Simanaitis Says

On cars, old, new and future; science & technology; vintage airplanes, computer flight simulation of them; Sherlockiana; our English language; travel; and other stuff

ON POLITICAL BRILLIANCE

WHAT WITH this being Election Day, and indeed one of the more important elections in our nation’s history, I offer thoughts from three Americans of unalloyed brilliance: Mark Twain, Will … Continue reading

November 6, 2018 · 2 Comments

CHARLES FLETCHER LUMMIS—NOT A STEREOTYPICAL LIBRARIAN PART 2

YESTERDAY, IN SimanaitisSays, Charles Fletcher Lummis left Harvard early, married his first Mrs. Lummis, walked across the U.S. in knickers and tomato-red knee socks to a job with the fledgling … Continue reading

November 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

CHARLES FLETCHER LUMMIS—NOT A STEREOTYPICAL LIBRARIAN PART 1

I REMEMBER HAVING a crush on my junior high school librarian. She was tall, lithe, and wore glasses and a shirtwaist dress. Alas, or maybe fortunately, the affair came to … Continue reading

November 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

TINTYPES—MAKE THE AMERICAN MUSICAL GREAT AGAIN

IF EVER THERE was a Broadway musical revue that’s ripe for revival these days, it’s Tintypes. The Tintypes revue was originally produced by the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. It … Continue reading

November 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

1940 AUTO AVIO COSTRUZIONI TIPO 815

THE FIRST FERRARI wasn’t called a Ferrari. Yet it is quite an automobile with a tale to tell. What’s more, Jim Donick, editor of Vintage Sports Car, the quarterly magazine … Continue reading

November 2, 2018 · 3 Comments

HURRAH FOR TILLY SHILLING—ENGINEER, RACER, AND MORE PART 2

WE LEFT Beatrice “Tilly” Shilling yesterday at SimanaitisSays in her new position as a researcher at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, the R&D arm of the RAF. It was 1936. She … Continue reading

November 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

HURRAH FOR TILLY SHILLING—ENGINEER, RACER, AND MORE PART 1

I LEARNED ABOUT Beatrice “Tilly” Shilling while researching yesterday’s SimanaitisSays on the Rolls-Royce Merlin aircraft engine. This engine played a major role in Britain’s and the Allies’ defeat of the … Continue reading

October 31, 2018 · 2 Comments