A Question Answered
I remember going to New York City sometimes, maybe walking down Soho on a shopping spree, and wondering more than once… Why is there a door on both sides of the revolving doors? Seemed a little redundant to me. Without thinking much more about it, I would just enter and exit through the revolving doors because they seemed the more fun option. Somewhat childish, yes?
Well, just a few minutes ago, I was unexpectedly given the answer as I read Time magazine’s “Disasters That Shook the World.” Now I am just shocked by the image in my head of bodies crammed into the spaces of the revolving doors as people fled from a fire in a Boston dance club, a building which offered practically no other ways of escape from the terrifying inferno. I think of the people trying to squeeze through those doors when they were already so packed. The panic. The pain. That one prevailing thought in each person’s head: I must get out of here.
And so it became required that every set of revolving doors had regular ones on both sides.
We learn from these disasters, but only after so much has already been sacrificed.
(If you are interested in learning more about “History’s Greatest Man-Made Catastrophes,” pick up a copy of this edition when you can. And prepare yourself to be both awed and horrified.)