Then and Now: The rear engine, rear drive 1936 Stout
Scarab, created by William Stout, is the little-known predecessor to
The Petersen Automotive Museum (www.petersen.org) in Los Angeles is hosting the "Driving Through Futures Past" exhibit from April 16 to Sept. 11 featuring 75 pieces of concept car art, conceptual models, and futuristic automobiles. Among the rare prototypes and concept art are works by noted designers and illustrators such as Harley Earl, Bill Mitchell, and Syd Mead. Most of the pieces being exhibited are rarely ever seen by the public, says Dick Messer, the museum's director. The exhibit provides a look at the hands-on process of automotive design before computers became a standard tool. Often referred to as "blue sky" concepts, the futuristic auto designs were created in advanced styling studios to promote revolutionary ideas.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
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