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Monthly Archives: April, 2014

1964 WORLD’S FAIR

IT’S SAID you never forget your first kiss, your first love, your first…. But what about your first taco? Wife Dottie almost rolled on the floor in laughter today when … Continue reading

April 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

MILES AIRCRAFT LTD AND ITS M.57 AEROVAN

THE BRITISH Miles Aircraft Ltd was a family business, and what a family it was: See http://wp.me/p2ETap-24M. The varied talents of F.G. Miles, his wife Blossom and his brother George … Continue reading

April 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

HAPPY (SORT OF) BIRTHDAY, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

RECORDS INDICATE William Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564, precisely 450 years ago. Well, not precisely, because of England’s Gregorian Calendar change in the 1700s. In fact, his actual … Continue reading

April 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

BLOSSOM MILES—AIRCRAFT DESIGNER

I WAS researching the Miles M.57 Aerovan, but got sidetracked by romance. Maybe you’ll share my enthusiasm for F.G. Miles and his wife Blossom as well as their aircraft, about … Continue reading

April 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

CREATIVE HEARING, TAKE 2

PART OF the fun of listening is trying to figure out what is being said. I mentioned a few family classics of this creative hearing in http://wp.me/p2ETap-1rY. Things like “penguins” when … Continue reading

April 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

THE LEICA FREEDOM TRAIN

GERMAN CAMERA-maker Ernst Leitz II and his daughter Elsie Kühn-Leitz quietly rescued hundreds of Jews by smuggling them out of Nazi Germany during the 1930s. Their efforts came to light … Continue reading

April 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS TURBO

ALL THE teams are using new engines in Formula 1 this season, turbocharged direct-injected 1.6-liter V-6s. But innovative packaging of familiar technology is putting the Mercedes AMG Petronas team at … Continue reading

April 20, 2014 · Leave a comment