Ronald Reagan – Movielandlubber (Feb, 1952)
I have never seen any biography of Ronald Reagan that includes the fact that was an inductee of the Mechanix Illustrated Hobby Hall of Fame. What a travesty. How can I ever trust them again?
Ronald Reagan – Movielandlubber
ON board the S.S. America on her maiden voyage, actor Ronald Reagan asked to see the blueprints. One look and Reagan, a whittler from way back, was trapped. He wanted to build a model.
“I had all the material,” he says, “but no experience. I had to find out that you don’t put each piece into place as you finish it, that you don’t paint the parts after you have them in place.
“I always carried a piece of the boat around with me and any time I had a spare moment, I’d drag out my knife.”
Finally it was completedâ€”a fine scale model of the S.S. America. And since then, Reagan has made a model of the S.S. Challenge, a C-2 freighter. He plans to continue building model ships because, as he says himself: “a ship is a thing of beautyâ€”-whether it’s on the high seas or on your living room table.”
Caption: Movie star Ronald Reagan, featured in Paramount’s Hong Kong, left surveys his model of the S. S. America, below. It took him a little over a year of spare-time work to complete the difficult job.
I’M VERY DEAF BUT I HEAR Everything (Mar, 1950)
Yes, and I’m very blind, but I can see everything.
I’M VERY DEAF BUT I HEAR
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Growing Blanket of Carbon Dioxide Raises Earth’s Temperature (Aug, 1953)
Normally I don’t post articles without pictures, but this one just floored me. This little blurb from 53 years ago perfectly sums up the greenhouse effect and global warming.
Growing Blanket of Carbon Dioxide Raises Earth’s Temperature
Earth’s ground temperature is rising 1-1/2 degrees a century as a result of carbon dioxide discharged from the burning of about 2,000,000,000 tons of coal and oil yearly. According to Dr. Gilbert N. Plass of the Johns Hopkins University, this discharge augments a blanket of gas around the world which is raising the temperature in the same manner glass heats a greenhouse. By 2080, he predicts the air’s carbon-dioxide content will double, resulting in an average temperature rise of at least four percent. If most of man’s industrial growth were over a period of several thousand years, instead of being crowded within the last century, oceans would have absorbed most of the excess carbon dioxide. But because of the slow circulation of the seas, they have had little effect in reducing the amount of the gas as man’s smoke-making abilities have multiplied over the past hundred years.
Site Redesign (Aug, 1934)
I’m going to be redesigning this site soon and I wanted to ask for suggestions. What do you find annoying? What would you like changed? Added? The biggest complaint thus far seems to be that the white on grey text is hard to read.
Also, are there particular kinds of scans you’d like more of? Other topics?
Look! It’s Flying Disks Again! (Aug, 1951)
Yes, now you too can cook eggs on a flying disk!
Look! It’s Flying Disks Again!
PARIS has its flying saucer, but it is called “The Magic Plate.” It is a two-pound aluminum disk that floats in air without apparent support.
It moves up and down. It rotates. It lifts an ornate chandelier with bulbs burning continuously as it spins. If such trickery doesn’t prove that the plate is magic, it will fry eggs to a golden brown with nothing between it and the table but air!
Actually, of course, it is no more “magical” than the magic of electricity and the phenomenon of induction.
Below the plate, concealed in the table, are two concentric coils. The inner coil sets up a magnetic field that repels the tray, forcing it into the air. To keep the tray from slipping sideways out of the lifting field, a large outer coil is used. This develops a conical field, tapering toward the top, to keep the plate centered.
A third field makes the disk rotate. Four coils create it. Once the tray starts spinning, it does so for a long period even after the rotation coils are turned off because the drag of friction is almost nonexistent.
The chandelier weighs one pound. Its bulbs are lighted by induced current. The aluminum tray gets hotter than an ordinary electric iron, providing ample heat for egg frying.
What’s it all for? It is strictly a stunt used in Parisian store windows to attract customers and impress them with the magic of electricity.