Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Berlin, Balloons--and Beethoven
here's good story and photos. This week Berlin and Germany (and really, all of us) will be marking the fall of the Wall 25 years ago with all sorts of ceremonies and events, but the coolest is the use of lighted balloons to mark an amazing nine-mile path of the barrier (I visited one key area a few months ago). And, as I'd expect: the events will climax with the playing of, what else, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. That was also the climax back in 1989, when Leonard Bernstein led an international orchestra and chorus there. The story is told in the current film by Kerry Candaele that I co-produced and in the related book we have written.
is author of a dozen books (click on covers at right), including the new "THE TUNNELS: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill." He was the longtime editor of Editor & Publisher. Email: email@example.com. Twitter: @GregMitch