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Monthly Archives: May, 2019

CODY’S BAA 1—GREAT BRITAIN’S FIRST TO FLY PART 2

SAMUEL F. CODY ENJOYED development work on his British Army Aeroplane No. 1. And I’ve enjoyed GMax/Microsoft Flight Simulator renderings of his developments. Here in Part 2, my sources expand … Continue reading

May 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

CODY’S BAA 1—GREAT BRITAIN’S FIRST TO FLY PART 1

THE FIRST RECOGNIZED POWERED, heavier-than-air, controlled, sustained flight in the United Kingdom was accomplished by Samuel F. Cody’s British Army Aeroplane No. 1 on October 16, 1908. As with many … Continue reading

May 19, 2019 · 2 Comments

HURRAH FOR PIGEONS!

PIGEONS HAVE made their mark here at SimanaitisSays, in the figurative sense, that is. One pigeon was cited as Nikola Tesla’s close friend: Tesla was quoted as saying, “I loved … Continue reading

May 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

KENNEDY, DEGAULLE, SURE. BUT WHAT ABOUT LAMBERT, O’HARE, AND CYRIL E. KING?

THIS TOPIC STARTED when I read that Listerine tycoon Albert Bond Lambert was also known as St. Louis’s No. 1 aviation enthusiast; and hence today STL is St. Louis Lambert … Continue reading

May 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I OWNERS—UNIQUE BLOKES, EVERY ONE

THE 1925 NEW PHANTOM was Rolls-Royce’s second 40/50 model, the first 40/50 coming to be known as the Silver Ghost after its 1907 demonstrator example. There have been successive Phantoms … Continue reading

May 16, 2019 · 1 Comment

MEDIEVAL STUDIES HIJACKED

EVEN MEDIEVAL STUDIES has been caught up in a commentary involving our contentious times. Jennifer Schuessler reports “Medieval Scholars Joust with White Nationalists. And One Another,” in The New York … Continue reading

May 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

KNOXVILLE: SUMMER OF 1915 PART 2

TWO AMERICAN cultural heroes, author James Agee and composer Samuel Barber, and their Knoxville: Summer of 1915 were celebrated yesterday in Part 1. Today, we continue with Chris Myers’ notes … Continue reading

May 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

KNOXVILLE: SUMMER OF 1915 PART 1

THERE’S A GENTLE affirmation of life in Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, a piece for voice and orchestra that this composer called a “lyric rhapsody.” Lyrics of this 1947 … Continue reading

May 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

CELEBRATING PEGGY WEBBER

WHAT DOES JOE FRIDAY’S mother have in common with Orson Welles’ Lady Macduff? They were portrayed by the same talented actress, Peggy Webber. What’s more, she’s founder and continues to … Continue reading

May 12, 2019 · 5 Comments

FUEL CELLS 2019

EVEN BEFORE my Fairbanks to Vancouver and Las Vegas to San Diego adventures in 2007, I’ve been enthusiastic about FCEVs, electric vehicles generating their own electricity from hydrogen fuel cells. … Continue reading

May 11, 2019 · Leave a comment