In my office, I keep a copy of the cover of Snips 75th anniversary edition on the wall. The special issue was a lot of work, but it was also a ton of fun.

I had a great time going through old issues and hearing from readers on how much the magazine has meant to them - personally and professionally - over the years.

But it’s been almost five years since we produced that special edition, which means our 80th birthday is coming up in a few months. Snips has changed a lot in the last few years, but we aren’t afraid of celebrating our past and are always eager to do a special issue.

Last time, we asked longtime readers to send in their memories of Snips; many did. We heard from people who remembered being given a copy of “the industry bible” during their first days on the job and many others who kept every copy they received.

If you didn’t send in any memories last time, please do so now. And if you have another Snips story, please share it. But to mark this milestone, we’re especially looking for readers who have the biggest and/or oldest magazine collections. If you have a huge stack of issues, tell us. How complete is your collection? Maybe take a picture with your stash.

Do you have any issues that date back to the 1930s, 40s or 50s? We want to know. It would be great to hear why you have kept a certain Snips all these years.

We want to profile some of our most loyal readers. If you have a great Snips collection or vintage issues, email me at or call (248) 244-6416.

Scan this mobile tag with your camera- and Internet-capable smartphone or cell phone for a link where you can listen to or download Snips’ first podcast.

From print to podcasts

A big change Snips has undertaken in recent years has been the surge in content at our website, The latest addition is our first podcast.

A “podcast,” named after the ubiquitous iPod MP3 player from Apple, is a digital file containing an audio - and sometimes video - interview. With inexpensive digital recorders and the podcasting software available today, anybody can have a talk show - including Snips.

For our first podcast, I talked to Russ Kimball, owner of Evergreen State Heat & AC, about what the Everett, Wash., business owner was doing to hold down his company’s fuel costs. (I had interviewed him for our August story on high fuel prices, “Seeking relief.”)

We’re hoping to soon have our podcasts listed in the iTunes Store, Apple’s popular online depository for podcasts and music. In the meanwhile, you can download the interview directly from our website or listen to it on your computer.

And if you have a smartphone or compatible cell phone with Internet and camera capabilities, you can scan the mobile tag pictured here. It will take you directly to our podcast page. If you don’t have the application, you can download it

We think our podcasts will give readers and website visitors another way to enjoy Snips and give more insight to the people and projects we feature.

And if you have an idea for an interesting topic we should discuss in a future podcast, let me know.