Discovering Smart in Pasadena

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Discovering Smart in Pasadena

 

This weekend, I stopped by ArtCenter College of Design and happened to see this van.  And while I have seen more than a few Smart cars on the streets of Pasadena, it was the first time(to my recollection) that I have seen this particular van.  And here is why I’m calling it yet another smart discovery in Pasadena.  

 

The vehicle, a 1974 Dodge Tradesman Van, was bought new by Theoretical Physicist Richard P. Feynman reportedly using proceeds from his Nobel Prize in Physics.   It is part of the UNCERTAINTY exhibit on the hillside campus(1700 Lida Street) which features 16 artists who focus on the frontiers of knowledge and interpreting the unknown.  The exhibit continues through January 22, 2017 at the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery.

 

The van’s pinstriped designs  are actually Feynman Diagrams and are part of the work for he which he won the Nobel Prize.   An exhibit placard states Dr. Feynman could be seen driving the van on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena from his CalTech office to his home in Altadena in the 1970s.

 

Richard P Feynman

 

If I could explain it to the average person,

I wouldn’t have been worth the Nobel Prize.

 

Richard P. Feynman

 

While I’m not a Nobel Prize winner, if you are looking for some informed real estate information in the Pasadena area, let’s discuss what’s important to you.  I can be reached at 818.516.4393 cell.   

 

Published:  November 28, 2016

 

Discovering Smart in Pasadena

 

 

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Will Hamm
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Hello Michael, Interesting van and design on it.  I would think you would see this one around town and remember it.

 

Nov 28, 2016 08:08 AM #4
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This is very cool.  I'm sure these unique designs attract lots of questions.  

Nov 28, 2016 09:42 AM #5
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Michael,

This is a wonderful post.  Thank you for sharing this exhibit of Richard P. Feinman's van.  What a great way to illustrate his work.  And we absolutely know that when it comes to Pasadena real estate, you are indeed exceptionaly SMART.  A

Nov 28, 2016 09:47 AM #6
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Michael Jacobs
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Thank you for stopping by and your comments on my "discovery" of the van of Dr Richard Feynman at the ArtCenter College of Design.

And Alexandra Ron and Alexandra Seigel, smart ass is likely a better description for me....but I appreciate the compliment.  

Nov 28, 2016 10:29 AM #7
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Michael,

NO, absolutely not.

Nov 28, 2016 10:44 AM #8
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Sharon Tara
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Pretty cool!  

As far as I'm concerned, you would get the Nobel prize if it were given for knowledge of Pasadena real estate!

Nov 28, 2016 12:25 PM #9
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This is pretty cool, Michael; it looks like math equations to me but hey I suppose it could also be part hieroglyphics.

Nov 28, 2016 01:05 PM #10
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Dick Greenberg
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Hi Michael - Fascinating history on that van. Feynman is one of my science heroes, and I'm proud to say I recognized what the diagrams were, but I certainly don't pretend to understand them.

Nov 28, 2016 02:30 PM #11
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I knew the diagram meant something..but we needed your guidance for the answer!

Nov 28, 2016 02:40 PM #12
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Michael Jacobs -  If you're looking for smart when it comes to real estate in Pasadena, you're the one to call!  Then you could point out the value of this 1974 van!   : )

Nov 28, 2016 04:34 PM #13
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Hi Michael - I wonder what retrofitting is in the car.  I guess we don't know but it is worth seeing up close.

Nov 28, 2016 05:56 PM #14
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Michael

That's a great way to re-purpose a 1974 van.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Nov 28, 2016 06:07 PM #15
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Michael- oh to have a brain like that.  I suppose that if I could understand what he does would mean ...well I have no idea what it would mean because I still don't understand any of it. 

Nov 28, 2016 06:37 PM #16
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Michael, thanks for explaining the markup on the van... I wouldn't have guessed it!

Nov 28, 2016 07:58 PM #17
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Wasn't that van featured, or at least pretended to be featured, in an episode of The Big Bang Theory?

I do love that show. They ended up catching the van on fire in the end. 

Nov 28, 2016 08:40 PM #18
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Interesting mobile exhibit Michael, thanks for sharing the rest of the story.

Nov 28, 2016 10:55 PM #19
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Grant Schneider - I was able to get pretty close but not close enough to see the details of the restoration.  

Debbie Laity - yes the van was a part of a Big Bang Theory episode. 

Thank you to everyone who has stopped by and commented.  

Nov 29, 2016 05:10 AM #20
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That's pretty amazing, Michael.  I wonder if any other Nobel Prize winners have used their proceeds to buy a van.

Nov 30, 2016 04:11 AM #21
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Hmmm...well it wouldn't be my first purchase with my Noble Nobel winnings...but it is memorable !

Dec 01, 2016 03:07 AM #22
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Thank you to everyone who stopped by and left comments.   

Dec 02, 2016 11:59 AM #23
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