Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Blues for Woody

Today is Wednesday, 3 October 2007.

On this date in 1967, Woody Guthrie died of Huntington’s Chorea.

For once, I’ll just shut up and let Woody speak for himself: “America First” (about the America First movement and Charles Lindbergh’s fascist sympathies) and the heart-breakingly appropriate “So Long, Been Good to Know You”.




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The 50th anniversary tomorrow of the launching of Sputnik into earth orbit will command the lion’s share of ink, but the first human-made object to enter outer space did so on this date in 1942.

The place was Peenemuende, Germany, and the object was a V-2/A-4 rocket, which achieved a height of 176 kilometers (109 miles). (Space begins at the Karman Line, or 100 kilometers (62 miles) above sea level, the height at which the earth’s atmosphere is so thin that neither fixed-wing nor rotary aircraft can function.)

It is sadly indicative of human history that this milestone was achieved during testing of a device meant to murder humans.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Huh? said...

You said - "It is sadly indicative of human history that this milestone was achieved during testing of a device meant to murder humans."

Huh? "Good" and "bad" are always happening at the same time. Why are these two events more noteworthy than hundreds of other incidents/activities happening simultaneously? Pull back on the drama, how about it?

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