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March 28th, 2007

We lived in farming country when I was growing up, so getting milk was but a short walk across the lane. My first experience with milk delivery came the summer I turned eight, when we went to Cape Cod. Our cottage colony was served by competing dairies, H.P. Hood & Son and White Brothers. Milk,….
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March 21st, 2007

Emergency vehicles – ambulances, fire trucks, police cars – spend their lives racing to the aid of people. But when emergency vehicles fall ill, who looks after them? Well, people of course, people like Mike Riefer. Mike, of Owensville, Missouri, rescued this 1952 National Pontiac ambulance that had done double duty as his town’s primary….
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March 14th, 2007

As tradition tells it, Fred Tone was watching the unloading of automobile chassis when he had one of those “better idea” moments. The frames were stacked upside down. Why not build cars that way, he reasoned, with axles above the chassis. They would have a much lower center of gravity and thus better handling. Tone….
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March 7th, 2007

Timing, as they say, is everything. International Harvester’s timing seemed ideal, when it introduced the new Scout utility vehicle as a ’61 model. Intended to challenge the Jeep CJ-5, it offered more modern styling and a dose of creature comforts. Power came from a “half-V8” slant four, derived from a truck engine. Scouts could be….
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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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