Thank you everyone for your delightful New Years wishes. It’s really very nice to be part of what is becoming a large circle of wargaming friends and acquaintances around the globe. Who knew back in late 1983, when all of this model soldier lunacy began, that I’d end up part of such a fun group of like-minded people? Likewise, I hope the new year finds all of you well and happy in wargaming and life in general.
On other fronts, the Grand Duchess and I just returned from 3 ½ days outside of Waukesha, Wisconsin, where we skied like maniacs at the Lapham Peak Cross-Country Ski Area, just off of Interstate 94. 25 miles of groomed trails (and we explored/skied most of them), many of which are lighted after dark until 10PM! We are tired and a little sore, but we had a blast and each feel that our respective skiing techniques have improved somewhat.
Finally, guess what was waiting in our mailbox when we returned? A small envelope mailed from
I sent Mr. Featherstone a Christmas card with a short note in early December, thanking him for the fun and inspiration his work continues to inspire. I never expected that he might reply in kind. The note reads:
Dear Mr. Schwartz (I don’t know your Christian name),
Many thanks for your card and note. It is good to know that so many people around the world have found pleasure in wargaming and that I helped to get it started. I know so many people in your country and love them all!
What a neat piece of memorabilia to tuck into one of the several Featherstone-authored books here at Stollen Central. And what a gentleman Donald Featherstone is!