Thursday, April 19, 2018

a kid locked in a car, with the key... and somehow, they figured out how to get the kid to unlock the car

I would have had everyone standing around get out their keys, and every one show the kid how they are hitting the unlock button. Kids are mimics, and want to do stuff, and want to copy other people.

Regardless, they got the kid to hit the right button in under 5 minutes. Pretty good!

things that are great ideas separately, but not when merged together

Will Eisner the originator of the graphic novel, namesake of the Eisner Award, the comic book and cartoon industry equivalent of the Oscar, drew comics for, and about, the U.S. military to assist the maintenance mechanics in learning the dull info

At one point, Eisner traveled to Korea to get a firsthand knowledge of GI requirements. 

During the trip, he wrote, “A big guy with a dead cigar in his mouth came up to me, poked his finger in my chest and asked, ‘Are you Will Eisner?’ I said I was, and he said, ‘You saved my ass.’ 

His tank had broken down in a combat situation, and he used material from one of my stories for a field fix, and it worked and he was able to drive to safety.”

Eisner’s high school friend Bob Kane — future creator of Batman — told him he should consider going into comics. Leaping into the new field in 1936, he quickly made a name for himself. He cofounded the Eisner and Iger Studio, where he created Sheena, Queen of the Jungle.

Eisner is most famous for The Spirit — a genre-bending series about a masked crime fighter. His assistant was Jules Feiffer who later won the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 as America's leading editorial cartoonist, winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1961, he wrote the screenplay for Popeye, starring Robin Williams and directed by Robert Altman, was nominated for Broadway's 1976 Tony Award and in 2004 he was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame.

Feiffer taught at the Yale School of Drama and has been a Senior Fellow at the Columbia University National Arts Journalism Program.

They collaborated well on The Spirit, sharing ideas, arguing points, and making changes when they agreed. In 1947, Feiffer also attended the Pratt Institute for a year to improve his art style

Among Eisner’s other hires was the 17-year-old Jacob Kurtzberg, who became Jack Curtis and later, when he left the company, Jack Kirby. Under that moniker, he helped create a series of superheroes, including Captain America, the Incredible Hulk, and the X-Men.

Many early comics artists were Jewish. They were enthusiastic about fighting Nazi Germany. Besides Eisner, several prominent comics creators, including Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Joe Simon served in the U.S. military during the war.

Less well known is Eisner’s stint in the U.S. Army and his work for, and on, the military where he was drafted in as a private, but left a CWO. War and military service were strong threads running through Eisner’s long and productive life.

Most observers also give Eisner credit for coining the term “graphic novel” — and then elevating graphic novels to the level of a serious art form.

 Each issue of PS Magazine consisted of a color comic book style cover, often designed and drawn by Eisner; eight full pages of four color comic continuity story in the middle; and the rest was filled with technical, safety, and policy information printed in two color to save money.

The story starred his earlier character and was called "Joe's Dope Sheet." Each episode offers the same cautionary tale: a soldier who ignores preventive maintenance learns of its importance in the end. Eisner commanded a high level of freedom to create the continuity section.

Will often used sexual references and humor to get the point across, and created other characters over time, including buxom Corporal Connie Rodd, and Master Sergeant Half-Mast McCanick.

Many soldiers at the time barely had a high school education; some couldn't read at a fifth-grade level, said 1st Sgt. Richard Bernard, a panel member.

"So what's the best way for you to reach somebody who can't read the technical manual itself or understand some of the words, but to make a comic strip that grabs their attention?" Bernard said.

From 1951-1971, Will Eisner produced 227 issues of PS Magazine for the US army, a comic book to make the daily grind of the soldier in Korea (and stateside) a little bit less of a chore and imbue the Army's endless amount of preventive maintenance bulletins with some lightheartedness and eye catching visuals

The magazine was established by the Department of Defense in 1951 to help American troops in Korea deal with aging equipment from World War II and new weapons that hadn’t been adequately tested.

Eisner and his staff took engineers’ descriptions of how to do something and translated them into ordinary soldier lingo. And the illustrations always depicted the action from the mechanic’s point-of-view, not the manufacturer’s. Hence, the revolution.

For twenty years Eisner refined and retooled his product to reflect the times that soldiers were experiencing. Each year he was forced to re-pitch his vision of educational sequential art to satisfy the US army’s requirement to have open bids. According to his wife, “After tests were conducted that overwhelmingly showed that soldiers best understood technical material when it was presented using Will’s graphic approach, opposition grudgingly disappeared.”

you can enjoy a dedicated blog to the PS Magazine

For a really good bio:

In his classic history The Great Comic Book Heroes, Feiffer acknowledged that his former boss was unique. His line “had weight. Clothing sat on his characters heavily; when they bent an arm, deep folds sprang into action everywhere. When one Eisner character slugged another, a real fist hit real flesh. Violence was no externalized plot exercise, it was the gut of his style. Massive and indigestible, it curdled, lava-like, from the page. Alone among comic book men, Eisner was a cartoonist other cartoonists swiped from.”

