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February 22nd, 2006

I come from a Franklin family. Not descended from Ben, the Foster household had several Franklin cars during the 1920s. The last one, a 1928 sedan, was owned by my grandmother into the mid-1930s (interestingly, she never drove, nor did my grandfather; they had a chauffeur and in later years their children took over the….
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February 15th, 2006

The weather forecasters promised us a blizzard this past Sunday, and a blizzard, of a sort, is what we got. “Blizzard” is defined as “a violent windstorm with dry, driving snow and intense cold.” The National Weather Service quantifies this as 35 mph winds and quarter mile visibility or less (there is no specific temperature….
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February 8th, 2006

Wayne Graefen has a keen eye for old cars. He spotted this Pontiac sedan delivery from the fast lane of I-35 while towing a new acquisition home from his Kansas vacation. Closer investigation showed it to be a 1950 model, of which 2,158 were built, some (perhaps most), like this one, with six-cylinder engines, others….
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February 1st, 2006

On January 26, 1906, Fred Marriott became the first person to drive an automobile more that two miles in a minute, when he was timed at 127.66 mph in the Stanley “Rocket” racer on Ormond Beach, Florida. Exactly a century later, his great-grandson Robert Landry, Jr., re-enacted his feat (at a slower speed) in a….
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Serendipity: n. An aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
“They were always making discoveries, by accident and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.”
Horace Walpole, The Three Princes of Serendip
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