Reporting From The Field

Reporting live from the fields of Iola, Wisconsin, this blog is coming from the 23rd Annual Iola Military Vehicle and Gun Show with Live Working Wheels. With anticipation of around 9,000 visitors over the two-day event, I have often regarded … More »

Going Once, Going Twice…

“I think the auction approach to collection sales is dying,” a dealer recently commented to me. “Sales seem to have really been down,” he added as to somehow bolster his argument. I listened through the phone cradled on my shoulder … More »

MVPA Convention: A Hobby Barometer?

Historic military vehicle enthusiasts from across North America with a handful of European visitors converged in Louisville, Kentucky, at the end of June for the 2014 Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s International Convention. With about 200 historic military vehicles on exhibit, … More »

Where’d Those Photos Go?

“There’s a problem with the website,” a forum member posted to one of the many Internet boards I frequent. “Photos that I posted last year are no longer available!” I hadn’t thought about it until I read this post, but … More »

Five Tips From An (Olive) Green Grocer

“If one more dealer calls and complains about the ‘state of the hobby,’ I think my head my explode,” I replied to my Dad when he inquired about the magazines. “What’s going on?” he asked. “Did people stop liking military … More »

Meet the ‘American Noah’

Most military history enthusiasts don’t need to be told that it will be the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Northern Europe on June 6. For generations after that historic day in 1944, it has been known as “D-Day.” Stories … More »

Honoring the Dead

“Honoring the Dead.” Most veterans know this as the purpose of Memorial Day.  It isn’t “Veterans Day,” nor is it, “the “unofficial start of summer,” though many confuse Memorial Day with these events. Its sole purpose, going back to the … More »

When Home Depot Turned Olive Drab

What’s that sound? It can’t be pond frogs already!  I still have my snow shovel in the trunk and my emergency “cold weather gear” in the back seat. A walk down the highway, though, and danged if I don’t hear … More »

ABC: Always Be Campaigning

Taxes are paid, crocuses are emerging from frosty soil, and the snow tires are off of the Jetta. Even though there are flakes in the northern forecast for later this week, it is spring. For some, this means it’s time … More »

A Bone Too Far…

The grass was still damp with morning dew when I heard the change of tone in the headphones that covered my 12-year-old ears. After I carefully placed the Radio Shack metal detector next to my feet with the detection ring … More »