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Monthly Archives: April, 2014

MAZDA MIATA AT QUARTER CENTURY

MAZDA IS celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Miata at the New York International Auto Show, taking place April 18 – 27, 2014. Given my personal involvement with Miatas, it’s … Continue reading

April 19, 2014 · 3 Comments

ENGLAND AT WAR: TWO NOTEWORTHY BOOKS

MY PRIMARY source for yesterday’s SimanaitisSays item on the Jane comics (http://wp.me/p2ETap-23p) is the book Little Friends. Plus, Go To It! is another worthy book in a similar genre. The … Continue reading

April 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

JANE’S WARTIME ADVENTURES

WINSTON CHURCHILL called her “Britain’s secret weapon” and, indeed, her marriage became one of World War II’s better kept secrets. I’m talking about Jane, the leggy, curvaceous blonde scatterbrain seen … Continue reading

April 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

THE HECK, YOU SAY

THE GERMAN term Heckmotor (rear engine) is usually reserved for Porsche and Volkswagen. However, in the 1930s, Mercedes-Benz preceded Volkswagen in offering rear-engine passenger cars to the public. And, as you … Continue reading

April 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

MY FAVORITE ENGLISH DETECTIVE

PAUL TEMPLE is my favorite fictional English detective—as opposed to the tantalizingly real Sherlock Holmes. We have Dr. John H. Watson to thank for chronicling Holmes’ exploits. We can thank … Continue reading

April 13, 2014 · 3 Comments

$AVE THROUGH FONT$

ONE OBSERVANT 14-yer-old could save the federal government roughly $234 million a year—by suggesting a standardization of type font. His research made “News of the Week” in the March 14, … Continue reading

April 12, 2014 · 2 Comments

TRIPOLI TANGLES, 1933

GOOD STORIES often get better—or at least more convoluted—in retelling. Such is the case with the 1933 Gran Primio di Tripoli. The original plan was bizarre enough: I Lotteria di … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · Leave a comment