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Monthly Archives: March, 2017

MARTIN M-130 SWEETHEART PIN

WIFE DOTTIE was sorting antiques swap meet jewelry treasures and came upon a piece of aircraft memorabilia with lots of interesting history. Her Martin M-130 crafted in sterling silver is … Continue reading

March 31, 2017 · 1 Comment

ARISTOPHANES—ANCIENT GREECE’S S.N.L.

SATIRE WAS AS important to ancient Greeks as it is to those of us living through today’s muddle. Think of the ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes as that era’s combination of … Continue reading

March 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

A PHONY BARD

THIS IS A TALE of deception. It involves a collector of English artifacts; his talented, if unscrupulous, son; the greatest of playwrights, William Shakespeare; and a passel of people capable … Continue reading

March 29, 2017 · 2 Comments

PRESIDENTIAL AUTHORSHIP, PART 4

IN CONCLUDING MY notes here on U.S. Presidents who could read and even write books, I move from the sublime to the present. After the likes of Presidents Thomas Jefferson, … Continue reading

March 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

OPERA FUN CONTINUES

OPERA RIDES the razor edge of absurdity, according to Peter Ustinov. And it continues to delight me, whether in performances or in its attendant fun. Today, I share charming tales … Continue reading

March 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

LOTUS SEVEN AMERICA

THE Lotus Seven America is the John Adams of automobiles: Like this composer of Short Ride in a Fast Machine, the Seven is minimalist. It has nothing more than it … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · 4 Comments

CLEARING THE (AUTOMOTIVE) AIR, PART 2

LET’S EXAMINE automotive emissions and fuel economy following our look at Washington, D.C., shenanigans concerning 2025’s 54.5 mpg. Back in the 1960s, three automotive emissions were identified: HC, unburned hydrocarbons; … Continue reading

March 22, 2017 · 1 Comment