1948 Delahaye 135 M
photo courtesy of Clff Miller
Figoni et Falaschi Cabriolet Narval
BPD Sergeant Cesar Melero
Lieutenant Dave Frankel of
the Berkeley Police Department is the Area 4 Commander and he
invites anyone who wishes to have coffee with him to join him
at, Berkeley Bowl West Cafe, 920 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, Friday,
February 15th, 2013, from 1 to 2pm
Sergeant Cesar Melero
Berkeley Police Department
"Hurdles, rewards for neighborhood blogs" Caleb Garling at sfgate.com.
"Big media companies
trying to cash in on hyper-local news - information that's sometimes
specific down to a couple of intersections in a big city - have
not found the endeavor very profitable.
But, despite navigating the
same economic concerns, myriad hyper-local blogs run by citizen
journalists are thriving in San Francisco - though mostly as labors
of love, where the bottom line is not the primary concern.
In just the past week, two
big, locally focused digital sites reported bad news.
On Thursday, EveryBlock,
a network of neighborhood blogs owned by NBC, shut its doors.
The site had received a grant from the Knight Foundation, an organization
that promotes innovation in media. After EveryBlock's closure,
NBC acknowledged that it was tough to make money.
Then, during an earnings
call Friday, AOL reported that Patch, its competitor to EveryBlock,
is losing money. But CEO Tim Armstrong said he remains committed
to the business.
Patch does not have a network
in San Francisco, but it does in South San Francisco and the East
Bay. That may be at least partly because of the neighborhood blogs
that already exist."
"Albany: Bay Trail property dispute leads
to court" by Damin
Esper at contracostatimes.com.
"For years, many have
dreamed of the completion of the Bay Trail, encircling San Francisco
Bay, giving complete, unbroken access to joggers, bicyclists and
others. One key portion of the Bay Trail, a strip of land behind
the grandstand of Golden Gate Fields, is the subject of an eminent
domain action by the East Bay Regional Park District and the next
court date, although not set yet, appears to be coming up soon."
Looks like A Bagels Inc is
moving into the space at Dwight and San Pablo, and with a serious
property upgrade--this is the former location of Bacheeso's.
"A la Carte: Sliver and Jules Thin Crust
in Berkeley" Jackie
"Just a sliver: There's
a pizza renaissance unfolding in Berkeley, home of Cheese Board,
Gioia, Emilia's, Zachary's and scores more. Danville's Jules Thin
Crust will be opening an outpost this spring in the storefront
previously occupied by Las Palmas (5804 College Ave.). Heather
and Jeff Clapp's signature longboard-shaped pizzas are topped
with colorful mixes of ingredients, including artichoke hearts,
apple and asparagus, for example, or fig jam, Gorgonzola and prosciutto.
Jules has been a big hit in Danville; now the Clapps are looking
to score a similar success right across the street from Zachary's.
Meanwhile, in downtown Berkeley,
the pizza de resistance is Sliver Pizzeria, launched by
Danville's Jules Thin Crust will be opening an outpost this spring
"Early phases of construction begin for
BAM/PFA" by Aimee
"Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive,
University of California (BAM/PFA)" announces two exhibitions, e-flux.com.
"Anna Halprin / MATRIX
246 and Apichatpong Weerasethakul / MATRIX 247"
"SF Symphony wins Grammy for music by Berkeley
resident" at dailycal.org.
"The San Francisco Symphony
and music director Michael Tilson Thomas received a Grammy Sunday
night for their live performance of two musical pieces written
by acclaimed Berkeley resident John Adams.
The symphony's modern rendition
of 'Harmonielehre' and 'Short Ride in a Fast Machine,' composed
in the 1980s, won for Best Orchestral Performance."
"Shotgun Players presents 'I Look Like
An Egg, but I Identify As A Cookie' " at heathergold.com.
"A fabulous theatre
that I've always wanted to play Shotgun Players will bring
my interactive baking comedy 'I Look Like An Egg, but I Identify
As A Cookie' back to the Bay Area on April 8th and 9th, 2013.
Shotgun Players is an amazing
theatre that has a huge following and sells out every show. They
do really interesting stuff, really focus on younger and new audiences,
keep tickets affordable and do unusually savvy stuff like repaint
their entire building with a great design that goes with each
major show in their season."
