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Monthly Archives: August, 2020

BESSIE COLEMAN—A COURAGEOUS WOMAN OF SOARING AMBITION PART 1

MORE THAN 100 years ago, a young woman heard about pioneer aviatrix Harriet Quimby and thought flying might be fun for her too. The young woman had two challenges: her … Continue reading

August 31, 2020 · 1 Comment

HOW COME MY RAZOR GETS DULL?

SURELY STEEL IS stronger than hair, right? Indeed, it’s fifty times stronger. Then how come razors don’t stay sharp forever?  What with one thing and another, this may seem inconsequential. … Continue reading

August 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

YOU CAN’T PLEASE EVERYONE

I’VE BEEN ENJOYING Nick Slonimsky’s Lexicon of Musical Invective: Critical Assaults on Composers Since Beethoven’s Time. Its theses are two-fold and clear: You can’t please everyone. And critics write for … Continue reading

August 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

A CARRIAGE FOR THE KING

HERE’S A TALE of transportation fit for a king; indeed, named for one. Yet, in the last decade, this 1911 Hispano-Suiza Alfonso XIII Double Berline twice went begging at auction, … Continue reading

August 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

LETTERS AS ENCOURAGEMENT

I WAS READING the Letters column in the August 13, 2020, London Review of Books, with nary a serious thought in my head. Then I encounter several communications that didn’t … Continue reading

August 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

CHURCHILL’S COOK PART 2

YESTERDAY Georgina Young chose kitchen service as scullery maid no. six in a fairly grand household. Today, she marries, learns from, and thrives with chef Paul Landemare. And has wartime … Continue reading

August 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

CHURCHILL’S COOK PART 1

THE ENGLISH SATIRIST Saki wrote, “The cook was a good cook, as cooks go, and as cooks go, she went.” By contrast, Georgina Landemare was more akin to Mrs. Patmore, … Continue reading

August 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

HAPPY (BELATED) EIGHTH BIRTHDAY, SIMANAITIS SAYS!

THIS WEBSITE STARTED on August 13, 2012, with “1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata.” Things were a lot simpler back then. There have been occasional anniversary celebrations since. “A Year in Review” … Continue reading

August 24, 2020 · 8 Comments

THREE SCIENTISTS WALK INTO A BAR….

SOME PEOPLE THINK that scientists are inarticulate. Counterexamples are abundant, and I might wonder who are the inarticulate among us. Here’s scientific wisdom, wit, satire, and social commentary from three … Continue reading

August 23, 2020 · 2 Comments

1967 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 1500

THE YEAR 1967 was a memorable one. The Graduate, with Dustin Hoffman driving a cool Alfa Romeo Spyder, was a hit movie. The Beatles brought out Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s … Continue reading

August 22, 2020 · 2 Comments