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“eMattesonian” Festive Christmas Nameplate

Subscribers to “The eMattesonian” are enjoying the full color version of the custom nameplate used for the recent December issue.  The lights were strung in a solid model CAD system, specifically SolidWorks.  After the string of LED light was untangled, it went pretty smoothly.  Here is how it looks in 3D:

To subscribe to the e-version, send an email request to  Ideas for next year’s nameplate are always welcome.


The Incredible Shrinking “Mattesonian”

The 100% Solution

Those of you who get the print version may notice something a little bit off in the December issue of The Mattesonian.  It’s undersized!  We noticed it during the folding operation when the lower fold went through a fair amount of the tops of the reunion photos on the cover.  We’re usually pretty careful about that.  The package we use, Serif’s PagePlus, allows for non-printing guide lines and we use them to keep track of where the folds will fall.  Here’s how it looks on the screen:

Upon closer examination, the full page width, left side of column one to right side of column three, which should be 7.5″ is only 6-15/16″ or 92.5% of what it should be.  If those of you who get The eMattesonian were to print a page at 100%, you will find that the width is exactly 7.5″.  It never occurred to us that we needed to tell the printer to print at 100%, but we’ll be sure to require that for all future issues.  I guess we’re never done learning about this editing business!


The eMattesonian

Those of you who haven’t yet signed up for the electronic version of the official newsletter of The Matteson Historical Congress of America, The eMattesonian, missed out on our festive holiday nameplate in the December issue.  The nameplate is the stylized name of the newsletter at the top of the front page of each issue.  This one featured alternating green and red letters underlined in a colorful string of ornaments.  Here’s how it looked:

This version also features working hyperlinks to referenced websites and articles.  You can even click the “Continued on Page n” links to follow those longer articles.  To give it a try, just contact the Editor at  You won’t get the printed/mailed copy any more but you can always go back if you miss it.

Murder Story

Has everyone seen the great article by Kristen Lindberg in the December issue?  It’s about how her great-great-grandfather and great-great-grandmother almost became witnesses to the the 20th’s first “Crime of the Century”, the murder of prominent New York architect Stanford White by local bon-vivant Harry Kendall Thaw.  Thaw was reacting to an affair between White and his wife, Evelyn Nesbit.  Google any of these names and you’ll find quite a cast of characters!  Don’t miss another issue, renew your membership now or, if you’re not yet a member, join us now.

Bill MacIndoe, Editor


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