March 31st, 2007

Geek Forever

Old-ish cars?

What kind of car would be owned by a middle-aged American man who was born somwhere in the early fifties? I'm looking for something from between 1960 and 1989, and not too sporty. Just an ordinary car owned by a reasonably well-off man (though not an executive or anything).

Alright, I haven't quite decided on what kind of job this man has, but I was thinking along the lines of a very successful mechanic or something like that. He lives in New England.

Model and make would be great, pics would be absolutely fanastic. =D

Thanks in advance,
Kev Noir

"Fast Food"

Scene: New York during the Second World War

One of the characters in the novel I am currently working on is the head of an organised crime syndicate, who also owns several coffee shops and fast food restaurants in the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia), and by the mid-1950s he owns an entire chain merging both both across America. It's a caricature of global fast-food franchises like McDonalds.

Was "fast food" in common parlance in America in the 1940s, or "take-out"?

SWAT in Japan?

Hello, everyone.

I have a character in my story mention very briefly something about SWAT. But it's just a vague sort of thing, such as, "If you don't return my CD player to me tomorrow, I'm going to send SWAT after you!" However, the story takes place in modern-day Japan, and I was wondering whether or not Japan even has SWAT, or if it's called by another name.

I've never been very good with things like this. But I suppose that's why I joined this community, right?

Thank you so much in advance. :)

Edit: Because I forgot, I've tried searching through Google, but all I ever get is the American movie, some conspiracy theories, and a sort of Olympic game. It's really not helping at all.