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    30 years ago in KC, 114 killed at tea dance

    One of the least-remembered recent national tragedies: 30 years ago today.

    The Hyatt Regency disaster is "forever part of Kansas City's story."

    Thirty years after the Hyatt skywalks disaster, a reminder to never forget
    Thirty years ago today the music stopped when the skywalks in the elegant Hyatt Regency hotel lobby suddenly crashed down on a crowd of people enjoying big-band tunes and a night out.

    The 114 people killed in the disaster will never age. The injured, the victims’ loved ones and the rescuers, however, are three decades older.

    Over that long a span, anger and grief can recede, but they can also harden into a resolve to make sure that the calamity is never forgotten.
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    Huge article at Kansas City Star link above.

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    thanks for posting this article; i'll read it.

    i watched a documentary on this once and it was just terrifying.

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    I also watched a documentary about the tragedy. It's sad how it claimed so many lives, wasn't even that long ago, yet it is barely mentioned anymore. "Least remembered recent national tragedy" is unfortunately very accurate.

    Here's another website about it: http://skywalk.kansascity.com/

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    At the time, I was teaching in a small town a couple hours southwest of KC; usually, I'd go up there a couple times a month, generally arriving Friday evening and staying with friends through Sunday.

    I didn't go up that week, but do remember buying the then-morning paper - the Kansas City Times - the next day, and wincing whilst reading the bold front-page headlines regarding the disaster. I still have that newspaper.

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    Oh my! Has it been 30 years since that happened? I shouldn't be old enough to remember 30 year old news events. That was so awful. All those people there at a lovely hotel, to have a good time dancing. Ugh! tragic.

    There is a group raising money for a memorial to the victims:

    The group today has raised about $350,000 of the $800,000 it needs for a memorial and an endowment, and has both a site and approvals from both Hyatt and the hotel's owner - Hallmark Cards, the Star says.
    http://travel.usatoday.com/hotels/po...rsary/177240/1

    http://media.kansascity.com/smedia/2...F03W.St.81.jpg
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    I remember the Hyatt. People were talking how much fun the tea dances were. We had considered going, but then hubby and I were laid up from a motorcycle wreck. Glad we didn't get to go. I remember an acquaintance saying how scary it was to be on the walkways and how much they swayed, this was before the tragedy.

    Fortunately none of my friends or acquaintances were killed or injured, but a few had family members who helped in the clean up. One thought a woman was alive when the crane lifted up a concrete slab because she sat upright. Turns out the womans head was smashed to the slab and it lifted her up. Horrible! A lot of rescuers and clean up people had a hard time coping with the carnage they saw for a long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Show Me View Post
    I remember the Hyatt. People were talking how much fun the tea dances were. We had considered going, but then hubby and I were laid up from a motorcycle wreck. Glad we didn't get to go. I remember an acquaintance saying how scary it was to be on the walkways and how much they swayed, this was before the tragedy.

    Fortunately none of my friends or acquaintances were killed or injured, but a few had family members who helped in the clean up. One thought a woman was alive when the crane lifted up a concrete slab because she sat upright. Turns out the womans head was smashed to the slab and it lifted her up. Horrible! A lot of rescuers and clean up people had a hard time coping with the carnage they saw for a long time.
    BBM:

    I can only imagine! I'll bet there are images that those people will never quit seeing in there minds. I think it was the 2nd and 4th floor walkways that collapsed. The tons of concrete and steel falling and sandwiching the victims would have been devastating. Luckily, you and your friends were unharmed.
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    ‪Seconds From Disaster - S03E01 - Skywalk Collapse‬‏ - YouTube

    here is the documentary i mentioned earlier. there is raw footage and interviews with survivors, as well as a good discussion about the causes of the disaster. warning though, some of the images/video is really disturbing.

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    I remember this vividly-hearing about it in the news, talking about it with my mom. It is one of the things that's always in my head when I'm on a walkway that sways or in a place where too many people are at one time. God bless all those poor souls! It certainly freaked me out-and I wasn't even there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Show Me View Post
    I remember the Hyatt. People were talking how much fun the tea dances were. We had considered going, but then hubby and I were laid up from a motorcycle wreck. Glad we didn't get to go. I remember an acquaintance saying how scary it was to be on the walkways and how much they swayed, this was before the tragedy.

    Fortunately none of my friends or acquaintances were killed or injured, but a few had family members who helped in the clean up. One thought a woman was alive when the crane lifted up a concrete slab because she sat upright. Turns out the womans head was smashed to the slab and it lifted her up. Horrible! A lot of rescuers and clean up people had a hard time coping with the carnage they saw for a long time.
    Is it normal for a walkway to sway? Did they make them more stable after the tragedy? When they did their investigation, did they find that the swaying was a reason why it collapsed? That doesn't sound safe at all.


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    A friend and classmate of my husband who is a physician and his wife (a nurse) were just arriving at the Hyatt that evening for a dinner with a group of his office colleagues. They were literally parking their car as the walkways collapsed and walked up to the entry door as the first survivors came running out! Needless to say, they spent the rest of the evening helping triage patients onto busses and ambulances rather than getting to enjoy the dinner that they had planned!

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    Quote Originally Posted by raeann View Post
    A friend and classmate of my husband who is a physician and his wife (a nurse) were just arriving at the Hyatt that evening for a dinner with a group of his office colleagues. They were literally parking their car as the walkways collapsed and walked up to the entry door as the first survivors came running out! Needless to say, they spent the rest of the evening helping triage patients onto busses and ambulances rather than getting to enjoy the dinner that they had planned!
    thank god they were there to help, they were probably some of the first "responders" on the scene, intended or not!

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    Last night in Ottawa a stage collapsed, wow.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/...-collapse.html

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    Short KC Star article from this morning's paper, about the groundbreaking ceremony for the Skywalk Memorial:

    Thirty years after Hyatt disaster, lives are remembered

    Star editorial from Sunday's paper: Time is now for a memorial to the Hyatt skywalks collapse

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    Quote Originally Posted by eileenhawkeye View Post
    Is it normal for a walkway to sway? Did they make them more stable after the tragedy? When they did their investigation, did they find that the swaying was a reason why it collapsed? That doesn't sound safe at all.
    There were way too many people on the walkways and the walkways were suspended also I believe.
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    FEMA's link for Emergency Supplies list below or what you need to survive for three days in case help is not immediately available to you.
    http://www.ready.gov/document/family-supply-list

    You can also purchase a weather radio which will inform you of severe weather even if your electricity goes out. Runs on batteries of course.

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