We continue to receive letters on the death of former Snips editor and publisher Edward C. “Nick” Carter Jr. and the magazine’s 75th anniversary. I’m turning over most of this month’s column to the notes and pictures sent in by readers.

If you have memories of Nick Carter or Snips, please send them in. Contact me at: Snips magazine, BNP Media, 2401 W. Big Beaver Road, Suite 700, Troy, MI 48084, or e-mail to mcconnellm@bnpmedia.com. Include your name and title, as well as your company’s name and location, and a way to contact you.


Enjoyed dinners with Snips staff

I was sorry to hear of the passing of Nick Carter Jr. Nick was always very anxious to print many of my articles for the next issue of Snips, whenever I called him outlining the topic.

I was indebted to him for years while he promoted my seminars to the sheet metal industry.

Associate editor Bob Murphy attended if his schedule permitted, to observe and edit a summary, plus take pictures of my seminar attendees for the next available issue of Snips. I enjoyed several dinners with Bob while discussing highlights of that period in time of the industry.

I still look forward to each month to the next issue of Snips to update my knowledge of the sheet metal industry.

John A. Keeler

Keeler Unlimited Inc.

Jacksonville, Fla.

Where’s the plaque?

I just read Bob Murphy’s touching note in your April editorial regarding his friendship with Nick Carter. For years, Bob and his Argus C-3 camera were welcome fixtures at Air Conditioning Contractors of America functions, snapping away for Snips then-black-and-white coverage of the events. I still have my C-3 in a box somewhere in the basement. I’m betting Bob’s is still in use.

Snips has done an excellent job of honoring the memory of Nick. I’m certain there isn’t anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Nick who doesn’t miss him at our industry functions.

At a long-past ACCA annual meeting, I had the privilege of presenting a plaque to Nick, recognizing his many contributions to our industry. I invited Nick to the podium, honored him with a few well-chosen words - penned probably by former association Executive Vice President Jim Norris - extended my hand back in the direction of the stack of plaques and waited… and waited... and waited some more.

There was a lot of shuffling of boxes but no plaque. It turned out that the particular one for Nick was still back in the offices in Washington, D.C. Nick was a lot cooler about it than I was. We both smiled - mine was forced - as Bob Murphy took his black-and-white photo. We probably had Nick hold a “stand-in” for the occasion.

Lou Bindner

Climate Engineering Inc.