Will Eisner even did some offshoot work for the Fish and Game departments of Idaho, Maine, Pennsylvania

In 1993, when the PS Magazine organisation was being moved from Lexington- Blue Grass Army Depot in Kentucky to Redstone Arsenal in Alabama, the original PS art produced variously by Will Eisner, Mike Ploog, Chuck Kramer, Murphy Anderson and Zeke Zekely was packaged and sent for safe-keeping to Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania.

Not long after that, it was discovered that the entire PS art trove at Carlisle Barracks had been deliberately burned in a furnace used for document destruction.

But, it turns out that as the material was being sent for destruction, one of the boxes "fell from a forklift" and a few pieces were grabbed and hidden away... or, more likely, someone realized incredible art, valuable both historically and financially was never going to be missed by the furnace, but could possibly make life a lot easier

You can download issues in PDF (free!) at and or

Maybe someone out there has seen this unusual tin lizzy before... look at the "spinner" hub caps. That's new to me

turn down the volume, and you may want to skip watching the whole 9 minutes, but this is an impressive 67 year old with gymnast balance doing tricks on a bike

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

kick back with a donut, and some coffee... and enjoy the best of Buster Keaton

if you like to listen to what he's saying,  you may want to read

Hat tip to the eclectic Blort!

Drivers Education school with hi perf Mopars... including a Super Bird

Superbird pace cars

It was a beauty, until one night a stocker race car got crossed up, went through the midway, and t-boned it.

CJ Richards was promoting Airborne Park Speedway, whose name he immediately changed to Plattsburgh International Raceway.

Above was used at Sunset Speedway near Barrie, Ontario, Canada.

restored and displayed at the 2012 Carlisle

fresh cool AC blown in your car at the drive-in back when AC option cost too much for most people to get a car with the factory installed AC

barn find 1971 Roadrunner. 383, 4 speed, B5 blue, air grabber hood, black bucket seats, factory tach, non console, non a/c, manual steering, power disc brakes

The only missing parts are the front valance, turn signals and front bumper brackets. Everything else was found in the building.

the Paul Bunyan load, September, 1952. A 1949 Peterbilt 390, 12 foot bunks, and adjustable Rossi chocks. the 40 foot logs were 7, 8 and 9 feet in diameter. 53,670 board feet. Driver, Wes Copeland, previously a WW2 bomber pilot

click on the above to read the fine print on the truck specs, engine, brakes, etc etc, and the load specs

all the inventory, all 4 million dollars worth, now, only good for parts. March 19, 2018, a surveillance camera recorded hail at Mitch Smith Chevrolet in Cullman, Alabama.

I guess there isn't a darn thing they can do to prevent this, unless they are willing to put hail proof tents (heavy canvas?) over every car and truck on the lot, every night, to prevent what might never happen again

When the game is all, and the faster it gets dried, the faster we get back to THE GAME! So, NO screwing around, they brought in a chopper to dry the field! Genius!

oh what happens when you aren't looking at where you're pointing your 60,000 pounds of truck.. or anything you're driving. Drive safe, look ahead, farther, at what's going on 4, 5 or 10 cars up ahead in your lane. It could save your life too

at least 3 of the 6 hit vehicles were pancaked.

On Monday, 19 Sep 2016, late afternoon, 6 parked cars on Interstate 94 in Gurnee, Illinois felt the impact of a semi going 55-65 drive through them.

This particularly hard accident did not cause any deaths. Seven people were injured mildly and one in critical condition.

First time I've ever seen a video of what problems a snowstorm causes for the 1st train to head down the line after the weather clears up

a simple thing like the crossing gates and bells not working... and everyone's day is ruined. Be safe out there! Look down the tracks, both ways, before crossing a railroad track

Good reason to insure anything you're shipping

Funniest thing I've read today

dash cams... a good idea

Oh no... no! Some idiot let Swift have a missile!

The Hollendyke Wrecking Service, Clarksburg. West Virginia. 1933. (when your horse power is flagging call Hollendyke!)

let me take a moment to compliment Tammi Jo Shults.. pilot who calmly landed that Southwest flight 1380 yesterday with one engine. Navy fighter pilot.

In the midst of the chaos, Shults successfully completed an emergency landing at the Philadelphia International Airport, sparing the lives of 148 people aboard the Boeing 737-700 and averting a far worse catastrophe.