Though the funniest are "serious
", still check out "Top
5 Berkeley-inspired humor websites" Erum Khan, dailycal.org.
"If you have a professor
who doesn't mind laptops open during lecture, we know you've been
tempted to open that AirBears connected browser and click the
boredom away. So if you're going to take a bite of the forbidden
Internet fruit, at least be more creative than just Facebook and
open some fun sites! We at the Clog are offering a wacky version
of school spirit with the following suggestions. . . . "
"Remedy Health Media and the University
of California, Berkeley Partnering to Launch Online Health Resource
"Remedy Health Media, America's fastest growing health information
and technology company, announces the expansion of its 28-year
partnership with the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley)
to launch BerkeleyWellness.com, an innovatively designed, expert-reviewed,
online health resource providing trustworthy wellness information
today, focuses on wellness news and information, including fitness,
self-care and nutrition. BerkeleyWellness.com features interactive
multiple-page experiences that drive high-value engagement. The
site incorporates quizzes and assessments, beautiful slide shows,
email alerts and social media feeds, as well as roundtables and
video chats with UC Berkeley's experts."
"UC Berkeley researchers find connection
between air pollution and lower birth weights"
Alyssa Neumann, dailycal.org.
"A study co-authored
by UC Berkeley researchers found that women who are exposed to
more air pollution while pregnant have an increased risk of giving
birth to underweight babies.
The study, Particulate
Air Pollution and Fetal Growth, was published in the journal Environmental
Health Perspectives last Wednesday and analyzed the effects of
air pollution on more than 3 million babies born between the late
1990s and mid-2000s.
The data from the study were
aggregated from 14 different sites, giving researchers more confidence
in the accuracy of their findings, said Tracey Woodruff, a co-author
of the study and director of the UC San Francisco Program on Reproductive
Health and the Environment.
'What makes the study unique
is that the bulk of (air pollution) studies are on cardiovascular
disease,' said Rachel Morello-Frosch, a study co-author and UC
Berkeley professor in the College of Natural Resources. 'Only
recently have we started to look at birth outcomes. Mothers are
a unique population that need to be taken into consideration.'
Morello-Frosch said the centers
analyzed fine particulate matters from traffic, factories, power
plants and larger particles that came from dust, roadways and
With a pollution level of
around 29 micrograms per cubic meter, California's air pollution
was more than the state standard for particulate matter and more
than that of Connecticut, New Jersey and Atlanta.
The study also found the
highest levels of air pollution in Seoul and Sao Paolo, while
the lowest pollution levels were in Vancouver.
Woodruff added that a low birth weight can have long-term medical
effects on the infant."
"Scientists create automated 'time machine'
to reconstruct ancient languages" Yasmin Anwar, Media Relations UC Berkeley.
"Ancient languages hold
a treasure trove of information about the culture, politics and
commerce of millennia past. Yet, reconstructing them to reveal
clues into human history can require decades of painstaking work.
Now, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have
created an automated "time machine," of sorts, that
will greatly accelerate and improve the process of reconstructing
hundreds of ancestral languages.
Computer scientists have
reconstructed ancient Proto-Austronesian, which gave rise to languages
spoken in Polynesia, among other places
In a compelling example of how 'big data' and machine learning
are beginning to make a significant impact on all facets of knowledge,
researchers from UC Berkeley and the University of British Columbia
have created a computer program that can rapidly reconstruct 'proto-languages'
the linguistic ancestors from which all modern languages
have evolved. These earliest-known languages include Proto-Indo-European,
Proto-Afroasiatic and, in this case, Proto-Austronesian, which
gave rise to languages spoken in Southeast Asia, parts of continental
Asia, Australasia and the Pacific."
"Days Gone By, Berkeley 1923, Hundreds
of homes burn as fire races down the hills" by Nilda Rego at mercurynews.com.
"We must have been talking about scary things the day I visited
my Aunt Rina on Kains Avenue in Berkeley, and she told me about
the day a big black cloud of smoke headed toward her home.
Fire was roaring down the
hills toward West Berkeley. She put her two infant sons in a buggy
and raced toward the bay. She told me the story some 24 years
ago, and the memory returned recently as I looked through old
'1,000 Berkeley Homes Burned,' read the Oakland Tribune headline
Sept. 18, 1923.
My aunt didn't tell me that.
She only remembered the wind changed, and she could return home.
