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Marianne Paskowski

‘Why Bridges Collapse’

August 7, 2007 2:53 PM

A day after last week’s bridge collapse in Minneapolis, the History Channel ran a special “Why Bridges Collapse,” that documented some of the worst bridge related disasters in American history. I just stumbled on it, because there was no on-air promotion for a special that ran at 10 p.m. (E.S.T) following the tragedy the day before. There was no time to promote the show.

History was smart and lucky. In its archives it already had a documentary on the shelves, outlining the history of bridge collapses in the country. And smart because the channel moved quickly, obtaining fresh coverage from CBS news and quickly cut and spliced the existing footage with news coverage to create one of the scariest programs I have ever seen that attracted 1.1 million viewers.

Bottom line: Don’t let your bridge phobic pals know about this show. It will totally freak them out. So what’s next for the History Channel: Perhaps a special on coal mine accidents, like the current headline grabber in Utah where people remain trapped? Not in the cards, for now, said a net spokesperson.


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I love everything you write!

Marianne Paskowski:


Thanks you of discerning eye. You know I was thinking of having History send our bridge phobic pal a DVD of this, but I guess that's the humidity speaking and not the warm-hearted me.

Drive safely,

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