The Greatest Generation

“This” generation is more technologically advanced than the one that fought World War II, but in most other ways is less advanced. I would call today’s “mainstream” generation the “Self-Entitled Generation.”

Of course, today marks the 80th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. By the way, did you know that less than half of Americans living today know which countries the US fought in World War II?

With the passage of eight decades, very few people are alive today who were alive at the time of Pearl Harbor. I’m sure none of them could have foreseen the emergence of Japan as a key ally of the United States. For the nth plus nth time, history is replete with examples of the folly of human beings trying to predict the future.

A picture of the USS Arizona Memorial:


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Some pictures from this morning:



I will try to post the “I” car in Cars A To Z before my wonderful wife’s surgery on Friday. As one can imagine, not too many choices exist for automobile makes beginning with the letter “I.” Of course, “I” is a better letter than “Q” or “Z.”

Isotta-Fraschini will not be the “I” car, but was a part of what is, so far, the only Concours d’Elegance my wonderful wife and I have ever attended, the Elegance at Hershey. The car named Best in Show in 2019 was this beautiful 1933 Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8A:


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I know very little about the make other than what I can read in the Wikipedia article about the car. The original Tipo 8, introduced in 1919, was the first production automobile with a straight 8-cylinder engine. Of course, Cadillac had introduced a V-8 engine in 1914, the first company to mass-produce such a motor. In 1917, decades before the introduction of the legendary Chevy small-block V-8, Chevrolet began manufacturing a V-8 for its Model D that even had overhead valves like a modern engine. But I digress…

Isotta-Fraschini, like many European makes such as Delahaye, could not recover from World War II and stopped manufacturing cars in 1949. Unlike the US, where life returned to normal not long after the war, life in Europe remained disrupted for years.


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8 thoughts on “The Greatest Generation

  1. Isotta-Fraschini was the only “I” car that I could think of. I only knew the name from a visit to Barrett-Jackson where there happened to be a couple of them on the auction block.

    Regarding history, there are a significant number of people who deny the Holocaust ever existed. Unbelievable. No wonder the world doesn’t learn anything from history.


    1. Thanks, JS. As for the Holocaust, knowledge of it will fade as survivors and their children die off. I am in the latter category and will not be alive 50 years from now. My father watched his family slaughtered by Nazi troops. My contempt for Holocaust deniers burns with the heat of a million suns.


  2. The “I” car;

    I’ll guess one of the following based on you usually picking the more obscure, but fairly famous, brands.

    Intermeccanica or Iso.

    But it might well be Infiniti.

    I took the time to visit the USS Arizona Memorial when I visited Hawaii some 31 years ago. Powerful reminder of the chaos and panic that day.


  3. I have a very nice book on the history of the USS Arizona published by the Navel Institute. I have been fascinated by the ship ever since, as a boy, I learned the U. S. Navy named battleships after the States and I lived in Arizona. It saddened me greatly that she was lost at the attack on Pearl Harbor. There is a wonderful display of artifacts from the ship on display in the Arizona State Capitol building. The display includes the silver and copper punch bowl and service pieces recovered from the ship. The Capitol Mall in downtown Phoenix has a memorial to the ship to include, one of the anchors, the flagstaff and the barrel from one of the 14 inch guns from her main battery. the University of Arizona has an equally nice display in the Memorial Student Union with a fountain that features hull plates and anchor chains from the ship. They also have the ships bell saved from being melted down by an alumnus when she served in the Navy. At the University there is also, a small memorial sculpture that resembles a flagstaff and is adorned with military dog tags. Most people do not know that the dog tags have the names of the 1174 men who died on the ship on December 7. Some people take our history seriously.

    Thanks for posting the lovely picture of the Arizona Memorial. It is one of the better ones I have seen and I copied it for my files.


    1. Many thanks for sharing, Philip. It is an embarrassment how many US citizens have no knowledge of what happened that day. I weep for the future. Maybe it’s a good thing I won’t see it.


      1. The teaching of history, sadly, is woefully and seriously neglected. What history is taught is not factual nor is it critically discussed. Most of what is taught is also meant to indoctrinate rather than to enlighten and to teach the student to seek after the truth. History is not meant to make you happy, it is for you to know what actually and factually happened so you learn to not make the same mistakes as those who preceded you. Here endeth the lesson for today.


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