POST FROM THE PAST
1923 Berkeley Fire
September 17, 1923
The 1923 Berkeley Fire was
a conflagration which consumed some 640 structures,
including 584 homes in the densely-built neighborhoods north of
the campus of the University of Californiain Berkeley,
California on September 17, 1923.
Although the exact cause
was never determined, the fire began in the undeveloped chaparraland grasslands of Wildcat
Canyon, just east of the ridgeline of the Berkeley Hills,
and was propelled over the ridge and southwestward just south
of Codornices Creek by a strong, gusty, and intensely
dry northeasterly wind.
The fire quickly blew up
as it swept through the La Loma Park and Northside neighborhoods
of Berkeley, overwhelming the capabilities of the Berkeley Fire
Department to stop it. A number of UC students fought the advance
of the fire as it approached the north edge of the University
of California campus at Hearst Avenue. The other edge of the fire
was fought by firefighters as it advanced on downtown Berkeley along
the east side of Shattuck Avenue north of University Avenue. Firefighters
were rushed in from neighboring Oakland while San
Francisco sent firefighters by ferry across the
bay. The fire was halted when the gusty northeast wind was suddenly
stopped by the cool, humid afternoon seabreeze.
As a result of this fire,
the City of Berkeley established a fire station in the hills on
Shasta Road just below Grizzly Peak Blvd. In the early 2000's,
this station was replaced and relocated to a nearby site just
above Grizzly Peak Blvd. on the interface between the residential
area and Tilden Regional Park, very close to the putative
origin of the 1923 fire.
Two minute film of fire here
END POST FROM THE
video of a Satellite Deployment in Space
link courtesy Bob
On Monday, Feb. 11, 2013,
NASA launched the Landsat Data Continuity Mission into orbit.
After testing and checkout it will be renamed Landsat 8, handed
off to the United States Geological Survey, and will continue
the venerable mission to observe our green planet. Its task is
to 'extend more than 40 years of global land observations critical
to energy and water management, forest monitoring, human and environmental
health, urban planning, disaster recovery and agriculture.' "
"UC Berkeley students make finals for Disney
by Virgie Hoban at dailycal.org.
"A team of UC Berkeley
students has made it to the finals of a national Disney-sponsored
design competition and will present their project at the Walt
Disney Imagineering headquarters this week."
from the Library of Congress
June 23, 1906, a trip to Berkeley California, American
Mutoscope and Biograph Company
"This film, shot from a
moving streetcar, shows portions of north Berkeley and the adjacent
University of California campus, circa 1906. (A 1905 photo-panorama
of Berkeley shows a virtually identical view of the area seen
in the film.) The Oakland and Berkeley Rapid Transit Company began
operating in 1891 and was a major factor in the development of
Berkeley. Unincorporated until 1878, a decade after the foundation
of the University of California, Berkeley was somewhat remote
from the east-bay urban center of Oakland to the south. The apparent
abundance of undeveloped land seen in the film is a bit deceptive;
trees, hills and the narrow viewpoint of the camera hide much
of the neighborhood, which was fairly well built-up by 1906, although
much room remained for further growth. Over the following decades
even the Berkeley Hills were covered with homes, as the University
matured into a world-class institution. A large portion of north
Berkeley burned in the 1923 fire, but the area was quickly rebuilt.
The streetcar route shown is most of the final portion of the
#4 line (built in 1901) originating in downtown Oakland. The No.
3 Oxford Street line, seen at the start of the film, also originated
in Oakland. In 1903 the Berkeley streetcar system had become part
of Oakland Transit Consolidated, basis of the Key Route system
that linked east bay transit lines to its Oakland/San Francisco
ferries. The No.3 line closed in 1932. Later-model streetcars
on the No. 4 line were replaced by buses in 1948. The Hearst/Euclid
avenues portion of that line is now part of the No. 65 Grizzly
Peak bus line."
Make sure to view to the end
for the ruckus!
BPD Ofc Stephanie Polizziani
On 02/12/13 at
approximately 3:18 pm, BPD officers assigned to the Special
Enforcement Unit were executing a search warrant in Richmond.
officers were confronted by three pit bulls belonging to the resident.
of the dogs attacked a BPD officer, biting the officer in the
another dog attempted to assist in the attack. Both dogs were
killed. The officer was subsequently treated for their injuries
released from a local hospital.
