ON January 18, 2001, Gauge 1 lost one of its strongest supporters. Word has come of the death of Furman University's former Chaplain Dr. Jim Pitts. Just a couple of months ago he was as sharp as ever. He lost the battle with Covid. Jim will be remembered not only for his meticulously drafted articles on each new Aster live steam locomotive, but maybe more so by his kind words and pleasant demeanor. Through his love of live steam trains he became a mentor to many of us, never hesitating to offer a helping hand. Our thoughts and prayers go to Jim and his family.