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Vic Moitoret Dares Wesson To Be an “Honest” Candidate

The NAPA is going to have an honest-to-goodness contest for president!

Vic Moitoret has said on many occasions that when Sheldon Wesson ran for any office, he would oppose him.

Now that Wesson is an announced candidate for president of the big association – the NAPA – Vic said that he could not renege on his vow.

“I dare Wesson to be an honest candidate,” Vic roared, “and not merely a stand-by president to serve at the whim of another group.”

Wesson announced in APC News 104 that he would be a candidate for president in both associations, but would serve only if elected by both the NAPA and the AAPA. The National elects in July and the American in November and Wesson has stated should he win in the NAPA and lose in the AAPA, he would resign the former.

Vic said he felt strengthened in his bid for the NAPA top job by the fact that his election in the local PTA was virtually a certainty inasmuch as he is the only nominee.

“Besides,” added Moit, “I can offer the voters the most in economy. If they elect Wesson they wind up with another non-paying Life Member; whereas I am already in that class.”

(By Sheldon C. Wesson in the Autumn 1953 Siamese Standpipe: “I hereby announce my candidacy for president of NAPA the second year after I return to the USA, assuming I am elected official editor first. I shall run on the promise I’ll be the first president in 80 years with enough guts to change the convention dates.”)

Promises, promises.

Graphs That Grab You…

After awaiting midnight April 9 and 10, so we could open the Wesson letter with covering instructions not to open until then, we were mostly disappointed to find Siamese Standpipe 47 such stale copy. Our efficient mailer had already distributed our bundles. What a letdown!

Present and accountable: Harold, Hazel, David, and Wendy Segal (Nancy’s in Paris!); Ed, Jan, Curt, and Holly Harler; Rolfe and Anne Castleman and Gayle Gamble; Mrs. Olive W. Harriz (Anne’s mom); Joe Bradburn; Jim Walczak; Vic, Ro, Carolyn, Cathy, Alan, and Jackie Moitoret; Easter Bunny.

Jim Walczak, whom we hope to recruit, has 3 presses and 4 racks of type, and is working on a paper. Jim tells of other hobby printers in the area [Tony, take note!] like Quick Carlson, of the Seven Sea Press; Bob Schaeffer, about to start a Press; and Lyn Moore, whose Press is already operative. These shops are all within arm’s reach of this here now Cuniculus Press, so let’s make with the recruiting bit.

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What-Goes-in-a-Bundle Goes Merrily On; Mailing Bureau Squabble Has Precedents
Anonymously written for the APC News by Edwin C. Harler

Differences of opinion on whether a paper should be included in the bundle are nothing new. At the Newark Convention in 1962, L. Verle Heljeson pointed out that one of the matters which comes “up for discussion repetitively and most generally… never settled or disposed of” is the Mailing Manager asking the “President and the Executive Judges for rulings on papers submitted to him….” The convention proposed the issuance of a manual which could contain prior decisions and act as a guide. The manual never materialized.

The 79th Convention could be cited as the current beginning for such decisions, for it was in Portland that the attendees resolved to eliminate items “which do not meet the requirements of an amateur paper.”

Two later decisions established where the line should be drawn when the vehicle is considered to be an amateur paper. The first was in response to Willard Savary’s request that the Executive Judges decide whether he could advertise in his paper. Their response was that no ban had been placed on minor advertising.

When Samuel Tatnall’s Printer’s Letter announced the sale of his Tatnall Press, it was found to violate Article 3, Sec. 1 of the Constitution then in force. The section said an amateur paper should be “issued without intent of financial profit.”

(The above is issued as a guide to those attending the convention as a service of the APC.)

Whitebrad Fears His Shares of Stock in SLC Mormon Tabernacle May Plunge

Tom Whitbread, who seems to oppose the selection of Frederick, Md., as the 1966 convention city, should have been more vociferous before its selection when his heated voice may have been heeded.

At the Philadelphia convention, delegates will recall, no one had nominated Salt Lake City on the floor. No word had been received by the convention up until election time that Salt Lake City even wanted it.

Salt Lake City, in all fairness, made a big bid late in 1964, but in the first six months of 1965 the drums were strangely silent.

One big noise in Philadelphia by a Salt Lake City trumpeter might have changed the whole election, but the convention, mindful of Ed Cole’s famous “Xerxes” speech in Boston 1959, was fearful of sending the convention where it was not wanted.

Meanwhile, Maryland amateurs were in agreement that the 1967 convention should go West. They intend to place in nomination for convention seat: Oakland (Maryland, that is, which almost hits the W. Va. border).

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Since 1931 this journal has chronicled the exuberant ingatherings at totally unpredictable intervals of the Amateur Printers Club, a loosely knit unorganized band of printers scattered from Maryland to Massachusetts. The host printer, regardless of the degree of his own complicity, serves as nominal editor. This issue is thus blamed on Vic Moitoret – with significant assistance from Harold Segal, Ed Harler, Curt Harler, and Shep Wesson (who significantly helped by staying away). Done over Easter weekend, 1966.

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