Howdy, folks. You may or may not recognize my name from the pages of Diesel Power. I used to work for the magazine full-time and have contributed articles since, and now I’m back as a staff editor. I prefer to stay behind the scenes and, to be honest, I wouldn't be writing a column about myself if it weren't a job requirement (believe me, I asked) -- but a challenge can be a good thing. So, here goes nothing.
In 2006, I got my first opportunity to work full-time for Diesel Power magazine a year after it launched, and I was there for the first Diesel Power Challenge. Now, I get to rejoin the team as the magazine prepares for its 10th anniversary, during a really interesting period when performance and emissions are at odds like they were in the late 1970s. The difference is, with modern, clean-burning diesel engines,factory torque ratings are as high as 860 lb-ft.
| My favorite assignment during my first
stint with Diesel Power was writing about
the U.S.S. Dolphin AGSS-555 submarine
just before it was decommissioned. The
Dolphin was the last diesel-electric sub in
service, and the U.S. Navy let me and Phillip McRae (our then-copy editor and
now managing editor for Hot Rod and Car Craft magazines) aboard the sub for
a tour -- and they even fed us a hot meal in the galley of the ship.
You've probably noticed Diesel Power has a new editor, KJ Jones, and I can personally tell you right now that we’re all in good hands.When I got a call from Sean Holman, the content director of the Truck Trend Network, asking if I would like to return to working full-time for Diesel Power, I thought that was really cool. But, when he said KJ was going to be the editor, I said, “Sign me up!” I've known Kaje for almost 15 years and can tell you he’s “good people” and a real deal gearhead who strives for excellence in both racing and writing. Plus, he’s a ton of fun to hang out with.
Starting a new job is never easy, but there are lots of familiar faces around the office who have made it feel more like the first day of senior year instead of the first day of high school. Our managing editor, Courtney McKinnon, is still here herding cats and making sure you get a magazine on time each month, and our art director, Mark Snyder, is still using some sort of optical-digital sorcery to make the magazine look slick no matter what we hand in. Plus, we still have Jason Gonderman, the longest-running staff member in the history of Diesel Power, along with a team that includes Monica Gonderman, Ed Sanchez, and Melissa Spiering, who all help bring Diesel Power to life for our readers in print and online.
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We've also got a great support team that includes Glenda Mack, who helps make our events run without a hitch, and Raunel Vargas and James Potter who make sure we don’t burn down the building, or lock ourselves out… although I've already done that -- just once!
Something I've missed during my time as a freelancer was getting direct feedback from the readers, but that’s going to change. It’s no joke when we say that even if you don’t get a reply, we do read all of your letters. Several new email addresses have been set up (and the entire staff has access to each one), so chances are, your letters will be read a lot more than once.
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If you’d like to write directly to me and suggest a story topic, show off a cool photo, or just to talk some “board gossip” about The Ron & Fez Show (make sure to put #cakehorn in the subject line), you can email me at:
I look forward to getting mail from you, and you’re probably sick of hearing about me, so until next month, let’s get back to the diesels.
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