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Monthly Archives: September, 2018

HOLMES AND AEROPLANES PART 2

BORN IN 1854, Sherlock Holmes matured during decades of significant scientific development. In particular, internal combustion promised concentrated power to accompany the flight experiments described yesterday in “Holmes and the … Continue reading

September 23, 2018 · 1 Comment

HOLMES AND AEROPLANES PART 1

BY THE TIME aeroplanes reliably flew in British skies, the world’s first consulting detective Sherlock Holmes was already bee-keeping in his retirement. However, he had excellent opportunity to see fledgling … Continue reading

September 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

TIDBITS FROM AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING MAGAZINE

SAE INTERNATIONAL’S Automotive Engineering is published ten times a year, with reports on advances in automotive engineering around the world. I worked as associate engineering editor there back in the … Continue reading

September 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

R&T’S NEW PLACE—1968

YESTERDAY’S SIMANAITISSAYS concluded with a rendering by architect Bill Ficker of R&T’s building at 1499 Monrovia Avenue, Newport Beach, California. Immediately below this rendering here is a photograph accompanying R&T’s … Continue reading

September 20, 2018 · 9 Comments

ON ARCHITECTURE, SAILING, CIVIC PRIDE, AND R&T’S HOME IN 1968

BILL FICKER was the architect of R&T’s 1499 Monrovia Avenue offices, Newport Beach, California. But he was also a victorious America’s Cup skipper, a civic leader, and an articulate spokesman … Continue reading

September 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

THE AUTOMOTIVE ART OF JEAN-PIERRE BOIVENT

THIS IS A tale of shoulda-bought/woulda-bought, with a happy result. The shoulda/woulda part involves not having the sense to invest in a particular book back in the 1990s. The happy … Continue reading

September 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

THE COLORMAN WILL SEE YOU NOW

THE FORBES COLLECTION in the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard University, is the focus of a fascinating article: “Treasures from the Color Archive,” by Simon Schama, online … Continue reading

September 17, 2018 · Leave a comment