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The dismantling of historic Tiger Stadium has begun.
Wrecking crews punched a garage-door-sized hole in the north wall of the ballpark today, and at mid-afternoon a bulldozer and hard-hatted workers were visible inside the wall, pulling away railings and other parts of the structure, while a Dumpster and other equipment was parked nearby.
Outside a security fence erected over the past several days, Rich Curbelo, a freelance radio journalist from Bloomfield Hills, said he was there as a fan first.
“This is my friend,” he said, gesturing toward the stadium. “My friend is leaving me. A punch in the wall is like a punch in the heart.”
Via Panabasis, this from a 1936 issue of Airship magazine:
Airship Sells Thousands of Hats in one Day.
According to the Washington "Herald," the Goodyear Airship Enterprise was used in a more or less informal opening of the straw hat season in the nation's capital. Following is the story of the incident as reported by the newspaper :-
"The Weather Bureau report did not record it, but it 'rained' in Washington yesterday. It rained straw hats in the business district to usher in Straw Hat Day for 1936. From the Goodyear Airship Enterprise, 100 envelopes containing orders for summer skimmers fluttered through the air and whoever picked them up was entitled to walk into the store named and get his straw free. Persons jammed the streets as the airship soared over the city, bearing representatives of the Washington 'Herald'. Various stores in the District co-operated with the 'Herald' in making this year's Straw Hat Day one to be remembered.
"Verner Smith piloted the Washington 'Herald' party over the city in the Enterprise. He guided the silver craft over the business section under a brilliant sun, and when it was over the biggest crowds, gave the signal to drop the hat checks. These were hat checks that didn't cost a nickel, however. There were orders for just about every kind of summer headwear you could imagine. There were plain sailors and leghorns and panamas and chantungs.
"And the way Washington men went for the Straw Hat Day festival was best evidenced by the rush on men's stores throughout the city. Before the doors were closed late in the evening thousands of straws had been sold."
"Please do this world one small favor - remember the people struggling alongside you and below you.
"No matter what profession you choose, you must try, even in the smallest ways, to improve the quality of life of children in this country.
"No matter what your political philosophy, reach down from that proverbial ladder and see if there isn't some child we can't pull up a rung or two - some are sick, some are lonely, some are uneducated. Most have little control over their fate. Give them a hand. Give them a chance. Give them their dignity...
"...No exercise is better for the human heart than reaching down to lift up another person.'"
My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life, to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world.
-- From Edward Kennedy's eulogy for his brother Robert