Illustration by Chris Philpot. 


CAROL MOHOLT moved to New Mexico three years ago. “I enjoy reading your monthly reports,” she writes. “But I couldn’t believe it could happen to me.” It did. Needing to make a complicated reservation change on American Airlines, she decided to call the company rather than do it online. After a friendly clerk helped Moholt make the switch, the agent ran through a list of reminders. Her spiel included, “Don’t forget to get to the airport three hours ahead of flight time.” Moholt politely replied that Albuquerque International Sunport was her home airport, and that an hour was usually more than enough time to get to the gate. To us, she adds, “What happened to the good old days in elementary school, when we learned all 50 states and a little about each one, filling in blank maps with all the correct names?”


Author BILL JOHNSTON writes, “I’m always happy to hear that someone has learned something interesting from my Early New Mexico License Plates book,” as White Rock resident Steve Foltyn reported in our October column. Foltyn cited the book in his note about New Mexico adding USA to its license plates in 1969. Unfortunately, that column left a letter out of Johnston’s last name. We regret the error, but we’re also glad to hear from Johnston, who has sent us more than one “Missing” item in the past. He adds that his entire book is available for free in electronic form at, where there are more than 5,000 photographs of vintage and contemporary New Mexico license plates and related items. The images date from the late territorial era to the present day.

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