Simanaitis Says

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Monthly Archives: May, 2017

THEY’LL HAVE MANHATTAN; I’LL HAVE PHOENIX, OMAHA, CHICAGO, SALT LAKE CITY…

The New York Times, May 28, 2017, celebrated “the celestial eye candy known as Manhattanhenge” with a usual fervor directed to those living immediately east of the Hudson River. Despite … Continue reading

May 31, 2017 · 1 Comment

A LAMENTABLE TALE OF A FORD F-250

KEITH MARTIN’S Sports Car Market is an entertaining and informative magazine, even if, like me, you’re not into buying or selling collector cars at auction. In this magazine’s July 2017 … Continue reading

May 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

GREAT ACERBIC LINES

H.L. MENCKEN was a 20th-century journalist who specialized in acerbic writing that’s still a delight to read. I don’t always agree with Mencken’s view, but I savor his expertise with … Continue reading

May 29, 2017 · 2 Comments

FORD DEALER STARTS OWN AIRLINE

IT SEEMS improbable today, but a car dealer starting his own airline was a sound business model back in 1927. The country was abuzz with Lucky Lindy’s transatlantic solo, Jack … Continue reading

May 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

PETROGRAD NIGHTS—AND DAYS

IN THE long view of history, St. Petersburg, Russia, was called Petrograd for only the briefest of periods, 1914 to 1924. During that decade, though, it was central in a … Continue reading

May 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

NATURE’S ORIGAMI

“LADYBUG, ladybug, fly away home…” These tiny polka-dotted insects invariably complied with this childhood entreaty so quickly that I knew nothing about their winged travel. Coccinellidae are known as ladybugs … Continue reading

May 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

SNIFFING OUT A MYTH

IT IS CONVENTIONAL wisdom that many mammals, dogs especially, have far better senses of smell than humans. However, recent research suggests that this is a myth perpetrated by 19th-century science … Continue reading

May 23, 2017 · Leave a comment