DC -- Adams Morgan -- Washington Hilton (1919 Connecticut Ave NW):
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HILTON_970806_05.JPG: Washington Hilton; Side. This was the side area where Reagan exited and Hinkley waited. They built up a proper protective cover to prevent something like that from happening again.
Wikipedia Description: Hilton Washington
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The Hilton Washington (also called the Washington Hilton and locally the Hinckley Hilton) is a hotel in Washington, D.C. It is located at 1919 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., roughly at the boundaries of the Kalorama, Dupont Circle, and Adams Morgan neighborhoods. Built in 1965 in a double-arched design, the hotel long sported the largest pillar-less hotel ballroom in the city. Numerous large events have been regularly hosted at the Hilton Washington, including the annual dinners of the White House Correspondents Association and the Radio and Television Correspondents Association.
The hotel was the site of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley, Jr. on March 30, 1981. The attempt occurred at the hotel's T Street NW exit.
The hotel was purchased in June 2007 by an investment firm jointly owned by former professional basketball star Magic Johnson.
Atlas Obscura Description: Hinckley Hilton President's Walk
A hidden passageway now marks the site of an assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan that some say broke a 140-year-old curse.
An inch can be the difference between life and death. Might it also be enough to break a curse 140 years in the making?
On March 30, 1981, a mentally disturbed 25-year-old from Colorado named John Hinckley, Jr. came within an inch of assassinating Ronald Reagan, sworn in as the 40th president of the United States just two months earlier. As Reagan exited a side door at the Washington Hilton, Hinckley fired a revolver six times at POTUS and his protective detail, critically wounding the president and three others.
Reagan was hit in the chest with a .22 caliber bullet that punctured his lung, but although he lost nearly half of his blood on the operating room table, he eventually made a complete recovery. Some say the unsuccessful assassination attempt broke a curse that had caused the death in office of every U.S. president elected at 20-year intervals starting in 1840: William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, William McKinley, Warren G. Harding, Franklin Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy.
The bullet that entered Reagan’s lung missed his heart by a mere inch. White House press secretary Jim Brady was shot in the head and suffered a serious brain injury that left him disabled for the rest of his life. Bullets also hit a secret service agent and a Washington, D.C., police officer. Hinckley, who claimed he wanted to assassinate the president to impress actress Jodie Foster whom he had developed an obsession with, was found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington.
Today, the site of the attempted assassination on T Street NW is relatively unchanged since 1981. The only major difference is in the passageway, known as the “President’s Walk,” through which Reagan exited the hotel, known by locals today as the “Hinckley Hilton. ...More...
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1997 photos: Since 1984, I've lived in Silver Spring, Maryland.
From 1981 to 2002, photos were taken using a Pentax ME Super camera.
From 1989 to 2002, I was doing all pictures as prints (instead of slides which I had grown up on).
In 1997, at the age of 40, my photo obsession began and I started taking thousands of photos per year.
In September, 2002, I switched to digital cameras and the number of photos exploded.
Image quality is going to be variable because these are scans of slides and/or prints.
The images shown here were scanned in two phases. In the early years of the website, I rescanned a selection of pre-digital images, all at fairly low quality settings. During the COVID pandemic, I launched the Great Rescanning Effort, rescanning ALL of my pre-digital images from various media (prints, slides, negatives, etc) at higher resolution and quality settings. Mutilple versions of images -- some from the initial scannning phase, some from prints, some from slides/negatives -- were posted so there are frequently duplicate images on the same page. At some point, I hope to have time to do a final review and get rid of the duplicates but that'll have to wait until all of the pre-digital images are finally posted.
Trips this year: North Carolina (Dad), Florida (Mom), using a time share in Arkansas to visit Civil War sites in Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. The Civil War became my excuse to see places I'd never been to in my life and it was a great motivator for 20 years or so.
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