“She has nerves of steel,” one passenger, Alfred Tumlinson, told the Associated Press. “That lady, I applaud her. I’m going to send her a Christmas card — I’m going to tell you that — with a gift certificate for getting me on the ground. She was awesome.”

Another passenger, Diana McBride Self, thanked Shults on Facebook for her “guidance and bravery in a traumatic situation.” She added that Shults “came back to speak to each of us personally.”

She served in the Navy for 10 years, reaching the rank of Navy lieutenant commander. She left the Navy in 1993

the homesick mechanic who stole a plane

In 1969, at the height of the Cold War, a mechanic in the US Air Force stole a Hercules plane from his base in East Anglia and set off for the States. Just under two hours later, he disappeared suddenly over the English Channel.

Homesick for his wife and stepchildren, he'd asked a few days earlier to be returned from RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, where he'd been posted, to the USAF base at Langley, Virginia. But his request for leave had been refused.

Bitterly disappointed, the young Vietnam veteran took himself off to a military colleague's house party, where he began drinking heavily and then, according to colleagues, to behave erratically and combatively. His friends persuaded him to go to bed, but Meyer escaped through a window.

Soon after, Suffolk police found him wandering the A11 road and arrested him for being drunk and disorderly. He was escorted back to his barracks and told to sleep it off. But Meyer had other ideas. Big ideas.

Breaking into the room of a Capt Upton, Meyer stole the key to his truck. Using the name "Capt Epstein", Meyer then called an aircraft dispatcher and demanded that aircraft 37789, a Hercules transporter C-130, be fuelled for a flight to the USA.

The ground crew obediently followed their superior's orders and the bogus captain climbed aboard, released the brakes and taxied hurriedly from the hardstand towards runway 29. His engines roared.

Completely alone in the cockpit of the stolen 60-tonne, four-engine military transporter plane, an aircraft he was not qualified to fly, the 23-year-old serviceman steeled himself and thrust his throttles forward. Shortly before 05:10 on the dawn of the drizzly, overcast morning of 23 May, he was airborne.

After an hour and forty-five minutes in flight, Meyer crashed into the English Channel.

A few days later, small pieces of wreckage of the Hercules, including a life raft washed up near the shores of the Channel Island of Alderney. The mechanic's body was never found.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

this past weekends Airstreams

and the above seems to be a Wally Bayar Caravan

Poof, and just like that, it was gone. (Red Bull Global Rallycross)

Red Bull Global Rallycross has ceased operations for the 2018 season and the Red Bull-sponsored short-course rally sanctioning body told tracks on Tuesday that it would not promote events this season, ending a tumultuous offseason for the Colin Dyne-owned entity.

Red Bull Global Rallycross (official abbreviation Red Bull GRC) was a self-owned rallycross series run in the United States. Started as Global RallyCross Championship in 2009 by Brian Gale and Chip Pankow, the series transitioned ownership in 2013 to Colin Dyne. Broadcast live on NBC since 2014, the series was the fastest growing form of motor sport in the United States.

Not to worry, the organizers of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, announced a new series called Americas Rallycross (ARX), which will debut with a four-round season this year. ARX has already attracted big-name teams like Andretti Autosport, Subaru Rally Team USA, and Ken Block's Hoonigan away from GRC.

just a couple days ago, the facebook page for Red Bull GRC was still promoting a May 10th event

the caption that Chevy used: “We don’t just bring the thunder. We steal it, too.”

Winnie Fritz was a farmhand at 6, a Army nurse unit commanding officer in Vietnam in 1970 at 22, a nurse to presidents and kings at Walter Reed at 23, a pilot, and the clinical operating officer of an international health system at 31.

At age 4, she was in the fields, steering a John Deere tractor from her father’s lap. At 5, she learned how to brake. By 6, she knew how to shift. “Now that you can drive your own tractor,” her father said, “I can plow, and you can come behind me and help.”

She knew her parents would be hard put to provide money for both tuition and a new combine, so the she enrolled in the U.S. Army Student Nurse Program at the University of Missouri trading a 3 year hitch in the army in return for financial assistance for the final two years of school.

In university Fritz played the clarinet in the marching band and rode motorcycles across the Missouri countryside.

Fritz completed her coursework a semester early. After basic at Fort Sam Houston in Texas and medical training Fort Rucker in Alabama, Fritz received her orders to deploy to Vietnam in August 1969.

Fritz’s father was nervous. “He was worried I’d come home swearing like a sailor,” Fritz recalls. “I laughed and said, ‘Daddy, I’m not going into the Navy. I’m going into the Army. I’m going to come home swearing like a soldier.’ ”

On the flight to Vietnam she was the oldest person on the plane, the highest-ranking officer (capt) and the only woman.

