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Monthly Archives: October, 2014

CELLULOSIC FUELS—BETTER THAN A LOT OF CORN

TODAY’S ETHANOL is a lot of corn. Producing a motor fuel from corn grain raises the price of food. Ethanol-enhanced gasoline isn’t compatible with all cars (and other equipment fueled … Continue reading

October 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

IRON BRIDGE—CRADLE OF THE INDUSTRIAL AGE

SHROPSHIRE, IN the West Midlands of England, had rich deposits of coal, iron ore and limestone. The shire also has the Gorge, cut through it by the River Severn, at … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

MAGNIFICENT MACHINES—AND TALES TOO

IT’S AS though a bunch of aeroplane enthusiasts got together to make a comedy flick—and spin off a wonderful book. The full title, Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

NELLIE MELBA—DIVA EXTRAORDINAIRE

WIFE DOTTIE’S prudent editing precludes my calling this item “Nellie Melba—Toast of…” or “Nellie Melba—A Peach of ….” But, in fact, this extraordinary opera diva of a century ago was … Continue reading

October 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

STUDEBAKER’S 162 YEARS

ON SEPTEMBER 17, 2014, the Orange County, California, Daily Pilot newspaper jogged the memories of automotive enthusiasts. Unknown to many people in the area, a building being renovated in Newport Beach … Continue reading

October 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

CATCH A FALLING STAR

PITY THE poor meteorite researcher. To catch a falling star is a complex task indeed. The challenges and rewards of studying such extraterrestrial objects are described in “All eyes on … Continue reading

October 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

THE ARROGANCE OF GENIUS

IT IS generally observed that geniuses have no lack of ego. They’re arrogant. Research has shown this. The arrogance of genius is a recurring theme in literature, theater, movies and … Continue reading

October 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

DRIVE ON!—URGES L.J.K. SETRIGHT

LEONARD JOHN Kensell Setright, L.J.K. to those who read his works, was an English motoring journalist with technical savvy, style and occasional outspokenness. Who else but Setright would compose a … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · 5 Comments

THE LIFE AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY OF ARMAND DEPERDUSSIN

ARMAND DEPERDUSSIN, pioneer French airplane manufacturer, was larger than life. He had been a traveling salesman, a cabaret singer and a silk tycoon. His aeroplanes were the world’s first to … Continue reading

October 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

HOLMES IN TIBET

IT IS well known that after his struggle with Professor Moriarty at Reichenbach Fall, Sherlock Holmes had a two-year sabbatical in Tibet. Dr. John H. Watson chronicles the Reichenbach aspects … Continue reading

October 5, 2014 · Leave a comment