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Tower of Babble

The Exploratorium climbed to the top of Sutro Tower and brought back this rather scenic video. The 977-foot-tall structure, erected in 1973 to get TV signals over the hills, offers just two methods of ascent—by tiny elevator (it's just about two by three feet, seriously) or by hoist. True facts abound, such as this tidbit: When ABC built its first tower, which stood just 500 feet high, the broadcaster commandeered Sutro Mansion, at the base, as a studio. Oh, how far the media industry has fallen. [The Exploratorium]