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Monthly Archives: May, 2016

THEATRICAL TIDBITS OF EMANUEL SCHIKANEDER

I KNEW the name Schikaneder only vaguely: librettist of Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute and also a bit character in the Mozart biopic of sorts, Amadeus (Director’s Cut). I’m gleaning a … Continue reading

May 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

VOISIN FARMAN BIPLANE, 1907

MILESTONES OF THE AIR: Jane’s 100 Significant Aircraft includes the biplane of Frenchmen Gabriel and Charles Voisin as its second entry, directly following the Wright Flyer, and for good reason. … Continue reading

May 21, 2016 · 5 Comments

SWEDISH ADVENTURING WITH SAAB’S BJÖRN ENVALL

IT’S O-DARK-THIRTY, pitch-black along a bridle path in wintery 1991 Karlstad, Sweden. People are savoring sips of akvavit from flasks and waiting patiently behind tape loosely strung between the trees. … Continue reading

May 20, 2016 · 2 Comments

ALFA ROMEO 8C 2900B SPECIALE TIPO LE MANS

RAYMOND SOMMER’S straw-hatted participation in the 1938 Le Mans race was cited two days ago. Today I am delighted to follow up with an essay on the car he drove, … Continue reading

May 18, 2016 · 4 Comments

WE’RE THE HIGH-ENERGY APES

“WE MAY NOT be raring to go on a Monday morning, but humans are the Energizer Bunnies of the primate world.” This wonderful opening line by Ann Gibbons in AAAS … Continue reading

May 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

LA FAMILLE SOMMER—L’ESSENCE PROPRE

LIKE ENGLISH, French is amenable to multiple meanings, puns, if you will. To describe the Sommer men, father Roger and sons François, Raymond and Pierre, I sought the French equivalent … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · 2 Comments

AN OVERTURE IN BASALT

GEOLOGY AND MUSIC seemed like a strange mix. Until, that is, I learned more about Felix Mendelssohn’s Opus 26, The Hebrides, which is also known as Die Fingalshöne, Fingal’s Cave. … Continue reading

May 15, 2016 · Leave a comment