Giotto Bizzarrini was an Italian automobile engineer for Ferrari. He received his engineering degree from the University of Pisa in 1953, and for his thesis, he completely redesigned a used Fiat Topolino. He modified the engine and then relocated it in the chassis for better handling. After graduating, he worked briefly for Alfa Romeo, and in 1957 went to Ferrari, where he built the most successful racing series the company ever had.
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The Drunkometer of 1936: The First Breathalyzer
In August 1937, Ray Gordon and his wife left a party in Indianapolis where they had been drinking. The couple were both injured after colliding with two other cars. The police came to investigate, equipped with a new way to determine if the Gordon's had been drinking. Using the "Drunkometer," a person would blow up a balloon, and the air would drop into a solution, which would change color, indicating the blood alcohol content.
Mutineer, Presidential Candidate, Explorer, and Conqueror John C. Fremont
In 1856, the Republican Party nominated its first candidate for the American presidency. Delegates gathered in Philadelphia, with the desire to send a candidate into the election who would represent their anti-slavery position. One man stood out as the front runner, John C. Fremont. Originally a Southerner who openly opposed to slavery, Fremont won the nomination with 520 votes to his opponent's 37. A decade earlier, he was tried for mutiny.
Vintage Japantown: Through the Lens of the Takano Studio
Vintage Japantown is a labor of love by the community and staff of the Wing Luke Museum, capturing a time when the Japanese Americans were a tight-knit community, socially and geographically. As part of the exhibit’s development, more than 100 community members were involved in the identification process, reviewing 400 photos in our Takano Studio collection. “People are always looking for their beginnings.” – Miyo Ike
Recollections of the Puyallup Fair
I’ve been going to the Fair as far back as I can remember. My family and The Fair have been intertwined for generations. I was born and raised in Puyallup, and I have a business in Puyallup. Our family business goes four generations. Someday they’ll look back and say this company has been here 100 years and The Fair has been here 150 years. How many towns are there where you can be involved with the largest fair in the smallest city?
The Way West: One Early Spokane Family Migrates to Seattle by Car In 1922
In 1922, my grandpa and grandma, and my then 5-year old mother Mary Jane, began the epic journey west by car. Car travel in 1922 was not nearly as fast, predictable and comfortable as in modern times. Flat tires and overheating were routine and one had to be something of a mechanic, especially in the middle of nowhere. Today, the trip is five hours, but back then, it took a full two days to cross the state of Washington by car.
Rescue in the Atlantic Ocean at 240 Feet Under Water
The USS Sailfish (originally USS Squalus) was a submarine sent out to strike Japanese military and civilian freight ships. She was a cutting edge submarine that could dive to a depth of 250 feet, patrol for 75 days and travel 11,000 miles all the while hunting enemy ships and subs. During a diving test in 1939, it suddenly flooded and sank. Twenty-six men were killed and thirty-three were able to survive by closing the hatches.