Thursday, May 31, 2018

DC TRIP: WWI Fighters at the Air and Space Museum

OK, I screwed up. So shoot me down in flames. There was so much great stuff to see at this museum that I neglected to record details on the planes. Hopefully someone with more expertise (like maybe Mr. Goble) can identify them for us. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

DC TRIP: Killer Spy Gadgets (Part 1)

A few of the many cool things we saw at The International Spy Museum. Sadly, this stuff was NOT available in the gift shop. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

DC TRIP: Was Thomas Jefferson an Asshole?

In gearing up for this trip, which I knew would include a visit to Mount Vernon, I read Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow (author of Alexander Hamilton, the inspiration for the musical), which really made old George come alive. One of the biggest surprises was Chernow's account of how Jefferson conspired with James Madison to smear Washington's reputation. While strutting about like noble statemen and pretending to be his friends, they were secretly funding a newspaper that published outrageous lies about him to further their own political aims. 

Yeah. I know history is mostly subjective, but if the facts as presented by Chernow are true, Tom and Jim were a couple of World Class assholes. With that in mind, I was not surprised by the mealy-mouthed image above, found in the National Portrait Gallery. 

Or the supercilious expression in the one above, also in the NPG.  

I met him again on a tour of the State Department's Diplomatic Reception Rooms, where he's dangling the Declaration of Independence like a bath towel. 

And finally at his own memorial, where he looks like a way-less-than-jolly green giant. So was he really an asshole? I still have no reason to doubt it. 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

THE MALTESE FALCON Comic Book (1946)

Happy Birthday, Dashiell Hammett!

Last year around this time, I celebrated by posting this 1946 David McKay comic book adaptation one chapter a day, which made for a whole lot of posts. This time, I'm hitting you with the whole thing at once. If you happened to see it last year, be assured it's well worth reading again.

The stylish artwork is by Rodlow Willard, best known for his work from 1946-1954 on the Scorchy Smith comic strip.