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Monthly Archives: February, 2014

HUDSON HORNET—NASCAR CHAMP, MOVIE STAR, GOODING AUCTION OFFERING

HERE’S A car that ruled early NASCAR the way Ferrari dominated F1 during the Schumacher era. A car decades ahead of its time, to the extent that sales were hampered. … Continue reading

February 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

NANCY DREW—THE GIRL

GIVEN THAT, to Sherlock Holmes, Irene Adler was the woman, it would follow that, to generations of young women, Nancy Drew was (and continues to be) the girl. Since her debut … Continue reading

February 27, 2014 · 2 Comments

F-SERIES: FIRST TO ALUMINUM

LET’S CELEBRATE one of the most successful vehicles in the world, the Ford F-Series pickup. The timing seems right: At the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the … Continue reading

February 25, 2014 · 3 Comments

WILL THE REAL REALITY PLEASE STAND OUT

A HEADLINE in The New York Times, February 16, 2014, read “Is the Universe a Simulation?” (See http://goo.gl/E9FZgw.) This provocative question aroused my interest all the more because it was … Continue reading

February 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

HURRAH FOR AUTO ENGINEERS!

AUTOMOBILE BUYERS want it all—and enthusiasts want even more. Performance galore, gizmos galore, glitz galore. And then there are conflicting government regulations requiring added safety features combined with increasingly stringent … Continue reading

February 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

MECHA-MAN, DOKTOR DARKNESS—AND YOU!

HERE’S YOUR chance to choose between Good and Evil—and to promote science along the way. Scientists at Britain’s University of Central Lancashire and a pair of professional comic book artists … Continue reading

February 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

CELEBRATING EUGENE BULLARD

THERE WERE two black pilots in World War I, both grandchildren of slaves, one on each side of the conflict. Ahmet Ali (Çelikten), of Somali Rumanian descent, served in the … Continue reading

February 19, 2014 · 4 Comments