25 Should Be The New 18

From this article comes this conclusion that is consistent with most published research:


“Under most laws, young people are recognized as adults at age 18. But emerging science about brain development suggests that most people don’t reach full maturity until the age 25.”


I don’t know why the age of 18 has been considered the age of majority. One could guess that, at least in this country, since that’s the age people graduate from high school and since until the 1950s most people didn’t attend college, then people would be considered adults as they entered the working world. However, the only constant in the world is change. Now, two-thirds of high school graduates are in college the academic year after they graduate. More and more research reveals that the human brain does not reach its “adult” ability to assess risk and reward until about the age of 25. My opinion, based on the prevailing research, is that the minimum legal age of purchase and consumption for substances like alcohol and marijuana should be 25.

What does this research mean for driving privileges, for the minimum voting age, for the age of being to able to enlist in the armed forces? Would this mean that the military draft would have to be reinstated, for example? Consider that the age group with the highest rate of fatal crashes per 100,000 drivers is the group aged 20-24. The rate for those aged 25-29, while high, is almost 20% lower than the rate for those aged 20-24. Those who are blinded by ideology are unable and/or unwilling to understand the world is more complex and nuanced than their beliefs. “There are more things in heaven and earth…than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” That Shakespeare could write some truths.


On this day in 1908 General Motors purchased Olds Motor Works, better known as Oldsmobile. It retained its original name until 1942 when it was officially renamed the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors. Oldsmobile was the best-selling make in the US every year from 1903 to 1905, inclusive, selling about 16,000 cars in those three years.

As I have written before, Oldsmobile has/had a long history as an innovator. It introduced “Knee-Action” independent front suspension in 1934, the legendary and revolutionary Hydra-Matic automatic transmission for model year 1940, along with Cadillac the first modern overhead-valve engine in 1949, the first production turbocharged V-8 in 1962 and the first US front-wheel drive vehicle in almost 30 years for model year 1966. Oldsmobile is the only American company that produced automobiles in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

For me, of course, much of my interest in Oldsmobile stems from the fact that it is, sadly, a defunct American make.



Note the Oldsmobile Service sign at the lower left. As for my most desirable Olds car with price not a factor, this might be it:


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From Barrett-Jackson a picture of a 1957 Oldsmobile 98 hardtop coupe with a wonderful two-tone paint job. I don’t know the hammer price for this car. On Hemmings the list prices of ’57 Olds 98 coupes are all over the place from $34,000 to $85,000. However, even at the lower price, barring an unforeseen financial windfall, this car is out of my price range as a Z06 companion. I have dreams, but I live in the real world.


On an unrelated topic, it is highly likely that before the end of this year I will delete my Twitter account. The only reason I created a Twitter presence was to drive traffic to my blog, but Twitter has been virtually useless for that purpose. After I delete the account, most of the hashtags at the bottom of each post will disappear.









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Throwback Thursday: Fins!

Sixty car model years ago (1959 for those of you who are mathematically challenged) the trend of fins on American cars reached its zenith. (Speaking of Zenith does anyone remember the radios and TVs manufactured by the company with that name? “The quality goes in before the name goes on.” They were the first company to develop High-Definition TV in North America.)



No car epitomized tail fins more than the Cadillac. These pictures are from the 2004 edition of History of the American Auto by the Auto Editors of Consumer GuideĀ®. It is not my intent to blatantly and wantonly violate copyright laws. It’s just that this page is perfect for this post. (To the book publisher: When/if I get paid for this blog let me know how much I need to compensate you. Seriously, a company that would hound me for showing part of one page from an almost 700-page book is out of its mind.) How about this photo of a car that is not a Cadillac:


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From pinterest a picture of a 1959 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer. By the way, I have been informed—and am always grateful when I learn something new—that the “Custom” is just part of the name of this car.

The beginning of the “fin era” as it is now known began with the 1948 Cadillac. Whether it was Harley Earl or Frank Hershey who actually had “the light bulb” is not important, in my opinion, but little doubt exists that the fins were inspired by the twin rudders of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning aircraft.


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A Barrett-Jackson photo of a 1948 Cadillac Fleetwood Convertible with the tail fins visible. Obviously they are quite modest compared to what fins would look like a decade later. Chrysler chief designer Virgil Exner played a large role in fins becoming more popular with his “Forward Look” design.


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A Wikimedia picture of a 1959 Chrysler Windsor. Note the body line rising from front to back, which was a key element in the Forward Look design.

After 1959 fins were phased out rapidly and were “extinct” by 1963 except at Cadillac, which retained the element in its designs into the mid-1960s although in a much less obvious way. From classiccardb.com a rear view of a 1965 Cadillac Fleetwood 60 Special Brougham:


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In my opinion the ’59 Cadillac tail fins are garish (almost no paradigm of excess is successful), but I like the design of many cars from that era with fins. Here is an example of such a car:


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From myclassicgarage.com a picture of a 1957 Oldsmobile 98. I don’t usually like four-door cars, but this one speaks to me in part because of the look of the rear including the fins.

Would any of you like to share pictures/experiences relating to “fin cars?” (No relation to fin tech…)






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