The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.


It has been 20 years since “The Fall of the Berlin Wall”. There must be something wrong with the way journalists are taught math. Evenly divisible by ten is HUGE!!!!!! Everything else is “what?”

The Berlin Wall has always been sort of a big deal in St. Louis. We are down the road from Fulton, MO. In 1946, President Truman asked a friend to speak at Westminster College in Fulton. If you have never been to Fulton, it is the next big set of stoplights between Jefferson City and Lake of the Ozarks. The friend of the President was Winston Churchill who had just left office in England. At Westminster, Churchill used the phrase “…an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.”

So it is November, 1989 and my mother and great aunt are out shopping. News begins to spread, the Berlin Wall is coming down. People are heading to the electronics department to watch the events on TV. Aunt Sue said, “You what tonight is, don’t you?” to my mom. “Kristallnacht.”

Remarkable isn’t it. What is now the happiest of German anniversaries is the same day as the start of the Holocaust. Was it planned this way? If it wasn’t it may be the most remarkable of coincidences ever.

So, in a word, I will not be celebrating the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. All it does is remind me of my friends and family that have huge holes in their family trees.