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Fog 1, Sutro 0

August 13, 2009
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We’ve had angry fog this week.  It invades and then retreats, lulling us into a false sense of security, and then spills once again over the hills, attacking with a vengeance.  And it’s not satisfied with taking out just one antenna of Sutro — it’s slowly eating away at the rest of the tower.

Two days ago, what do I see?

sutro construction

Yesterday:

Sutro Tower construction 1973

And this morning?

sutro tower 1972

Great Scott, it will be gone by the weekend!

Ha ha, just kidding — it’s still there.  These are just pictures of Sutro under construction in 1972-1973 from our friends at SFPL. And here’s an article on the controversy surrounding the secret planning of our beloved telecom tower.

Via sutrotower.org I discovered Flickr user Articulate‘s scanned scrapbook photos showing some groovy, leather jacket-wearing hipster radio engineer kids up on Sutro in 1979. I am ridiculously jealous.

sutro 70s kids

“Some old photos scanned from a scrapbook. In the late 70s, engineers from the radio and TV stations at Sutro could take an elevator to the top platform, 872′ above ground level. Strict regulations imposed later eliminated such casual visits.”

sutro arm day and night

So I’ve decided that someone needs to install 8 HD cameras on the arms of Sutro so we can get a nice 360 panorama of the city.  Those would make some nice channels on Comcast HD (though I don’t think they’d be too excited to remind people that you can get broadcast TV for free). Hey BrittneyG, can you get CBS5 to scare up any money?

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. August 14, 2009 9:36 am

    Those photos are awesome. I’m sort of jealous, too. But what if you were up there when an earthquake hit? You’d need medication for the rest of your life.

  2. August 14, 2009 10:53 am

    Oh crap, those guys just beat sf0:
    http://sf0.org/tasks/The-High-Score-Task/

  3. John Birdsall permalink
    August 16, 2009 1:10 pm

    Isn’t that Armistead Maupin (guy in middle with ‘stache and bleached-out jeans crotch)?

  4. August 16, 2009 9:36 pm

    Good eye! It is Maupin according to the Flickr notes for that photo.

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