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Monthly Archives: December, 2014

FREMONT RIDER AS GUIDE

HIS NAME conjures up an image of a horseman pointing the way across a western landscape. But in fact, Fremont Rider’s main claim to fame lies in a less adventurous … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

ROOSEVELT FIELD—AND RACEWAY

YESTERDAY WE admired the Rhonie murals at Roosevelt Field (http://wp.me/p2ETap-2GJ). Today, I’ll fill in some of Roosevelt’s history between its 1909 origin and 1951 demise. In between, there’s Glenn Curtiss, … Continue reading

December 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

ALINE RHONIE—GOLDEN-AGE AVIATRIX AND MURALIST

PURSUITS HAVE an interesting way of evolving. I was perusing Minute Epics of Flight, a wonderful collection of one-page vignettes in the Minute series. (See “Minutes of Knowledge,” http://wp.me/p2ETap-1rI, for … Continue reading

December 6, 2014 · 11 Comments

REVENTLOW’S F1 CAR—A MATTER OF TIMING

AMERICAN LANCE Reventlow’s Formula One car had the same high-skilled fabrication and immaculate presentation as his Scarab sports cars. These dominated sports car racing throughout the 1958 season. However, the … Continue reading

December 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

DOING THE CHAPMAN STRUT, AND OTHER MOVES

THE FIRST automotive front suspensions were beam axles with steering spindles at each end, only one step past a kid wagon’s pivoted assembly. Sturdy, simple and inexpensive, it communicated bumps … Continue reading

December 3, 2014 · 4 Comments

CHIUNE SUGIHARA—HERO OF LITHUANIA

STREETS IN Tel aviv, Israel, and in Kaunus and Vilnius, Lithuania, carry Chiune Sugihara’s name. Memorials in Jerusalem, Los Angeles’s Little Tokyo and Chestnut Hill, Massachuetts, celebrate his life. There’s … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · 1 Comment

MY SAN FRANCISCO—AND WILLIAM GIBSON’S

WHEN SAN FRANCISCO comes to mind, I think of its cable cars, Morgan sports cars and Bill Fink’s Isis Imports Ltd., North Beach’s Caffe Sport—and, in utter contrast, the low-life/high-tech … Continue reading

December 1, 2014 · 2 Comments