What Never Was: the Miller Library
The Miller House and Garden in Columbus, IN constantly evolved to fit the needs of the Miller family. In 1970, J. Irwin Miller began exploring the options for constructing a stand-alone office/library space in the Garden. Architect Kevin Roche put forth a couple of options, including this three-roomed Miller Library.
Roche created a very detailed scale model of his concept, complete with floor-to-ceiling shelves on every wall, stocked with miniature books and periodicals, and a bear skin rug covering one floor. The model was photographed and the images were mounted for presentation.
Along with these presentation boards, Roche created an architectural drawing that showed the library’s potential placement in the Miller Garden, connected to the house by a stone walkway.
Kevin Roche, Presentation photographs of proposed Miller Library model, ca. 1970, Box 40, Folder 23, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN. (MHG_II_B040_F023_001-006)
Grow and Broke
1953 Curly Hetchins Experto Crede
A “Curly” Hetchins Experto Crede in original unrestored condition complete with period parts. The Experto Crede (“trust the expert”) was produced from 1951 and is identified by the lug design which is thought to be one of the best examples of Hetchins work. The “Curly” part refers to the rear and seat stays which include a characteristic curve. The bike is in its original paintwork and has never been restored or modified throughout its 59 year life. The forks are the plain design also seen on the Nulli Secondus, the lugs have the more desirable cast edges (as opposed to the angular pressed option used on later models).
Final Price: $1,895.39 (26 bids)
On December 2, 1977, Variety published this open letter written by Steven Spielberg to George Lucas, in which Spielberg congratulates his friend on the recent success of Star Wars. The surrounding illustration (presumably provided by the staff at Variety), depicting R2-D2 casually reeling in the giant man-eating shark from Jaws, is incredibly awesome.
Good friends since the 60s, a healthy sense of competition had long been been present between the two, with Spielberg once remarking:“He was always more competitive with me than I was with him. He kept saying, ‘I’m sureStar Wars is going to beat Jaws at some point…’”
[via Letters of Note]