Simanaitis Says

On cars, old, new and future; science & technology; vintage airplanes, computer flight simulation of them; Sherlockiana; our English language; travel; and other stuff


THIS ITEM BEGINS the fifth year of SimanaitisSays. Once more, I thank you for your readership and interactions. Indeed, celebrating this camaraderie, I recall several notable items of the past year.

“Andrew Dewar’s Flying Origami” soared onto SimanaitisSays on October 28, 2015. To call these creations “folded-paper airplanes” does an injustice to Andrew’s artistry. What’s more, his perspectives on historical aeroplanes coincide with mine.


Above, Andrew Dewer’s origami masterpieces, from left to right, the Blériot XI, the Avro Type F and the Sikorsky Russkii Knyaz. Below, my GMax renderings of the same craft.


I learned of “Vera Nemtchinova, Danseuse—and Teacher” in researching the January 12, 2016, item on education. Her life as a teacher of dance epitomized the relationship of teacher and student. I found especially touching the video of Madame Nemtchinova and ballet student Katherine Healy. Madame Nemtchinova was 79 at the time; Katherine, 10.


A lesson, Madame Vera Nemtchinova and Katherine Healy, New York City, 1979.

“Adrienne Bolland—Queen of the Andes” arrived at this website via a mention in Downton Abbey of this aviatrix’s conquering the Andes by air in 1920. Bolland’s life resonated with me in several ways.


Adrienne Bolland and a Caudron G.3. Image from

My website item encouraged French author Coline Béry to offer me an early reading of the English translation of her book, TRUE BIRDS: Searching for Adrienne Bolland’s Two Legendary Planes.

What’s more, “Caudron G.3 Technicalities” encouraged me to have an absorbing GMax project. In a virtual way, Adrienne has piloted my rendering of the Caudron G.3 from Mendoza, Argentina, to Santiago, Chile. Full disclosure: I’m glad we had a reset button.


Adrienne Bolland and her Caudron G.3 in my virtual Microsoft Flight Simulator world.

Warm memories of friendship with Innes Ireland appeared at SimanaitisSays three times this past year. On April 14, 2016, “Clearing Innes Ireland’s Name” detailed Innes getting right with Needles, California, constabulary. This tale included a cross-country trip in a Brumos Racing Porsche and, to quote Innes, “the best looking woman I’d seen in a month.” She was the one in the cop’s outfit.


Robert McGregor Innes Ireland, 1930 – 1993. Photo by Dorothy Clendenin, mid-1980s.

“Automotive Art—in Paint and Print,” May 25, 2016, shared wonderful art of Barron Storey illustrating Innes’s love affair with a Ferrari GTB.


From “Sentimental Journeys,” poster from R&T 50th anniversary exhibit, 1997.

Most recently, on August 5, 2016, “#&*%@!!” He Said” gave details of R&T’s (and, 30 years later, The Wall Street Journal’s) approach to controlling vulgarity. Innes played an important role in firming up The Jackie Stewart Rule.

I promise to apply it to this next year of Simanaitis Says. ds

© Dennis Simanaitis,, 2016


  1. Grey McGown
    August 13, 2016

    Denis..over the last year or so since I’ve been following your essays I have received a lot of pleasure…Thanks

  2. Larry Crane
    August 13, 2016

    Denis, thank you for not ejecting me from your list for all my commentary. I, too, enjoy your essays — and your cerebral travels. By the way, where is this Storey original? Great idea.

    • simanaitissays
      August 13, 2016

      Hi, Larry,
      Apart from your views on Voisin’s supremacy in aviation history, we’re two peas in an enthisiast’s pod. (And I love his cars.)

  3. Frank Barrett
    August 13, 2016

    Dennis, thanks for teaching me so much!

    • simanaitissays
      August 13, 2016

      Thank you and others for urging my learning and research.

  4. Michael Rubin
    August 13, 2016

    Kudos and Happy Blog Birthday. A daily treat and surprise since I never know what interesting topic will pop up each day. Thank you for the pleasurable reading and the ongoing education regarding multiple topics.

  5. J Perry Arnott
    August 13, 2016

    Congratulations on your fifth “birthday” and thank you for the work you put into your blog postings. I enjoy them enough that I’m weeks behind on reading most of them – an old habit of leaving the best parts until last. Your postings are so enjoyable, I’d only leave the comics to read after Simanaitis Says.

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