Photo: BMW M1. Credit: Bonhams
A BMW M1 painted by Frank Stella is being auctioned at the Quail Lodge Sale, Aug. 18-19, in Carmel. The BWM belonged to racecar driver Peter Gregg, who committed suicide after an accident left him with double vision and therefore banned from racing. Phil Patton in the New York Times.
A filing in Bankruptcy Court reveals that Steve Hodel is claiming unpaid royalties for “Black Dahlia Avenger.” The unpaid sum: $224,571.07. The court rejected Hodel’s claim for interest against Arcade Publishing.
Christopher Knight of the Los Angeles Times looks at Michele Bachmann’s views on the Renaissance.
Tea party queen and Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is convinced that America is sinking into tyranny. Why? In a remarkable profile of the candidate appearing in the Aug. 15 issue of the New Yorker magazine, the artistic flowering of the Italian Renaissance takes a beating for having done away with the God-fearing Dark Ages.
Photo: Jabberjaw lunchbox.
Jeanne Huber of the Washington Post writes about renewed interest in collecting lunchboxes.
Workers cutting down a fallen oak tree on Culp’s Hill at Gettysburg National Military Park discovered bullets lodged in the trunk. Two portions of the trunk where bullets were found are being preserved at Gettysburg’s museum.
Erica Goode of the New York Times writes about the search for evidence that might provide DNA from serial killer Ted Bundy.
The African American Heritage Trail lists sites in Washington, D.C., that are historically significant. There’s an online database.
Dwight Garner, writing in the New York Times, reviews Steve Wick’s biography “William L. Shirer and ‘The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.’ “
Shirer’s thick, black book was a fixture in libraries of the “Greatest Generation,” but I was never able to plow through it. I stumbled across Howard K. Smith’s “Last Train From Berlin” and found it much more readable.
Stephan Benzkofer of the Chicago Tribune writes about the long and short robbers, who struck Chicago in 1896.
Ridgley Tower, one of the last railroad control towers, was torn down after the task of controlling traffic was turned over to a computer center. Some items were saved from the rubble and given to a railroad historian. Dave Bakke in the Springfield State Journal-Register.