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  1. MikeKardec

    What are you Writing?

    Yes, definitely! An updated version would step away from anything that put a target on their backs I'd argue this part, or maybe not, they were bringing their odd corporate/governmental "socialism" to the world one country at a time. Not interested in communism's egalitarian sales pitch...
  2. MikeKardec

    What are you Writing?

    Oh, yeah. Thank God for Google Earth. Greatest research tool ever! I hate it that no place is mysterious any longer, google as a company scares the merde out of me, but it's SO damn useful.
  3. MikeKardec

    What are you Writing?

    The great writing challenge for this week: Come up with an evolved Nazi agenda for the post war world. As in, if you were a smart, well funded, organization that wanted to be National Socialism 2.0, what would you be doing? What would your goals be and how would you accomplish them. I've...
  4. MikeKardec

    What are you Writing?

    Of course. As it should, or you'd never have gone back to school. Still, I remain interested, perhaps more interested!
  5. MikeKardec

    What are you Writing?

    Just wait a year or two. There's hard times a-comin' and all the wealth and free time that allowed the over-supply to accumulate may dry up. Seriously, when generations are pursuing their dream of writing, acting, and studying stuff that will never make any money, it means there is serious...
  6. MikeKardec

    What are you Writing?

    I'm making painfully slow but fairly consistent progress with the new novel. It seems good, though the challenges I'm setting myself up for with the resolution are a bit staggering. Though I've spent all my life (especially my young life) in close proximity to people who do this with great...
  7. MikeKardec

    What are you Writing?

    I'm not surprised. Not that I have any idea of it's content or quality but the publishing world is no longer what we grew up with, and most people here tend to have aesthetics that lean in that direction. I certainly do. Though mysteries do better than other genres I've seen a powerful...
  8. MikeKardec

    What are you Writing?

    Congratulations ... on many things!
  9. MikeKardec

    Old Cars

    Ha! We call a stick shift the "Millennial anti theft device." Here in California too. I'll believe it when I see it. I can't figure how they can tune up the grid to withstand all the vehicles charging if we can't get through summer without rolling brown-outs. We are very long on the passing...
  10. MikeKardec

    Old Cars

    Electric has some amazing advantages when it comes to performance and lack of maintenance. A friend of mine has a Tesla that will make you swallow your eyeballs, it's so fast and the ability to computer control the speed of each wheel independently should, eventually, make the handling equally...
  11. MikeKardec

    Old Cars

    The smell of a vintage car is wonderful. I always think of it as exhaust, oil, horsehair and cigarettes. I have an old Alfa Romeo and just redid the interior. Of course the aroma went away, but I put the seats in a closet in the garage and now that space smells like an old car.
  12. MikeKardec

    Question on International Calling Late '50s/early '60s?

    Does anyone know if there were places like these American Express or post office phone services that would arrange a long distance call in airports? I've seen lots of payphones but nothing like what is being described. Of course it is possible that airports, with lots of international phone...
  13. MikeKardec

    Question on International Calling Late '50s/early '60s?

    Thanks! I'm guessing, as you say, it would be easier done from the US than the other way around. I do have some memory, however, of my parents waiting quite awhile to "get a line". I can't remember if they were holding for it or they were called back, but it was after '61 because that's when I...
  14. MikeKardec

    Question on International Calling Late '50s/early '60s?

    Even better might be to make the New York to Manchester call from an airport, like New York International (now Kennedy), but I still think it might take an operation like Am Ex or something else to get the International line.
  15. MikeKardec

    Question on International Calling Late '50s/early '60s?

    Hello all, I'm working on yet another novel, this time set in 1961. In it I have characters who need to place calls from one country to another but they are not calling from home or from a hotel. Call #1 is from Rome to Geneva and I suspect that this could be done from a payphone given you...
  16. MikeKardec

    Seperating myth from reality: Nazi secret tech development projects

    Revell models are a wonderful, mostly unexamined, STORY of the past and the future (and our hopes and fears). I would to know more about their product development process and history!!!
  17. MikeKardec

    Tramp Steamers

    They probably need to start with a new contract with the Longshoremen. The shipping companies, being in it for the long haul (and probably not losing any money with the current high rates), don't seem to want to renegotiate. The govt can keep the port open but, if there's no one there to work...
  18. MikeKardec

    German commando actions with political implications

    Thanks! Good info here that I'll be going through. A the moment I have just given in and used Skorzeny, though I may need to back up and rewrite using a fictional character (and events perhaps inspired by some of these suggestions) if I find I need to place him in some circumstance that does...
  19. MikeKardec

    German commando actions with political implications

    I'm researching any German commando actions I can find that had political or propaganda motivations. My first stop has been the career of Otto Skorzeny, his rescue of Mussolini and his wife, and his kidnapping of Admiral Horthy's son and later attack on Horthy's headquarters. Those are good...
  20. MikeKardec

    Hunting Hitler on the History Channel

    The "Hitler got away" story is fascinating mostly because of it's longevity. I suspect that it's a sort of story that is told simply because it WAS told, history as an Ouroboros (that snake eating its tail symbol). I may have said this a while back but "who cares if Hitler got away?" What was...
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