had to say that our Brightwork newsletter is a joy
to read and the high standards you have achieved remind
me of Classic Boating magazine. After reading George
Zeth's letter, I reviewed my old files and also found
an original Shorelines newsletter -- everything has
advanced so much from that humble beginning. A lot
of water has gone under the hull since then.
Best, Jim Brennan
owe a lot to humble beginnings. Without them, we wouldn't
be where we are now. Many thanks to you and everyone
who started it all back in 1977. -Ed.
Another outstanding issue. My Dad was so pleasantly
surprised when I showed him the picture of our Lyman
underway that he asked if there might be any additional
copies so he could have one. If so, please let me
know how I could get my hands on one. Once again,
great job! Dave Freund
Extra copy found and sent. -Ed. Dick,
to you on Brightwork! We received our copy today and
it is SUPERB! Thanks for publishing the lovely letter
you received about Dick. I've always known I married
an amazing man, and am so happy to see that others
recognize that as well. You made our night! Kaye Newcomb
Mr. Editor: Thank you for sending the September 2007
issue of Brightwork. This letter concerns the letter
sent by Mr. Howard Hopson, a first-time boat exhibitor,
to Janice Miller, the Skaneateles Boat Show Dock Master,
concerning one of the judges at the 2007show. That
letter was on the front page of your newsletter and
concerned Dick Newcomb, who was in the spotlight.
two occasions I have had the privilege to judge boats
with Dick and have found him to be completely involved
when judging, and to be very knowledgeable when local
area boats are concerned. As in Mr. Hopson's case,
Dick is always ready to discuss boats in competition.
This year, Dick's wife, Kaye, joined the judging group
to try her hand with judging. Later, she said she
had enjoyed the experience. As with Mr. Hopson, I
will be back to Skaneateles to judge. (I have been
invited.) Hopefully, I will see him at that event.
Mr. Editor, this is the first time that I have ever
seen a letter of this nature on the front page of
any newsletter. My hat is off to you.
Congratulations to you upon winning the newsletter
award at the ACBS Annual Meeting. Best regards, Herb
Did You Know�?
�that the Sunnyland Chapter, ACBS is
planning to move its annual Antique Boat Festival
from Mt. Dora, FL across Lake Dora to Tavares, FL?
2007 was the 20th year of the event at Mt. Dora which
had grown from 70 boats in 1988, to 238 boats this
past March. In 2008, Sunnyland organizers plan to
team with the Classic Raceboat Association to put
on a single event at Wooten Park which is better-equipped
to handle the increasing number of boats and the 20,000
annual boat show visitors. Tavares has also offered
to make an investment of $250,000. for portable docks
to meet the needs of the boat show and its many visitors.
according to a 2005 survey conducted by the National
Marine Manufacturing Association, boating ranks among
the top three stress-relieving activities available
to adults? There's every indication that antique boaters
were not included in the survey!
�that a new Radio Talk Show called Classic Car & Boat
Network went on the air on Sunday, November 11th on
clear-channel station 950 AM radio? It is broadcast
live from Houston, Texas every Sunday morning from
8:00 to 9:00, and will also be Podcast on www.the950.com
or www.keels-wheels.com and can be heard on the internet
anywhere around the world. The show will be about
every aspect of owning, collecting, restoring, showing,
buying, transporting, remembering, lusting after and
enjoying Classic Cars and Wooden Boats. The show can
be contacted at 713-256-8707 or classiccarsandboats@4U.com
�that a twelve-page article covering the history of
Penn Yan boats was published in the September/October
issue (No. 139) of Classic Boating Magazine? The article
was compiled by Bill Oben, President of the Finger
Lakes Boating Museum.
�that a reproduction model of the Curtiss twin-engine
flying boat, America, has been built in the Glenn
H. Curtiss Museum Restoration Shop in Hammondsport,
NY? It was taken out on Keuka Lake for its inaugural
flight on September 15th, but was unable to get airborne
due to insufficient power. More powerful engines are
now on order. The original America last flew over
Keuka Lake in 1914.
�that members of the Canal New York Marketing and
Business Alliance traveled to England last month to
attend a London trade show that attracts travel industry
professionals from around the world? The group wants
tour operators to know that there's more to the Erie
Canal than 15 miles and a mule named Sal! Besides
marketing, the alliance also lobbies Albany and is
creating an educational program. FLC member Peter
Wiles is chair of the Alliance's Board of Directors.
the August 2007 issue of Adirondack Life carried an
eight-page article on the Fulton Chain Rendezvous
and the Lake George Antique Boat Rendezvous? FLC Past
President Rob Kidd plays a prominent role in putting
together the annual Fulton Chain event, and his 1934
Chris-Craft is pictured in one of the article's several