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Where & When: Game 32

Welcome back for another round of Where & When.  I was going to take a break today because I’m fighting a bad cold, but my email froze when I tried to alert Mr. B, so I took this a s a sign to buckle down and continue as planned.  Then when I did a quick scan for a picture related to me being sick (as one would expect), I came across something else a little more interesting:

Where & When Game 32

There’s a big story behind this, and I want you to uncover that story and tell us what the significance of this picture and the (un)likely date it was taken is.  As a bonus, there is a startling epilogue involving three major figures attached to this building; tell us what happened with these three people and you will be rewarded with an extra root beer.  Oh and the hint may be obvious: we’re on a trip from the usual.

This one’s relatively easy, I want to test your intuition and to bring forth an interesting back story with this one (as I try to do with all).  As usual, first person to name the where and the when will receive the root beer of their choice, and a special root beer for the bonus epilogue and a cream soda of choice for all the runners-up.  Have fun with this guys and gals, I’m going back to bed; don’t be mad if I don’t catch up this time.  Oh, and no peeking! >;)

[Photo Credit: The Washington Post]

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1 TheGreenMan   ~  Jan 21, 2014 1:56 pm

Is this supposed to be NYC?

Because the first two things I looked up in the pic led me to Washington D.C.

Curiouser and curiouser...

2 rbj   ~  Jan 21, 2014 2:07 pm

Definitely DC, and supposed to be in the midst of another storm as we speak.

I only got an inch of the white stuff last night, not even bothering to shovel.

Crandall's Knickerbocker Theatre. This is the Knickerbocker Storm of Jan. 21-22, 1922. The theater collapsed under the weight of the storm and shoddy construction, killing 98.

It's the intersection of Columbia Road and 18th Street, NW, DC.

Hope everyone's safe, oh, and if you have a natural gas furnace, do get it inspected yearly. Mine turned out to have all three burners cracked. The first guy on Friday night replaced my igniter, the inspector on Saturday who discovered the cracks was unhappy with that, for obvious reasons. He had the old furnace out and a temporary one in within an hour.

3 TheGreenMan   ~  Jan 21, 2014 2:09 pm

Well, if this is what I think it is (kinda has to be), then it's from January 27th or 28th of 1922. The Knickerbocker Storm named after the building collapse of the Knickerbocker Theatre that killed 98 and injured another 133.

For the epilogue, both the architect (Reginald Geare) and the owner (Harry Crandall) eventually committed suicide over the tragedy. The only other major name I could find associated with the incident is former Congressman Andrew Jackson Barchfield from Pennsylvania who died in the roof collapse.

4 TheGreenMan   ~  Jan 21, 2014 2:12 pm

[2] - I've got a tune-up/inspection for mine scheduled for next week. We had a guy over on Friday to fix a small tubing that had become blocked so our heat was acting all wonky. Working like a charm now, but I'm still eagerly awaiting the full inspection.

5 rbj   ~  Jan 21, 2014 2:32 pm

[4] Good to hear. The company had called me this past fall to schedule an inspection, but I turned them down as everything seemed to be fine. Needless to say, it's going into the budget even with a brand new furnace.

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