|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:29:25 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] CLOSURE: "Wrecking crews demolish iconic 'Blue Cube'" (Sunnyvale, CA)|
Wrecking crews demolish iconic 'Blue Cube' by Becky Bach San Jose Mercury News (CA) April 16, 2014SUNNYVALE -- In a stealthy operation sometime either Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning -- crews wouldn't say exactly when -- workers started smashing the slabs of the former Onizuka Air Force Station's "Blue Cube" in a fitting end to a secretive Cold War icon that tracked Soviet satellites for decades.
"I wish I could tell you more," said Ken Murray, superintendent with contractor C.W. Driver. But he couldn't, or wouldn't.
The Onizuka station was shuttered in 2011, a victim of the fifth round of military base closures, with some of its remaining operations transferred to Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California. The ceremony marking its closure featured a color guard, a brass band and remarks from a top general, local officials and the widow of the base's namesake before dozens of onlookers.
But no one besides demolition crews attended this week's major dismantling of the landmark structure, though a few former employees tried. On Wednesday amid cranes and excavators were piles of rubble surrounding what was left of the cube, whose distinctive light blue tiles already had been partially removed.
... For the entire article, seehttp://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_25581167/wrecking-crews- demolish-iconic-blue-cube
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