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DE HAVILLAND “MOZZIE”

THE DE HAVILLAND 98 Mosquito was one of the most versatile aircraft of World War II. No other aircraft served so many roles as a day and night fighter, bomber, … Continue reading

August 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

POWER QUANTS

IT’S QUITE enough to give mathematics a bad name. “Traders Profit as Power Grid is Overworked,” in The New York Times, August 14, 2014, explains how “quants” (those mathematically trained … Continue reading

August 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

TOYS—1927

NOT TO sound like an old guy—which, of course, I am—but today’s play for kids seems a bit artificial, if not downright electronically weird. By contrast, one of the books … Continue reading

August 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

GAMESMANSHIP—WITH A MOTORING SUBTEXT

STEPHEN POTTER (not related to Harry) was a British academic, writer/producer at the BBC and most revered for putting self-help books in their place. He originated the Theory and Practice … Continue reading

August 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

DUTCH DARRIN’S FORD CABRIOLET

THE TERM custom coachwork may not resonate with the name Ford as readily as with Roll-Royce, Duesenberg or Packard. Nor does a relocation from Paris to Los Angeles seem the … Continue reading

August 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

INTERIOR DESIGN

THERE ARE multiple reasons I enjoy books on interior design. The topic is interesting from a historical viewpoint of how people live. The books reinforce my interest in the art … Continue reading

August 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

JANE’S ALL THE WORLD’S AIRCRAFT—1913

WHEN I was a lad, I thought it was cool that a girl named Jane knew all about aircraft. It wasn’t until later that I learned the name was Fred … Continue reading

August 12, 2014 · Leave a comment
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