Meet Steve Mierz.
For more details please refer to the text on the right...
A golden sticker on the envelope says:
Happy Kids, Dogs, VW's...
Mierz Xmas Greetings '99!
You can see by yourself the nice
Seasons Greetings card that Steve sent last year!
Steve commented: In the picture above you can see, on top of the car are my daughter Sarah,
age 3 1/2, and son Matthew, age 6 1/2. Inside the car are (left): Nick (7 year-old smooth-coated
Collie), and Megan (10 year-old rough-coated Collie). The car itself is our 1950 Deluxe Sedan.
The photo was taken in October 1999.
Top secret note: Steve confessed that it was quite a photo session - trying to get *all
four* "kids" to look at the camera & smile at the same time! It "only" took us three rolls of
film to get a good usable picture!
Steve also dedicated some words to a very special person:
My wife's name is Diane, and she is very much the VW enthusiast (more than me, in
many ways). It was her drive & vision that led to our purchasing our 1954 Convertible back in
1984, and finding the right person to restore it (1984 through 1986), and our successfully
showing it in various Antique Automobile Club of America national meets in the years since
then (it has achieved AACA First Junior, Senior, and Grand National 1st Place awards in it's
"career" of AACA national meets). She bought her first VW while still in college, about 1980
or so--a 1973 Super Beetle Convertible. I had *little to no interest* in VWs back then, but
she knew what she liked--she still drives the car daily in the summertime (she has a '92 Passat
wagon for the cold months).
Steve wrote the following::
- Dear Alexander,
Well, here is my picture (better late than ever!).
I apologize for the "humorous" nature of the photo - it's one of the few pictures of
myself I could find.
My wife photographed me when we were out looking for Haloween pumpkins this past October.
Thank you again very much for all the great work you do within the
international Volkswagen hobby, all the best for the new Year!
Sincere best regards,
7 January 2000
[Sent by snail Post and receiven on 17JAN2000]
Steve published some time ago the "occasionally produced and informally
distributed": COMMON GEAR Antique Volkswagen Hobby News & Views.
As Steve defined at that time: this is (was) an informal, irregularly produced, somewhat self-indulgent
newsletter devoted to the enjoyment & appreciation of Antique Volkswagens...
...now he devotes his time to his Web Page.
Here is what he says about it:
As for the nature of the COMMON GEAR WEB SITE, basically I guess it's kind of an antique
VW-oriented resource for hobby news & information of all sorts. It is "self-indulgent" in many
ways, as the old printed newsletter was, but it's not about me--it's about all sorts of
old-VW-related stuff that I see & hear about, that I think might make for interesting web
site viewing. It is also admittedly quite rudimentary, as I am *far* from an expert on this
computer and web site-stuff. I have forced myself to learn enough to be able to get the web
site going and keep it updated, but it is by no means any showcase for web site technical
wizardry! It's fun to maintain, as it allows me to kind of "stay involved" in the antique VW
hobby, even now that, with my growing family, I find myself less and less able to physically be
able to get out to the various actual VW events.