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Executing ‘The J.D. Slam’

 Work of Art

A simple act of closing a car door inspired this column. Even I find it hard to have so many memories conjured up from this basic action.

Let me explain: Cars built this century generally have door-closing mechanisms that require only the slightest bit of energy to assure a tight seal. Cars built last century ­ ­— and that covers a wide span — often failed to close completely on the first try.