Berkeley Downtown U. S. Post
Proposed Sale of Berkeley Post Office
USPS Public Meeting and Comment
Period for Proposed Relocation of the Berkeley Main Post Office;
Tuesday, February 26, 2013. 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Berkeley City
Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Berkeley.
The United States Postal Service
has scheduled a public meeting to discuss the proposal to sell
the Downtown Berkeley Post Office at 2000 Allston Way and relocate
From the USPS announcement:
"The reason behind
the proposal is the realignment of USPS infrastructure to a 26-percent
drop in total mail volume over the past three years, brought about
by the diversion to electronic communication and business transactions.
USPS does not receive tax dollars for its operations or facilities,
but covers costs solely through the revenue received from the
sale of its products and services.
"The Postal Service is in a very serious financial situation
and is facing insolvency. Every opportunity to reduce expenses
and generate revenue is being considered in order to maintain
universal service to our customers. If this relocation is approved,
USPS anticipates selling the current Berkeley Post Office building."
Berkeley Downtown United States Post Office
Oscar Wenderoth, Architect, 1914
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Berkeley's elegant Main Post Office is representative
of the Second Renaissance Revival style, also called Neo-Classical
Renaissance Revival. Government buildings constructed in this
era were designed to "educate and develop the public taste
and eventually elevate it to a higher plane." Classical motifs
decorate the building's exterior and interior. The exterior terra
cotta arches that are supported by plain tuscan columns are repeated
on the inner wall of the loggia and again in the wall between
the lobby and the main workroom. The mural over the door of the
original Postmaster's office, which depicts figures from California's
Spanish and pioneer periods, was painted in 19361937 by Suzanne
Scheuer for the Treasury Relief Art Project during the Depression.
"Lawrence Berkeley Revises German
Solar Cost Calculation"
Seth Masia, ases.org.
"In a study supported
by the Department of Energy's SunShot program, the Lawrence Berkeley
Lab has revised its assessment of why solar installations are
cheaper in Germany than in the United States. It's not because
labor rates are lower; instead, standard practices mean fewer
labor hours on each installation, with no permitting fees or sales
taxes. In 2012, the lab finds that the average cost of a customer-owned
PV system in the United States was $6.21 per watt before incentives;
that's 80 percent higher than the average cost in Germany, $3.42.
Hardware costs were nearly equal."
"UC Berkeley-Affiliated ICSI Launches Two
New Groups for Audio/Multimedia and Research Initiatives in Computer
Science" at marketwire.com.
"Leading Computer Science
Research Organization Creates Divisions to House Initiatives Like
Social Media 'Cybercasing' and Brain Networks Analysis."
"Bollywood Dance-Off in Berkeley"
report with dance video
"Two weeks ago in Berkeley,
California, teams of college students faced off in an Indian dance
contest that was so tensely competitive it should have been called
the Bhangra Bowl.
Bollywood films are luring in Indian-American college students,
raised in the US, but still glued by family to India.
'Bollywood has now become part of the American conversation, it's
become the language in which India and America are talking to
each other through these children, through these lives,' says
Vamsee Juluri, media studies professor at the University of San
Juluri says dance programs
such as Bollywood Berkeley represent the coming together of the
public and private selves of Indian-Americans.
'Until a few years ago, many Indian immigrants kept their Indian
and American selves somewhat hyphenated and separate,' he says
'So they were Americans publicly Monday to Friday, and Saturday
and Sunday they were Indians. And with Bollywood for the first
time there's a hybrid culture that is starting to emerge.'"
"I-House Love: Romance & Friendships
Made at I-House"
our Merryll emails
Had lunch with Carolyn Jones
today. She likes your blog.
Carolyn's father is an old
friend of Merryll's. Carolyn being the Carolyn
"Crackerjack Chron reporter" Jones.
"Matt Taibbi on Big Banks' Lack of Accountability" is another informative conversation with Bill
"The journalist explains
how our government - fearing another economic calamity - lets
big banks off the hook for detestable behavior."
"The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan--See
Contemporary Culture in Berkeley" at nymagazine
"The city may not have
shaken its hippie legacy just yet, but today its individualistic
spirit is more evident in unique hotels, innovative restaurants,
and highbrow art venues."
"3 new Bay Area halls let music ring out" John King at sfgate.com.
sf jazz center
"Even if you never step
inside a single one - and such reticence would be a mistake -
the Bay Area's three new concert halls are worth visiting to see
how architecture can bring cultural ambitions to life.
