Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Boeing 747 ... “the powerful symbol of global civilization”





























New York Times – "As the 747 Begins Its Final Approach, a Pilot Takes a Flight Down Memory Lane"
New York Times – "Early Days on the 747: Power, Style and Size"

"Yet on a planet that previously only the richest could cross at will, the 747’s most lasting impact may have been on everyday notions of distance and difference. Having inaugurated the “age of mass intercontinental travel,” wrote the scholar Vaclav Smil, the 747 “became a powerful symbol of global civilization.” The writer J.G. Ballard compared the jet to nothing less than the Parthenon — each the embodiment of “an entire geopolitical world-view.” Juan Trippe, Pan Am’s legendary founder, called the 747 “a great weapon for peace, competing with intercontinental missiles for mankind’s destiny.”

... British architect Norman Foster once named the aircraft his favorite building of the 20th century. Now, well into the 21st century, I asked Mr. Foster for an update. The 747 “still moves me now as it did then,” he told me in an email. “Perhaps with the passage of time, and in an age of ‘look-alikes,’ even more so.”"

The TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy Airport





























Architectural Digest – "The TWA Hotel in Eero Saarinen's JFK Airport Terminal Will Transport You Right Back to 1962"

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U.S. Soccer
























New York Times – "The Real Failure of U.S. Men’s Soccer"
By Brian Phillips

"The kind of progress Gulati seems to value most is corporate, institutional, political. He cares about sponsorships, shoring up organizational foundations. He has done wonders for the United States federation’s standing within soccer’s international body, FIFA. He’s had less success improving quality of play, both at the top of the game and at the youth level, where American men’s teams have missed consecutive Olympics under his watch.

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It’s time for a change. Arena resigned on Friday. Gulati is up for re-election in February. He needs to go as well. The next thing I want to see from United States soccer is a jackhammer, not a news conference. The Gulati regime at the federation has committed one of the most bizarre tactical errors in sports management. It has created a large, passionate audience and given it nothing to watch."

Fictional Jerseys

























SB Nation – "8 times Fabolous had the jerseys we wish were real"