— T.J. Ortenzi (@tjortenzi) August 18, 2017
Apart from the Big Solar Event, what’s on the agenda as we start the new week?
I enjoyed this whole Washington Post story, “For one day, a fractured country will be united by sun, moon and history”… but especially the bit about a very American ‘monument’:
… On the high plains of northwest Nebraska, north of Alliance, where Army pilots trained in World War II, a mysterious circle of gray objects rises from the flat expanse of farmland.
The objects closely resemble Britain’s 4,000-year-old Stonehenge, a mystical place of pilgrimage for neo-druids, solstice watchers, and legions of tourists.
But this monument is made of 39 junked cars.
It’s Carhenge, perhaps the most cosmic spot in the country to watch the eclipse. And it has an impressive two minutes and 28 seconds of totality.
Carhenge was assembled in 1987 by Jim Reinders, the son of a Nebraska tenant farmer, to honor his late father, Herman.
Reinders, 89, a retired oil industry engineer now living in Texas, resided in London in the 1970s and was fascinated by Stonehenge.
After his father died, he came up with the idea of Carhenge, and in June 1987, members of his family convened on land he had inherited from his father.
“With about 30 of us working at it, why, in one week later, we had Carhenge up and running,” he said…
Construction went well, except when an AMC Gremlin that was poorly welded in place came down in a storm. It was put back with stronger welds, he said.
Reinders plans to be at Carhenge on Monday, reportedly along with Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) and thousands of others…