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Monthly Archives: February, 2019

HOW NOT TO HAVE A PRESS JUNKET PART 1

DURING MY 33+ years in automotive journalism, I enjoyed a good number of informative and entertaining press trips. High points, good, bad, and mixed, included the fall of the Soviet … Continue reading

February 28, 2019 · 2 Comments

HOLMES’ CINEMA HOUND

JUST AS IRENE ADLER would always be “the woman” to Holmes, the Baskerville Hound was “the canine.” Dr. John H. Watson introduced this giant dog in The Hound of the … Continue reading

February 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

STEADY THE TOOL; SPIN THE WORK

IT MAY SEEM odd: Hold the carving tool in one place and move the object being carved. Yet, historians of manufacturing say the ancient potter’s wheel led not only to … Continue reading

February 26, 2019 · 1 Comment

TUBER TIDBITS

JUST AS MY Lithuanian ancestors worshipped trees, Wife Dottie’s side of the family worships potatoes. We even have a couple Christmas tree ornaments honoring the tuber. Thus, I read with … Continue reading

February 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

CELEBRATING THE CONNIE PART 2

THE LOCKHEED CONSTELLATION served admirably as the C-69 in World War II. Both Trans World Airlines and Pan American World Airways received demobbed versions in October 1945. Connie Finds Peacetime … Continue reading

February 24, 2019 · 2 Comments

CELEBRATING THE CONNIE PART 1

IN AVIATION DESIGN, form must follow function. And has there ever been a more aesthetically pleasing airliner than the Lockheed Constellation? Here’s a collection of Connie tidbits, gleaned from Airliners … Continue reading

February 23, 2019 · 2 Comments

HAPPY 150TH—THE PERIODIC TABLE!

THE UNITED NATIONS celebrates 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table. This familiar array is more than a collection of chemical elements. As described in Science, February 1, … Continue reading

February 22, 2019 · 3 Comments