What To Say On Tuesday

Sorry to keep writing about having nothing to write about, but it is what it is.


I would ask of what significance is this car, but the answer is in the photo.



On this day in 1977 this Ford Fairmont was the 100,000,000th FoMoCo vehicle built in the US. Of course, being November of 1977 this was a 1978 model year car. About 460,000 Fairmonts were built that model year making it the most popular Ford for 1978.

A junior high/high school friend of mine, Steve B, drove one of these, his mother’s, once he acquired a drivers license. I remember his driving it to my house in the aftermath of a heavy snowfall and one of the tire chains snapping and flying off the car as he began his trip home.


On this day in 1971 Intel first advertised its new microprocessor, the 4004. It was the first commercially produced microprocessor.


Intel C4004.jpg


From Wikipedia a picture of a white ceramic 4004 with grey traces. Without question, the microprocessor is one of the five most important inventions in human history. The phone you carry in your pocket has more computing power than all of the computers used in the Apollo space missions. Continued increases in microprocessor capacity have since rendered other forms of computers almost completely obsolete, with one or more microprocessors used in everything from the smallest embedded systems and handheld devices to the largest mainframes and supercomputers.


My wonderful wife sent me the link to an article about this car:




This is a 1930 Duesenberg Model J limousine, coachwork by Willoughby. Fewer than 500 Model Js of all types were built: 445 Js and 36 SJs. The SJ was a supercharged Model J.

Of course, Duesenberg supplied a powered chassis and radiator grille and the owner would hire a company to design and to build the body. In 1930 it was not unusual for one of these to end up costing $20,000, which is equivalent to about $360,000 today. While it was just bad luck, to introduce a car like this just before the stock market crash and Great Depression was bad timing for the Model J.

E.L. Cord’s automotive empire, of which Duesenberg was a part, collapsed in 1937. In my opinion, the void left by the end of Duesenberg has never been filled by an American company. Probably too late–in my opinion–Cadillac is attempting to enter the ultra-luxury market with its announced $300,000 Celestiq. We’ll see how that goes.







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12 thoughts on “What To Say On Tuesday

  1. Ford Fairmont;

    For the 1979 model year, you could buy a “Mustang sedan”


    In those years this was the equivalent of the 427 optioned Galaxies, hemi optioned Mopar’s, or 427 Bel Air’s from the 60’s.


    Probably one of the the top 5 legendary engines of all time. The bodies, as noted, were supplied by others, but the engine? If it were possible for me to acquire one, I would make a static display in my house so I could just ogle it.


    1. Duesenberg Model J engine, beautiful to behold. Ab Jenkins used a Model J chassis for his land speed records at Bonneville in his Mormon Meteor. I have seen that car in the Utah State Capitol Museum.


  2. The 4004, I remember those too well, though I never owned anything that used one. I learned a lot about microprocessors studying magazine articles on the 4004 and its big brother, the 8008. I finally did get a computer that used a Motorola 6809 microprocessor and it served me well as a trainer for both BASIC and assembly language programming.
    Thanks for taking me down memory lane!


      1. For better and worse is a good description. That industry brought me a decent career and a decent retirement.
        I am sad, though, to see how so many people are using the technology for fraud and other nefarious uses.


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