According to Greek legend, one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all-time happened in a bathtub.
The tyrant Hiero II of Syracuse suspected the local blacksmith of using some silver in a crown he’d ordered that was supposed to be pure gold. The ruler asked a brilliant young mathematician named Archimedes to determine what precious metals were used for the crown. While taking a bath, the scholar noticed the water rose higher the more his body sank into the tub, and realized that the displaced water was a measure of his volume. Because gold is denser than silver, he reasoned, a crown with mixed metals would have to be bulkier than a pure gold one to weigh the same – and would thus displace more water in the tub. Archimedes was reportedly so excited about his discovery that he ran home, naked and wet, shouting “Eureka! Eureka!” (Greek for “I have found it!”)
We’re not going to run down the road soaked and unclothed, but like Archimedes, we’re excited about the things we’ve discovered around Scottsdale for this “Secrets of the Airpark” issue. If you’ve ever wanted to throw a party in an airplane hangar or get married on a motorcycle, we found the spot for you (“Luxe Be a Lady,” page 32). And if you’ve ever wondered what’s hiding in the storage rooms of the Musical Instrument Museum, we sleuthed that, too (“From the Vaults,” page 39).
Managing Editor Becky Bracken got into the water, so to speak, to find some subtle spots to make a splash (“Five Cool Pools,” page 28). She also followed some strange frequencies into the heart of the Airpark (“Runway Radio,” page 18) and unearthed some fun anecdotes from consignment store owner Darlene Richert – like the one about the time someone dropped a Picasso on her doorstep. Find her story, “Treasure Hunter,” starting on page 24.
Fans of Frank Lloyd Wright may find few surprises in our roundup of FLW-related sites around the Airpark (“The Wright Stuff,” page 36), but staff writer Mike Butler did dig up a few fresh factoids – for example, did you know the iconic spire at Scottsdale Promenade was rejected for the state capitol building? And did you know there’s a Nubian goat farm in the neighborhood? Mike spent some time with the kids for his story on The Simple Farm (page 45).
And since this issue is all about revealing hidden gems and discovering new things, it’s the perfect time to break in our expanded dining section, designed to introduce you to the newest nosh spots around the Airpark and find fresh flavors at old favorites. The buffet starts on page 58. We’ve also launched a monthly travel feature, “Fly-In Vacation” (page 48), geared specifically toward airport-rich destinations around Arizona and the Southwest. Our first foray is to Sedona, a place with many sacred and secret spots, including vortexes of supposed spiritual energy where some people go to find something important – themselves.
It’s enough to make us shout “Eureka! Eureka!”