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Movie Review: ‘The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz’ on Amazon Prime Video

The 1960s hit television comedy “Hogan’s Heroes” used the tagline, “If you liked World War II, you’ll love ‘Hogan’s Heroes.’”  To paraphrase that thought, originally a quip by comedian Stan Freberg, I would say, “If you liked ‘Hogan’s Heroes,’ you’ll love ‘The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz.’” 
“Paula Schultz” is the story of a fictitious East German Olympic star (played brilliantly by Elke Sommer) and a bumbling group of Americans …

As Coronavirus Cases in U.S. Pass 6 Million Mark, Expect Repercussions for Years to Come

It took three months from the report of the first confirmed coronavirus case in the United States on January 21, 2020 to the one millionth, yet it took only 22 days for the total to go from five million on August 5 to 6 million on August 30, and just 16 days to go from four million to five million prior to that.
Even though there were only 44,469 new cases …

Is It Now Safe to Come Out of Our Bunkers?

As someone who grew up with family members who were immunosuppressed as a result of having had kidney transplants, avoiding infection was somewhat second nature to me. As soon as I saw the coronavirus take hold in the New York area (it was the highly publicized case of the Broadway usher’s infection that made things crystal clear, given that I, in pre-corona days, would go to between one and four Broadway and …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier

The Chevrolet Bolt, Detroit’s answer to the call for electric vehicles with sufficient range as to be useful for more than short trips and commutes, made its debut not at one of the major auto shows but at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.
That alone should be telling.
The Bolt is assembled in General Motor’s Orion Assembly plant in Michigan, which received a $160 million upgrade in order to produce the high-tech …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Kia Telluride SX AWD

The last thing one might think of is that the world needs yet another mid-size SUV.  The folks at Kia clearly thought it did, and, after a little over a week with the new 2020 Kia Telluride – the largest vehicle Kia ever produced for the United States – we believe they were spot on.
The 2020 Kia Telluride made its official debut at the 2019 North American International Auto Show …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Kia Seltos SX AWD

As crossovers continue to gain in popularity, automakers are naturally adding additional models to their lineups.  Some models are merely OK, while others stand out in their class.  The all-new 2021 Kia Seltos is representative of the latter.
The Seltos is Kia’s sixth SUV in the United States and fits in the lineup between the Soul and the Sportage. However, the family member it resembles most in Kia’s lineup is the much …

Iconic 747 on Final Approach as Boeing Winds Down Production

Boeing’s announcement that it would wind down production of the fabled 747 jumbo jet hardly came as a shock, yet the news nonetheless gave many frequent travelers and aviation enthusiasts pause.
While we think nothing of the 747’s size today, it was revolutionary when introduced. The first model, the 747-100, was the world’s first wide-body airliner. Until then, airplanes only had a single aisle with seats on either side. The 747-100 …