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