Funeral for a beloved blimp
Joyce Park stashed this in History
Growing up, the Goodyear blimp -- specifically the one based in Southern California -- was a big and joyful part of our lives. It was the blimp immortalized by Ice Cube in his song "It Was a Good Day". My parents now live very near where the latest in this line of blimps, the Spirit of America, was based -- you could often see it from the freeway or in the air. Now the last true blimp in this line is "retired" and cut up into pieces, to be replaced by a semi-rigid Zeppelin from Germany. The process seems emotional but interesting. Goodbye old friend!!!