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Hobby Publisher F&W Media Files for Bankruptcy

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20 hours ago, philskinner said:

I have been a contributor to OCW since 1983. In speaking with Angelo, he said that for the time being Old Cars Weekly will continue to publish as the parent company attempts to reorganize.......he and I both feel that it will be around for many years...........If you have ever wanted to subscribe and have something on real paper to read that covers your hobby, I ask you to consider doing it now. Some great writers from people who really love vintage tin!

 

I agree with Phil on this (Hi Phil, thanks for chiming in on this and welcome to the forum).  I have been an OCW subscriber for (I think) 35 years and going to the Iola Swap Meet almost that long.  The new look of the magazine is no big thrill for me BUT I do think they have good content and some of the best writers they have ever had including Phil, Gerald Perschbacher(sp), Kit Foster and others.  Good luck to Angelo and the others involved and I certainly hope to see OCW for many years, Todd C   

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OCW started as a monthly publication.  A pilot issue was sent to a mailing list of people known to be interested in old cars.  Subsequently, Volume 1 No. 1 came out in October 1971 at $4 a year and was an 11" x 15 1/2" tabloid fold newspaper.  If memory serves it later became bi monthly, and then went to weekly.  Now, "Weekly" has been removed from the title and issues are reduced to 38 per year, and it is 8" x 10 3/4".
As a confessed pack rat I admit to having kept issues from its inception through the mid '70's,  later ones were disposed of.  Somewhere along the line I dropped OCW.  Then, several years ago relatives were pumping me for birthday suggestions and I mentioned OCW.  When it was received I was disappointed to see what had become of the publication, and what it cost for what relatively little you got.  
I'll be spending a lot more time taking a nostalgia trip through Vol. 1 No. 1 than the breeze- through I made of the current issue. MVC-001S.JPG.8513e77fb312427ed853516e02a7ad53.JPGMVC-002S.JPG.f540dd308bd0b0a8307feedfd5bac27f.JPG

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Loved OCW when it featured columns by Henry Austin Clark. Sometime in the "80's they published a collection of their columns and articles in a large soft cover "book". Find one if you can. Great reading if only for HAC's columns about the old days of car collecting (and car "replicating" but we won't dwell on that).

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On 3/24/2019 at 1:32 PM, John_Mereness said:

... not to offend anyone who owns one, though their reputation around these parts tends to be anyone with a good used 1965 Ford Mustang 6 Cylinder that perhaps goes to one car show a year was a "god" (or goddess)  of antique car hobby (and I hear the same stereotype as to many of their other publications as well - and have heard it for years now) - true or not I have no idea, but that is what I hear.

 

I'm sorry, John, but I haven't a clue as to what you're trying to say here.

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On 3/25/2019 at 7:44 AM, John_S_in_Penna said:

It's common to hear that the internet has hurt

the printed medium;  but interestingly, F & W said

that its jump into electronic media was what

ACCELERATED its demise.  They spent too much,

and unwisely, it was said, on a full-bore move to

get away from the printed page.

 

That's not quite what the article says:

 

"The Company’s decision to focus on e-commerce and deemphasize print and digital publishing accelerated the decline of the Company’s publishing business," Osberg continued, "and the resources spent on technology hurt the Company’s viability because the technology was flawed and customers often had issues with the websites."

 

E-commerce is not electronic media.  It's Amazon, Jet, Alibaba, etc. Yeah, no competition there... 🙄

 

Couple that with bad management decisions to waste money on flawed technology, and you've got failure.

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OK, we are all reading this on an electronic format, and it is informative , instant, easy to reply and contribute to,  and of course "modern" for those of us who collect and embrace obsolete vehicles and everything about them ( literature, gas pumps, toys etc ) But is there anyone else here besides me that really enjoys getting a magazine or a publication in the mail ( snail is usually in front of the word mail) that you can sit back in a comfortable chair and read, and turn pages by hand, look at an image or photograph without staring at a screen? I know I am archaic, and a dinosaur but letters were so much more appreciated and interesting when typed on an "Underwood" ( yes I still use one that was a gift from my Packard buddy Tim in Vt.) or written out 'long hand' with a fountain pen. ( yes my fingers get stained with blue ink).

