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Re: Another One For Pete

Posted by Pete Nelson on Friday, 14 May 2010, at 11:46 a.m., in response to Re: Another One For Pete, posted by Dick Hosmer on Friday, 14 May 2010, at 8:39 a.m.

Dick, Bob, John, and Fred - - It has always been my very sincerest conviction that the truly great feature of this particular DISCUSSION BOARD is the wide divergence of both the experience and opinions of its participants and, more important, the mutual respect shown each other by the users. True, there have been occasional isolated incidents in which a poster has violated the rules of common courtesy - - a few having even been quite rude, but fortunately those folks don't normally stick around very long.

But I would hope (and I do think) that we are all mature enough and serious enough about our hobby that we accept each other at face value and value each other's opinions highly - - I know that I do. Dick, you were the very first to offer me a cordial welcome to the TRAPDOOR COLLECTOR DISCUSSION BOARD in the Fall of 2001 when I purchased my first TRAPDOOR (actually I had owned two way back in the 1950s but had to liquidate my modest little collection upon graduation from Engineering School in order to move here to Pittsburgh to begin earning a living). I was very flattered that someone - - a total stranger - - would take the time to put together some meaningful answers to what I know were some pretty basic (read "stupid") questions, and I never forgot that. Al Frasca likewise was very accommodating and walked me through a great many questions which came up as I started to build up my second modest collection, this time ALL "TRAPDOORS" and "TRAPDOOR" accoutrements. And I have never forgotten that commerarderie which has continued to be a hallmark of this WebSite and this DISCUSSION BOARD.

Dick, what you have said in these recent few posts is absolutely true, and I think that I will always be the very first to admit it. John and Fred have also made some very valid points - - most especially John's comment warning that "close only counts in horsehoes and hand grenades" (and I might also add traffic accidents). I have tried to make that point quite clear when listing some of the serial numbers found in the general range of the specific number being sought, and certainly "caveat emptor" is always implied (and should be understood). Perhaps we would all have been better off had Frank Mallory not set up his search program to list the 10 serial numbers above and below the specific one in question when posting the search results - - i.e., your number is either there...or it isn't - - no "ifs, ands, or buts".

It is certainly most unfortunate that the current management of SRS has chosen to terminate access to its excellent on-line archive system, especially with what appears to be a sudden burst of interest in Springfield "TRAPDOOR" arms. You hit the nail right on the head when you mentioned the key word "patience". It is certainly much easier to enter a single serial number and hit the "SUBMIT" key than it is to try to lay four relatively thick Volumes out flat on a desk (with weights laid on them to keep them from closing up) and then to try running your finger down columns of small-type serial numbers while jotting down the information in (illegible) longhand (or photocopy the page, possibly bordering on a copyright violation. Anybody would call that a true "labor of love". But let me be the first to proclaim that you have set the "industry standard" for excellence in the quality of your postings. As you know, I have photocopied a great many of your postings and filed them for frequent later referrals. So, I am sure that I speak for most (just about ALL) of the rest of your fellow collecting enthusiasts when I urge you to remain at your post of honor "on the front line" at the head of the column. And please accept my personal thanks and appreciation for all that you have done for me personally and as a member of our fraternity.



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