Herb Morrison's Report of the Hindenburg Disaster

Herb Morrison's Report of the Hindenburg DisasterHerbert Morrison and engineer Charlie Nehlsen were assigned by WLS in Chicago to cover the arrival of the Hindenburg zeppelin in New Jersey on May 6, 1937. Morrison's live account of the Hindenburg disaster is absolutely chilling.

It's starting to rain again; it's—the rain has slacked up a little bit. The back motors of the ship are just holding it just, just enough to keep it from — It burst into flames! Get this, Charlie! Get this, Charlie! It's fire—and it's crashing! It's crashing terrible! Oh, my, get out of the way, please! It's burning and bursting into flames, and the—and it's falling on the mooring-mast and all the folks agree that this is terrible, this is one of the worst catastrophes in the world. [Indecipherable word(s)] It's–it's–it's the flames, [indecipherable, possibly the word "climbing"] oh, four- or five-hundred feet into the sky and it ... it's a terrific crash, ladies and gentlemen. It's smoke, and it's flames now ... and the frame is crashing to the ground, not quite to the mooring-mast. Oh, the humanity and all the passengers screaming around here. I told you, I can't even talk to people whose friends are on there. Ah! It's–it's–it's–it's ... o–ohhh! I–I can't talk, ladies and gentlemen. Honest, it's just laying there, a mass of smoking wreckage. Ah! And everybody can hardly breathe and talk, and the screaming. Lady, I–I'm sorry. Honest: I–I can hardly breathe. I–I'm going to step inside where I cannot see it. Charlie, that's terrible. Ah, ah—I can't. I, listen, folks, I–I'm gonna have to stop for a minute because I've lost my voice. This is the worst thing I've ever witnessed.

"Oh, the humanity" has become an idiom seeping into pop culture, including Seinfeld and WKRP's "turkey drop" episode.

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He's obviously in shock, and trying to remain coherent, but this was just a weird thing to say: "... and all the folks agree that this is terrible,..."

August 8, 2013 @ 5:05 PM


Bad timing? The calendar date is 8-8 (Aug. 8th). 88 is used for a variety of differing reasons. Two are as a fringe neo-Nazi symbol and the other is as a popular numerical day of good fortune for Chinese people.

August 8, 2013 @ 6:38 PM


Oh oh!
Sounds like we are going to the "coast to coast" weird theory.
It was a terrible accident, nothing more , nothing less.
Just like a jet plane crash today.
But I like the angle, just as long as George Noory doesn't latch onto it.

August 8, 2013 @ 8:26 PM

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