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Hand-Me-Downs - The Oval Office
I'm not ashamed of wearing clothing that someone else has worn before me. I feel like I'm giving the clothes a whole new life, when they may have just been tossed into the trash. Plus, that shirt, hat, tie, or pair of pants connects you to that person who wore it before you.
When I found out that I would be taking the helm of Modified Mustangs & Fords (beginning this issue), it was a bittersweet feeling. I hated to see Steve Baur leave, but was excited to be given the opportunity to take the reigns. I worked with Steve for a year at our sister magazine, Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords, before his promotion to editor of MM&F almost four years ago. He was then—and still is—one of my advisors, and will stay involved with us as a freelance contributor.
Source Interlink Media has restructured its editorial operations, and I couldn't be happier with where I landed. Rather than me taking over and trying to make everything new, though, I see this as an opportunity to make it new to me—like hand-me-downs. But I'm not going to wear the coat exactly the way Steve did. We're all different, and we all express ourselves in different ways.
I'm from a small, rural town where I grew up wrenching on all different types of cars, including classic Fords. My first vehicle was a '73 Bronco, which I still own. After attending (and subsequently dropping out of) college, I signed up for Wyotech, an automotive technical school. I had a blast learning new things and meeting new people.
After graduation in 2005, I landed a job as a service advisor at a dealership in my hometown. Following that, I held a few different jobs in the industry, and was finally hired by SIM in 2009 as Associate Editor of MM&FF, and was promoted to Technical Editor last summer. I've spent the past five years with my finger on the pulse of Mustang and Ford enthusiasts, and am eager to share my ideas with you, the reader.
Likewise, I hope you share your ideas with me. If you like (or don't like) something you see on these pages, if you find something (at a show or on the Internet) that you think we need to cover, or if you just want to say hey, please don't hesitate to drop me a line. One thing I want to maintain is an open line of communication between us.
Regarding content, not much will change, at least initially. I'm going to get my feet wet, get comfortable in my new position, and settle down before I investigate changes to content. One small change that you may notice already is the title of this editorial. “The Oval Office” was the title of this editorial that was used by editors before Steve. I'm resurrecting it, and by doing so, hoping also to resurrect some of the spirit of the mother of MM&F, Mustang & Fords. I was an M&F subscriber for years during the reign of Donald Farr, Jeff Ford, and Mark Houlahan, and hope to recapture some of the essence of that era.
So come along as we cruise through the golden years of Mustangs and other Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury products ranging from the '50s to late-'70s. I like funky stuff, so don't be surprised to see some things never seen before on these pages. And I like trucks, too, so you'll probably be seeing more of those. You might even see a Bronco or two. What you won't see, though, is me wearing second-hand socks or undies—those should never be handed down. That's just gross.
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