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Mr. Micawber in Dickens' David Copperfield

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July 29th, 2009

Cyclecars were all the rage in 1914. It started in France with the Bedélia and spread to Britain where the GN became popular on the road and on the race track. They were cheap to buy and inexpensive to operate, so soon the fad spread to the United States. Soon such gangly creatures as the….
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July 22nd, 2009

Ed Cole had a different idea. While competitors Ford and Chrysler were developing conventional compact cars in the late 1950s, Chevrolet general manager Cole instead channeled from Volkswagen. Instead of a front-engine, rear-drive water-cooled car, Chevrolet would build a rear-engine air-cooled design, but in keeping with American mores it would have six cylinders, not four.….
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July 15th, 2009

If you’ve read my bio page you know I’m a UConn alum, but I’m not much of a sports fan so, as much as I’m pleased that my alma mater boasts championship teams, this item is not about basketball. The Husky, as people my age know, was a tremendously useful Hillman station wagon. In our….
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July 9th, 2009

When I was growing up, every Labor Day we’d attend the Goshen Fair, the nearest thing to a county fair in our part of Connecticut. Among the cows and sheep, not far from the midway of games and rides and exhibits of prize vegetables were a number of tractor dealers from whom I’d always collect….
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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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