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Gary Schmidt
Posted by High octane on Saturday, April 06, 2019 2:02 PM

Gary Schmidt owner of Galaxie Limited and the man who started Scale Auto Enthusiast Magazine 40 years ago passed away this past Thursday. May he R.I.P.

High octane

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  • From: Muskego,Wisconsin
Posted by lordairgtar on Saturday, April 06, 2019 7:00 PM

As someone who was lucky to live in Milwaukee in the 80s, I met Gary at his Vliet street office then. As I had just moved from California and had endured a fire of my home where I lost everything, Gary gave me a whole collection of SAE from the first to the then current issue. I also got to draw the Model Behavior page in Car Modeler magazine. He will be missed.

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Posted by 195X on Saturday, April 06, 2019 10:34 PM

He'll be missed by more than ever will be known. :(

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, April 07, 2019 6:25 AM

Very sad day. I never met him, but thanks to his magazines I got back into the hobby, and I think he paved the way for other upstart model manufacturers to take on the little big 3 as it were. Was his death sudden or expected?

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Posted by lordairgtar on Sunday, April 07, 2019 10:50 AM
Don't know. I hadn't heard that he was ill at all and was looking forward to seeing him at Milwaukee NNL next weekend.

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Posted by lordairgtar on Sunday, April 07, 2019 10:52 AM

midnightprowler

Very sad day. I never met him, but thanks to his magazines I got back into the hobby, and I think he paved the way for other upstart model manufacturers to take on the little big 3 as it were. Was his death sudden or expected?

 

I don't know. Hadn't heard he was ill. This was totally unexpected for me.

Far more can be accomplished by the simple prayers of good people than by all the statesmen or armies of the world---Ronald Reagan 1984   

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, April 07, 2019 10:58 AM

Btw, I always enjoyed your Model Behavior cartoons!

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Monday, April 08, 2019 10:01 AM

So sad to hear this news. I owe a big debt of gratitude to Gary, I suspact many of us do. Thanks for everything, Gary. RIP.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

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Posted by Glue Crew Drew on Monday, April 08, 2019 2:53 PM

Scale Auto Enthusiast was a huge reason I was able to grow as a model builder, and expand my interests in the hobby. I owe Gary a great deal of gratitude, thoughts go out to his friends and family.

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  • From: Iowa
Posted by Bluesman Mark on Monday, April 08, 2019 9:13 PM

While I imagine that the topic of Gary's passing will, (hopefully), be addressed in the editorial page in the June issue, especially since it's also the 40th anniversary issue of SA(E), the fact that the news was posted by a forum member & not on the official "Scale Auto Announcement" section by the staff is somewhat disheartening.

Without Gary there would be no SA(E), & given that SAE predated FSM, it's entirely possible that FSM might not have been created had SAE not shown that there was a market for modeling magazines in the US back then. It's a sad day when the forum from the magazine that Garry Schmidt created doesn't even officially acknowledge his passing.

RIP Gary, your magazines, (Scale Auto Enthusiast & Car Modeler), helped a returning modeler with rusty skills to hone them much faster than I could have possibly hoped for, & provided me with much inspiration & ideas. Too bad you seem to have been forgotten around here by the current editors & publisher of your baby.

Lest we forget it's humble beginnings:

 

 

Remember, "good enough" can always be better. Refusal to improve is just an acceptance of your own mediocrity.

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  • From: S F Bay Area
Posted by Chuck Kourouklis on Monday, April 08, 2019 9:56 PM

Thanks to everyone who brought that up, and thanks especially to you, Mark, for that tribute.

Gary was the one to give me my break.  I'd long wondered how a kit review would be if I wrote one, and here I'd spent 1995 jotting notes down from one new kit to the next, to such an extent that by November, I had write-ups on most of the new domestic kits released that year.  I decided to cover the two or three I hadn't yet, and then for grins, order them from weakest to strongest based on presentation and buildability - resulting in this sprawling piece I thought waaaaayyyy too long for publication.

But I sent the manuscript in with a request for pointers if anyone had the time - and the following January, Gary himself called to let me know they were going to run it.  I'll never forget that hit of excitement and elation, or my appreciation for Gary taking the trouble to call himself; and certainly not the satisfaction of seeing it in print jut a few months later.

Thank you for everything, Mr. Schmidt, and Godspeed.  You will certainly be missed.

* Over 500,000 Rivets *

Yeah. That one.

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  • From: Muskego,Wisconsin
Posted by lordairgtar on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 12:01 AM

midnightprowler

Btw, I always enjoyed your Model Behavior cartoons!

 
 

Thanks, I appreciate it

Far more can be accomplished by the simple prayers of good people than by all the statesmen or armies of the world---Ronald Reagan 1984   

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Posted by Tim Kidwell on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 11:38 AM

Hi all,

Sorry that we're late making a statement regarding Gary Schmidt's death. We have been in touch with his family and they asked us to refrain from making any remarks regarding his passing. As such, we're honoring their wishes.

Thanks,

Tim Kidwell

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Tim Kidwell
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  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 2:28 PM

Condolences to the family.

High octane

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Posted by oldcarguy on Thursday, April 11, 2019 9:32 AM

Hmmm;

 This is what stops me in my tracks .Gary , May you rest in Peace .You earned it .I will love these little vehicles till my time comes, Thanks to You and the Mag . OCG .

gjgeracci

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