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Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Wed, 11th Nov '09 9:46 PM


That was so cool to watch the news coverage of the giant dominoes falling to signify the fall of the Berlin wall at the 20th anniversary ceremonies there.

Did any of you buy a piece of the wall? I remember working with high schoolers that year, and all of us wishing we could buy a chunk! Then one day one of our girls came in with a necklace made to hold a container with a piece of the wall in it, sent by a relative stationed in Germany. It was such an exciting occurrence.

It hit me today that the high schoolers I work with today weren't even born then - they've never known a day of their life when there was a Berlin Wall.

Sargon  (Level: 111.2 - Posts: 1256)
Wed, 11th Nov '09 10:48 PM

Beloit College publishes a list every year to remind their professors of the world their freshmen have always lived in. Here are some from the current list.

They have never used a card catalog to find a book.

Text has always been hyper.

They have never had to “shake down” an oral thermometer.

American students have always lived anxiously with high-stakes educational testing.

They have always been able to read books on an electronic screen.

They have never been Saved by the Bell

Someone has always been asking: “Was Iraq worth a war?”

There have always been flat screen televisions.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Thu, 12th Nov '09 9:08 AM

I was stationed in Berlin from early '62 to '63. I was in the 2nd BG 12th INF of the 1st Division at Ft Riley and we were airlifted to Germany to beef up the Berlin Brigade's wall security. A few years back my wife located a beer stein at a local jeweler that had an authenticated piece of the wall attached to the pewter lid. I don't know what she paid but to me it is priceless.

Bokeelia  (Level: 185.9 - Posts: 114)
Thu, 12th Nov '09 10:00 AM

I bought a piece of the wall for my nephew from Fortunoff's here in New York. They had a huge display and had them nicely packaged. I had previously given him pieces of the Roman wall around London and the Colliseum as well as others so it seemed a fitting gift. Fortunoff's which recently closed may be coming back. I understand the family has purchased the name with the intent of resurrecting thebusiness in some form.

Towerguard  (Level: 71.6 - Posts: 149)
Thu, 12th Nov '09 11:57 AM

My high school German teacher escaped East Germany as a child with her parents by crossing the wall into West Berlin and eventually out of East Germany into the west.

Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Thu, 12th Nov '09 1:43 PM

I was in Berlin regularly before the wall came down, and when it did, about three times the amount of wall was sold as had actually been in the REAL wall. Only 1 in 3 pieces are real, but how do you tell?

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