Here’s the story on the wires this morning: It was so singular a marvel, so ambitious a feat, that its opening drew the president and a crowd of thousands. A leading national magazine said it stood poised to become “our most durable monument.”
Some 125 years later, the Brooklyn Bridge remains a powerful symbol of engineering might and imagination, and a revered fixture in the landscape of the nation’s largest city.
And it can still draw a crowd. Thousands of people are expected at the bridge’s 125th birthday blowout Thursday, with fireworks, a Navy flyover, a colorful new lighting scheme and the debut of a tribute song scheduled to honor the storied span. It opened on May 24, 1883.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull hits the silver screens today. And the reviews for the fourth installment of the adventure series are mixed. The Oklahoman’s George Lang – check out his Static Blog on NewsOK – gives it a 3.5 stars, saying it follows formula and entertains. Find your movie times at Wimgo.com.
Facebook is about to undergo a redesign. Why? Because like all Web sites, it becomes cluttered. Facebook is looking to add tabs to contain all your customization. The facelift for Facebook is set to debut in June.
The airlines predicted 2007 would bring more flight delays. And they’re following through! The Oklahoman’s Ja’Rena Lunsford reports on-time performance is at 72 percent, down 5 percent from last year. And just in case someone asks you today: the nation’s most delayed flight is a Delta flight from New York’s JFK to Orlando. It’s only late 96.77 percent of the time.
The online hangout Facebook will now let non-users search for members’ personal profiles. In the past you had to be a Facebook member to search for other members. Facebook will now also let Google, Yahoo and other search engines index portions of profiles. Users can opt to remain invisible in such searches. The goal is to let more people connect.
Ok, the summer is over. Or at least the summer TV season is over. Let’s look at what we watched on cable this past week. TNT’s The Closer ranked No. 1 with 7.8 million viewers. Holly Hunter’s Saving Grace, based on an OKC cop, ranked No. 4 with 4.5 million viewers. MTV’s docu-soap The Hills is dominating basic cable in the 18-to-49 year old category. 4.2 million viewers watched last week. And HBO’s Entourage had 2.2 million viewers for its season finale.
That’s today’s 3 Things. Hug it out.