"Jefferson Hotel Demolition"
Excerpt from TV News Script for NBC News WEEK-TV
By Erana Leiken
"Before it was even daylight, people climbed out of bed, put on an extra
layer of clothing, and drove downtown to witness what looked like the movie
set of a disaster film. Armed with cameras and thermoses, 4,000 spectators,
according to police estimates, shivered and waited for the biggest and best
show in town, a kind of special effects demonstration of controlled
While some reminisced over the loss of a historical landmark, others could
hardly wait for the once-in-a-lifetime spectacle.
With a sound like fourth of July fireworks, the dynamite sticks exploded,
and the Jefferson's walls came tumbling down..."