Friday, September 15, 2006

The Vanquished Splinter, #2

29 Years ago, Oklahoma City gained the dubious distinction of being the only city in the world to demolish a building over 30 stories -- the former Biltmore-Sheraton-Oklahoma Hotel. This is the first of about 35 frames I shot on top of the OG&E tower thanks to my uncle Harvey. Within seconds, everyone moved to the floors below as the debris moved north -- a spooky mix of smoke and funky moisture. Hours later, rumors emerged that there were images of someone on the top floor, possibly a vagrant, flashing arms just as the blast occured. I eventually wrote a really bad musical about the person that was on that top floor. One of those musicals that is best left in the deep bottom drawer of memory.


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