It was 50 years ago this month – August of 1968 – that, squeezed in between all the other breaking news of a chaotic year, a local institution was about to breathe its last.
According to the Sun’s history files, it was the third week of August that the very last Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Railroad train chugged from Herndon east to Potomac Yard, delivering its final shipment of freight. (Passenger traffic had stopped years before.)
Thus ended more than 130 years of service on the line.
The good news, as Northern Virginians know, is that the right-of-way eventually was acquired by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NOVA Parks) and now serves as a wonderful 34-mile-long trail for walkers, joggers, runners, bicyclists and even equestrians.
Speaking of Trains (as in ‘Wrecks’) ...
... I have to admit I’m becoming hooked on Fox 5’s “Like It Or Not,” the show that has been shoehorned into the early-evening lineup and features a rotating band of, ahem, local media personalities opining on the issues – mostly social-media-inspired issues – of the day.
“Becoming hooked” not because it’s a good show – lord, it’s all but unwatchable – but hooked because it’s fascinating to see how the panelists manage to outdo one another in muddled commentary on meaningless trivialities.
Let’s put it this way: Some days Britt McHenry, whose biggest career TV appearance to date has been getting caught on video in a meltdown at an Arlington auto-repo-depot – that event “went viral” – sometimes is the most coherent commentator. That should tell give you an indication.
One has to wonder if this show will make it out of summer alive, or if sanity will return to the station overlords. Then again, it’s probably uber-cheap to produce, which seems to be the criteria these days, so it may have legs.