Monday, August 20, 2018

if it's crazy, but it works, then I think we have to just tip our hat, and move along on our way without criticism

most everything is more fun if you can power slide it on snow... so they took a King Midget, and fabbed a cool body, and added skis

thanks to Bruce for letting me know of the images on the Philly Library site!

I think they faked this photo... I don't see how they could get the car onto, or off of the stairs at that angle...

they did a great job in the movie the Iron Giant with vehicles scattered throughout the movie

it's only a 38 minute video... ignore the before and everything after minute 58, because after 58, it repeats

Some of the new rental bikes were very much liked by the homeless who needed bikes.

I don't understand taking the time to try and sand off the distinctive yellow paint, the shape of the bike alone makes it an obvious rental. 

In 1959, a runaway train smashed through the Olympia Washington Union Pacific depot on 4th Ave and into businesses on the other side of the street, destroying half a block. There simply aren't any decent photos online that show the damage though

 train car is embedded in China Clipper Cafe on left, Olympia, March 1959, the 13th of March. Good ol lucky 13th

On March 13, a crewless, runaway 15-car train strikes the Union Pacific Depot in downtown Olympia with such force that it goes through the building and crosses 4th Avenue, destroying half a city block. One man is killed and 20 persons are injured seriously enough to require hospitalization.

The cause of the accident is quickly traced to the train crew’s failure to properly set brakes on the cars and subsequently leaving the train unattended.

About 5:30pm, the train stopped at a switching point about two miles south of downtown Olympia. Members of a switching crew uncoupled a section of the train from the locomotive, but in doing so, failed to set hand brakes and did not properly apply air brakes on the 15 cars that had been uncoupled.

 The crew then briefly left the train parked on a slight downhill grade, unattended, and it soon began coasting north toward Olympia. It quickly gathered momentum, reaching speeds estimated by various witnesses at between 30 and 60 miles an hour as it rolled toward the downtown Union Pacific Depot on 4th Ave. Twelve of the 15 train cars were loaded with plywood and plasterboard, and the total weight of the 15-car runaway train was later estimated at 900 tons.

At 5:44 p.m., the train thundered through a dead end railway bumper guard at the depot and burst through a brick wall into the depot, instantly killing a telegraph operator for the railroad.

The train then smashed through another brick wall and out into 4th Avenue, traveling more than 300 feet as it crossed the street. The first car demolished the Sta-Well Health Service. The second car twisted into Bill’s Kitchen, Haumann’s Floral and Gift Shop, and the Eastside Club Tavern. The third car struck the China Clipper, another cafe, and two more cars and an empty gondola car overturned in 4th Avenue.

Within 24 hours of the accident, Union Pacific Railroad conceded that the accident had been caused by the switching crew

That was probably the last time ANYONE finished a crash investigation of anything larger than a car in less than 24 hours.

far from the usual vendors cart

it's been a gold mine month for banners

the John Deere in the Secret of NIMH

It was made by former Disney animators were frustrated by Disney's bureaucracy and assembly-line attitude.
In 1979, while Disney was in the middle of production on The Fox and the Hound, animators Don Bluth, John Pomeroy and Gary Goldman all left Disney to pursue this project, which had originally been rejected by their former employer as "too dark" to be a commercial success. They were followed soon after by 20 other Disney animators, dubbed "The Disney Defectors" by the trade press.

They believed Disney was neglecting certain animation skills and techniques that would be vital in the years ahead, especially as their veteran artists—the legendary Nine Old Men—retired or died.

In late August 1982, Disney barred several theaters from booking this film as a double-feature with TRON (1982). Disney claimed that the studio wanted their film to be paired with another Disney film. A Los Angeles Times article said that the action was due to bitter feelings over Don Bluth's exit from the company.

They worked faster and cheaper than they had at Disney.
Disney's The Fox and the Hound cost $12 million.
The Black Cauldron, released in 1985, would cost $44 million.
The Secret of NIMH? A cool $7 million.
 Furthermore, it was produced in 30 months—half the time Disney's 'toon features took.

It won best animated and best fantasy, from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films
It won Best Family Feature - Animated, Musical or Fantasy from the Young Artists Awards.

The release date was moved up from late August to early July, putting it in competition with E.T., Rocky III, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Poltergeist, Blade Runner, and Annie.

What's more, instead of giving the film a wide release, MGM/UA opened it on less than 100 screens and expanded very slowly—so slowly that by the time it rolled out, the advertising had come and gone and people had forgotten about it.

NIMH grossed around $14 million in theaters and didn't become truly profitable until it found an audience on home video.

Cobra Mustangs on day two, with happy new owners

bus and van concepts from GM design (thanks Bruce!)

Blazer concept

El Camino soft top prototype

GM softtops