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Friday, January 18, 2008

Union Terminal at 75


A few nights ago my wife and son and I saw the Imax film about skiing, as Jake is a huge ski enthusiast. When I say I "saw" it, I mean I listened to it for ten minutes while the cameras swung through mountain passes and dropped over cliffs. Predictably, I left after ten minutes of lightheadedness and had time to kill in the big empty rotunda of Union Terminal waiting for them. There were just a few workers and me there and it was the first time I’d felt the profoundness of the space, minus the hustle of families and kids.

It’s like being in the presence of a giant. A kind of reverence takes over. I studied the beautiful details -- (one of the founders was named Newcomet — how cool is that?) Pound for pound, it is hard to imagine that any other building in this town contains the memories, the joy, the fears and the grief of that building from its WWII days when it witnessed soldiers on their way to war or families greeting the return of their changed boys, or, tragically, their bodies.

Now, in its reincarnation as a museum center, I have an invitation to see Bodies: The Exhibition. As a visual learner, I always thought I would absorb health warnings better if I could actually see what the foods, medicines and supplements were doing to my body. On the other hand, as a squeamish person, I'm worried about fainting dead away.

Has anyone seen Bodies: The Exhibition? Any thoughts?


14 Comments:

at 1/18/08, 10:10 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't ever go see the exhibit - the pictures they have in the advertisements are enough to make me want to pass out.
But even if I didn't pass out I wouldn't see this particular exhibit because the people who once inhabited the bodies now on display never gave conscent for their bodies to be used that way. Most of these bodies were unclaimed homeless people from China.

 
at 1/18/08, 10:25 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haven't seen Bodies...real bodies??, no, don't think I'll go either. I like drawings in books with explanations.

Imax = Even the pitch of the floor has a negative impact on my eye-inner ear-balance mechanism. Watching is worse. Too bad, great images. I have motion sickness from watching regular tapes of downhill skiing on the TV.

UNION TERMINAL. My memories: my father came to Cincinnati to construct the Terminal and the yards. He worked there from 1930 until 1968. He was a pipefitter and maintained the building's plumbing and steam heat systems in '68. As a child, I rode on the trains and visited my Dad's workshop and all the tracks, behind the scenes. Thank you for prompting the wonderful review of memories.

who

 
at 1/18/08, 11:09 AM Blogger Nellie said...

I think you will not be grossed out by Bodies: the Exhibition. Pardon this expression, but nothing is slimy or gross or gooey or any of that - it just looks like normal people are standing in front of you, but you can see through their skin. I thought it was absolutely fascinating, and I wasn't even remotely grossed out.

 
at 1/18/08, 11:58 AM Anonymous John Cole said...

The exhibit carries some baggage:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07172/795948-115.stm

I love the Terminal. I have childhood friends who called it "Captain Kangaroo's Radio."

They don't build them like that anymore. Too bad.

 
at 1/18/08, 1:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've seen the Body Worlds exhibit (same idea, but it's bodies of consenting individuals, mostly from europe). it's fantastic. it's gory, but rather very educational and interesting. if the exhibit in cincy is like the one i saw, you'll be able to see healthy organs next to unhealthy ones - a very good lesson for a visual learner.

 
at 1/18/08, 6:55 PM Blogger Axinar said...

I have not seen the exhibit, but I have my wife sworn on a stack of Bibles that when I pass she will have me cremated and dumped into the Atlantic Ocean in order to avoid being displayed in such an undignified manner.

 
at 1/19/08, 1:42 PM Blogger Wettengel said...

I had definitely planned on seeing it but now have second thoughts after reading more about this particular exhibit. I might wait for a chance to see Body Worlds.

Union Terminal - Our family history is that my Great-Grandfather was an electrician who worked on the fountains at Union Station. I have no way of confirming that for sure but every time I take my kids to the museum I tell them the story about their great great grandfather.

 
at 1/19/08, 11:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Union Terminal is beautiful and it's a pity they destroyed the railroad concourses behind the building. Every effort should be made to preserve what's left.

I'm surprised you haven't made some witty connection between the Bodies Exhibit and that fellow who got locked away for taking pictures in the Hamilton County Morgue.

 
at 1/21/08, 10:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have seen the exhibit when it was in Cleveland. I will tell yo that it will leave you thinking on many levels about the meaning of your life. It was thought provoking in a spiritual, emotional, and moral way. Of course the scientific benefit was very interesting as well. Now while many people take their kids to this, I would not recommend that. You see the human body in all of its glory and misfortune. It made me think of many things as a 43 year old person, I can not imagine the affect that it would have on children. I am planning on taking my Senior daughter this time around as she is interested in being a doctor. This will lead to many questions, but she is mature enough to ask and have the answers to some of the tough questions that will surely come up.

It is not an exhibit for the weak of heart and at the price that you pay, you will want to spend several hours reviewing the different displays. If you do not leave a changed person on a variety levels, then you have missed what I think the meaning of the exhibit is!

Guy

 
at 1/22/08, 2:40 PM Blogger Philip Shade said...

I was in high school during Sei Leis's persecution of the arts in the early 90s. Because of that I always think of Cincy as being a town that hates the arts.

But then I think about how much work the citizens have done to save great buildings like Union Terminal, or the Esquire in Clifton and it makes me proud.

 
at 1/23/08, 1:08 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cincinnati could have revived it as a great city-wide means of transporation, but that would have required intelligence to implement it and use it

 
at 1/24/08, 12:10 PM Blogger Paul said...

After some initial trepidation, I saw the bodies exhibit in N.Y.C. and it was great. I also debated bringing my two young kids (9 and 13), but they also found it fascinating and learned a lot. 

As I expected, the shock lasted about five minutes but soon gave way to the amazing experience that it was. The rooms that showed what happens to your body when it's broken (sick, diseased, etc.) was the best of all. I've heard that smokers who see the diseased lungs next to the healthy lungs vow never to smoke again!

 
at 1/27/08, 11:14 PM Blogger Susan Gets Native said...

Haven't seen that one yet. I have been out there in the past few weeks, but my four-year old just wants to run through the caves and play at the water table down in the Children's Museum. *grin*
How wonderful that you have a blog. I'm a Susie-Come-Lately, I guess. But better late than never.

 
at 2/24/08, 3:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have early memories of the union
terminal as my father was conductor on the B&O railroad/ We would walk to the terminal from Central Parkway and take rides to
Dayton and Toledo to see relatives.
How busy it was in the 50's and
60's. The terminal seemed giganic
with all those beautiful pictures.

 
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