Berlin #2 "The Fernsethurm". Nowadays, the "TV Tower" is widely recognized as the most iconic landmark in the German capital, alongside the Brandenburg Gate. No visitor can miss this 368 meter-tall needle that dominate an otherwise flat skyline, and virtually every movie or TV show set in modern-day Berlin feature the tower. The story behind its conception is fascinating, as the touristic spot of today was indeed designed back in the 60's as a mean to showcase the "superiority" of socialist East Germany. In the years following the creation of the DDR, a new TV Tower was badly needed, and due to technical restriction applied to the not widely internationally recognized German Democratic Republic, it should be built tall in order to prevent wave overlapping. Construction of a new "Fernsethurm" started in 1965 on the centrally located Alexanderplatz. Unfortunately for their pride, East Germans were unable to proceed alone in the building, and materials were imported from the west while Scandinavian engineers were solicited. Nonetheless, the Sputnik inspired structure was inaugurated four years later by dignitaries like Walter Ulbricht and the soon-to-be famous Erich Honecker. It was then the third tallest free standing structure in the world. The Wall may have fell since, like the regime that ordered its construction, but the Fernsethurm remains like a proud testimony of a now gone era.
Picture taken by me in 2016.
Tag a veteran! “Who needs war when the government’s divided, tearing our country down. Pick your political poison while our troops are fighting on the ground. Let’s go for a ride to a better place in time. Catch a shooting start. The answer is not that hard. We need the light. We need the light. We need the light of The City” Thank you to our brave man and women who have served in order that I may have faith, freedom and sleep in safety each night. Tag a veteran!
A day late, but this #veteransday post explores Letterman Army Hospital, initially constructed in 1898. One of the most important medical centers in #WWII (73,000 patients in 1945), the Hospital expanded in #1969 into a $13 million, 550-room facility by prolific Bay Area hospital architects Stone, Marraccini, and Patterson. (1) Here is a postcard showing the new Letterman (#1970 , @goldgatenps). (2,3) And here are two views of Letterman during construction in #1968 . (4,5, also GGNPS) The hospital was where 9 American POWs were sent during Operation Homecoming in #1973 . These three videos show the soldiers’ arrival at Letterman, including Ricky Alvarez, held for 8 years in Hanoi and one of the longest-captive POWs during Vietnam. One returning soldier remarked, “The prettiest thing I ever saw was when I looked out the window and saw the Golden Gate” (both Oddball Films). (6) The new hospital eliminated the need for many of the smaller buildings on the OG complex. Here’s an aerial glimpse of Letterman at its largest, WWII era. (7, GGNPS) The new home also became the site of several intriguing Sutroid meetings. Here, Nancy Reagan spends time with 21-year-old Private First Class Samuel Guerrero in #1969 . (8) And here, Private Urban gets a surprise visit from his family in #1967 as part of Project Sleighbells. (9) Conscientious objectors (“conshies”), those who refused to fight in Vietnam, sometimes volunteered to be part of medical units as a replacement for their service and as a means of avoiding prison. Here, in what retrospectively is problematic at best, Conshies stick their arms into mosquito holders to test different bite deterrents (#1971 ). (10) Letterman also was the site of the fateful romance between Donna and Jim Boyd, two medics who briefly went #AWOL in #1973 when Donna was assigned to a different hospital down the coast (all @sfchronicle). Letterman was torn down in 2002 and is now the site of George Lucas’ Letterman Digital Arts Center. #veterans#sanfrancisco#hospital#history#archives#mosquitos#Reagan#pow
Two #UnitedStates#Navy pilots ejected from their F/A-18 Hornet after it suffered a mechanical malfunction as it crashed in the #Philippine Sea. The aircraft was conducting routine operations off of the USS Ronald #Reagan aircraft carrier when the incident happened. Both pilots were quickly rescued and are in good condition. (📷 Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaila V. Peters) #AtlasNewsUpdateUnitedStates