several months I have been thinking I should make some comments
about our wives and their role in this club, and with Mothers'
Day having just occurred on May 14, now seems to be an appropriate
time to make these comments, even though I realize it will be
June by the time the Newsletter reaches our membership. For many
of our families owning, operating, and keeping our GMC's going
is to a great extent the hobbyhorse of the male component in the
family. Guys just like to look at, talk about, and mechanically
do things with vehicles. For some it allows them to experience
again the glory days of youth when they may have fixed up old
cars, run dragsters, lowered rear ends, souped up, and polished
to perfection that first car they got so they could impress the
And now our girls (our wives) truck all over the country with
us, go to GMC meets, patiently listen to our talk of 3.42's versus
3.55's and similar subjects, and the absolute need for our purchase
of the latest modification to our vehicles. For some of our women,
they are just as involved with GMC's as the fellows, but for many,
I suspect they are patiently, willingly and in fact happy to go
along with their guy knowing he is happy in this pursuit, and
if he is contented, then she is also contented. I sometimes wonder
would I be willing to travel all over the country going to, for
example, gardening clubs? Much as I like gardening, I have to
admit it is currently more Donna's passion than mine, so would
I be willing to spend that kind of time, money, and involvement
following her interest? (She does in fact get quite a few gardening
magazines, but that of course is a far cry from some GMC mods).
I'm not sure, but maybe that is one of the strengths of the female
psyche of our women: how they are able to be supporters, nurturers,
and hang out with us guys as we pursue our interests. I do know
one thing for sure.
And that is that our wives are very, very important in our lives
whether we tell them so or not. One just has to look at the statistics.
When we are not married we fellows have much higher levels of
depression, suicide, and sickness than if we are married. (For
you single fellows out there - sorry about that!) The facts are
simply that we fellows do a lot better having a wife, and I think
it is pretty fantastic that all you gals so gracefully work around
our various shenanigans and keep a smile on your faces. So from
all of us guys, even though we may not express it very well, or
often, you enrich, warm, and make meaningful our lives, and sometimes
we take you for granted, not fully realizing it until you are
not there, just how important you are to us. So here is a big
hug from all of us.
For those of us who made it to our spring Roundup at Ukiah under
the planning of Roy and Ellamae Platz and the leadership of Allan
and Miki Singleton, we all experienced a walloping good time.
The food, the events - everything - seemed to be just really good
and was certainly enjoyed by us all. Thanks everyone. The sad
note was that Roy along with Ellamae, who had been planning this
event for so long, were not able to enjoy the fruits of their
work, because Roy became very sick with cancer a short time before
the Roundup, was hospitalized and passed away during the event.
We all felt that sadness, but especially Al and Miki who had worked
so closely with them, but they very ably picked up the ball and
carried it well. More will be expressed further in the Newsletter
In the area of personnel, we have changes and additions with Mike
Cherry taking the place of John Lamb for the Arizona/ Utah state
Rep. John is doing a lot of traveling this year, so is not very
available, thus the need for replacing. And Kerry Tandy has volunteered
to represent Idaho/Montana. To give some help to Marc and Lillian
Trubert, our Editors, another family who has been in the club
for a long time has agreed to be ROVING REPORTERS - Barbara and
Larry Frear. So in the future we can expect to see some Newsletter
articles under their penmanship, or is it computership now?