Have you ever had one of those days when your schedule was really booked? That happened to me the other day. To start my day off I touched the Berlin Wall, yep, that one. Then I was standing at "Ground Zero" 10 ft from the antenna that used to be perched on top of the World Trade Center.
Later in the day I stood inches from a bullet riddled truck that was used to move journalists around the war torn city of Kosovo. Then, I relaxed by reading the front page of over 80 newspapers from around the world.
You might think I racked up some serious frequent flyer miles that day, but all I had to do was visit the "Newseum" in Washington DC.
A beautiful building on Pennsylvania Ave. a stones throw from the Capitol, the Newseum is a modern, state of the art facility displaying 5 centuries of news history.
With 6 floors of displays, it's a must see for anyone remotely interested in the news of the past.
The wide screen documentary of Woodstock put me right there in the mud with the flower children of the 60's.
Want to see a step by step accounting of John Wilks Booth before he assassinated President Lincoln? It's there.
The headlines of many of the worlds newspapers on 9/11 are displayed, most needed only one word to describe the day. "UNTHINKABLE" screamed one, "TERROR" yelled another. My favorite was "BASTARDS." The video presentation of that terrible day is amazing and very sad.
Videos of news makers on the air for a multitude of big events are everywhere.
It's a really interesting place where my wife and daughter spent hours roaming around. If I was teaching a high school history class, this place would be the destination of my first school trip.
I actually touched a piece of the Berlin Wall.
That was pretty cool.