You are all correct, and JohnS is right on target as always.
Chris is amazing and had guided the growth of the IAA Journal from a 40 page B&W back in the late 1990s to the full color, gloss finish, 60 page Journal that contains some of the most professional articles on ammunition and ammunition history that can be found anywhere in the world. There have been a lot of intermediate stops between the Journals of the late 1990s and this current Journals. In addition to the incredible evolution Chris has driven in the print Journal, he also invented/created the electronic Journal that provides a very affordable option, particularly to our non-US members where postage costs have become most of the cost of IAA print Journal membership. My close association with Chris as Editor of the IAA Journal goes back to early 1999, and I have been continually impressed with his vision, capability and insight as he has taken the Journal to where it is today. THANKS CHRIS!!!
The performance of our Editor is essential to the quality of our Journal, but there is another contribution that is equally essential, and that is the articles, photos, questions and other material that is submitted for publication. These are the true treasures of the Journal and are the real basis for the success of the Journal. Chris has done yeoman work by providing a thoroughly professional vehicle to present the material, and by encouraging authors to spend the time and effort to create the material, but in the end, it is the authors and contributors who get the final credit for the Journal. MY DEEP THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED AND CONTINUE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE IAA JOURNAL!!!
The future of the Journal, and of the IAA, depends on Chris, and on the Editors who will succeed Chris in the future. It also absolutely depends on the IAA members (and non-members) who contribute the material that the Editor uses to create this outstanding publication,
The truth is that all of us, IAA members and non-members, old collectors and beginners have valuable contributions to make to the Journal, whether they are detail research or photos of new acquisitions or questions. The Journal must have value to all IAA members so must provide material across the vast scope of cartridges as well as being useful and interesting to both the beginner and advanced collector.
I encourage all of you to think about what you can contribute to the IAA Journal and then devote the time and effort to provide material to Chris. Some of you are regular contributors. Please continue with your valuable contributions. Others are occasional contributors and please continue to contribute. Most of you probably have not written anything for the Journal. Please consider contributing!
Thanks for putting up with my rambling. Now I need to follow my own advise and finish the two articles that I promised Chris last year!