You are all now thinking " he probably hand cranks a photograph as well and listens to 78 rpm records - or even worse cylinder records" the answer is yes, but changing a record every few minutes can get to be a drag, so I also listen to a 1938 Wurlitzer jukebox  I restored that can play a selection of 78 rpm records one after the other if you put enough nickels in it ( yeah the nickels I use have a buffalo on one side).  That's all for now, I know I have a lot of people shaking their heads and mouthing the words "really Gosden ?". I am looking at a glass bottle of Moxie soda that has my name on it and I believe seeks to be opened immediately.

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I read it. There are a couple of wide ranges in technology referred to. The selection of cut off points and overlaps makes it hard to follow. So the use of a fountain pen concurrent with the use of an Underwood is OK. I'm impressed with that.

I don't care to use the easy chair for periodicals, but I read bound books sitting there. The anachronism there is using a 100 Watt incandescent lamp. I was told they are evil. The bulb is within 2 feet of my head and radiates 340 BTUH that feels good in the room set to maintain 66 F. Now, if I joined the current philosophy of throwing that evil thing into a landfill and buying a compact fluorescent lamp, manufactured half way around the world and shipped across the ocean with #6 oil, then transported with diesel to my local store, I would not have the heat of the bulb. I would probably turn my digital thermostat up to 68 or 69F, heating the whole room and using the 80,000 BTUH furnace to raise the temperature. Like Walt, I choose not to participate in all technology in this and many other examples.

On the car side, I once offered to give a "Green" group a presentation on selecting an existing used car to avoid the carbon footprint involved in the manufacture and purchase of a new car. They branded me a radical and proclaimed that melting steel, forming, and painting a new Prius was the enlightened way. None of them would touch a used Volvo or Subaru.

 

Technology evolves. Sometimes there are consequences.

Bernie

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25 minutes ago, 60FlatTop said:

The anachronism there is using a 100 Watt incandescent lamp. I was told they are evil. The bulb is within 2 feet of my head and radiates 340 BTUH that feels good in the room set to maintain 66 F. Now, if I joined the current philosophy of throwing that evil thing into a landfill and buying a compact fluorescent lamp, manufactured half way around the world and shipped across the ocean with #6 oil, then transported with diesel to my local store, I would not have the heat of the bulb.

Don't tell your granddaughter that!  She'll be disappointed to learn that her Easy-Bake® oven is now 'evil' as it uses two of them!!

 

Craig

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6 hours ago, West Peterson said:

 

I'm sorry, John, but I haven't a clue as to what you're trying to say here.

West, you and I both have very diverse interest in cars (ie we like a large base of cars from 1900 to sitting on the dealer showroom floor), but the reputation around here locally seems to be most of the things we are interested in do not fit their supposed target market (ie. we are irrelevant) - while that may or may not be the case as I have not subscribed to any of their publications since the mid-1990's that seems to where the conversation gets moved to by people who have asked me (I say "no clue" and then they start saying they feel the "bulls-eye" is being missed by the "arrow"). 

Edited by John_Mereness (see edit history)

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6 hours ago, Walt G said:

OK, we are all reading this on an electronic format, and it is informative , instant, easy to reply and contribute to,  and of course "modern" for those of us who collect and embrace obsolete vehicles and everything about them ( literature, gas pumps, toys etc ) But is there anyone else here besides me that really enjoys getting a magazine or a publication in the mail ( snail is usually in front of the word mail) that you can sit back in a comfortable chair and read, and turn pages by hand, look at an image or photograph without staring at a screen? 

 

Walt, me too, I still read a physical newspaper every day, maybe two of them. Mostly from the back to the front, I just can't read a paper on my phone! When I was working and commuting to NYC everyday if I did not have a NY Post or a Daily News in my back pocket I felt like something was missing. 

I enjoy my magazines arriving in the mail, something about turning pages...

PS, you can keep the Moxie sort reminds me of cough syrup with fizz, but I will take a yoo-hoo anytime

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I had been a subscriber of Old Cars Weekly, for well over 30 years. This past December, I dropped my subscription.

Less content, and a higher subscription price was the reason.

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