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Monthly Archives: January, 2016

ALFA ROMEO P3—A CAR OF WINNING ECCENTRICITIES

WHAT MAKES the Alfa Romeo P3 such a fascinating study are the car’s Vittorio Jano-designed eccentricities, its Enzo Ferrari refinements, some effective, others bizarre, and its competitive longevity. This factory-entered … Continue reading

January 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

RHINE ADVENTURES

THE RHINE RIVER is the aquatic north/south interstate of western Europe, just as the Danube/Donau is the east/west interstate through Europe’s eastern portion. Keeping my geography honest, I note that … Continue reading

January 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

ADRIENNE BOLLAND—QUEEN OF THE ANDES

IN LADY MARY Crawley’s defending 1920s women’s lib, she mentions that Adrienne Bolland had flown the Andes. [Correction, February 6, 2016: It was actually her sister Edith, prior to her … Continue reading

January 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

DID C. AUGUSTE DUPIN INSPIRE SHERLOCK HOLMES?

IS THE French detective C. Auguste Dupin the spiritual godfather of Sherlock Holmes? Let us set aside for the moment the purely fictional nature of Dupin—he’s a product of Edgar … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

AN ACTUAL PLANET VULCAN??

FOLLOWERS OF Star Trek recognize planet Vulcan as the birthplace of Spock’s father Sarek (his mother Amanda was an Earthling). What’s more, there was a respected mathematician who believed he … Continue reading

January 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

RUTH LAW—NOT JUST A RECORD-SETTING AVIATRIX

WHEN PIONEER aviatrix Ruth Law Oliver sought to fly from Chicago to New York in 1916, she approached Glenn Curtiss to buy an aircraft capable of traveling such a distance. … Continue reading

January 17, 2016 · 2 Comments

REMEMBERING HENRY N. MANNEY III

A KIND READER recalling early R&T reminds me that I’ve not written much here about Henry N. Manney III. I too have memories of Yr. fthfl svrt, favorites lines he composed and, … Continue reading

January 15, 2016 · 32 Comments