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Monthly Archives: June, 2016

A LATTER-DAY STARLIGHT EXPRESS

BACK IN the 1980s and 1990s, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express captivated the London stage for 7408 performances, had Broadway and Las Vegas productions, another in Germany (that’s still playing) … Continue reading

June 16, 2016 · 1 Comment

PORSCHE AERODYNAMICS

WHAT WITH the Le Mans 24-hour race coming up this weekend, June 18 – 19, it’s not inappropriate to celebrate automotive aerodynamics as practiced by the good folks of Zuffenhausen. … Continue reading

June 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

SET AND REST A SPELL

FLYING CREATURES conserve energy by occasionally perching. And, as reported in Science, published weekly by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, engineers are applying nature’s techniques to make … Continue reading

June 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

CAR CURTAILING AROUND THE WORLD

LET’S ASSUME for a moment that the U.S. Declaration of Independence’s “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” has personal mobility as one of these pursuits. If so, and if … Continue reading

June 13, 2016 · 2 Comments

CHINESE AUTO TIDBITS

I AM FASCINATED by the People’s Republic of China and its relationship with the automobile. One of the longest lasting Communist economies in the world also has a rich heritage … Continue reading

June 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

A STATUE FOR PORTO EMPEDOCLE

SEPARATED AT BIRTH: Russian Communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin and Italian Fascist playwright Luigi Pirandello, right?? It would be difficult to imagine two more politically antithetical individuals of the 20th century. … Continue reading

June 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

MEDITATIONS ON CBS RADIO WORKSHOP

THE CBS RADIO WORKSHOP teamed famed journalist Edward R. Murrow and other commentators with the music of Norman Dello Joio in an epic broadcast on June 23, 1957. Murrow opened … Continue reading

June 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

THE MUSIC OF AVIATION

AVIATION HAS provided significant inspiration for music. And I’m not just talking about titles such as Flying Down to Rio or Der fliegende Holländer. I’m thinking of classic musical pieces … Continue reading

June 6, 2016 · 2 Comments

CLASSIC SUBTERRANEAN CRIMINALITY

SHERLOCK HOLMES knew about London’s underground, including Professor Moriarty, Colonel Moran, John Clay and the like. He also knew the London Underground, the world’s first and one of the grandest … Continue reading

June 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

HOW DO BEV LIFE CYCLES RATE?

BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLES have zero tailpipe emissions. However, the production of their batteries, the supply of their electricity and their eventual disposal affect the environment. Such life-cycle analyses, from cradle … Continue reading

June 4, 2016 · 1 Comment