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February 25th, 2009

Have you ever fancied your own car company? Word has it that Saab is for sale. Last week, after the Swedish government declined to issue a bailout package, parent company General Motors consigned the Saab unit to the Swedish equivalent of Chapter 11. “[I]t was determined a formal reorganization would be the best way to….
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February 18th, 2009

During last fall’s presidential campaign we had our choice of mavericks. Senator and presidential candidate John McCain had made his political name as one, but once he chose Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate there were arguments over which one was the greater maverick. In the end it didn’t matter, but it could be….
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February 11th, 2009

These days everyone is looking for alternatives in the automobile industry, so what could be a more appropriate theme for Rétromobile, France’s midwinter old car show, than alternative energy, or énergies nouvelles as the French say. Showcased in the center of the exhibition hall were examples of steam, electric and hybrid vehicles covering more than….
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February 4th, 2009

Two weeks ago, I posted this same picture with the caveat that it was “not an inauguration picture.” It seems, however, that I may have to eat some crow, for there is evidence that it was indeed taken during Calvin Coolidge’s 1925 inaugural celebrations. When I bought the photo from a British source many years….
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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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