October 11, 2016

SMOKE ON THE WATER, THEN AND NOW:

Shot: TBS “used 2015 Moscow river oil fire (injured 3, including child) to symbolize” Cleveland Indians sweeping Boston Red Sox.

Chaser: “The 1969 fire on the Cuyahoga was a relatively minor story in Cleveland at the time. Although reportedly intense, the fire lasted less than 30 minutes. It was so quick that the flames were out before local photographers arrived. All the local papers could show was a fireboat spraying down a railroad trestle after the fire was under control. Time magazine ran a striking photo of the river ablaze–no doubt the photograph Carol Browner remembers–but this picture was not of the June 1969 fire. It was an old photo of an earlier, more serious, fire from 1952.” *

Man, even the airbrushes are a half century old on the left.

* Which Time would eventually confirm.

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