When Volkswagen Beetles and other cars were the color of bathroom tile

We took it for granted back then. Cars were the colors of bathroom tile. Yes, in 1962 for example–and this car, seen recently, ago could be a ’62 although I’m not certain–Volkswagen Beetles were offered in black, white, and red. But they were also turquoise green, Pacific blue, Gulf blue, and–ye gods!–Beryl green. The phenomenon of… More When Volkswagen Beetles and other cars were the color of bathroom tile

Tripping over basil instead of parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme

In most cases, I should use the word “itinerant” in place of “peripatetic.” Ms. Burstein, one of the funniest and dearest people I know (she will probably chew me out for mentioning her name; don’t even think about trying to take a candid photo of her), described a bruising antic episode from her travels, when her suitcase got… More Tripping over basil instead of parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme

Edward Herrmann provided a cerebral, classy quality to Dodge ads

I find myself being asked about Edward Herrmann, who died on Dec. 31. Besides his extensive acting credits, people forget that Edward was spokesman for Dodge in the 1990s–the long-running, successful campaign with the tagline “The New Dodge. We’ve changed everything.” Fifteen years ago this month, when I was a copywriter for Dodge’s marketing communications agency, I went to Salisbury,… More Edward Herrmann provided a cerebral, classy quality to Dodge ads

People from 99 countries visited Baggy Paragraphs in 2014

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,300 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many… More People from 99 countries visited Baggy Paragraphs in 2014

Lamborghini and Harley-Davidson rank among my top automobiles and motorcycles of 2014

As a freelance contributor to Automobile, Robb Report, BBC Autos, and JeanKnowsCars.com, I jumped in and out, and on an off, a lot of automobiles and motorcycles in 2014. Here are some favorites: Lamborghini Huracán Where: Marbella and the Ascari racing circuit, Spain; Gingerman Raceway, Michigan When: May, October Summary: Breathtakingly good looking, comfortable to… More Lamborghini and Harley-Davidson rank among my top automobiles and motorcycles of 2014

Breakfast with all the trimmings, including pet peeves and a hog’s squeal

South Haven, Mich.—At breakfast this morning in Captain Nemo’s restaurant, I overheard the talk of two men, one of whom had already distinguished himself by saying, “You can use every bit of a hog but the squeal.” In fact, he did most of the talking. But late in the session, the other one listed his… More Breakfast with all the trimmings, including pet peeves and a hog’s squeal