Well seems like this thread has taken a very divergent path.
And I will continue that path by making this statement. Gary Schmidt started SAE because he is a model car guy. His workshop is huge and devoted to model cars. Even today he is building projects, attending club meetings and buying up new and old kits on ebay when the need arises. Gary was then and is now A MODEL CAR GUY! Not to mention a very good builder...
SAE was what we grew up with so to speak. Gregg and I both feel this and we each have written for the magazine in the past. When I started with Plastic Fanatic I never considered the two competitors and for a long time contributed to both! When Gregg purchased the mag from Roy he set out to make it better than SAE... and with the new and improved Model Cars Magazine he has succeeded! Today MCM is a direct competitor but back then... everyone who was anyone in the hobby had subscriptions to both magazines including me. I devoured both mags and considered both to enrich the hobby. Never considered one better than the other... just different.
That is why there is nothing wrong with talking about SAE here, especially the pre-Kalmbach era. I have a complete collection and still refer back to old issues. Gary might have spawned the direct competitor to MCM but he identifies with MCM more and has more in common with MCM than you can even imagine! Gregg and I have even stayed the night in his house and stayed up till all hours of the night talking about how to make MCM a better magazine and I don't even remember SAE coming up in the conversation other than a brief discussion about former editor Kirk Bell.
Mike, I think the word you are looking for is "Ironic". But I believe Gary reads this forum and what you guys post... he will most-likely see.
(P.S. there are more projects coming out of Galaxie....)