They're in different parts
of the region, aimed at different audiences, and each strikes
a distinctly different pose. The idea in each case is to stir
anticipation from afar, but there's no way of mistaking one destination
for the next.
Each project has its flaws,
just as reality often falls short of our dreams. What counts is
that each venue not only celebrates the art of live music, but
has the potential to reshape the landscape around it."
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"Professors, students question usefulness
of technology in classroom" Katherine
"On the first day of class, the lecture hall for Biology
1B was teeming with students scrambling for seats. The unlucky
ones shuffled into the course's several overflow rooms, which
contained projections of the live lecture taking place just next
Ava Rezvani, a sophomore
and intended integrative biology major, was fortunate enough to
secure her seat by arriving well before the class began.
By the end of the semester, that same oversaturated hall may attract
very few. The rest may rely on webcast, which allows them to watch
the lecture whenever - or wherever - they want.
'It's hard to motivate yourself
to wake up in the morning and make the trudge onto campus for
a class that you could probably watch on Saturday morning in your
pajamas while eating cereal,' Rezvani said in an email. 'No one
is keeping track of your attendance and you are not getting any
extra points for being there, so why do it?'
UC Berkeley's Center for
Studies in Higher Education is attempting to determine the value
of emerging technologies - such as webcasting - for higher education."
"Many campus websites unavailable Sunday
Affairs, UC Berkeley.
Sites hosted on the Calweb
Pro and Webfarm servers will be offline for maintenance Sunday,
Feb. 17, 4 8 p.m. Among the dozens of affected sites
are. . ."
"Tesla CEO Elon Musk is right to battle
bad review of the Model S, experts say"
Tesla Model S
John Boudreau, contracostatimes.com.
"Saul's worth more than a nosh in Berkeley"
Nicholas Boer at sfagate.com.
"On three occasions
I tried the latkes at Saul's Restaurant and Delicatessen. The
first was heavy, the second hot and crispy, and the third was
somewhere in the middle. Or, as Myra, a friend who has grown up
with latkes, described it, "inoffensive."
Such are the challenges of executing a huge deli menu for a clientele
who have peculiar ideas of authenticity."
the Magnificent Jew" is a video by Lou Charloff at holycannoli.posterous.com.
"Lou Charloff was born
in Romania and moved to New York (specifically, the Bronx) when
he was two years old. He speaks five languages and served as an
interpreter for the military government of occupied Germany after
World War II. Four years ago, he decided to try his hand at stand-up
comedy in Los Angeles, making him, simultaneously, one of the
oldest and one of the newest comics in the business."
END MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS
1954 Jaguar XK 140 MC Roadster
Jaguar XK140 is a sports car manufactured by Jaguar between 1954
and 1957 as the successor to the XK120.
Upgrades included more interior space, improved
brakes, rack and pinion steering, increased suspension travel,
and telescopic shock absorbers instead of the older lever arm
The XK140 was introduced in late 1954 and sold as
a 1955 model. Exterior changes that distinguished it from the
XK120 included more substantial front and rear bumpers with overriders,
and flashing turn signals (operated by a switch on the dash) above
the front bumper.
The grille remained the same size but became a one-piece
cast unit with fewer, and broader, vertical bars. The Jaguar badge
was incorporated into the grille surround. A chrome trim strip
ran along the centre of the bonnet (hood) and boot (trunk) lid.
An emblem on the boot lid contained the words "Winner Le
The interior was made more comfortable for taller
drivers by moving the engine, firewall and dash forward to give
3 inches (76 mm) more legroom. The single battery was relocated
from behind the seats to inside the wing (fender) on the inlet
The XK140 was powered by the Jaguar XK engine with
the Special Equipment modifications from the XK120, which raised
the specified power by 10 bhp to 190 bhp (142 kW) gross at 5500
rpm, as standard. The C-Type cylinder head, carried over from
the XK120 catalogue, and producing 210 bhp (157 kW) gross at 5750
rpm, was optional equipment.
When fitted with the C-type head, 2-inch sand-cast
H8 carburettors, heavier torsion bars and twin exhaust pipes,
the car was designated XK140 SE in the UK and XK140 MC in North
More, including contemporary prices here
A restoration is here
with restoration video here.
