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Keep up with the latest aspects of Horn & Whistle Magazine on this page, which is updated frequently. (This page was last updated on 11 15 2017)

Youngstown, OH, Whistle Toot is On this Year!

I just got the official word from Harry Barry that this event is on again and the date will be the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, which looks like the 25th of November. If you missed our big summer events, such as Boot Hill or St. Clair, here's your chance to see what a Horn & Whistle event is like. If you have a steam whistle and want to hear what it sounds like with real steam instead of compressed air, be here! They tap into the municipal steam system from an underground main in a manhole, and thus provide a real steam supply for the event. For details, contact Harry Barry at whistletooter@hotmail.com

Big change to Horn & Whistle in 2018. For many reasons, the principal one being an economics reason, H&W will become an entirely on-line publication in 2018 with the following exceptions. First, we have some older, long time H&W subscribers who do not have or use computers because when they were younger and actively employed, computers were not in general use by the public nor even available except to large businesses and commercial establishments. Second, we have some subscribers who live in areas where dial-up Internet is the only service currently available and our on-line version is not easily downloadable if you have dial-up Internet service. Third, we have some lifetime subscribers (some of whom fit the first category also.) For these individuals, we will continue to provide paper hard copies, but for all others, paper subscriptions will be ended sometime in 2018 (specific issue cut off number will be established early in the year) and subscribers switched over to the on-line version. Because the on-line version is much less expensive than the paper version, subscriptions will be increased so that the value of what you received will be the same as what you initially paid. For example, if you bought a three-year subscription to H&W for $75.00 and we switch to on-line (at $10.00 per year instead of $25.00) we would increase your subscription to 7 1/2 years instead of three. The costs of producing and distributing the paper copies are spiraling up all the time and it has become no longer possible to continue with paper copies without massive price increases. Please click here for a more detailed explanation of the reason for this change and how the on-line subscriptions work. While we are generally up to date with the present on-line version, we are considerably behind schedule with the paper version, a situation which we must correct ASAP.

New Whistle Picture Book. Well, you'd think this would be simple, but I'm facing a copyright issue on a couple of pictures, thus the Whistle Picture Book is on hold at the moment. We could take our chances and go ahead and print it, but what if the holder of the copyright decided to contest our publishing? On the shoestring budget that H&W runs on, we absolutely can't afford any such problems, so I'm holding off publication until I obtain a clear decision on this. So patience, please, The Whistle Picture Book will be available probably shortly after the next issue of H&W, which is my main H&W project to accomplish at the moment. Here's the latest on the WPB. Looks like if I remove one picture from the book, then I can go ahead. So once again, the Whistle Picture Book is on track for production. I think I can find a replacement for the picture which must be eliminated!

Deluxe edition option ending. Sometimes, the only way to know if something will work is to experiment. Thomas Edison was the master experimenter and he was quite successful as we all know. But in the course of his experimenting, he also found out what did not work. The response to the deluxe paper version has been minimal. In order to produce these full color paper issues and get the price down, I'd need to make many more than I do at present. Anyhow, I tried, and it did not catch on. If you already get the deluxe paper version, you will keep getting it, however I am discontinuing the deluxe paper version if you do not currently get it.

There is an additional article in issue, #134. Unfortunately, we couldn't put that additional article in the paper copies because that would have made them more expensive, but it is in the on-line version of #134. This, BTW, is one significant advantage of getting H&W on-line. We're not limited if we want to go somewhat over our present 44 page limit. If we exceed the limit with paper copies, the printing cost goes up. And then the extra pages add more weight so the mailing cost goes up too. However, adding extra content to the on-line issue only takes a little more time, but does not add anything to the price of producing it or distributing it, which I think is one of the greatest advantages of on-line publishing for any information, not just Horn & Whistle.

Don't forget; if you change any aspect of your address, either physical or e-mail, let me know. Here's the best e-mail to use for any e-mail correspondence regarding Horn & Whistle.


Also, some of you have inquired about back issues. I have CDs with back issues beginning with #101. I am also soon going to have the previous twenty issues available; this probably by the time # 136, the next spring issue of H&W is ready. Really old issues will be available later on. As with some of the whistle pictures, some of these older back issues are copies of copies of copies, and some of them require nearly a full day just to fix up one page. Where text is barely legible, it all has to be retyped. Pictures also need to be fixed as well as possible. I wonder how the founders of Horn & Whistle managed in the early eighties before computers were in widespread usage. It seems hard to imagine producing a publication like this without resorting to a computer, and yet they did it. We all owe Jack Hardman, our first publisher, a real debt of gratitude for starting up this publication and getting it from being just somebody's vision to a real viable and now once again, growing publication.

Here's a handy form to fill out to expedite an address change: Change postal or e-mail address. Here's a special e-mail address which I check now on a daily basis.


