Wednesday Work of Art

My alma mater has a center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship. That center has been having a program called Econ, Dinner and a Movie. Last night the movie was Moneyball and I was asked to speak for 40-ish minutes after the end of the movie. I had a great time; I’m just a ham at heart, I guess. I received many great questions after I stopped babbling in front of the audience, which consisted of other faculty from many university departments, not just Economics. Thanks to Scott for putting on a great show and for treating me and my wonderful wife so well. Thanks to my friend Carlos, the director of the center, for making the evening possible. (Go Big Red! I did not attend the University of Nebraska, but Carlos did and we are both Huskers football fans.)


On this day in 1996 the Museum of Modern Art in New York City placed a Jaguar E-Type in its permanent exhibit. Legend says that Enzo Ferrari called the E-Type the most beautiful car ever made. Without further ado:


From all places a site called had this picture of the legendary E-Type. By the way, this is a Series 1 car. Maybe I should have shown an E-Type in British Racing Green.  OK…


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The picture is from Reddit. From this distance in time and space it might be difficult to comprehend the impact the E-Type had on the automotive world when it was introduced. (The car was produced from 1961 to 1975 and is, of course, British in origin.) The Wikipedia article about the car says this, “Its combination of beauty, high performance, and competitive pricing established the model as an icon of the motoring world.” Hey, don’t automatically reject Wikipedia; yours truly is the subject of a Wikipedia article and I didn’t even write it.

When I hear the famous saying that a picture is worth a thousand words I can easily think of the E-Type as a living example.





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6 thoughts on “Wednesday Work of Art

  1. Your alma mater is proud, proud of you and your many accomplishments! Thank YOU for coming out last night and speaking to more than 60 teachers about the work that you did in the League and your experiences – what a treat! Looking forward to seeing you soon and…well, you know…Go B1G Red!!!


    1. Many thanks, Carlos. Not to sound a sour note, but it is a shame that my alma mater couldn’t let me teach one or two courses a semester of my choosing. I am the recipient of an Alumni Award of Excellence, after all. ¡Muchas Gracias, Amigo!


      1. Sadly, I believe accrediting issues get in the way. I think taking a class from you on the econ of sports would be fascinating!


      2. Thanks. Accreditation is just a way for people to protect their fiefdoms. It has little to do with the real world. America is drowning in credential-ism.


  2. I happy for you that you had the opportunity to speak to this group. You never know what opportunities will result. My brother, Paul, is a huge advocate for “networking” and this was an opportunity for you to “network”. I’m glad you had such a great time. On the E-Type Jaguar. In 1977 when I first started to work for Arizona Public Service, I worked at the downtown Phoenix headquarters and parked in the adjacent parking garage. Everyday, I got to walk past the CEO’s parking space where he parked his yellow E-type 2+2. A very sweet, beautiful ride.


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