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CELEBRATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF CALIFORNIA’S ROUTE 1 IN 1988

DOROTHY CLENDENIN WASN’T yet Wife Dottie in 1988 when she celebrated the 50th anniversary of California Route 1. She traveled this fabled route down the coast from Monterey to Morro … Continue reading

April 7, 2021 · 4 Comments

A MISSION IMPOSSIBLE BOOK HEIST

WHAT WITH GLOBAL complexities, the Internet, lawyer highjinks, and business school finesses, malefactors now have enhanced opportunities to evade punishment. On the other hand, malefinders (my new word, with obvious … Continue reading

April 6, 2021 · 5 Comments

CHARING CROSS—LONDON’S CENTREPIECE   PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE FOUND London’s Charing Cross named for a bend in the River Thames and a cross honoring Eleanor, wife of England’s Edward I. We’d like to believe she’d rest … Continue reading

April 5, 2021 · 2 Comments

CHARING CROSS—LONDON’S CENTREPIECE PART 1

CHARING CROSS, LONDON, is sort of New York City’s Times Square, Los Angeles’s Hollywood and Vine, and Paris’s Place de l’Opera. It’s the geographical center, er…, make that centre of … Continue reading

April 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

HOPALONG HOPPED ALONG IN LIFE TOO

HOPALONG CASSIDY MAKES regular appearances among other cowboys on SiriusXM’s ”Radio Classics.” I recall him too as a frequent star of Saturday matinee westerns when I was growing up. Always … Continue reading

April 3, 2021 · 8 Comments

DOUBLE-NICKEL TIDBITS

“THE DOUBLE-NICKEL,” grandpa explains, as he and the grandkids travel a pandemic-emptied freeway at 80, “was once the National Maximum Speed Limit, 55 mph.” A grandkid says, “55? I drive … Continue reading

April 2, 2021 · 3 Comments

LEAPING FOR JOY: EVER GIVEN TIDBITS

THANKFULLY, IT’S NOT every day that a giant container ship gets wedged in the Suez Canal, thus crippling world trade to the tune of billions of dollars. But we can … Continue reading

April 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

RICHARD DIAMOND TEACHES ME ABOUT AN EARLIER ERA

I AM ADDICTED to SiriusXM’s “Radio Classics.” Indeed, Wife Dottie says that one day I’ll wake up in 1944 and get all nerdy about our Ration Book’s missing red stamps … Continue reading

March 31, 2021 · Leave a comment

ON OTHERWORDLY EVOLUTION

Do Darwin’s evolutionary theories describe life elsewhere in the universe? Are we already surpassing Darwin’s model here at home?   These heady thoughts are prompted by gleanings from The London … Continue reading

March 30, 2021 · 1 Comment

THE ANTONOV AN-2—A CLASSIC SOVIET

AIRCRAFT, BY VIRTUE of their technology and engineering, are sleek and well-finished. Unless they’re the Antonov An-2, affectionately known as the “Aннушка,” “Annushka,” “Annie.” Close up, an Aннушка looks like … Continue reading

March 29, 2021 · 4 Comments