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July 2009 Mailbag - Letters to the Editor

John Cappa | Writer
Posted July 1, 2009


XJ Cover Conspiracy
If my memory serves me right, I don't recall ever seeing an XJ adorn the cover of Jp magazine since I've been a subscriber way back in 1997. Back then Mr. Sandals himself Rick Pewe was at the helm. Remember him? Anyhoo, it's nice to see you show us XJ guys some love and give us a cover shot. I got my Jeep back in 1996, a new XJ. It's still running strong with 95,000 miles on the clock and the 4.0L runs strong as ever (still bothers me that Jeep scraped this workhorse). The magazine is going strong as ever with great content, even with Petey T.! And you gotta love Tori's puzzles too.Josh JacobsonPerkasie, Pennsylvania

At first I thought you were nuts so I looked into it and checked the back issues all the way to the beginning (spring of '96). And ya know what? You're right! That is the first Cherokee (XJ) to ever grace the cover! Good catch!

Panties in a Bunch
I threw away over 40 copies of Jp magazine from many years of collection. I have collected Four Wheeler and 4-Wheel & Off-Road since 1988 and I have every issue. I had started your collection years ago.

I don't find that kind of journalism funny ("International Buys Jeep!", April '09). I look to your magazine as a source of reliable information, something you have now ruined. That may have been funny when times were good, but Chrysler is on the brink of failure and your timing is poor. Perhaps you should browse the internet; you pissed off a lot of people.

There are a lot of us die-hard Jeep fans reading Jp magazine that feel like you are a reliable source of information, only to find out you play tricks on your readers. I don't need your magazine and I hope to use the internet to stir things up on that article as well.

Your credibility is shot. You're lucky I am not in charge of Jp magazine. If I had an editor that pulled a stunt like that, he would be jobless. I can tell you this for certain, you did not gain any readers with that stunt, and most likely, you lost some. You are a failure as an Editor and a comedian. It's not funny. I realize the April fool's part of it all. If I wanted an April fool's joke, I would talk to my 9-year-old. Goodbye.Scott BrandonMonument, Colorado

April Fooled
Yesterday my wife (yup, she's a Jeep chick) brought in the mail and was flipping through the new issue of Jp. Excitedly she started reading aloud the article on International buying Jeep. A Rubicon Grand Cherokee, 4.5L diesels, Allison transmissions, the return of the solid axle... It sounded too good to be true.

Then I noticed the issue date at the bottom of the page, April. Yup, you got us, nice job. That was very mean, but well done.John "Jack" WalogorskyStrafford, New Hampshire

Pissed Off Labor
I recently read "International Buys Jeep!" in the April '09 issue. I have now heard that you guys did this as somewhat of an April fool's joke. If that is the case, that is ridiculous! It is tough enough to have and keep a job in this economy, and for the people who actually work for the Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler family, such as me, I did not find it amusing! I will tell people to never subscribe to your magazine based on your little practical joke. Good luck trying to get people to read your magazine if this is how you treat readers.RC JuniorVia e-mail

I should have known, after getting home from work I sat down in my easy chair to rest my weary feet and as gazed upon my new issue of Jp fresh from the mailbox, I read on the cover "Jeep Brand Sold to International". Intrigued I tuned to page 64 and then back to 62 to find what in my opinion is the cruelest April fool's joke to have ever been played on me. I was so excited as I read the article...diesel Jeep Wrangler--no f-ing way! Dump the Compass, Patriot and return the Cherokee--holy crap! A Carry-All--this is the best thing I have ever read in my wait, what month is this issue? April of course.

You got me. A very cruel trick gentlemen, cruel indeed.Justin HonanWilson, North Carolina

er about Jeep being bought by International on page 64. After reading the details, I left the "library" and called a couple of buddies to share the news. We were all pretty psyched at the time, but suddenly it dawned on me that it was the April issue. I fell for the story about bolt-on portal axles a couple of years ago.

So what gives? Can I believe any news in the April issue? Did you guys sucker me again?Eric DahlmanSavanna, Illinois

Fished In
My new Jp mag showed up in the mail and my wife, who was locked out of the house waiting for me (long story for another time), was reading it. When I got home she told me all about how Jeep and International were finally going to be a match made in heaven (her words, not mine). I immediately flipped to the page and read in awe the unbelievable story about all the vehicles being taken off-line (good riddance) and the Rubicon package being offered on everything else. I even wrote my brother-in-law (an International die-hard) to tell him about the breaking news.

Fast forward 2 hours when I decided to read a few different articles. Low and behold, right there in the article about what prognosticators you guys are was the clue I was missing. It suddenly came on like the proverbial light bulb. The whole article was the annual reader bitch slap. Oh, I was so worked up. I couldn't believe I fell for it this year. Last year's article was easy to spot. Why I fell so hook, line and sinker for this one I don't know, but kudos to you all. You really got me.

Keep up the good work. Maybe someday this article will too come true. In the mean time I will keep devouring your every article and enjoying how you constantly pick on us readers.Shane WhiteVia e-mail

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