[Ads-l] Interesting early use of 'jazz' far away from music

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Oct 30 20:08:00 UTC 2015

The parallel "jazz ride" (a "joyride," esp. in an airplane) didn't make it
into HDAS because I had just one cite.  (But see jazz, n. def. 4)

Here are several:

1918 _Aerial Age_ (July 29) 972: Take a jazz ride o'e the bay,/ While the
air cops are away.

1919 _K.C. Times_ (May 16) 26: Teddy had the road to himself that day. But
finally he ended his "jazz" ride without mishap, and with but slight damage
to the car.

1919 _Saturday Eve. Post_  (June 28) 54: This...is just going to be a jazz
ride to give you an idea of how it feels in the air.

1922_Worldwide Wireless_ (March) 7: Pick has promised several of his
friends a jazz ride in his cloud bus some time in the near future.

1926 _Popular Mechanics_ (Aug.) 291: Winged Words You Should Know ...Jazz
Ride: Any pleasure ride generally implying a few flops.

On Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 3:32 PM, Geoffrey Steven Nathan <
geoffnathan at wayne.edu> wrote:

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> I subscribe to an aviation trade journal (Aviation Week) which is having a
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> feature on 100 years of 'airline technology'. Here's a quote from an
> articl=
> e:
> On a bright New Year's Day morning in 1914, an enthusiastic crowd that had
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> gathered at the yacht basin in St. Petersburg, Florida, cheered with
> deligh=
> t as a fragile-looking Benoist XIV floatplane left the water and pointed
> it=
> s blunt nose in the direction of nearby Tampa. Squeezed into the tiny
> cockp=
> it were pioneer aviator Tony Jannus and Abe Pheil, a former St. Petersburg
> =
> mayor who had bid $400 to become the first fare-paying passenger on the
> wor=
> ld's first scheduled, fixed-wing airline flight. Percival Fansler, the
> loca=
> l businessman behind the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line recalled:
> "[T]he idea popped into my head that instead of monkeying around with [the
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> Benoist XIV] to give 'jazz' trips, I would start a real commercial line
> fro=
> m somewhere to somewhere else. My experience in Florida led me to conclude
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> that a line could be operated between St. Petersburg and Tampa."
> Here's a link to the AWST article, although it might be pay-walled:
> http://bit.ly/1HhjCmJ
> [
> http://aviationweek.com/site-files/aviationweek.com/files/uploads/2015/10/=
> wings-intropromo.jpg]<http://bit.ly/1HhjCmJ>
> 100 Years Of Commercial Airline Technology<http://bit.ly/1HhjCmJ>
> bit.ly
> The rise of the airliner from humble origins to pivotal economic engine.
> Geoffrey S. Nathan
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