Doug Richardson Posted August 2, 2003 Report Share Posted August 2, 2003 I don’t monitor the Web, so it is only when someone alerts me to a posting that they believe should be called to my attention, am I aware of what’s being said. Recently Mr. Arthur Fliegenheimer made some observations about me which I feel I should respond to. Mr. Fliegenheimer’s comments were well taken and I am not offended or is this intended to be argumentative. Comparing me to the likes of John Martz and Michelangelo is flattering. But there does seem to be a lack of understanding regarding my situation which I should address so that I am criticized for my real faults of which I’m sure I have many. As many of you know I am retired and I work on the Thompson stuff as a lifetime hobby. I did get way behind when I had to salvage a construction project in Central America after the contractor failed. That is mostly done although I go back and forth because that is my retirement home. I was just beginning to catch up on the Thompson stuff when I lost my vision. I started to make a new run of receivers but I had to stop because by the time I was finishing up the last batch of receivers I was no longer able to see well enough to continue on. I have been through hell with a cornea transplant, sick from medication, cataracts etc. I still have stitches in one eye and I cannot see very well with either eye. Since no one seems to be willing or able to do what I do, at least for what I charge, people will just have to be patient with me. I will recover my sight better than ever (they say) and I will get back to providing my products off the shelf, but it will take some time. As for hiring a regular assistant, no one else seems to want to make Thompson parts for the joy of Thompson and I don’t charge enough for my products to afford regular help. There is not enough volume to keep a shop going unless I were to expand and give up retirement. Anyway, thanks to all my old friends who have been wishing me well and I apologize to those I have disappointed. It seems that Mother Nature hates old people who make Thompsons. For anyone interested, I do have two 1928 style semi-auto receivers left (no other receivers). I am not just sitting around though. I do what I can. I have hired a part time assistant which is helping greatly. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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