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Monthly Archives: April, 2019

THE CARS OF DONALD HEALEY

I HAD A SECRET crush on a high-school math teacher who drove an Austin-Healey Hundred. This recollection came to mind while I was rearranging my Automobile Quarterly collection, far from … Continue reading

April 23, 2019 · 6 Comments

HAIL TO THEE (WHOEVER HE OR SHE IS) PART 2

WE CONTINUE OUR celebration of national personifications here in Part 2 by encountering a previous SimanaitisSays cameo, a British yeoman, and an All-American. Germany’s Arminius. Arminius, aka Hermann the German, … Continue reading

April 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

HAIL TO THEE (WHOEVER HE OR SHE IS) PART 1

IN THESE PERHAPS overly nationalistic times, it seems appropriate to review national characters, emblematic personages of the world. Plenty of countries get by with a generic Mother This or Father … Continue reading

April 21, 2019 · 1 Comment

TEGERNSEE—A TOUR OF TIMELESS ART

TEGERNSEE IS IN the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. This lake isn’t very large, about 4 miles by less than a mile, its Alpine-fed water eventually reaching the Danube, known … Continue reading

April 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

IF ONE FUSELAGE IS GOOD,… PART 2

THE STRATOLAUNCH flew yesterday in Part 1 at SimanaitisSays. Today we offer tidbits on other aerial applications of multiple fuselages. The North American F-82 Twin-Mustang was the last American piston-engine … Continue reading

April 19, 2019 · 2 Comments

IF ONE FUSELAGE IS GOOD,… PART 1

NEWS OF THE Stratolaunch aircraft’s first flight, in The New York Times, April 14, 2019, brings to mind other twin-fuselage designs. These range from an Italian flying boat in the … Continue reading

April 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

THINKING OUTSIDE THE (BLACK) BOX

DO YOU RECALL Douglas Adams’ book and movie The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? Deep Thought, its giant computer (with Helen Mirren’s voice), is asked the Greatest Question of Life. … Continue reading

April 17, 2019 · Leave a comment