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Monthly Archives: February, 2013

MY KINGDOM FOR A PARKING SPACE

AN ITEM in Science magazine, 8 February 2013, got me thinking about England’s Richard III, the last of its Plantagenet kings and recently unearthed beneath a Leicester parking lot. There … Continue reading

February 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

RED BULL FLUG TAG

ONE OF the more imaginative events I covered for R&T was the September 2003 Red Bull Flug Tag competition at the Santa Monica Pier. There’s a similar event planned for Long … Continue reading

February 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

GEORGES PAULIN: STYLIST, SPY

GEORGES PAULIN was a talented inventor, car designer and dentist—and during World War II, an operative for the French Resistance. One of his automotive inventions earned him a French patent. … Continue reading

February 19, 2013 · 2 Comments

VAUDEVILLE AND MUSICALS

VAUDEVILLE COULD well be a metaphor for my career in magazines and academe, and maybe for yours too. There are two entertaining books that are fun to share. The first is No Applause—Just … Continue reading

February 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

NAVY-CURTISS NC-4

WHO FIRST flew the Atlantic? A quick answer is Charles Lindbergh. His stunning achievement on May 20-21, 1927, was the first solo flight from New York to Paris. But eight … Continue reading

February 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

FREEWHEELING 3-WHEELERS

WITH THE obvious exceptions of H.F.S Morgan’s trikes and the Messerschmitt KR200 Kabinenroller, many 3-wheel cars have been promoted by whackadoodles, not to say outright con artists. I offer two … Continue reading

February 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

EFFICIENT BULBS, BUT….

I CONTINUE to encounter neat tidbits in Science magazine, published weekly by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The 25 January 2013 issue has two related pieces on … Continue reading

February 15, 2013 · Leave a comment