Simanaitis Says

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ON NEW YORK CITY CLUBBING

WITH A FEW exceptions, my view on clubs agrees with Groucho Marx’s: He wired the Friar’s Club of Beverly Hills, “I don’t want to belong to any club that will … Continue reading

February 8, 2016 · 1 Comment

IS IT THE GOOD TURTLE SOUP OR MERELY THE SLOTH?

A WONDERFUL HOAX was played on members of New York City’s exclusive Explorer’s Club back in 1951. To paraphrase Cole Porter’s “At Long Last Love,” a legendary meal at the … Continue reading

February 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

BOB & RAY—LAUGH TRACKS ARE REDUNDANT

BOB ELLIOT, the smaller soft-spoken one of the Bob and Ray comedy pair, died recently, age 92. His partner, Ray Goulding, had died in 1990 at age 68. Together, they … Continue reading

February 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

QUICK, THE MOSQUITO SPRAY! NO, THE UNDERARM DEODORANT!

WHAT WITH the horrible Zika virus being mosquito-borne, an item in AAAS Science, January 4, 2016, caught my attention. Elizabeth Pennisi’s article “Orchids Give Off Human ‘Body Odor’ to Attract … Continue reading

February 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

HAVE I BEEN UNCERTAIN OF ENTANGLEMENTS?

THIS ITEM began with my trying to learn about quantum entanglement. This physics term describes the way particles can interact from afar, something that Albert Einstein referred to as “spooky … Continue reading

February 3, 2016 · 1 Comment

ANDRÉ DUBONNET’S FLIGHT OF AUTOMOTIVE FANCY

ANDRÉ DUBONNET had already distinguished himself in many ways: flying a SPAD XIII in World War I combat, driving a Duesenberg to fourth in the 1921 French Grand Prix at … Continue reading

February 2, 2016 · 2 Comments

ANDRÉ DUBONNET, WEALTH AND TALENT WELL SPENT

ANDRÉ DUBONNET is exemplary of inherited money put to good use. His wealth came from his father’s inventing the aperitif bearing the family name. Andre didn’t have to work, yet … Continue reading

February 1, 2016 · 3 Comments
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