Bulgaria: Sofia has a Sexy Metro

The communist regime of Bulgaria started thinking about a Metro network for Sofia in the mid-1960s. This was not so much about fighting a traffic chaos, since there was none, but about making the “working people” move, and about being able to show off a “big achievement of the socialist fatherland”. As early as 1978, twenty years before the…
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Aviation: Where is the Overdue Technical Revolution?

The first jet airliner was built in England. The "de Havilland Comet" was put into service in 1952, when the passenger jet age officially began. Today, 66 years later, we haven't gotten out of that age yet. That is because jet engines are reliable and the only machines powerful enough to push huge wide-body aircraft through the skies at crazy…
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Tommy LiPuma: The Guy who Produced Them All

When Tommy LiPuma was born on July 5th, 1936, in Cleveland, Franklin D. Roosevelt was president. When he listened to Nat King Cole and Ruth Brown on the radio, lying in bed due to a bone infection he was suffering from, the war in Europe was about to end. Once young Tommy was fine again, he found himself holding a tenor saxophone, which he would…
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