Snips doesn’t get as much reader mail as some publications. It could be because readers are too busy to stop and write. Or maybe it’s because they love everything we do and have no complaints (that’s the editors’ favorite theory). When we asked readers to send in their memories as part of the magazine’s 75th anniversary celebration, several responded.

Snipsdoesn’t get as much reader mail as some publications. It could be because readers are too busy to stop and write. Or maybe it’s because they love everything we do and have no complaints (that’s the editors’ favorite theory). When we asked readers to send in their memories as part of the magazine’s 75th anniversary celebration, several responded. Here they are. Thanks to those who did, and please send in more. We’ll do our best to run them as space permits.

Send them to:
Snips magazine
BNP Media,
2401 W. Big Beaver Road, Suite 700
Troy, MI 48084
or e-mail

Include your name and title, as well as your company’s name and location, and a way to contact you.

Featured in article from 1970s

Here is our story. 

We subscribed to Snips in 1960. We became lifetime subscribers in 1968. We have been in business here since 1956. 

During the early 70s, we mailed in a short news article that Nick Carter published. We thank Snips for that honor. 

We sold, installed and serviced the Milwaukee-Thermoflo line of heating and air-conditioning equipment for 50 years. The equipment was purchased from the former Metzger Machine & Engineering Co. in Milwaukee. This was a supreme-quality line of residential equipment. 

We thank you.

Donald J. Sochurek, vice president
Allis Heating Inc. , Muskego, Wis.

Has been honored to contribute

I have been a big fan of Snips magazine for many years. It’s always been a pleasure to sit down and read about the industry and what’s going on or coming up. But the last few years have been especially gratifying and rewarding, since I’ve been able to contribute and share my experience and lessons on pattern development with folks from shops all over the United States.

I cannot thank Snips enough for extending this opportunity to the industry, anyone and myself who has learned from or revisited these articles on sheet metal layout. Believe me, when writing many of these articles, I too had to scratch my head and think about what I was actually trying to develop.

At the end of the day, you’ve made someone’s job easier - thank you. 

It’s been a pleasure and it’s been fun! I look forward to many more years in both reading and contributing to Snips magazine. Keep up the great work. 

Bud Goodman
Waukesha, Wis.

Was hooked on magazine immediately

I have been associated with the sheet metal industry since the fall of 1948. 

Through high school as a vocational student, sheet metal apprenticeship, journeyman, a bachelor’s degree in vocational/technical education and finally as the owner and operator of a custom sheet-metal fabrication shop. 

I came across Snips magazine when I first entered the administrative area (project planning and management) in 1966. I was immediately hooked, subscribed right away and very shortly thereafter purchased a lifetime subscription. Since my first encounter with Snips, I have looked forward to its arrival each month. It is most certainly the hallmark publication of the sheet metal industry. 

Over the years, I have recommended the magazine to businessmen, contractors and others associated with the industry. I’ve also encouraged its readership by sheet metal apprentices, journeymen and those people in vocational schools and technical colleges. 

Snips is, to me, a valuable tool. I look forward to its continuance and expansion.  

Harry D. Henry Jr.
Ogunquit, Maine

‘Is this thing on?'

When asked to put together my memories of my early days withSnips, the first thing that came to my mind was formerSnipseditor Bob Murphy and his camera.  

In those days, Bob would take pictures at every event he attended and it seemed like it was any industry activity in the U.S. 

Bob was the original “Candid Camera” person, taking pictures of everyone at the event. How they looked or what they had in their hands did not matter; he took the picture and it would soon appear in the national magazine for all to see. 

He was a great person. But there was one small hitch: It seemed he often had a camera that did not work properly or did not work at all. 

I can remember one time at a Northamerican Heating & Airconditioning Wholesalers Association meeting. All the officers and their wives were asked to take the stage and after several minutes to set everyone in order, Bob proceeded to take the picture. Unfortunately, he forgot to put film in the camera. He then proceeded to get a roll of film and put it into his camera. After getting us all set again, he tried to take a picture; now the flash did not work. 

By now, some of the people wanted to get back to the party. Nick Carter stepped forward with his camera and saved the day. 

Snipsin those days was examined by anyone who had recently held a party or even attended a party to see the pictures they had posed for during that evening. Often other readers called about seeing your picture in the magazine.  

When I started writing forSnipsin the mid-80s, the publication had more pictures than articles. In recent years, that has changed. Today it is one of the foremost sheet metal contractor magazines. 

I shall never forget the help it has given my company and me over the years. To Nick Carter, Bob Murphy, Ed Bas, Sally Fraser and all the others I worked with over the years: Congratulations on your 75 years serving our industry.

 Dave Gleason
Systematic Selling Inc.
Gainesville, Ga.

