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ON DENISOVANS PART 1

IF I HAD it to do over, I might spell my given name with one “n.” This is partly to honor the Denisovans, close cousins of the Neanderthals and, thus, … Continue reading

October 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

LIZZIE’S FRIEND BARBARA PART 2

BARBARA AND TONY Bertram ran a British Intelligence “secret house” for French Resistance operatives during World War II. Her memoirs, French Resistance in Sussex, recount “the excitement, anxiety and love … Continue reading

October 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

LIZZIE’S FRIEND BARBARA PART 1

IN RESEARCHING THE Westland “Lizzie” Lysander, I learned about Barbara Bertram. During World War II, she and her husband Major Anthony Bertram lived in Bignor, a tiny Sussex village not … Continue reading

October 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

THE M.G. MIDGET M-TYPE

THE M.G. MARQUE evolved from Kimber Specials built by Morris Garages’ Cecil Kimber as early as 1923. The M.G. Octagon was registered as a trademark in 1924, and specials from … Continue reading

October 1, 2019 · 2 Comments

IMAGES FROM AVIATION’S GOLDEN AGE

THE GOLDEN AGE of aviation is regarded as being the 1920s and 1930s. As noted by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, “Airplanes evolved from wood-and-fabric biplanes to streamlined … Continue reading

September 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

OFFSHORED?—TO COLUMBUS OR ANN ARBOR PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, we examined Princeton Professor Alan S. Blinder’s 2007 paper “How Many U.S. Jobs Might Be Offshorable?” Today, in Part 2, we see what has transpired in … Continue reading

September 29, 2019 · 6 Comments

OFFSHORED?—TO COLUMBUS OR ANN ARBOR PART 1

OFFSHORING HAS HAD a profound effect on American life. In 2007, Alan S. Blinder of Princeton University published a paper addressing “How Many U.S. Jobs Might Be Offshorable?” Sure enough, … Continue reading

September 28, 2019 · Leave a comment