Sears wasn't the only purveyor of ready-made housing, as Dr. Know points out in this response from the July 2013 issue.
My elderly aunt still gets misty-eyed when she talks about the “wonderful Lustron home” she and my uncle had when they were first married. What was a Lustron house—and what was so special about having one? —Architecturally Uninformed
Dear Uninformed:How fitting it is that in the city where Branding is King, your misty-eyed aunt still refers to her postwar dream home by its copyright trade name. And the Doctor understands the sentimental tears. Who wouldn’t miss a house that—thanks to the miracle of baked-on enamel—could take a shot from the garden hose and it would sparkle like your just Easy-Offed and Jubileed Magic Chef? The brainchildren of a brilliant Swedish engineer, Lustrons were the answer to not one but two thorny post-WWII problems: 1. What do we do ...
There is a system to summer vacation, and Dr. Know explains it in this response from the July 2013 issue.
Where is everyone? It’s July and every other family on the street has gone away, leaving me with two bored kids and no play dates on the calendar. Doesn’t anyone in this city vacation in June or August? —Harried Hyde ParkerDear HHP:You must not be hooked into the Cincinnati-Northern Michigan sorting system. Glendale through Clifton gets June, Indian Hill through Anderson gets August. Hyde Park gets July. See your branch library for help in getting signed up.
Our GPS devices don't know everything. In this response from the June 2013 issue, Dr. Know redirects a reader who has gotten a little lost.
I live in Mariemont. At least, I think I do. But the GPS in my new so-called smartphone selects “Shademoore” as my location on its weather map. Shademoore? I’ve never heard of the place. What’s the story? —Man Without a Country
Dear Man:What’s the story? There may be several. The most innocent explanation, or the explanation that casts the smallest shadow on what we do not doubt is your in-all-ways-exemplary life, is that the Global Positioning System link in your smartphone’s circuitry is in need of a sharp smack. Shademoore Park is an almost excessively unpretentious community across the Little Miami River from Mary Emery’s planned community for worthy working WASPs. A smart but insensitive telephone might not be sufficiently refined to detect the ...
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