Fritz spent the next year surviving, saving lives and witnessing the loss of lives. Everything you saw the nurses cope with on the TV show MASH

Toward the end of her tour, Fritz was injured and left Vietnam on a stretcher. While her physical injuries were healing at Water Reed and she was able to work again, Fritz requested a night shift in the intensive care unit at Water Reed.

Fritz received a Bronze Star for her work in Vietnam and was promoted to manager of the presidential suite at Walter Reed, where congress, Presidents, and visiting dignitaries are medically cared for.

By the time the king of Jordan came into her care, she had learned from enough presidents, generals and senators to deal with any level of rank or social prominence, and during Hussein’s weeklong hospital stay, the two bonded over aviation (Hussein, like Fritz, was a trained pilot) and motorcycles (Hussein collected them).

Hussein observed that Fritz was not only a competent nurse leader but also a critical thinker. “The health care system in Jordan does not provide care like the care you gave me,” he told her. “I want you to come and make it work like that.”

Fritz arrived in Jordan in 1978 confident she could make it on her own. Hussein wanted her to immediately begin her work in the Jordan health care system by starting work within the hospitals.

But Fritz 1st chose understand the health needs of the Jordanian population, which included about 65,000 Bedouins moving about the desert with their tents and livestock, then overhaul the schools that trained the nurses and doctors.

She launched her research, traveling throughout Jordan’s desert to complete a health assessment of the Bedouin families, then focused on curriculum development in the nursing schools. She worked to transform the students from nurses with technical skills to health care providers with critical-thinking skills

Fritz then focused on a comprehensive assessment of each hospital with a bird’s-eye view of the situation. She requested a helicopter, a structural engineer, and a hospital administrator to evaluate the perimeter fencing, the emergency entrance and parking, the water tanks and the roof. She flushed every toilet, cooked in every kitchen and washed a load of linens in every laundry room.

Fritz served three years as the dean of a Jordanian nursing school before she accepted Hussein’s offer to become one of two clinical operations officers of the 28-hospital system. She spent nearly 17 years working in Jordan, leading strategic planning and operations in the hospital system, designing and managing facilities construction and renovations, spearheading clinical quality-improvement work, and writing national legislation.

In 1989, Fritz moved back to the U.S. to be closer to her aging parents, and has devoted herself to improving not only U.S. health care systems, serving as CEO, chief clinical officer or chief nurse in five U.S. hospitals, but also consulting to international hospitals and care providers in India, the Philippines, and throughout the Middle East.

In Tucson, where she was CEO of two hospitals, she noticed numerous readmissions of homeless  Vietnam vets, and decided to take the health care to the veterans. She purchased an RV, outfitted it with everything needed to provide quality health care, and staffed it with a nurse practitioner and a patient care tech who started making routine rounds to the homeless.

More important than the health care Fritz provided was the emotional support she extended to the veterans. After returning from Vietnam, Fritz could have easily turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with her PTSD. She could have been a homeless veteran living under a bridge.

During her tenure as a U.S. Army Nurse, Ms. Fritz held leadership positions in Thailand, and Vietnam where her commendations include the Bronze Star, and earned her pilot's wings. She has taught at Georgetown University, University of Maryland, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and University of Missouri – which honored her with an Alumna of the Year Award and its Lifetime Citation of Merit Award.

and a year ago she was the featured presenter at NCU Nursing Symposium 2017

Something I just learned about bomber nose art creator Milt Caniff (the comic strip artist who did Steve Canyon, Male Call, and Miss Lace just for the enlisted during WW2)

If you don't recall, check this post real fast about the nose art:

Now, back to the new stuff:
The beautiful blonde “Miss Mizzou” was the work of comic artist Milton Caniff (Terry and the Pirates, Miss Lace, Steve Canyon) He created the character after a daylong trip in 1949 to the campus of  the University of Missouri where he spoke to journalism students.

Miss Mizzou — a waitress in Columbia, though not a Mizzou alumna — made her official debut Sept. 5, 1952, in Caniff’s Steve Canyon comic strip.

“Every college town has girls who live and work on the edge of the campus and who are very much a part of the life of the school,” Caniff wrote in the October 1954 issue of The Missouri Alumnus. “I decided my gal would be from the University of Missouri, if not of it.”

Caniff couldn’t have anticipated that his two-dimensional character would give rise to a three-dimensional prototype (model Bek Stiner on the airplane wing, top photo), a community controversy (the street name Caniff Boulevard versus Providence Road) and a campus tradition (the Miss Mizzou contest).

Oct. 21, 1960 Showme magazine cover Milton Caniff drew this cover for the premiere issue of the revived Missouri Showme magazine that appeared Oct. 21, 1960. The issue went on sale at 9 a.m., and by noon, all 3,200 copies had been sold.