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Monthly Archives: March, 2022

AROUND THE WORLD IN ONE-HUNDRED-THIRTY-SEVEN DAYS PART 2

THE RMS FRANCONIA CIRCLED the world in 1929. Yesterday’s Part 1 got us from New York to Monaco. Today we complete the circumnavigation, with even a couple of interesting variations, … Continue reading

March 31, 2022 · Leave a comment

AROUND THE WORLD IN ONE-HUNDRED-THIRTY-SEVEN DAYS PART 1

MOST TRAVEL BOOKS are written after the fact. But this one is an enticement, not memorabilia. The enticement is unabashed: “The Cunard Line and Thos. Cook & Son, pioneers extraordinaire … Continue reading

March 30, 2022 · Leave a comment

1952 PLYMOUTH CAMBRIDGE—A TYPICAL AMERICAN CAR

ROAD AND TRACK, MARCH 1952, wrote, “If you’re looking for a functional car, built along American lines, and in the American concept of great roominess and simplicity of operation—there’s no … Continue reading

March 29, 2022 · 3 Comments

EALING TIDBITS PART 2

YESTERDAY’S TIDBITS GLEANED from George Perry’s Forever Ealing focused on the earliest days of this British film studio. Today in Part 2, Ealing adds sounds to the moving images, which … Continue reading

March 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

EALING TIDBITS PART 1

IN 1950S’ CLEVELAND, a TV station not showing the Browns game would entertain us on Sunday afternoons with British cinema. Given it was before frozen TV dinners, my dad would … Continue reading

March 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

L’EBÉ’S VIEWS PART 2

ETTORE BUGATTI’S LIFE and cars have been oft documented, but seldom in as charming a fashion as in his daughter L’Ebé’s account in The Bugatti Story. Here in Part 2 … Continue reading

March 26, 2022 · 9 Comments

L’EBÉ’S VIEWS PART 1

DAUGHTERS ARE GOOD as biographers, especially if you’re the biographee. (Suz and Beth, take note.) Assuming they leave the hagiography to others, daughters certainly have first-hand knowledge of their subject’s … Continue reading

March 25, 2022 · 2 Comments

BIOFUELS—ASSESSED HOLISTICALLY 

BLENDING CORN-BASED ETHANOL into gasoline has been seen as a means of reducing anthropomorphic carbon dioxide emissions. However, “Environmental Outcomes of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., … Continue reading

March 24, 2022 · 3 Comments

THE PEOPLE’S SONG BOOK PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1 we sang in solidarity for picket lines, against dodgers, and most definitely against Hitler. Today, we continue through The People’s Song Book with songs about congressmen … Continue reading

March 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

THE PEOPLE’S SONG BOOK, 1948 PART 1

EXAMINING THE PEOPLE’S Song Book, 1948, I’m half expecting an investigation by the House Un-American Activities Committee. The book’s Foreward was written by eminent ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax, who got caught … Continue reading

March 22, 2022 · 2 Comments