And, an original 1954 Jaguar XK 140 MC Roadster
is waiting to be restored "buried" here in a Potter
POST FROM THE PAST
Jeff Grey and his
Ford Rod--Jeff works at Consolidated Printing
END POST FROM THE
The "earliest known photograph" of men
Edinburgh Ale, 1844
POSTS FROM THE
" Rise of the drone: From Calif. garage
to multibillion-dollar defense industry" Peter Finn at washingtonpost.com.
"In 1980, Abraham Karem,
an engineer who had emigrated from Israel, retreated into his
three-car garage in Hacienda Heights outside Los Angeles and,
to the bemusement of his tolerant wife, began to build an aircraft.
The work eventually spilled
into the guest room, and when Karem finished more than a year
later, he wheeled into his driveway an odd, cigar-shaped craft
that was destined to change the way the United States wages war.
The Albatross, as it was
called, was transported to the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah,
where it demonstrated the ability to stay aloft safely for up
to 56 hours - a very, very long time in what was then the crash-prone
world of drones.
Three iterations and more
than a decade of development later, Karem's modest-looking drone
became the Predator, the lethal, remotely piloted machine that
can circle above the enemy for nearly a day before controllers
thousands of miles away in the southwestern United States launch
Hellfire missiles toward targets they are watching on video screens.
The emergence of hunter-killer
and surveillance drones as revolutionary new weapons in the wars
in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in counterterrorism operations in
places such as Pakistan and Yemen, has spawned a multibillion-dollar
industry, much of it centered in Southern California, once the
engine of Cold War military aviation.
Over the next 10 years, the
Pentagon plans to purchase more than 700 medium- and large-size
drones at a cost of nearly $40 billion, according to a Congressional
Budget Office study. Thousands more mini-drones will be fitted
in the backpacks of soldiers so they can hand-launch them in minutes
to look over the next hill or dive-bomb opposing forces."
"Female Inventor--Hedy Lamarr
"American men, as a
group, seem to be interested in only two things, money and breasts.
It seems a very narrow outlook" Hedy Lamarr.
"Any girl can be glamorous,"
Hedy Lamarr once said. "All she has to do is stand still
and look stupid.'"
The film star belied her
own apothegm by hiding a brilliant, inventive mind beneath her
photogenic exterior. In 1942, at the height of her Hollywood career,
she patented a frequency-switching system for torpedo guidance
that was two decades ahead of its time.
Hedy Lamarr was born in Vienna
in 1914 as Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler. She went to Max Reinhardt's
famous acting school in Berlin during her late teens, and in 1933
she showed the world her acting skills and most of herself in
the film Extase (Ecstacy), which quickly became
notorious for its extensive nude scenes. The movie played in America
after severe cutting, and in 1937 its leading lady went to Hollywood.
Louis B. Mayer, of MGM, hired her and gave her the name Lamarr.
Some people thought Hedy to be the most beautiful woman in Hollywood,
but as an actress she was overshadowed by heroines like Ingrid
Bergman and Katharine Hepburn. In 1966, she published her autobiography,
Ecstacy and Me.
Hedy Lamarr married Fritz
Mandal, the first of six husbands, in 1933. During their marriage,
which broke up in 1937, Madame Mandl was an institution in Viennese
society, entertaining-and dazzling-foreign leaders, including
Hitler and Mussolini. Her husband specialized in shells and grenades,
but from the mid-thirties on he also manufactured military aircraft.
He was interested in control systems and conducted research in
the field. His wife clearly learned things from him, because she
and her co-inventor, George Antheil, later went on to invent the
torpedo guidance system that was two decades before its time.
Hedy Lamarr's co-inventor,
George Antheil, was born in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1900. His
parents were from East Prussia. After studying music at what is
now the Curtis Institute, in Philadelphia, he went to Europe to
pursue a career as a concert pianist, heading first to Berlin
and then settling in Paris in 1923. He became one of the top avante-garde
composers of the time, writing and playing machinelike, 'mechanistic,'
rhythmically propulsive pieces with names like Airplane Sonata,
Sonata Sauvage, Jazz Sonata, and Death of Machines.
His Ballet Méanique was scored for sixteen player
pianos, xylophones and percussion and was first performed in Paris
in June 1926, in a version that had only one player piano but
also had electric bells, airplane propellers and a siren. It caused
Hedy Lamarr's biography / George
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