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Monthly Archives: September, 2021

1489 WORDS—WILLIAM CONRAD AND JERRY GOLDSMITH

THE CBS RADIO WORKSHOP was radio at its best. This series, originally broadcast from January 27, 1956 to September 22, 1957, was  “dedicated to mans imagination… the theatre of the … Continue reading

September 30, 2021 · Leave a comment

BLÉRIOT 125 PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE LEARNED about Louis Blériot’s enthusiasm for air transport, as exemplified in his company’s development in the early 1930s of the innovative Blériot 125. Today in Part 2, here … Continue reading

September 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

BLÉRIOT 125 PART 1

LOUIS BLÉRIOT BELIEVED in air transport. In 1908, Blériot became the first to fly La Manche, what we English speakers call the English Channel. Barely three years later, on commission … Continue reading

September 28, 2021 · 1 Comment

WILL THE REAL SHERLOCK HOLMES PLEASE STAND UP

WE ALL HAVE an image of Sherlock Holmes. He’s lean, clean-shaven for the era, with sharp features. Indeed, for some reason or another, the names Sidney Paget and Basil Rathbone … Continue reading

September 26, 2021 · Leave a comment

A WRITER’S DRINKS—AND DIAMONDS PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE OFFERED tidbits from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “A Short Biography,” framed by his beverages of choice. He cited the raw whiskey quaffed in White Sulphur Springs, Montana, a likely … Continue reading

September 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

A WRITER’S DRINKS—AND DIAMONDS PART 1

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD wholeheartedly took part in delights of the Jazz Age. Indeed, among other examples of this era between World War I and the Great Depression, he wrote about … Continue reading

September 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

ALGORITHMS REDUX PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE STARTED gleaning tidbits from BBC World Service’s “The Forum” and its September 16, 2021, presentation of “Algorithms: From the Ancients to the Internet.” For this forum, the BBC’s … Continue reading

September 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

ALGORITHMS REDUX PART 1

BRIDGET KENDALL RECENTY observed on the BBC World Service that algorithms are “so fundamental to the way we live our lives today that one commentator has even gone as far … Continue reading

September 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

YET MORE ANTIQUITY CONS

LAMENTABLY ENOUGH, ANTIQUITIES are as accessible to bad guys as to legitimate people. This was an earlier topic here at SimanaitisSays. Here are updates of antiquity cons, inspired by references … Continue reading

September 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

1981 LOTUS 88—BERTRAND RUSSELL WOULD HAVE LOVED IT!

IT’S IMMODEST TO quote oneself. But what the hey, my 1981 commentary on the Lotus 88 Formula 1 car is still spot-on for today’s topic here at SimanaitisSays.  Background: Racing … Continue reading

September 18, 2021 · Leave a comment