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Monthly Archives: April, 2017

THE BEST OF LINES

“I WISH I HAD said that,” Oscar Wilde remarked. “You will, Oscar, you will,” responded James McNeill Whistler. I’ve often shared Oscar Wilde’s wish, though the fear of stumbling into … Continue reading

April 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

CARROLL SHELBY’S UR-COBRA

OL’ SHEL’ recognized a good chassis in the British A.C. Ace sports car. He also sensed how much improved it would be with the burble of a proper ‘Merican V-8. … Continue reading

April 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

THE PRE-COBRA

THE HERITAGE OF Carroll Shelby’s fire-breathing 427 Cobra starts with a lithe British sports car, the A.C. Ace, and then moves to Ol’ Shel’s Fairlane V-8 conversion, the AC-Ford Cobra. … Continue reading

April 18, 2017 · 5 Comments

INCOME INEQUALITY—A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

“FOR YE HAVE the poor always with you…” “The vast gap between the rich and the poor has never been greater than it is today.” “The rich get richer; the … Continue reading

April 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

PRESIDENTIAL HERITAGES—AND CROWDS

INFLATED ESTIMATES of crowd sizes are continuing talking points these days. In countering such alternative facts, I offer here several non-crowd scenes that have presidential associations ranging from James Madison … Continue reading

April 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

BESSIE RAICHE, FIRST AMERICAN WOMAN TO FLY—AND RATHER MORE

DID BESSIE Raiche’s solo flight on September 16, 1910, make her the world’s first female pilot? Uh, no. Frenchwoman Raymonde de Laroche had already piloted a Voisin aeroplane on October … Continue reading

April 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

ROMANCE OF THE SABRE-TOOTH CAT

LA BREA Tar Pits of 12,000 years ago are linked to a 1942 Romance of the Ranchos radio program and also to The New York Times published only yesterday. The … Continue reading

April 13, 2017 · 3 Comments