it's a daunting task to find that article you might remember about adjusting brakes or whatever... If each month was available in a digital, searchable form a person could type in their search and get articles that are pertinent.

I am as guilty as many others in using social media forums such as Facebook. It's quick, easy, convenient and free. Problem is that you can't really search a group. Information is available until your news feed moves on to the next post. Would be sad to lose an organized forum such as this.

Thanks for all you do to keep PWA running Matt!
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Old 03-23-2017, 09:05 AM   #6
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Andy, can you re-post that? I did not see it either.

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Old 03-23-2017, 04:02 PM   #7
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I don’t know how I missed seeing this post earlier, but it seems almost like fate that I found it now. I haven’t been able to get Gordon off my mind lately, and I’ve spent the last couple of weeks reading through my collection. His words are a settling down place, so to speak, in a world that spins too fast. .

A few months before he passed away, I made the trip up to Iowa to see him and to talk with him. It was one of the most beautiful conversations I’ve ever had. Before I left, he asked me if I would help keep his “Grand Task” going. When he said this, there was a genuine ache that started out small in my chest and grew until it filled every part of me. I knew it would be the last time I ever talked with Gordon.

Of course I would do most anything to keep his Grand Task alive.

I recently sent a new article to Matt, and have a couple more written and ready to send when he needs them. In fact one of them speaks, at length, about how I admired Gordon.

The question is…how else to help…besides writing?

In the old days, Gordon dedicated a space in the magazine to my column “The Long View”. I was extremely honored, and it ran for quite a long time…until I got buried in a million other things. I would be willing to do it again if there is interest and if it would help.
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