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Monthly Archives: March, 2019

RESTORATION RIFFS

ENGLAND’S DISSATISFACTION with Puritan Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell, 1599–1658, led to more than the people’s exhuming his body in 1661, hanging it in chains, beheading it, and then losing the … Continue reading

March 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

A DIMINUTIVE V-8 KNOWN AS OTTO VU

WE TEND TO think of V-8s as big engines: Even the “small-block” Chevy had displacements ranging from 262 cu. in. (4.3 liters) to 400 cu. in. (6.6 liters). The 427 … Continue reading

March 30, 2019 · 2 Comments

BENTLEY’S WINGED BRETHREN

GIVEN BENTLEY’S EMBLEM, it’s no surprise that this classic marque was photographed with other winged companions. On the Road was Bentley Motors’ magazine in the 1930s, and in 2003 Dalton … Continue reading

March 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

GEORGIA O’KEEFFE’S PAINTINGS HAVE ACNE

FOR A LONG TIME, it was thought that the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe contained specks of sand traceable to her beloved New Mexico environs. But, over time, these specks were … Continue reading

March 28, 2019 · 1 Comment

AH, THOSE “GOOD OLD DAYS”….

TWO RECENT HAPPENINGS remind me that those “good old days,” the Fifties and early Sixties, were hardly the stress-free idylls nostalgically recalled. Nor am I talking about misogyny and racism. … Continue reading

March 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

CAPTURING IMAGES OF AIR

DIFFERENT DENSITIES of air cause differing refractions of light. This scintillation is what causes shimmering images of hot landscapes on a sunny day. Capturing such images is challenging, but NASA … Continue reading

March 26, 2019 · 1 Comment

PHYL COE—A RADIO NANCY DREW, A FRIEND OF SUPERMAN PART 2

OUR STARS of the Phyl Coe Radio Mysteries were introduced yesterday in Part 1 here at SimanaitisSays. Today in Part 2, let’s see how Philco (“Phyl Coe,” get it?) hyped … Continue reading

March 25, 2019 · Leave a comment