June 2010 Issue

First Word: June 2010

I wouldn’t be the slightest bit surprised if an archeologist rooting around the middens of some ancient society unearthed, along with pottery shards and crude tools, a Bendix 1200 magneto, with the part number intact. Magnetos are what industrial historians sometimes call "persistent technology." Gee, ya think? In this issue, we’re reporting on the demise of the Bendix dual mag, a cursed thing which represents one of evolutionary blind alleys that often dog industrial development. It’s not that it was really that awful, it’s just that the idea of two mags in the same housing struck some people as like putting a screen door in a submarine.

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