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Kaiser-Frazer and the Making of Automotive History, Part 2

Kaiser-Frazer and the Making of Automotive History, Part 2

Transcript of a speech to the Kaiser-Frazer Owners Club, 30 July 2015. Continued from Part 1. Delving in

While I received no extra pay for writ­ing the Kaiser-Fraz­er book, I did have the use of an expense account for trav­el. That was where Bill Tilden came through again. He helped me track down and inter­view many of peo­ple respon­si­ble for the cars Kaiser-Fraz­er built. Oth­ers were locat­ed through the deep ten­ta­cles of Auto­mo­bile Quar­ter­ly, its many con­tacts in the indus­try. We also searched for archives, large and small.

Our great­est archival find was at Kaiser Indus­tries in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia: the Kaiser-Fraz­er pho­to files, placed on loan for AQ’s use.…

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Kaiser-Frazer and the Making of Automotive History, Part 1

Kaiser-Frazer and the Making of Automotive History, Part 1

Two Kids Hooked by the ’54 Kaiser

Joe Ligo of Auto­Mo­ments, who pro­duces high­ly pro­fes­sion­al YouTube videos on vin­tage cars, has pub­lished an excel­lent video on the 1954 Kaiser Spe­cial he’d admired since high school. No soon­er did I start watch­ing than I heard Joe say his lik­ing for the ’54 Kaiser was bol­stered by my book—as well as the car: “My ninth grade self thought it was beau­ti­ful…. In per­son, I still think the design is drop-dead gor­geous.”

Well, I too was in the ninth grade when a ’54 Kaiser (on the street, in 1957!) swept me off my feet.…

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The Complete Welsh Works of Winston Churchill

The Complete Welsh Works of Winston Churchill

Welsh Rarebits

It was sup­pos­ed­ly Blaise Pas­cal (not Win­ston Churchill) who said he was going to give a long speech because he hadn’t the time to pre­pare a short one. I have an idea for a short speech that will take no time at all: The Whole Welsh Works of Win­ston.

I was actu­al­ly going to use this as an intro to a longer talk at Hills­dale Col­lege lat­er this month. We decid­ed it was too obscure to mat­ter to most lis­ten­ers. It might even bore them, except for any Welsh in the audi­ence. (Who would cer­tain­ly deplore my pro­nun­ci­a­tion.)

For the record though, I offer here­with the com­plete Welsh Works of Sir Win­ston Churchill—at least those known to me.…

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