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THE 1918–1919 FLU PANDEMIC

IT’S FLU season. Wife Dottie and I have got our shots. I recommend the same to SimanaitisSays readers, even those who may be shot-challenged for whatever reason. By way of … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

A CONNIVING, DECEITFUL, MURDEROUS OKLAHOMAN

THIS IS a tale of an Oklahoman who was entrusted with preserving environment and culture. Alas, he turned out to be conniving, deceitful, and, in time, murderous. A memo to … Continue reading

October 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

UNEARTHING THE WEANS

IT’S THE year 7859 and archeologists have unearthed a civilization lost for more than 5000 years. Who are these “Weans” from the Great West Continent? Researchers at Kenya’s Ruwenzori University … Continue reading

October 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

JOHN FITCH’S 1952 MEXICAN ROAD RACE—PART 2

THE R&T subhead reads, “Mercedes Continue Drive for Sports Car Domination.” Indeed, in the 1952 Mexican Road Race, Karl Kling’s 300 SL coupe finished first and Hermann Lang’s 300 SL … Continue reading

October 12, 2017 · 4 Comments

JOHN FITCH’S 1952 MEXICAN ROAD RACE—PART 1

JOHN FITCH’S credentials were impressive indeed: American sportsman, yachtsman, fighter pilot, champion sports car driver, and safety advocate. A race report of the Third Mexican Road Race in R&T, February … Continue reading

October 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

ELIZABETH CHUDLEIGH—A GENUINE PIECE OF WORK

EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY Englishwoman Elizabeth Chudleigh was a duchess, countess, bigamist, and exhibitionist. But then Georgians were always ones to talk, weren’t they? I encountered her a few days ago while researching … Continue reading

October 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

YOU WANT FAKE? I’LL GIVE YOU FAKE—PART 2

WRITING A novel isn’t usually a team activity. But when several writers share the work, the result can be fine satire. Add in the fun of a literary hoax, and … Continue reading

October 8, 2017 · Leave a comment