The Architect Who Saw the Future

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Gateway Arch, St. Louis, Missouri. The steel arch was built in 1963.

Gateway Arch, St. Louis, MO

My first memory of Eero Saarinen‘s work was going to the top of St. Louis’ Gateway Arch in June 1970, when I was 10 years old. Having grown up in suburban Detroit, I later remember gazing at the futuristic looking Design Dome and Watertower at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan.

Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw The Future, the Season 30 finale of THIRTEEN’s American Masters series, premieres nationwide on Tuesday, December 27 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). The film follows Eric Saarinen — Eero’s son, who also served as the director of photography and co-producer — as he visits the sites of his father’s work, including Dulles International Airport; the Gateway Arch, St. Louis; and the TWA Flight Center, John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York. Shot with the latest in drone technology, the film showcases the architect’s body of timeless work in stunning 6K for the first time. (TAP TO WATCH PREVIEW)

More photos of Saarinen’s work:

The Design Dome at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan opened in 1955.

The Design Dome at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan opened in 1955.

The reflecting pool and UFO-like 14-story stainless-steel water tower at the General Motors Technical Center

The reflecting pool and UFO-like 14-story stainless-steel water tower at the General Motors Technical Center

 

The TWA Flight Center opened in 1962 as the original terminal designed by Eero Saarinen for Trans World Airlines at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The TWA Flight Center opened in 1962 as the original terminal designed by Eero Saarinen for Trans World Airlines at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Photos + Words Mean Something

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On my way to work this morning in Washington, D.C., I grabbed a copy of Express, the daily newspaper published by The Washington Post. The front cover had a photograph of President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama from yesterday’s historic Oval Office meeting. The headline: “AWKWARD.

On my lunch hour, I happened to walk by the Newseum’s outdoor display of today’s front pages from around the U.S.A. and the world. I couldn’t help but notice that some of the covers had the exact same photo, but with a different headline. Some papers chose to use another photo from the same meeting. The differences were sometimes VERY subtle. It was fascinating.

Objectivity in journalism? Media bias? Optimistic or negative? You be the judge. The newspaper covers below, and more, can be viewed on the Newseum’s web site.

Express, published by The Washington Post, Nov. 11, 2016

Express, published by The Washington Post, Nov. 11, 2016

The Cincinnati Enquirer, Nov. 11, 2016

Chicago Tribune, Nov. 11, 2016

Chicago Tribune, Nov. 11, 2016

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Portland Press Herald, Nov. 11, 2016

 

The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 11, 2016

The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 11, 2016

The Denver Post, Nov. 11, 2016

The Denver Post, Nov. 11, 2016

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Chicago Sun-Times, Nov. 11, 2016

The Washington Post, Nov. 11, 2016

The Washington Post, Nov. 11, 2016

The Boston Globe, Nov. 11, 2016

The Boston Globe, Nov. 11, 2016

The Times-Picayune, Nov. 11, 2016

The Detroit News, Nov. 11, 2016

The Detroit News, Nov. 11, 2016

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Minnesota Star Tribune, Nov. 11, 2016

The Charlotte Observer, Nov. 11, 2016

The Charlotte Observer, Nov. 11, 2016

Lexington Herald-Leader, Nov. 11, 2016

Lexington Herald-Leader, Nov. 11, 2016

The Record (Bergen County, NJ), Nov. 11, 2016

The Record (Bergen County, NJ), Nov. 11, 2016

Chattanooga Times Free Press, Nov. 11, 2016

Chattanooga Times Free Press, Nov. 11, 2016

The Dallas Morning News, Nov. 11, 2016

The Dallas Morning News, Nov. 11, 2016

USA Today, Nov. 11, 2016

USA Today, Nov. 11, 2016

Arizona Republic, Nov. 11, 2016

Arizona Republic, Nov. 11, 2016

 

Come Fly With Me

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Courtesy Callisto Publishers GmbH

Courtesy Callisto Publishers GmbH

 

A new large-format art book, Airline Visual Identity 1945 – 1975, out now from Callisto Publishing, chronicles the so-called “Golden Age of Travel,” with gorgeous, full-page advertisements from giants in the sky like TWA, Air France, and yes, even the real American Airlines.

These vintage posters, many of which illustrate the awe and optimism that shaped the design of the Jet Age, showcase an era when flying was one of the most glamorous things you could do, when passengers dressed to impress and legroom, well, actually existed. (READ MORE)

Excerpted from Travel+Leisure

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Courtesy Callisto Publishers GmbH

 

America’s Best Idea Turns 100

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Joshua Tree National Park in California (Photo from Joshua Tree National Park)

Joshua Tree National Park in California (Photo from Joshua Tree National Park)

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Yellowstone National Park was signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872, as the nation’s first National Park. (Photo from Yellowstone National Park)

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Yosemite National Park in California, established in 1890 (Photo from Yosemite National Park)

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis was my first visit to a National Park. (Photo from Jefferson National Expansion Memorial)

centennial_npf_logo_webThe National Park Service, created by an Act signed by President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916, is celebrating its 100th birthday this summer.

The National Parks is “America’s Best Idea”, according to film producer Ken Burns. Burns’ six-part film series is finishing a repeat airing on PBS this evening. The National Parks: America’s Best Idea is the story of “an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone.”

I first experienced the beauty and majesty of the National Parks during a four-week, cross-country road trip with my dad, mom, brothers and sister. The six of us pulled out of our driveway in Dearborn, Michigan in a 1970 Ford LTD, hauling a pop-up camper. Our first stop was the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. I’ll never forget that trip. Now I live in Washington, DC, with the National Mall and Memorial Parks in my own backyard.

The National Park Foundation and the National Park Service invites everyone to Find Your Park. I hope this post inspires YOU to connect with, enjoy, and support our National Parks!

Arches National Park in Utah (Photo from Arches National Park)

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Badlands National Park in South Dakota (Photo from Badlands National Park)

The United States Capitol is at the east end of the National Mall and Memorial Parks. (Creative Commons Photo courtesy of Tyrol5)

The United States Capitol is at the east end of the National Mall and Memorial Parks. (Creative Commons Photo courtesy of Tyrol5)

Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. (Photo from Mount Rushmore National Memorial)

Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota (Photo from Mount Rushmore National Memorial)

 

 

Happy Lunar New Year!

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The United States Postal Service's 2016 Year of the Monkey stamp, designed by Ethel Kessler

The United States Postal Service’s 2016 Year of the Monkey stamp, designed by Ethel Kessler and illustrated by Kam Mak

Today, February 5, the United States Postal Service (USPS) celebrates Lunar New Year by issuing its 2016 Year of the Monkey stamp. The stamp art features two bright reddish-orange peonies against a purple background, illustrated by Kam Mak. Peonies symbolize wealth and honor in Chinese culture and often decorate the sides of the traditional drums played during the holiday festivities. Art director and stamp designer Ethel Kessler incorporated elements from previous series of Lunar New Year stamps to create continuity between the series. (READ MORE)

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