"I never cared for trends, that never bothered me. Music was what bothered me, what interested me. I always believed that I have something important to say and I said it. That’s why I survived because I still believe I’ve got something to say. My God is rock’n’roll. It’s an obscure power that can change your life. The most important part of my religion is to play guitar."
Joost (1893-1948) Schmidt: Gipstorso und Werkzeichnung, Stilleben im Atelier Joost Schmidt, 1932
Airship Dock at the top of The Empire State Building
Although the above image is fake, there is some truth in the idea that the top of The Empire State Building was originally designed to be a docking station for airships. Alfred E. Smith, an investor in the project, claimed that the airships could “swing in the breeze and the passengers go down a gangplank” and moments later would be out on the street. In fact, the announcement for plans of an additional 200ft being added to the building were a thinly veiled disguise to ensure the structure would claim the record for the tallest building in the world.
Although in 1930 an airship was able to make a three minute connection with the tower and on another occasion an airship was able to lower a stack of newspapers to a man at the top of the tower, ultimately high winds rendered the dock unusable. The docking station now lays up a steep flight of stairs behind an unmarked door one floor up from the 102nd floor observatory.
[Sources: The New York Times]
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