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October 21, 2016

THIS QUIZ QUESTION has nothing at all to do with aviation — which is partly why I like it. To answer correctly, you’ll need to have at least a passing knowledge of certain, uh, counterculture movements circa 1982. Let’s see how good you are.

The two photos below were taken recently in Davis Square, in Somerville, Massachusetts (in fact they were taken only about half a block from each other, on different days). The graphic designs you see in the pictures are tongue-in-cheek. They are knockoffs, parodies, being used here to advertise a product completely unrelated to the original. The sweatshirt is advertising a local microbrewery. But that design is taken from elsewhere. “Maximum Hesh,” meanwhile, is the name of a local skateboarding shop. The sticker, like the sweatshirt, borrows from something else.

The Winter Hill Brewing Company has nothing to do with Max Hesh; but curiously they both were inspired by the same general thing, from around the same time. What is that thing? Is it a TV show? A movie? Something about music? A book? You tell me.

Send your answer to: Patricksmith@askthepilot.com



The first person with the correct response wins his or her choice of an autographed copy of my book, or, if preferred, this Emirates first class stationery kit. This is the same writing kit found aboard Emirates’ 777 and A380 first class suites (as demonstrated by yours truly in the picture below). It includes several small envelopes, writing paper, and a handsome ballpoint pen marked with the Emirates name and logo. The kit shown below is opened, but the one I’m giving away is sealed.

Again, reply to: Patricksmith@askthepilot.com


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