Tinder Box: The Iroquois Theatre Disaster 1903 #2020

Tinder Box: The Iroquois Theatre Disaster 1903 By Anthony P. Hatch Tinder Box The Iroquois Theatre Disaster This the th anniversary of one of worst man made disasters of the th century When the Iroquois Theatre opened in Chicago on November it was considered one of the grandest structures of
  • Title: Tinder Box: The Iroquois Theatre Disaster 1903
  • Author: Anthony P. Hatch
  • ISBN: 9780897335140
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Tinder Box: The Iroquois Theatre Disaster 1903 By Anthony P. Hatch This the 100th anniversary of one of worst man made disasters of the 20th century When the Iroquois Theatre opened in Chicago on November 23, 1903, it was considered one of the grandest structures of its day, a monument to modern design and technology, as well as absolutely fireproof This was a theatre that would rival any in New York or Paris Instead it became the fuThis the 100th anniversary of one of worst man made disasters of the 20th century When the Iroquois Theatre opened in Chicago on November 23, 1903, it was considered one of the grandest structures of its day, a monument to modern design and technology, as well as absolutely fireproof This was a theatre that would rival any in New York or Paris Instead it became the funeral pyre for hundreds of victims Tony Hatch, former CBS reporter and Emmy Award winner, tells the grisly story in meticulous, riveting detail, based on than forty years of research, including many exclusive interviews with eyewitnesses In Tinder Box, he tells the Iroquois story as it has never been told before In a rush to open the theatre on time, corners were cut, and the Iroquois lacked the most basic fire fighting equipment sprinklers, fire alarm boxes, backstage telephone, exit signs and functioning asbestos curtain Some exists, for aesthetic reasons, were hidden behind heavy draperies, doors opened inward and exterior fire escapes were unfinished But Chicago officials, the theatre owners and managers, the contractor, stagehands all looked the other way Then, on December 30, 1903, disaster struck The theatre was packed, overcrowded with a standing room only audience, mostly women and children who had come to see the popular comedian Eddie Foy perform in the musical fantasy Mr Bluebeard A short circuit in a single backstage spotlight touched off a small fire that, in minutes, erupted into an uncontrollable blaze More than 600 people died Because of the magnitude of the catastrophe and the obvious corruption that allowed it to happen, building and fire laws were changed to prevent it everhappening again Tinder Box is a riveting history of a traumatic and costly calamity.
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    1. Six hundred people died when Chicago s Iroquois Theater caught fire The theater was advertised to be fireproof and state of the art, and its owners were working feverishly to make money During a holiday matinee, a faulty spotlight set a curtain ablaze, and the terrible truths about the Iroquois were revealed unfinished fire escapes, locked exit doors, missing exit signs, no fire alarm or firefighting equipment By the time help arrived, it was too late.In the wake of the tragedy, public condemnat [...]


    2. when all is done, the fact remains that no one has invented a patent for stopping panic Beerbohm Tree In 1903 over 601 people perished in what has become known as one of the greatest tragedies in the history of building fires Bodies stacked on one another, police men stealing from those they were suppose to protect and perverts laying eyes on naked victims and a long list of other moral fallacies not one person was ever help responsible for this atrocious event in the last days of 1903.


    3. This is an excellent overview of Chicago s infamous 1903 Iroquois Theatre fire Unlike many books about tragedies, which usually peter out quickly after the tale of the tragedy, I actually found the chapters detailing the legal aftermath every bit as interesting the fire itself Reading about this tragedy, which resulted in the death of over 600 people, made me think about large scale fatal fires and how rare they are in America in this day and age So many tragic 20th century fires the Iroquois, t [...]


    4. Overall a good read Kind of a matter of fact writing style Doesn t really jump off the pages but keeps you interested Not super detailed but enough to give you a pretty good understanding One things for sure, this book pissed me off The scumbags responsible politician s and wealthy business men skated off Scott free Yup, NO ONE was held accountable Some things never change.


    5. On December 30, 1903, the Iroquois Theatre in Chicago was crowded beyond capacity with theatergoers eager to see Eddie Foy in Mr Blue Beard The well written and well researched Tinder Box by Anthony Hatch describes what happened that tragic afternoon when a spotlight short circuited starting a fire that eventually killed over 600 people Considering the fact that the fire happened over 100 years ago, with no living witnesses to interview and many facts have been lost in time, Hatch does an admira [...]


    6. Well written and interesting account of the 1903 Iroquois Theatre fire in Chicago that killed over 500 people Given famous disasters such as the Titanic, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, and the Coconut Grove Fire, I was amazed that I had not heard of this one before, though the author does address just how forgotten this disaster is in spite of how big of a story it was when it happened, and is up front about just how much is missing from the historical record including an accurate death [...]


    7. This was a very well written historical book The manner of writing left you with the impression of a first hand experience by the author I had always heard about this disaster, but never had the full scoop What is amazing and disturbing at the same time is that the same type of disaster could still happen today This is a good wake up call to be vigilant and not take for granted your safety in public venues I will think twice when I step into a movie theater, school or church for that matter Do I [...]


    8. Don t read if you are disturbed by graphic images While there were heroic acts, this was not a heroic story Over 600 people dead, mostly burned alive, and primarily due to the same ol political games that were old school in 1903 and still go on today That said, it s a very well written account that pulls from a number of resources never compiled before While I knew this had happened here in Chicago, I had never found a good summary of the story until now It s a good snapshot into the administrat [...]


    9. This is really well written and well researched, but what happened in 1903 is so terribly, terribly sad Seriously, don t read this book if you ll be disturbed by gruesome injuries and deaths caused by horrible accidents Not only was there a fire, but there was a panic, and the poor design of the theater caused a lot of deaths by crush asphyxia, a particularly horrible way to die But if you can stomach the nauseating details, it s a fascinating glimpse into life in Chicago in the early 20th centu [...]


    10. This is an excellent book to read right after reading the shorter book, Lest We Forget Chicago s Awful Theater Horror, published in 1904 and available for free from Project Gutenberg The two books are complementary and fill in the blanks for the other nicely While the older book gets into the private lives and feelings of the survivors since it was published almost immediately after the disaster, Tinder Box is analytical and gets into the whys and wherefores and how it happened Both books are [...]


    11. An excellent history of a very tragic event in Chicago s storied past Very moving and thought provoking I could almost smell the smoke, feel the flames, and hear the terror and panic in the cries of the horrified theatre goers as the fire raged around them A well researched book on an event that has been largely forgotten by everyone except maybe firefighters I m surprised that the Ford Center for the Performing Arts has all but ignored this important historic Chicago event They should embrace i [...]


    12. Well written, but a bit too muchI enjoyed this book, but I would like to have known about folks affect d by the fire There was great emphasis on politics, trials, regulations, and effects While I enjoys this aspect, there was so much of it that I found myself skimming a few times It reads a bit like a dissertation and could do with a little humanity Solid book.


    13. Other than the Titanic, and World Trade center, this is up there with one of the most horrific disasters I have ever encountered Not only one of the horrific, but also one of the most unnecessary, and avoidable.





    14. UPreviously unknown subject matter on a fire I had never heard of Great research on a hard topic that had been forgotten by history




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