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December 26th, 2007

Today is Boxing Day in the United Kingdom and many Commonwealth countries. Nothing to do with prize fights, Boxing Day was the time that the gentry gave gifts to their employees and those of the lower classes. Its name derives from the Christmas box (which might or might not have been something in a real….
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December 19th, 2007

You may have been singing those words this week, but this item is not about the most popular movement in the best-known oratorio of Britain’s most famous German composer. It’s about one of the least-well known pioneers in the automobile business. Charles Brady King was born February 2, 1869 on Angel Island in San Francisco….
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December 12th, 2007

You’re probably thinking “Edsel.” But while Ford’s “E-car” was an attempt to fill holes in FoMoCo’s product line, with models priced both above and below Mercury it was competing instead with Pontiac and Buick, a strategy that with hindsight seems incredibly foolhardy. Rather, it was Mercury itself that was Olds’s competition – the two cars….
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December 5th, 2007

…or so it seemed. After World War II, Britain’s motor industry faced an edict of “Export or Die!” The island nation needed hard currency, and exporting automobiles was a good way to make a buck. The Austin Motor Company got with the program, and by 1947 was the top-selling import in America. The A40 Devon….
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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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