Sort Of Throwback Thursday

Some things never change: on this day in 1190 in York, England, Jews sought refuge in Clifford’s Tower, which was then besieged by a mob; about 150 people were massacred or committed suicide rather than submit to Christian baptism.

Two days ago, in response to a significant increase in anti-Semitic incidents there, San Diego County Supervisors approved a resolution opposing anti-Semitic violence and hate. County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer said, “It’s really sad to say that antisemitism is on the rise. It’s on the rise in our community and in our country. We’re not just talking about words and opinions. We’re talking about racist lies that are weaponized to fuel violence.” Of course, the setting is particularly sad to me as I lived in San Diego for five years and met my wonderful wife there.

Some things never change…


Well-worn territory…sixty years ago the US was in the middle of the 1963 model year for automobiles. That year is of special significance to me as three of my favorite cars, and three of the most significant as well in my opinion, were introduced. Originally published on the Mecum Auctions website, here are photos of those automobiles.


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I don’t need to identify these cars for the automobile enthusiasts who are reading, but I will, anyway. The top car is a Corvette Split-Window coupe from the first year of the second-generation Corvette. The car in the middle is a 1963 Buick Riviera and the one at the bottom is a 1963 Studebaker Avanti.

Stephen Cox asked his colleagues on air at a Mecum auction almost three years ago if they could have any three cars given to them for free, but they all had to be from the same model year, what cars and what year would they choose. My answer, 1963 and these three cars, came to me very easily and ever since then I have thought about the 1963 model year for American cars. My long series, Threes And Sevens, was chosen, in large part, so I could write about that year.

I very much enjoyed writing the 15 Threes And Sevens posts (1927 to 1997, inclusive), but doubt I could muster the energy for another similar effort, anymore. For a very brief time I did consider writing Zeroes And Fives along the same lines, however. Once again, I offer the opportunity for regular readers to write guest posts for this blog and if someone wants to write such a series, I would be glad to publish it.


What do you think of the news that the US has asked ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns popular “social media” company TikTok, to sell its stake or face a ban? Regular readers should be able to ascertain my stance. I believe that the Chinese government is no one’s friend, not even its own people. I have no doubt that ByteDance has supplied or will supply user data to the Chinese government if requested AND as required by Chinese “law.”

This remark by fellow Baltimore Polytechnic alum H.L. Mencken seems appropriate:


“The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. Power is what all messiahs really seek: not the chance to serve.”


I couldn’t resist publishing this photo from the observation deck on the roof of our new house.



Of course, I have already shown the photo below on multiple occasions.



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7 thoughts on “Sort Of Throwback Thursday

  1. “any three cars given to them for free, but they all had to be from the same model year”

    I picked 1957 originally, however any year from 1957 thru 1971 I could easily pick three from that year. The horsepower wars were on, styling changed rapidly, and was mostly pretty good. Quality? Well, 2 out of three ain’t bad. As most of the offerings from years past are now worth a good bit, even basic family sedans, it’s hard to go wrong.


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