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Old 11-20-2019, 07:59 PM
 
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Werner Doehner, last Hindenburg survivor, dies at 90.


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Old 11-21-2019, 10:50 AM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Amazing. Such a horrific fire that destroyed the Hindenburg in minutes. And he survived. Remember that old black and white newsreel footage and the narrator exclaiming “ Oh the humanity.”
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Old 11-21-2019, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Given the entire disaster lasted less than a minute, and in the end the entire ship was a burned-out wreck, it's amazing that anyone at all survived. It's even more amazing that about 2/3 of the people on board managed to survive.


I don't know how accurate the 1975 movie was, but I always remember the scene where the ground crewman is looking up at the two kids staring with wide-eyed terror from the passenger car as the ship is crashing down. The crewman persuades the girl to jump, and he catches her and sends her running away. Then he calls back up, "Are you going to let a girl be braver than you? Jump!" The boy then jumps, the man catches him, and they both run away and survive.
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Old 11-21-2019, 01:40 PM
 
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ARemember that old black and white newsreel footage
That's gotta hurt!

(I really hope someone knows the reference and doesn't think I'm a horrible person)
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Old 12-02-2019, 07:47 PM
 
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Amazing. Such a horrific fire that destroyed the Hindenburg in minutes. And he survived. Remember that old black and white newsreel footage and the narrator exclaiming “ Oh the humanity.”
That "Oh, the humanity" was a bit of a genuine reaction of horror - in the days before newscasters became so glibly interchangeable.
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Old 12-02-2019, 08:16 PM
 
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Such a tragedy and a shame that the disaster played a role in the eventual demise of the Zeppelin.
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Old Today, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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That "Oh, the humanity" was a bit of a genuine reaction of horror - in the days before newscasters became so glibly interchangeable.
When I was a kid my father got this two disk record set called "The Golden Age of Radio." It had all kinds of things from The Lone Ranger through the original Amos and Andy broadcasts. There were two utterly electrifying moments among all the offerings. One was the call of Bobby Thompson's 1951 pennant winning home run, the other was the shock and horror of the Hindenburg radio reporter who reacted as both a newsman and a human being.

One of my favorite jokes from the "Big Bang Theory" show was a scene where Amy is trying to persuade Sheldon to make a greater effort toward getting grant money. She tells him that if the money doesn't go to the Physics Department, it could wind up "Going to geology, or worse....to the Liberal Arts programs."
Sheldon "Oh! The humanities!"
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Old Today, 09:14 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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The Hindenburg according to some estimates carried somewhere around 2,000 pieces of mail to be delivered in the US. Some of the mail in various states of damage survived. There's around 160 pieces that have showed up for sale over the decades. They're usually described by collectors as Hindenburg Crash Covers.

Some of them are commanding prices of several thousand dollars to collectors based on condition. Years ago I bought a fully intact Hindenburg cover from an earlier flight addressed to Macy's Department store in NYC. Haven't checked on value recently but certainly wouldn't be as expensive as the Crash Covers.

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