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GUNS Magazine January 2010 - Page 82
LeTTers To Two eDiTors The beginning… Vincent T. Tajiri, Editor GUNS Magazine Dear Mr. Tajiri: I am writing to you because of the events of the past couple days. I am 15-years old and a junior at John R. Buchtel High School. Last Friday my English teacher gave us an assignment to write a thank you letter to someone in business. I couldn’t think of anyone to write to and then I went downtown and found something that almost made my heart stop. There on the magazine rack was a copy of GUNS Magazine; I understand it is the first issue. That cased pair of single action revolvers on the front cover caught my eye immediately. I have to tell you I do not get to do much shooting except during the summer on my uncle’s farm. You see there are no guns allowed in my house as my stepdad went through some of the worst fighting in World War II, was wounded in action, and then remained a prisoner of war until the end of the fighting. Someday, perhaps when I graduate, I will have a job and be able to buy my own guns. Until that time I will look forward to GUNS Magazine every month to keep me informed until I can actually buy my own guns. I don’t know if you can understand how hard it is to be passionate about firearms and not be able to have any. I am fortunate to have an English teacher who understands and allows me to write reports from the outdoor magazines and now I will be able to actually report on gun articles. Thank you again for making it easier for me to survive until I graduate and have my own job. When that time comes I guess I’ll have to work on coming up with an idea on how to JANUARY 15, 1955 actually bring guns into the house. Again, thank you for such a fine magazine and I look forward to many issues. Sincerely yours, John Taffin SEPTEMBER 1, 2009 Dear Jeff: It doesn’t seem possible 55 years have passed since I wrote that first letter to the editor of the then new GUNS Magazine. Here we are not only celebrating the 55th anniversary of GUNS but this is also my 101st Campfire Tales so I am beginning the second 100. I would imagine by time we hit the 200th someone else will be handling my writing chores but it is at least nice to look forward to the next step and dream. I’ve always been a dreamer and it seems we spend much of our early life dreaming, then live through several decades of reality, and then go back to dreaming again in our twilight years. I would guess every kid growing up looks back at their time as the best time to have been living. Those before World War II mostly experienced country life and all that entails, even those growing up during the Depression look back favorably on their formative years, and by time the 1950s arrived life was looking pretty good. I have often maintained the 1950s were the best ever for kids to be kids. When 1950 arrived I was in the sixth grade and by 1959 I was married and reality had definitely sunk in. Not only were the 1950s a grand time to be a kid, 1955 can certainly be labeled that wonderful year. Just consider some of the special things that took place that year. Ike had been elected on a platform of ending the Korean War and this happened in 1953 so by 1955 everything looked really good. Jeff, of course, you are much too young to have experienced All these arrived in That Wonderful Year 1955: At top is the Colt .357 Python, S&W’s .357 Combat Magnum and .44 Magnum rest on Elmer Keith’s sixguns, and the Ruger Blackhawk .357 and Colt SAA .45 with the first issue of guns. any of this but believe me when I tell you there has never been a time like the ’50s nor a year like 1955. In February of that year President Eisenhower sent the first advisers to Viet Nam; at the time it looked like a good idea, however little did we realize what would happen in the 1960s. Every summer right up to 1955 parents were terrified at the thought of their child contracting polio; Jonas Salk conquered that dreaded disease with his vaccine which arrived in April of 1955. That same year Disneyland opened, Gunsmoke arrived on TV, and on a sad note, James Dean was killed in an automobile accident. The real Dodgers, those from Brooklyn, beat the Yankees in the World Series, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the bus and Civil Disobedience and Civil Rights had begun, and Coca-Cola arrived in tin cans. We all went to see Blackboard Jungle and heard Bill Haley and the Comets Rock Around The Clock. Rock and Roll had begun and we listened to real music by those such as Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, and a wonderful continued on page 81 82 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • JANUARY 2010