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Monthly Archives: January, 2014

EARL MADMAN MUNTZ

January 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

WORLD WAR I AVIATION

AVIATION ENTERED World War I as almost a curiosity, balloons and fledgling aeroplanes used for observation and little more. Within five years, 1914-1918, aircraft became deadly weapons bringing warfare to … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

WHAT A SYNECDOCHE!

WORDS CAN arise in the most circuitous ways. I was reading about French president Francois Hollande’s relational complexities—His Élysée Palace live-in pal, Valérie Trierweiler, apparently moving out in response to … Continue reading

January 27, 2014 · 3 Comments

HOLMES IN AMERICA?

DID SHERLOCK Holmes ever set foot on the North America continent? I mean actually, not just in those charming, but non-Canonical pastiches. Watson’s chronicles are wonderfully ambiguous in this regard. … Continue reading

January 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

CHRYSLER FIVE-PACK

I CONFESS that this title sounds like Chrysler getting into the brewery business with a cost-cutting move. But, in fact, the Chrysler Five-Pack is one of World War II’s success stories. … Continue reading

January 24, 2014 · 5 Comments

WE ARE WEIRD

A PROVOCATIVE recent book offers the view that we have a lot to learn from primitive societies—from what we might call uncivilized sorts. What with savage rites and all, I’m … Continue reading

January 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

LOUGHEAD AND THE ALCOR C-6-1 JR. TRANSPORT

AVIATION BUFFS may connect a fellow named Allan Loughead with an aircraft company named Lockheed. But I wonder how many recognize one of his aviation achievements, the svelte 1938 Alcor … Continue reading

January 20, 2014 · Leave a comment