NBC Evening News for Sunday, Jul 19, 1981
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(Studio) Current death toll in Friday's disaster at Kansas City's Hyatt Regency hotel reported.
REPORTER: Jane Pauley
(Kansas City, Missouri) Investigations for causes into the collapse of skywalks in hotel reported beginning; details given, films shown. [Victor PAPONEK - notes skywalks were used as dance floors rather than walkways.] Paponek's criticism of modern architecture's stress of aesthetics rather than construction soundness outlined. [PAPONEK - discusses possible means of construction that would improve safety.] Role of harmonic vibrations in construction accidents noted illustrated by collapse of Tacoma, WA, Narrow's bridge in 1940; details given, films of collapse shown. [Structural engineer T. V. CHASTAIGNE - cites need for harmonics to be considered when designing skybridges.]
REPORTER: Roger O'Neil
(Studio) No. in hotel lobby at the time of the accident noted.
REPORTER: Jane Pauley
(Kansas City, Missouri) City's memorial services for victims of the disaster noted. [Church MBRS. - pray.] [Victim John DAVIS - discusses his wife's death, his own survival.] [Edward BAILEY - describes injuries.] [Frieda JOHNSON - describes experience.] Survival of Don, Connie and Dalton Downing despite being trapped under rubble for several hrs. noted. [Don. DOWNING - questions why they're alive and others aren't.]
REPORTER: Norma Quarles
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