Simanaitis Says

On cars, old, new and future; science & technology; vintage airplanes, computer flight simulation of them; Sherlockiana; our English language; travel; and other stuff

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT AND JAPAN

“EVER SINCE I discovered the print,” Frank Lloyd Wright wrote in his 1932 autobiography, “Japan has appealed to me as the most romantic, artistic country on Earth.” The Frank Lloyd … Continue reading

January 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

A TECH TRIO OF MERIT

SAE INTERNATIONAL publishes Tech Briefs, a monthly magazine of “Engineering Solutions for Design & Manufacturing.” Three articles in its January 2018 issue show the range of its editorial coverage extending … Continue reading

January 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

LAFAYETTE, THEY WERE THERE

IT WAS just about 100 years ago that American pilots transferred their service from the Escadrille Lafayette to the newly formed U.S. Army Air Service. In addition to the 38 … Continue reading

January 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

“AN AMERICAN CAR WITH THE EUROPEAN LOOK”

R&T MAGAZINE nailed it with this headline announcing its road test of the Studebaker Commander Coupe in the September 1953 issue. Early in the road test, they wrote, “Although not … Continue reading

January 17, 2018 · 3 Comments

BORRONI-BIRD’S AFREECAR

CHRIS BORRONI-BIRD has proposed an innovative means of personal mobility and mobile power particularly optimized for sub-Sahara Africa. The Afreecar, a play on “Africa Car,” is an advanced bike-trailer system. … Continue reading

January 16, 2018 · 2 Comments

FERRARI 4.1 VIGNALE COUPE

“THE FABULOUS Ferrari,” R&T wrote in a September 1953 road test, “lives up to all the thousands of words which have been written about it.” This particular road test subject … Continue reading

January 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

I AM EMBARRASSED

IN MY continuing series of Etymology for our Times, today I examine the word “embarrass.” Merriam-Webster defines its first meaning as “to cause to experience a state of self-conscious distress.” … Continue reading

January 13, 2018 · Leave a comment