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Monthly Archives: July, 2016

THE WRIGHT BROTHERS—AERO THEORETICIANS

THE WRIGHT BROTHERS went far beyond being bicycle builders because of their extraordinarily methodical approach to all of their activities. Why, for example, did these Ohioans first fly at Kitty … Continue reading

July 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

THE VILLAGE OF PETER FRITZ

PETER FRITZ did more than sell insurance in Vienna, Austria. In the 1950s and 1960s, during his spare time Fritz built architectural models. Indeed, he left more than enough structures … Continue reading

July 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

AN ENTHUSIAST’S FATHER BROWN

BEING ENTHUSED about classic cars, vintage aircraft and English mystery stories, I recommend the BBC TV adventures of Father Brown. In a recent PBS presentation, this parish priest/amateur sleuth found … Continue reading

July 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

CHEAP GAS—2016

THE U.S. CONTINUES to have the cheapest gasoline anywhere in the world I’d want to live. On July 18, 2016, Bloomberg.com offered “Gasoline Prices Around the World: The Real Cost … Continue reading

July 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

JET LAGS I HAVE KNOWN

IN CASE YOU EVER wondered, Joanna Klein explained, “Why Jet Lag Can Feel Worse When You Travel From West to East,” in The New York Times, July 15, 2016. Klein … Continue reading

July 19, 2016 · 1 Comment

MID-ENGINE INDY RACE CARS—THE EARLY YEARS

THE DEMISE OF classic front-engine Indy roadsters began in 1961 when Jack Brabham’s mid-engine Cooper-Climax broke their ubiquity with a 9th-place finish. Jim Clark’s 1965 win in his Lotus-Ford hastened … Continue reading

July 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

HAPPY 75TH, JEEP!

THE JEEP is 75 years old; its conception, traceable to freelance designer Karl Probst, is a year older. The editors of Automotive News assembled a celebration of these events in … Continue reading

July 17, 2016 · 4 Comments