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Monthly Archives: December, 2021

DATING “THE CAPTAIN’S TABLE” MENU

WIFE DOTTIE LED an adventurous lile. Japan to Brazil to the Arctic Circle to La Cienega near 3rd Street in Los Angeles. In sifting through her treasures, I have proof … Continue reading

December 14, 2021 · 1 Comment

BARNSTORMING—THOUGH NOT IN THE AIR

BARNSTORMING MAY EVOKE images of wing-walking and other aerial hijinks. Actually, though, I learned that the term “barnstorming” predates the aeroplane by decades. Here are tidbits of barnstorming, summer stock, … Continue reading

December 13, 2021 · 1 Comment

BIRD: BIOLOGICAL INTELLIGENT RECONNAISSANCE DRONE

MISINFORMATION IS RIFE. Wacko antivaxxers believe that Covid vaccines contain government-installed chips that monitor our movements. Only slightly more rational antivaxxers seem to know people who have died from a … Continue reading

December 12, 2021 · 2 Comments

MY FAVORITE SONDHEIM—ILLUSTRATED BY HIRSCHFELD

I THANK BEN BRANTLEY for “These Hirschfeld Drawings Capture Sondheim’s Shows Better Than Any Photo.” The New York Times, December 9, 2021. Brantley writes, “Ever since Stephen Sondheim died last … Continue reading

December 11, 2021 · 1 Comment

A PLATE OF THAT HAUTE CUISINE, MACK

THERE’S A DIRECT LINE  from peasant fare to bourgeoise cooking to haute cuisine. There are also fascinating societal aspects, as described by Ligaya Mishan in The Humble Beginnings of Today’s … Continue reading

December 10, 2021 · Leave a comment

NUTS, THINKING ECOLOGICALLY

AAAS SCIENCE MAGAZINE, November 26, 2021, reports that “Researchers Probe Climate as a Cause of Banner Nut Years.” The magazine’s Elizabeth Pennisi writes, “New database could help solve the mystery … Continue reading

December 9, 2021 · 1 Comment

AUDITORY FAUX PAS

THE INTERESTINGFACTS.COM, December 6, 2021, describes a linguistic term new to me: “A mondegreen,” says the website, “occurs when there’s a communication hiccup between the syllables you hear and the … Continue reading

December 8, 2021 · 5 Comments

ZORA, M. BUGATTI (AND, TRIVIALLY, ME) PART 2

I SUSPECT ZORA ARKUS-DUNTOV’S R&T article in January 1992 evolved from conversations I had with this famed engineer at the 1990 Monterey Historics.  Zora had wonderful tales to relate, and … Continue reading

December 7, 2021 · Leave a comment

ZORA, M. BUGATTI, AND (TRIVIALLY) ME PART 1

THE SUBHEAD READS “The Spiritual Father of the Corvette Meets le Patron du Pur Sang.” In composing this subhead, I knew that everyone would recognize the two people: Zora Arkus-Duntov … Continue reading

December 6, 2021 · 2 Comments

MEDIEVAL CHURCHING 

NICHOLAS ORME SPECIALIZES in the religious and social history of England. He has written a recent book on Going to Church In Medieval England, has a BBC History Podcast on … Continue reading

December 5, 2021 · 4 Comments