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.
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.”
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.…