I knew this day would come. It had too. This issue has drug on far too long. Too many years of lobbing grenades back and forth over the wall. It has created a great deal of damage to everyone involved and it has to stop here and now.
When I first read Tom’s open reply to Jeff’s PM, I winced. The last thing I was ready for was the pulling the scabs off of old wounds, especially this one. But, there it was in big bold letters.
While I never support public airing of a personal & private message, I do think Tom has done us all a favor here.
When I ran for President last year, one of my missions was to bring the ‘family’ back together. This issue has created problems for all and little positive for any.
Tom’s PM was very ironic in a way. He shares with us how much he deplores censorship. The original issue was, at its very heart, rooted in censorship and suppression of product critiques on the SC forum. That matters little now. Both parties bear responsibility for how this issue was handled. Both parties bear responsibility for this situation continuing. Now both parties need to work together to end this once and for all. I am sure we would all like a ‘Do over’.
I am, personally, going to throw myself on the sword here to address this from a personal standpoint. Then I will address this as the President of the SubCommittee.
From a personal standpoint: When the original blowup occurred I was not involved in any way. However, I was quickly drawn into the fray behind the scenes, and sometimes very openly in public. On many occasions I allowed my hurt feelings and bitterness to influence my judgment and I took it out on several people whom I thought were trying to stir things up and make the situation worse. I lost a few friends over this situation, and I want to personally apologize to them for my part in this. John Slater, Chuck(Hermill), and a few others I owe you this for my part in furthering this conflict, hurt feelings, and bitterness. We didn’t always see eye to eye on this and I let it get the best of me. I am sure I could have handled it better and avoided losing your friendship. Mr. Caswell and I have exchanged some ‘not so flattering’ comments towards each other on the public forums. For my part, Mike, I apologize to you. That was not very professional of me, nor was it reflective of me, personally, by participating in such a manner with you. I let my feelings get the better of me.
I, greatly, miss my relationship with Dave Merriman. We were very good friends for 20 years until this blowup occurred. We shared a lot of ideas and good times together. I learned a great deal from Dave, and still do watching from afar. On many occasions I could have sent a modeler to Dave for help or to obtain product, but chose not to do so because of my hardened feelings toward the entire situation. Dave, old friend, I am sorry about this and I hope someday we can talk and shake hands as we did for so many years.
As President of the SubCommittee I will take this approach. It may cost me my presidency, but I am going to address this situation and hopefully put it to bed for good.
The SubCommittee, as a group, is once again a growing and thriving group. We are healthy financially, and the magazine gets better with each and every issue. I am very happy with the direction that we are going. With that said, however, there is a hole in our organization. Our family is not all together. We need to be. The rift must be healed and the bridges rebuilt, friendships restored and renewed. I am asking that we let the past fade away. I am asking that we put was had occurred in the past to bed for good. I am asking that we work together for the betterment and growth of the hobby. I am asking that we bury the hatchet and move forward together with one mission, and that is to have fun with our hobby and enjoy all of the distinctly unique individuals in this hobby for who and what they are. I am asking that we put the bitterness and anger away and work together, again, in friendship. I am asking for all involved to forgive the past and come together. Come home.
What say you?
Matthew D. Thor