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Modern Marvels

Season 10 Episode 55

Inviting Disaster 4

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 04, 2003 on The History Channel
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Inviting Disaster 4
Based on the popular book, this episode explores historical building collapses--from ancient pyramids to the Cathedral at Beauvais to Kansas City's Hyatt Regency--and demonstrates that clear warning signs often existed, but were ignored. We also examine the collapse of the Twin Towers in New York. Author Jim Chiles believes that designers and engineers must better prepare for all potential disasters--by understanding existing risks, they can prepare for the unknown, like terrorism.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • On the cloudy night of February 20, 1981, an Argentine Airlines Boeing 707 almost struck the World Trade Center's North Tower.

      • Some historians believe the forerunner of the modern skyscraper was the Ditherington Flax Mill, built in 1798 in Shrewsbury, England. It had a cast-iron structural frame.

      • The pont du Gard bridge near Nimes, France, is 900 feet long and 160 feet high and has stood almost two thousand years.

      • Elisha Otis demonstrated his safety elevator to crowds in 1854, by standing in a suspended elevator and having the hoist rope cut with an ax.

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    • NOTES (1)

      • Cast:

        James R. Chiles
        Author, Inviting Disaster

        Matthys Levy
        Author, Why Buildings Fall Down

        President Lyndon Johnson (archival footage)

        Thomas Scarangello, P.E.
        Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers

        Leslie Robertson
        Structural Engineer

        William F. Baker
        Structural Engineer

        Brian Clark
        World Trade Center Attack Survivor

        Jake Pauls
        Engineer & Consultant, Building Use & Safety

        Saw-Teen See
        Leslie E. Robertson Assoc., R.L.L.P.

        Executive Producer: Craig Haffner
        Executive Producer: Donna E. Lusitana
        Producer: David deVries
        Writer: David deVries
        Director: David deVries
        Supervising Producer: Glenn Kirschbaum
        Coordinating Producer: Stanley Brown
        Coordinating Producer: Seth Isler
        Researcher: Troy Barbour
        Researcher: Carolina Pacheco
        Narrator: Will Lyman
        General Counsel: Shinaan S. Krakowsky
        Editor: Keith Baker
        Editor: Margaret Moore
        Post Production Supervisor: Todd Carney
        Post Production Supervisor: Jason Kaifesh
        Post Production Coordinator: Georgina Lljubo
        Main Title and Graphic Design: Scott Bell
        Main Title and Graphic Design: Christopher Gaal
        Main Title and Graphic Design: Anthony Vasquez
        Main Title and Graphic Design: Kuis Ruiz
        Online/Composite Editor: Rod Decker
        Assistant Avid Editor: Chris Worthington
        Assistant Avid Editor: Emily Ross
        Assistant Director: Glenn Kirschbaum
        Production Coordinator: Edgar Sotomayor
        Assistant Production Coordinator: Savas Georgalis
        Production Assistant: Matt Compton
        Production Assistant: Ryan Graham
        Production Assistant: Matt Laudermilk
        Motion Control Operator: Jared King
        Post Production Assistant: Jenna Bradford
        Post Production Assistant: Curt Collier
        Post Production Assistant: Erin Howie
        Post Production Assistant: Dion A. Labriola
        Post Production Assistant: Hannah Smith
        Controller: Anit Chan
        Production Accountant: Vivian Santos
        Bookeeper: Armineh Baghdasarian
        Field Camera: Jeremy Cotts
        Field Camera: Phil Gurney
        Field Camera: Michael Barry
        Field Camera: Boyd Estus
        Field Camera: Mark Stoddard
        Field Audio: Keith Barefoot
        Field Audio: John Cameron
        Field Audio: Justin Dubose
        Field Audio: Craig Gibson
        Field Audio: Steve Harris
        Field Audio: Chip Hogg
        Post Production Audio: Charles Dayton
        Intern: Matt Callac
        Intern: Steve Webb

        Thanks To:
        Trinity College Cisual Resources Library Collection
        Richard Fauss

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
        Produced by Greystone Communications, INC

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