I am mystified. Ben Hom very kindly offered a PDF,
and asked people to contact him OFF-LIST. Very good.
Mr. Bartek and Mr. Cooper replied, and their replies
showed up ON-LIST. Not so good.
The strange part is that both Mr. Bartek and Mr.
Cooper’s messages are addressed to “Benjamin Hom
b.hom@... [STMFC]“, so one would REASONABLY expect
that the msg would go directly to Ben.
It is my judgement that Mr. Bartek and Mr. Cooper
acted in good faith, attempting to send their replies
off-list. Their attempts were thwarted by
The lesson here is for all of us to be VERY careful
when attempting to reply off-list. You’ll probably
have to manually type in the actual email address (b.hom@...)
to email Ben directly. The [STMFC] is a tip-off that
the email address is not what it appears.
This is particularly important for emails that you
wish to remain private (e.g. those which criticize the
Sent: Sunday, August 24, 2014 7:52 AM
To: Benjamin Hom b.hom@... [STMFC]
Subject: [STMFC] re: Vintage-Dating Freight
Cars With Weathering
would greatly appreciate a copy of the above
pdf file. Thank you for offering.