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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Guide to Rockets, Missiles, and Satellites, Homer E. Newell, Jr.

Rockets, missiles, artificial earth satellites, and prophecies of space flights to neighboring planets fill the news today. The citizen who wishes to be well informed can hardly afford to neglect his or her education in these matters. But there are so many activities in this area that it is sometimes difficult to keep things straight. The following pages are intended to provide the general reader with a brief review of some of the high-speed weapons and vehicles that are either in existence or under development. It is hoped that the review will provide a useful background against which to view some of the news and discussions of the day. The review is, however, not exhaustive, and emphasis is placed on United States vehicles and weapons.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Joseph Boulogne called Chevalier De Saint-Georges

Emil F. SmidakJOSEPH BOULOGNE called CHEVALIER DE SAINT-GEORGESWho was this man?In the book “The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States - A life of the author, notes and illustrations, by his Grandson Charles Francis Adam, Vol. III, Charles C. Little and James Brown, Boston, 1851” you can read:“17 May 1779 - Landais gave us an account of St-George at Paris, - a mulatto man, son of a former governor of Guadeloupe, by a negro woman. He has a sister married to a farmer-general. He is the most accomplished man in Europe, in riding, running, shooting, fencing, dancing, music. He will hit the button, - any button on the coat or waistcoat of the greatest masters. He will hit a crown-piece in the air with a pistol-ball.”Joseph Boulogne Chevalier de Saint-George is unique in the history of European music, first for his origins and thcn for the diversity of his talents and the manifold facets of his achievement.