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Monthly Archives: September, 2019

IMAGES FROM AVIATION’S GOLDEN AGE

THE GOLDEN AGE of aviation is regarded as being the 1920s and 1930s. As noted by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, “Airplanes evolved from wood-and-fabric biplanes to streamlined … Continue reading

September 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

OFFSHORED?—TO COLUMBUS OR ANN ARBOR PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, we examined Princeton Professor Alan S. Blinder’s 2007 paper “How Many U.S. Jobs Might Be Offshorable?” Today, in Part 2, we see what has transpired in … Continue reading

September 29, 2019 · 6 Comments

OFFSHORED?—TO COLUMBUS OR ANN ARBOR PART 1

OFFSHORING HAS HAD a profound effect on American life. In 2007, Alan S. Blinder of Princeton University published a paper addressing “How Many U.S. Jobs Might Be Offshorable?” Sure enough, … Continue reading

September 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

DICTIONARIES—DULL, DRY, AND MUSTY?

SAMUEL JOHNSON’s A DICTIONARY of the English Language, 1755, is anything but dull. Nor is Ambrose Bierce’s A Devil’s Dictionary, 1911, at all dry and musty. The tradition is maintained … Continue reading

September 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

ADIEU, COOK’S

THE BANKRUPTCY OF famed travel agency Cook’s is sad indeed after its 178 years in providing travel services. I have a bibliographic interest, in that my most recent Cook’s Traveller’s … Continue reading

September 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

A WELL-CONNECTED HOLMES PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE discussed Sherlock Holmes’ connectedness through news periodicals and Her Majesty’s Post. Today, the Baker Street Irregulars, telegraphy and telephony come to the aid of the world’s first consulting … Continue reading

September 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

A WELL-CONNECTED HOLMES PART 1

HOLMES CHRONICLER Dr. John H. Watson once called London “that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained.” On the other hand, this … Continue reading

September 24, 2019 · Leave a comment