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July 25th, 2007

A couple of years ago I spent an afternoon with Johnny Pascucci of Johnny P’s Classic Cars. What started out as a photo shoot of a DeSoto he was selling turned into an automotive odyssey in his part of central Connecticut. One of the cars he showed me was this 1922-24 Packard Single Six touring….
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July 18th, 2007

We all know that Ransom Olds left Oldsmobile while his curved-dash model was at the height of its popularity, thence to found Reo. But Reo, too, held his interest for but a few years. Though he remained on Reo’s board until the 1930s, after 1912 he had little involvement with cars. Where did he go….
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July 11th, 2007

James Scripps Booth was an accomplished artist, though largely self-taught since he dropped out of prep school after tenth grade. The son of newspaper publisher George Gough Booth and newspaper heiress Ellen Scripps, James was also enamored of automobiles, so much so that he resolved to invent his own. Drawing his contraption in 1908, he….
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July 4th, 2007

Our town does not have a 4th of July parade; we do our parading on Memorial Day. It was the same in the village where I grew up, so it was with great excitement that when I was six we started spending our summers – or at least the beginning of July – at Wellfleet,….
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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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