Monday, January 23, 2017

1954 Alfa Romeo B.A.T. 7 (Berlinetta Aerodynamica Technica) -- January 23, 2017

We visited the Blackhawk Museum in June, 2013 to drool over their collection of classic autos. The 1954 Alfa Romeo B.A.T. 7 (Berlinetta Aerodynamica Technica).  The B.A.T. 7, an aerodynamic concept car, was designed and built by Franco Scaglione and Nuccio Bertone.  Despite the number 7, it was the second of the B.A.T. series.  There are more to come. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

New Muni LRVs -- January 21, 2017

Muni received its first of 215 Siemens S200 light rail vehicles.  They will replace the noisy Bredas.  It will start testing soon. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

We the People -- January 20, 2017

A poster by Shepard Fairey.  Thanks to The Amplifier Foundation (theamplifierfoundation.or). 

These free downloadable posters may not be sold or used for profit. Amplifier does not authorize illegal postings. Beware of laws in your local community.

I'm going to miss Barack Obama and Joe Biden.  

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ringling Bros' World's Greatest Shows -- January 18, 2017

San Francisco Call, 09-September-1900
Over the weekend, I was saddened to learn that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was calling it quits after about 147 years.  In September, 1900, the "Ringling Bros.' World's Greatest Shows, The Invincible Monarch of Amusements and Beyond All Dispute or Doubt the Greatest Show on Earth" paid its first visit to San Francisco.  They purchased the Barnum and Bailey Circus in 1905.  My parents took me and my sister every year at the Cow Palace. I can still smell it. 

Be sure to click on the ad, which is very large, to see the details. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Muhammad Ali 75 -- January 17, 2017
Muhammad Ali, who may have been The Greatest of All Time,was born 75 years ago today, on 17-January-1942.  I got interested in boxing during the time after Ali gave up the heavyweight title.  I liked Joe Frazier.  I liked his name and I liked his workingman style.

I started reading The Ring Magazine while it was still being published by its founder, Nat Fleischer. I loved his articles about the history of boxing. Fleischer insisted on calling Muhammed Ali Cassius Clay.  Fleischer didn't call Jack Dempsey Bill.  He didn't call Sugar Ray Robinson Walker Smith.  He didn't call Pancho Villa Francisco Guilledo.  So why wouldn't he call Ali Ali?  I began to suspect it might have something to with racism or what we now call Islamophobia.
The documentary When We Were Kings told the story of The Rumble in the Jungle, Ali's 1974 fight in Zaire against giant George Foreman.  No one expected Ali to win.  Some people expected Ali to die.  I still get the chant "Ali, boma ye!" stuck in my head.

I remember a program Ali did on ABC's Wide World of Sports where he sat with Howard Cosell and watched movies of past heavyweight champs.  Ali said he would have beaten each one.  I wonder if he would have beaten Jack Johnson or Joe Louis.  In either case, it would have been a heck of a fight.  I would like to see the show again.

Kevin Starr and Gene Cernan -- January 17, 2017

Former San Francisco City Librarian and California State Librarian Kevin Starr died.  I haven't yet read his whole California Dream series, but I have enjoyed what I have read.  He was always helpful to people who were interested in learning about history. 

We lost another astronaut.  Gene Cernan, a Naval aviator, was the last person to walk on the Moon so far. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Happy Birthday, Dr King, 2017 -- January 16, 2017
“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.” —
 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

We should keep this in mind as Congress marches boldly forward to repeal the Affordable Care Act, gut Medicare and Medicaid and destroy CHIP.