So, my club hosted a gentleman who was a former SP/UP dispatcher and an expert on Model Railroading Operations. He presented a short clinic on Operations basics for the club. He handed out various materials he had used at other clubs and timetables for model railroads he's operated. Some of those model railroads having been featured in the hobby press. At one point he asked how many people knew who Tony Koester was. Exactly one person besides myself raised their hand. I was floored. Tony Koester, love him or hate him (and I've found many that don't care for his writing style or modelling thoughts) is someone who everyone who has been modelling for some time should have encountered and someone that those new to the hobby should be exposed to. Like John Allen, Allen McClelland, Lynn Wescott and many others. These are people who have influenced the hobby in so many ways. It kind of bothers me that people don't seek out or get much of a history lesson. Especially on the Internet. Model Railroad Hobbyist does a passable job of referencing back to the stalwarts, but on most sites, the attitude is "We don't need no stinking EXPERTS!" As if somehow having people who have put in significant effort into the hobby as a whole have nothing to teach. MR and others haven't helped. With the exception of Tony Koester himself and to a lesser extent the team at MRH, there is very little actual writing about the hobby any more. Perhaps there is some in the various NMRA publications, though in my experience, not much. I miss the more in depth and theoretical articles that one could read on Model Railroading. I feel like the hobby has been done a disservice by their loss and I feel like every time someone dismisses the work of those past, it undermines the richness of the hobby...and leaves less room for our modern authors to branch out.