Wait, what? | Bleader

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Wait, what?

Posted By on 07.03.08 at 06:47 PM

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

click to enlarge 3234.jpg

There was a whole series of self-destruct items — a "Gothic Castle," among them and perhaps the most bizarre — "A Wild Elephant — A Ferocious Beast That Belches Fire, Goes Mad and Destroys Itself!" 

George Plimpton--like the George Plimpton--ran around Chicago as a kid setting off fireworks? And never really got over it, and wrote a book about it, and hosted an A&E home video about it, and was appointed as the Fireworks Commissioner of New York by John Lindsay?

I did not know that. Anyway, here's an excerpt from Fireworks: A History and Celebration.

Tags: , ,

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Whet Moser

  • —30—

    A farewell, and some favorite pieces from the Reader.
    • Jan 14, 2011
  • The Very Political Life of Bill Daley

    Bill Daley: lifetime centrist
    • Jan 14, 2011
  • The Hidden Hands

    The Hidden Hands

    In every successful campaign—and every dud—pros are masterminding and organizing from offstage. Meet the people behind six mayoral candidates.
    • Jan 13, 2011
  • More »

Tabbed Event Search

The Bleader Archive

Popular Stories