Remember seeing Snips at home

As the magazine is 10 years older than me, I cannot remember the f irst issues. There have been a lot of other trade publications that have come and gone in the last 75 years.

I remember my father, Dee Cramer, bringing the magazine home to read. Nick Carter and Bob Murphy were familiar faces around Sheet Metal and Air-Conditioning Contractors’ National Association conventions and other trade events over the years. 

I never had the opportunity to meet former Snips editor and publisher Ed Bas. I always enjoyed looking through the magazine to see pictures of my friends in the industry and the interesting jobs you covered. 

As a point of interest, both my father, Dee, and me were namedSnipsContractor of the Year.

Richard J. Cramer Sr.
Dee Cramer Inc.
Holly, Mich.

A toast to Snips

I have been in the sheet metal fabrication machinery business so long that I remember when it was politically correct to pose forSnipsmagazine with a glass of alcohol in hand. 

I remember my boss, Mr. Bernie Blomquist, always making sure that he set his glass down before a picture was taken. Every month we would rush to see who made the magazine and how many glasses were in the picture. It was a true honor when I made my first issue. It was in the 80s when we had a “distinguished dozen” dinner in Chicago and Tony Bettenhausen, an Indy race car driver, came and spoke to our group. 

Happy anniversary,Snips. I have enjoyed the publication for so many years. We will celebrate our 100th year in 2010 and we would love to have you at the party with glass - I mean camera - in hand.

Cindy VanderWaal, sales and marketing manager
Roper Whitney of Rockford Inc., Rockford, Ill.

Former editor saw value of work

Being on the grassroots level of the computer and shop-equipment revolution of the late 1970s as a struggling sheet metal consultant, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness and participate in the incredible technological changes of the era.

The industry moved from primitive sheet metal operations that had characterized it since the beginning of the century (hand-set rivets, shop-made air-turning vanes, manual estimating with electro-mechanical adding machines).

Snips’ Nick Carter was one of my earliest supporters. He saw the advantages of my efficiency-research work, as did the mechanical and sheet metal estimating expert Victor B. Ottaviano, who invited me to participate in his seminars and later sponsored my own national seminars for over a decade. That is what made me what I became in the industry.

Jim Segroves
Shop Data Systems Inc.
Garland, Texas

'Let's take two!'

In any discussion ofSnipsmagazine, you have to include Bob Murphy, Nick Carter’s trusty sidekick and photographer.  

Bob was quite a character and his trademark line was “Let’s take two,” because you were never sure if the first picture was going to turn out. 

One of the remarkable things about the “pre-BNP”Snipsmagazine was that, despite all of its flaws - and there were a lot of them - everyone read the magazine. Every sheet metal shop had a copy or two sitting on the counter.Snipsspoke to, and for, the industry.  

Thomas Keating
Sheet Metal and Air-Conditioning Contractors’  National Association-Colorado

Decades of involvement

My colleague Elva Clements and I have worked very closely withSnipsfor many years, first as the public relations agency for CertainTeed and now as the media representative for spiral sheet metal duct manufacturer Lindab Inc. We’re proud to say we’re continuing our 30-plus-year love affair with the HVAC industry.

Anita Alvare
Alvare Associates
Bryn Mawr, Pa.

Fan of magazine

Congrats on your 75th birthday. Most magazines never see that age.

I first “met”Snipsin the 70s and kept a number of those magazines. I don’t know where they are today, but I bet I still have them.

I started receiving a complimentary subscription to the presentSnipspublication about five years ago. I have kept every issue that you have sent me and have perused every one more than once.

C.J. Coursey
Greenville, Miss.

Read every issue - twice

Snipswas given to me within my first week on the job in 1985 at pipe-and-fitting maker Empire Sheet Metal Manufacturing Co. Ltd. in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

Late owner Mel Manishen was adamant that it was the source of invaluable information, and everyone should read every issue, at least twice! From product ads and articles, he could spot the trends in the U.S., soon to come to Canada, articles and photos of the “people to know” in the industry, and of course, what gem of a used machine that might be advertised in the classifieds that we could match to an inquiring customer. 

It was never shiny and “new” for long! Dog-eared, highlighted and well worn, every issue was kept in our “Snipslibrary.” Mel’s steel-trap memory would recall having seen a classified inSnipsfor some machine that had been advertised months ago that he now had a customer for. 

Mel had a great rapport with Nick Carter, often sending feedback on editorials and responding to questions asked by readers. 

Publisher Sally Fraser and others knew there would be a call from Empire if our issue had not arrived in a timely fashion.

Even in retirement, we could expect a call from Mel, “Have you got the latestSnipsyet?” 

Congratulations on your 75th anniversary. The look has certainly changed, but the content and value are still great to all in the industry. Mel and Nick would both be proud!

Laura Johnson, president
Empire Machinery & Tools Ltd., Winnipeg, Manitoba