Sunday, July 08, 2007

Zeppelins Over Stukaville


When zeppelins ruled the world! Imagine if you will a dirigible, zeppelin, or blimp, in every corner of every sky. Scratch that. Imagine your first blimp in the sky!

In the early 20th century, airships were all the rage, spawning UFO sightings and stories of Martian canals which may not have been as farfetched or exotic as they at first seemed. When a zeppelin -- whether led by its owners or traveling on its own recognizance -- floated over, say, Cairo, Egypt or Cairo, Illinois, it was a big deal. A mystery for all to see.

Do you recall your first zeppelin sighting?


Zeppelin over Zurich!

For a brief while after 9/11/2001, airships -- even Goodyear Blimps -- were banned from airspace above anywhere near American ballparks. Upon being given tickets to a football game that fall and actually going, that was the first thing I noticed besides a handful of gendarmes -- no circling airships, not even small planes advertising Hooters!

Thank God the authorities have restored their faith in American airspace so that zeppelins are back. It shows a whole lotta love for the American people.


Anita Pallenberg approves of zeppelins. Do you?

Today's Rune: Initiation.

Birthdays: Ferdinand Adolf August Heinrich Graf von Zeppelin, Ernst Bloch, Richard Aldington, Johnnie Johnson, Marty Feldman, Anjelica Huston, Kevin Bacon, Billy Crudup (UNC-Chapel Hill), Beck (Hansen; b. Bek David Campbell), Vlada Roslyakova.


Diana Rigg, cooler than a flying zeppelin. . .

Auf Wiedersehen!

7 comments:

Danny Tagalog said...

Haha!

You have a good library of beauties haven't you? Diana Roigg...well, you can't do much better can you?

Johnny Yen said...

There are actually plans to start using blimps and zeppelins again. One of the main problems was the inability to reasonably predict the weather back in the thirties.

Mmmmm... Diana Rigg...

Bubs said...

The authorities obviously were afraid that Al-Qaeda had watched "Black Sunday" starring Bruce Dern...

Charles Gramlich said...

Have you read Joe Lansdale's "Zepplins west?" I think you might like it.

the walking man said...

I saw the good year blimp years ago traveling to cover the old Detroit Grand Prix. I was in y back yard working, I stopped. looked up at something I had never seen before thought "that's pretty cool" and then went back to work.

JR's Thumbprints said...

A "Sanyo" Blimp has been flying over M-59 all summer long. Very attractive indeed.

Cheri said...

I watched a movie that featured a blimp ride in the opening scene, and it reminded me of this post! =D

I never knew that they were called zeppelins.