Editors Note:


EDITOR'S NOTE: Fresh off a three year managerial stint, your friendly neighborhood lenslinger is back on the street and under heavy deadline. As the numbing effects of his self-imposed containment wear off, vexing reflections and pithy epistles are sure to follow...

Monday, December 11, 2006

Stiff in the Wind

Hey, is that a stiff hanging from your tower or are you just glad to see me? Turns out, it was neither. Instead, some poor delusional mannequin climbed up this TV tower in Milwaukee and leapt to that great display window in the sky. That, or someone with w-a-y too little to do scaled the 1,200 foot antennae, affixed said dummy to broadcast noose and climbed down to enjoy all the lofty hijinks. That's alot of effort for a simple prank, but authorities are pursuing that lead and totally ignoring my theory of suicidal store dummies. Oh well, at least they'll have no problem spotting the culprit - as anyone who scales such a broadcast tower will suck up some seriously unhealthy radiation. With that in mind, Milwaukee police are scouring area frat houses for the Beavis or Butthead with the purplish complexion and nifty new forehead eyeball. Wouldn't it have been easier just to roll the station in toilet paper?

3 comments:

in-gun-ear said...

Hey, happens more than you think. 2000 ft towers with elevators are great base jumping targets. Just ask channel 2!

Our old tower was a target back in 1965 for a semi-prank when the top beacon stop working. A tower climber was dispatched to the top and found a bag over the perfectly working light. Years later, the son (Dan) of the "bagger" came to work for the engineering department and casually mentioned his father being the "bagger!"

HockeyPat said...

I suspect Peter Parker!

Lex said...

At my first radio gig, someone who was new to the station asked me why the transmitter had to be up on a tower, and I said, "Because otherwise we'd be irradiating a bunch of earthworms."

I just wonder how old the poor sot got to be before s/he learned the truth....