Like everyone, I had a great time at this year’s Fest. The major reason for this was everyone who was there. It was great to hook up with old friends, whom I see once a year, or even less frequently. You know who you are, and you’re too numerous to mention by name. This year, I got to see faces belonging to some long-time AK friends, who made their first trek to the Fest, and some new friends, too, many of them younger than my shoes. Thank you, all, for making this my best Fest EVER! On the ‘nuts and bolts’ side of things, we had more exhibit space than ever, with several companies debuting their lines at the Fest. Some of our mainstay exhibitors, around whom we have grown the show, came to Livonia ready to rock our world, and our ears. I heard many great systems, and had my world expanded by the different approaches to audio nirvana. That’s one of the things that make this so much fun. Thanks to our donors, who came through with the biggest, baddest pile of swag for us to give away, even though we had some minor difficulties doing just that. Thanks, Tentoze for riding shotgun with me on that little adventure Some of the swag was so cool I just had to go out and buy it. (Jolida FX-10, way cool!). I cannot forget to thank the myriad people who came to the aid of our core staff. SMAC members, other generous friends who traveled many hours only to be pressed into servitude, so that the ladies at the registration table could catch a breath, so that the exhibitors could harass you, so that I could have you put out fires that would keep me from getting all my chores done. THANK YOU! Your service will not go unrewarded. Walker, you get special mention, for service above and beyond… Thank you, my friend. Eric. (Nothing more need be said.) My dear wife, Linda, and her trusty sidekick, Joanne, neither of whom are dedicated to our hobby, but who come along to help, because they know that this is important to me. Nancy, for all your tireless efforts, before, during and after the Fest, many thanks. Dave, all my efforts are dwarfed by the Herculean labours that you exert, to host the show each year. I think only Nancy and I have a fair idea of the amount of work that you do for this. I, for one, am amazed that you can find the drive, each year. Truly, I am proud and honoured to call you Friend. For anyone who doesn’t see themselves in this post, know that I do not intend any omission. Read between the lines. My heart remembers you. Thank you, all, for my best Fest EVER!