Throwback Thursday, It’s April Edition

Maybe this isn’t worth mentioning, but for the second or third time since I began writing Disaffected Musings a meaningful number of views happened very early morning Eastern Time from France, but with few visitors. That worries me that it might be a hacking attempt or something. If you’re really reading from France I would very much like to hear from you.


This post is called “It’s OK to pat yourself on the back.” In that vein I am showing the reviews from my talk from Tuesday night. In case you don’t know [The Speaker] is me; this blog is still anonymous.


“Great movie & great speaker!  Will come again.”

“This was an excellent opportunity to see how data is used to prove a point.”

“Many students can be engaged when the topics of sports is included.  The idea of how economics impacts sports especially, with analytics becoming integral, was interesting.  Activities around this info could definitely be developed.”

“Going to use MONEYBALL when teaching allocation of resources and cost-benefit analysis along with opportunity cost.”

“I enjoyed learning about how stats are used in real life.  I can use the info from the PD to help my students make decisions or as an offer of opportunities for the future.”

“I want about 3 more hours to hear [the speaker] talk!  Outstanding event.”

“[The speaker] was fantastic.  Could listen to him for a 2 hour lecture.”

“Very enjoyable and realistic way to look at data.”

“Awesome topic – interesting to think of sports from an economic / mathematical standpoint!”

“Loved it!  One of the best things I’ve done.”

“Thank you!  This was an amazing evening.”

“I have always been baffled by the whole idea of organized professional sports – I wasn’t sure if I would ‘get’ MONEYBALL but I did!  [The speaker] is funny, down to Earth and has a great sense of humor.  Thank you for this opportunity!”

As you [I] can see, you [I] definitely had an impact on the teachers.


Once again I will ask why someone with my skills and experience cannot find an interesting and fulfilling work situation. I believe that America is drowning in credential-ism and in age discrimination. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.


In the interest of full disclosure I had a difficult time thinking of a “Throwback Thursday” topic, automotive or otherwise. Here goes nothing:


From an aerial view of the 1939 New York World’s Fair. It was the first such fair to focus on the future and offered a chance to see “The World Of Tomorrow.”

From the official fair pamphlet:


“The eyes of the Fair are on the future—not in the sense of peering toward the unknown nor attempting to foretell the events of tomorrow and the shape of things to come, but in the sense of presenting a new and clearer view of today in preparation for tomorrow; a view of the forces and ideas that prevail as well as the machines.

To its visitors the Fair will say: ‘Here are the materials, ideas, and forces at work in our world. These are the tools with which the World of Tomorrow must be made. They are all interesting and much effort has been expended to lay them before you in an interesting way. Familiarity with today is the best preparation for the future.’


One of the items shown to foretell the shape of things to come was television. David Sarnoff, President of RCA, used the fair to introduce television to the public at the company pavilion.

If you’re interested in this you should do some research and read more on your own. A blog post cannot do justice to the topic.

During the two seasons the Fair was open it attracted about 45 million visitors. Are World’s Fairs still held? If so, what are the themes and why don’t they seem to garner any attention?


Sticking to 1939…although a small percentage of historians think World War II actually began with the Japanese invasion of China in 1937, the consensus is that World War II began when Nazi Germany invaded Poland in September, 1939. I am not making light of those events by writing about World’s Fairs and automobiles.


According to History of the American Auto by the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide® the 75-millionth American vehicle was produced in 1939. Chevrolet led US auto makes in 1939 model year output with about 577,000 vehicles produced. The two “wagon” models offered were the most expensive at about $850; the most popular was this car:


From a picture of a 1939 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe 2-door Town sedan. The two model lines (Master 85 and Master DeLuxe) and 13 different models all had the same engine: an undersquare (bore < stroke), inline six-cylinder engine of 216 cubic-inch displacement rated at 85 HP. Sorry, couldn’t find the torque rating.

Chevrolet produced about 220,000 of this model and charged $720. World events would soon disrupt everything.




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