I remember reading the earliest editions as a kid. And much later, I would learn firsthand how well-received ‘The Christmas Letters’ were in the industry. As Ernie says, “During my career in lumber wholesaling, we always looked forward to a so-called ‘pause’ during the Christmas Holiday Season. After my two partners, Boyd Kelly, Ran Davidson and I established Col-Pac Lumber in 1972, we made a practice of sending personal year-end letters to our lumber contacts.”
Upon my dad’s retirement in 2003, he gave me the complete collection – a binder full – going all the way back to 1972. I tend to open the binder each December. Like tiny time capsules, each letter offers a glimpse between the lines… of the challenges, politics, markets – change – through the years. Links to a small sampling are below.