Regarding returning pictures or articles that you have sent in; it is worth repeating yet again that if you send us pictures and/or articles and want them back, you need to include a note with your material stating that fact and also include a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope. Without that, we will not save either pictures or articles once we have processed them for inclusion in the magazine unless the pictures are of exceptional quality. The amount of material that sometimes comes here can be quite formidable, and storage of pictures and papers is really neither practical or possible. I am sorry to say but if you send in material without either a request to save them or the postage-paid envelope and then later on change your mind, it will probably be too late, so please keep this fact in mind when you send in items that you want returned to you.

Previous publishers have in many cases kept photos that were sent to us; indeed, that is how the Whistle Picture Book became possible. But eventually there came a time when there was just too much stuff and that was why the previous publisher instituted the present policy of no longer keeping material once it was either used in the magazine or deemed unusable. Thus the present policy regarding returned material. If you want it back, include a postage-paid suitable envelope and also a written notice that you do indeed want the materials returned.

More website info. Recently when checking this website, I noticed that some of the pages did not display correctly. I believe I have all of that fixed by now, I've checked them on both computers here as well as on my cell phone and they seem to be OK now. But if you are a visitor to this site and notice mistakes on pages, such as text overlapping, running off the page or other web site errors, let me know. Web pages still display somewhat differently on some computers. We now have coding in place that redefines the pages depending on how big the browser window is that you are using. For example, a page that looks great on a big desktop monitor will generally be too small to read and the links nearly impossible to use on a cell phone, so the web page should automatically adjust accordingly. I check these pages on Google chrome, Firefox, Opera and IE.8, but there are many other browsers as well as different versions of each so it is very difficult for me to check the web pages on every possible device. If you see mistakes, send me an e-mail here:

We're just about ready to give up coding for IE6. At one time, Internet Explorer 6 was the latest and greatest in browser technology. But IE6 by today's Internet and computer standards is ancient now. There are so many features that we take for granted when we go on line that do not function at all on IE6. Browser statistics show us that IE6 accounts now for less then one percent of all web browsers in most of the world. I still make special "style sheets" for IE6, but I'm going to stop that within the next few months. I still run IE6 on one computer, just so that I can see what pages look like on that browser and so that I can code accordingly, but considering how few people use IE6 today and how that number decreases on a monthly basis, it doesn't any longer seem necessary to expend time and effort to make special versions of our web pages to display well on IE6, especially since many things that we would put on our pages have to be eliminated or otherwise made invisible on pages that are using a stylesheet that runs correctly on IE6. Even the more modern IE8 is getting old now, and it won't be much longer before we'll forget about that one as well as those that preceded it. For those of you who have very old computers, I would make the suggestion that upgrading to an [at least] slightly newer one would be a worthwhile effort which you will very quickly come to appreciate greatly when you see how much of Internet content you've previously been missing.

Regarding our on-line subscription methods, I tried another experiment, that of offering automatic subscription renewal. However, nobody wanted that, so that has gone away. I won't renew your subscription when it is up for renewal. YOU will renew it if you want to. I will send you a notice when your subscription is getting close to ending, but it's entirely up to you if you renew or not. I certainly hope that you will renew, but I will not automatically renew it for you. I must admit that I don't like auto-renewal at all. Even though it could be a convenience, I just don't care for some other entity suddenly slipping a charge on my credit card even if it is for something that I want. Absolutely nobody, when given that option, chose to have us auto-renew his subscription. I have seen auto-renewal in many publications, so I figured I would offer it for H&W subscribers. But since you did not want it, it's gone.

I should advise you that if you are still using IE6, you should dump it and get the newest version of Internet Explorer that will run on your machine, or any of the other modern web browsers. They're FREE! All you do is Google the browser you want, click it; you get right to the site and then just follow the download instructions. You'd be amazed at how much nicer stuff works and how many more great features you can use that IE6 has no way of delivering to you. And if you are still clinging to an old relic of a computer from the mid nineties, well, all bets are off as to what you can even access on the Internet or how jumbled and screwed up many modern web pages will look. Get a new computer! They're not that expensive and they work so much better and faster than the relics of the nineties. Also, a few areas in the USA still use old fashioned "dial-up" Internet connections. This technology, once widespread, is so relatively slow that many modern web pages will not function on a dial-up Internet connection. Dialup is going the way of the constant-current arc lighting system for streetlights, and municipal DC distribution by utility companies. You still find a few pockets here and there, but it's being phased out. If you are retaining dialup by choice, well, all I can say is that you're making a big mistake here. Call your ISP and tell them that you want to replace it. The improvement in web page performance when going from dialup to hi-speed DSL or especially fiber-optic is unbelievable. Pages that took a half an hour to download will be up and running in a few seconds.

And if you are still without a computer by choice, listen to this: everybody whom I know who held out for years on getting a computer and who finally did get one marvels at how much easier it makes many tasks and how useful it has become in a very short time. Also, please don't say that you “are too old to use a computer.” I have a friend who will is 101 years old. He's been using computers for the last 31 years, which means he was 70 when he started learning.

I started using a computer when I was 54. I will admit, it was new to me, and it was complicated. But I'm very glad that I did indeed take the necessary time and learn.

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