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Monthly Archives: January, 2020

WHO’S GOING TO ANTE UP? PART 1

ONE OF THE neat spiffs of a subscription to Automotive News is its occasional addition of Deloitte Insights. Early in 2019, I shared tidbits from Deloitte Insights: Express Land Ahead. … Continue reading

January 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

BIG APPLE NOSHING—1923

I JUST READ Sara Bonisteel’s “The Four-Star Restaurants of New York,” in The New York Times, January 14, 2020. Note, this is the newspaper’s own top ratings, not Michelin’s Three-Star … Continue reading

January 20, 2020 · 4 Comments

CELEBRATING VERA RUBIN—HERALDER OF DARK MATTER

THERE ARE PEOPLE who confuse cosmologist with cosmetologist. True, cosmology has to do with stars, but not of the Paltrow or Kardashian variety. According to Merriam-Webster, both terms trace back … Continue reading

January 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

HONDA S-600: TIDY, LIVELY, ENDEARING

IT WAS 1965 and an American serviceman returned from two years in Japan with Honda’s latest sports car, the S-600. What’s more, he offered his car to R&T for a … Continue reading

January 17, 2020 · 3 Comments

THE VERY LAST GREEN THING, AN OPERA FOR KIDS—AND FOR OUR TIMES

CARY JOHN FRANKLIN’S opera The Very Last Green Thing has a cast of kids. This is most appropriate: Operas typically concern the past, something that kids (and we) can only … Continue reading

January 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

ON BEING FOOTLESS AND INQUISITIVE

I GET SO MUCH more than book learning from the London Review of Books. Consider this opening line of a Katherine Rundell article: “A common swift, in its lifetime, flies … Continue reading

January 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

POKÉMON GO VERSUS THE CANADIAN MILITARY

DAUGHTER SUZ is an ardent player of Pokémon GO, the augmented-reality game wherein players chase digital animated creatures all over the world. And when I say “ardent,” I note with … Continue reading

January 14, 2020 · 1 Comment

TIDBITS GLEANED FROM AUTOMOTIVE NEWS

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS is the weekly source of its industry’s happenings, data, and trends. It has been around since 1925. At one time called Automotive Daily News, it was published on … Continue reading

January 13, 2020 · 1 Comment

IDZ! POLSKIE WILGA! IDZ!

IN POLISH, THE WORD wilga describes a golden oriole; also, the Wilga PZL-104 is a Polish aircraft of notable STOL (short-takeoff-and-landing) characteristics. Its first variant having flown in 1962, the … Continue reading

January 12, 2020 · 2 Comments