06 May 2007

70 Years of "Humanity"

"Well, here it comes, ladies and gentlemen; we're out now, outside of the hangar. And what a great sight it is, a thrilling one, just a marvelous sight."

Seventy-years-ago today -- 06 May 1937 -- radio journalist Herb Morrison uttered those famous words. It was the start of what would become one of the world's most spectacular events: the explosion and then crash of the famed dirigible, the Hindenburg (pictured; click for much larger image).

This event spelled the end of one of Germany's crowning glories, but it is also considered by many the beginning of media disaster coverage -- coverage while the event was unfolding.

Many journalists put themselves in harm's way to get a story, hoping to be in the right place at the right time. Morrison was there by coincidence (lucky bastard!).

Click here for an audio copy of Morrison's reporting of that moment.

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