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AN AERO ENGINEER PHILOSOPHER PART 1

WERE IT NOT for London Review of Books, I wouldn’t have known that philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein had the “childhood dream of becoming the greatest aviator since Orville and Wilber Wright.” … Continue reading

February 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS UPDATE

THESE DAYS, I get most of my automotive ken from the weekly Automotive News, the primary journal of worldwide automotive industry happenings. Here are a few tidbits. Some educate me, … Continue reading

February 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

THE SCOTTISH PLAY PART 2

NEVER, EVER utter the word “Macbeth” in a theater. Unless, of course, you’re acting a role in the play of that name. Tidbits yesterday in Part 1 suggested the origin … Continue reading

February 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

THE SCOTTISH PLAY PART 1

THE WORD “MACBETH” is never, ever uttered in a theater, except when performing in the Shakespeare play. To avoid the curse, it must always be referred to as “The Scottish … Continue reading

February 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

THREE SUPERLATIVE DELIVERY VEHICLES

THE POINT OF April Fools Road Tests in R&T was to poke fun at the magazine’s testing procedures, not the vehicles being evaluated. This was particularly important when I approached … Continue reading

February 20, 2020 · 5 Comments

QUEEN ELIZABETH II—A MAJESTIC PERSONAGE PART 2

IT’S NOT SURPRISING that Elizabeth Longford’s The Oxford Book of Royal Anecdotes includes insights concerning Queen Elizabeth II. Today, in Part 2, we encounter Britain’s first Queen Elizabeth and loyal, … Continue reading

February 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

QUEEN ELIZABETH II—A MAJESTIC PERSONAGE PART 1

WHAT WITH her kids, and more recently her grandkids, Queen Elizabeth II has had her share of annis horribilis. More than three decades ago, royal biographer Elizabeth Longford edited The … Continue reading

February 18, 2020 · Leave a comment