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Monthly Archives: February, 2021

1914 G.P. VAUXHALL—ANALYZING A FATHER’S WORK    PART 2

YESTERDAY WE BEGAN discussing Laurence “Pom” Pomeroy’s analyses of his father L.H.P.’s design for the 1914 G.P. Vauxhall, a car replete with innovative features. Today in Part 2 we offer … Continue reading

February 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

1914 G.P. VAUXHALL—ANALYZING A FATHER’S WORK PART 1

IN 1913, ENGLISH engineer L.H. Pomeroy designed an innovative racing car for the 1914 Tourist Trophy race as well as the internationally important, and highly popular, French Grand Prix. In … Continue reading

February 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

HELDENDIVAS OF WAGNER’S RING DES NIBELUNGEN

HELDENTENORS ARE RENOWNED for their heroic Wagnerian singing. But what about the divas? They’re typically portrayed as plumpish, large-bosomed ladies wearing cow-horned helmets. Tenors, Helden and Otherwise. Nick Slonimsky has … Continue reading

February 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

POM ON MOTOR RACING AND NATIONALISM

LAURENCE “POM” POMEROY, 1908–1966, wrote about more than automotive technicalities in his classic book The Grand Prix Car. There is a tale that Pom’s father, English automotive engineer Laurence Henry … Continue reading

February 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

ERTÉ, MARION DAVIES, AND WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST

A COIN TOSS linked Art Deco artist Erté with publishing mogul William Randolph Hearst. One result of the coin toss was a movie, The Restless Sex, all but forgotten—and for … Continue reading

February 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

ENTERTAINING ENGLISH HISTORY

SURE, WE HAVE our George Washington cutting down that apple tree and proving the law of gravity by throwing an apple across the Potomac. (Or do I have this wrong?) … Continue reading

February 19, 2021 · 3 Comments

ISADORE SINGER—BRIDGE BUILDER

IN THE NEW York Times, February 14, 2021, Julie Rehmeyer observed the passing, at age 96, of mathematician Isadore Singer. The article caught my eye when she wrote that Singer … Continue reading

February 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

PUSILLANIMOUS, CRAVEN, DASTARDLY: ETYMOLOGIES, WITH EXAMPLES   PART 2

THIS ALL STARTED with my seeking descriptions of certain U.S. Senators participating in the Trump sequel to his first impeachment. The nickel word “pusillanimous” came to mind in Part 1; … Continue reading

February 17, 2021 · 2 Comments

PUSILLANIMOUS, CRAVEN, DASTARDLY: ETYMOLOGIES, WITH EXAMPLES   PART 1

I WAS AT a loss for words while I listened to Senator Mitch McConnell and other Republicans during this past week’s impeachment hearings. But then three words came to mind: … Continue reading

February 16, 2021 · 5 Comments

FERRARI 166MM—ASK THE MAN WHO BOUGHT ONE (OR TWO)

LOTS OF FERRARIS have appeared here at SimanaitisSays: the cars of Enzo, Casablanca‘s Blue Parrot owner Signor Ferrari, and the charming “Amati, Io Viso Dire” of composer Benedetto Ferrari.  But … Continue reading

February 15, 2021 · 5 Comments