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Edsel Model 40

Photo: Edsel Ford III, left, and Edsel Ford II at the wheel of the Model 40. Credit: Edsel and Eleanor Ford House.

David Streitfeld of the New York Times reports on how authors, restaurants and hotels can buy a positive Web review for  $5. I call it the cyberclaque and it’s been around for years. The claque, in case you don’t know, was people who were paid to applaud (or boo) at the Paris Opera. Hector Berlioz wrote about it in his wonderful book “Evenings With the Orchestra.”

A restored Model 40 Special Speedster owned by Edsel Ford makes its debut at the Lodge at Pebble Beach. The custom auto was built on a 1934 Ford roadster chassis and designed by E.T. Gregorie based on Edsel Ford’s concept of European sports cars. Jerry Garrett in the New York Times’ Wheels blog.

David J gives an interview about his composition inspired by the Black Dahlia case. Steve Fast on WJBC.

Japanese Americans interned at Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming hold a reunion for the opening of a museum. Esmeralda Bermudez in the Los Angeles Times.

Kevin Nance of the Washington Post visits the National Civil Rights Museum, located in the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot.


“We can’t be maudlin about this.  I mean, yes, we are a dying breed. We are disappearing from the face of the earth and all of that. That being said, perhaps this is a moment for people to acknowledge the contribution that has been made by women religious throughout our history in the United States.”

–Sister Mary Jean, 73, who has retired as head of SSM Health Care, on the way nuns used to run Catholic hospitals. Kevin Sack in the New York Times.

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