Seventy years ago this evening, the Hindenburg exploded as it prepared to land at Lakehurst, New Jersey. The clip below is a silent newsreel featuring footage of the crash.

The spectacular, terrifying event made its mark in our culture: the pictures, Herb Morrison’s vivid narration (which was only being recorded on disk – he wasn’t broadcasting the event live), and all the theories as to why it happened. Seventy years since, nothing has managed to dim it even slightly.

As a note: Michael Biel, one of my broadcasting professors at Morehead State, is mentioned in the Wikipedia entry on Herb Morrison. He was a guy who could pick out the slightest edits from any audio and probably tell you what kind of microphone was used. The guy had the keenest sense of hearing humanly possible. We could never slip anything past him in audio production class.