Unforgettable — The Oral History of the Twin Towers in Skate Photos

Intro + Interviews by Adam Abada
Header Collage by Requiem For A Screen

The World Trade Center — with its centerpiece, the Twin Towers — opened just a few months before the Knicks won their second championship in 1973, and symbolized a new, modernized era of New York City. As literal twins, the Towers are excellent symbols for the push and pull of capital versus culture which, by the 70s, was really coming to a head in American society. They were the biggest buildings in the world and just one wasn’t even enough.

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Scanner File: Big Brother’s “Yellow Issue” (August 1998)

yellow issue copy

After the internet’s collective failure in digitizing the much revered Big Brother “Black Issue,” we are checking off our annual scanner-based post requirement. Sunday is Chinese New Year (we’re also in the midst of Linsanity’s one-year anniversary), and what better way to celebrate than by remembering notable skaters of Asian descent, circa 1998. (A note to commenters who are particularly sensitive to race issues on QS: We are aware that all Asian races do not celebrate Chinese New Year.)

“The Yellow Issue” was over forty pages of interviews and photos with “yellow skaters” — many of whom were New Yorkers (Jeff Pang, Danny Supa, Paul Leung, Sean Kelling, Ray Wong, etc.) The interviews were administered in a typically absurd Big Brother fashion, in that they focussed on questions regarding penis size, being good at math, being bad at driving, turning red while drinking alcohol, and Bruce Lee v.s. Jackie Chan. Below is the bulk of the issue, sans ads and some sections interviewing vert skaters. Even scanners have a vert button.

Happy Year of the Snake to all the Chinese skaters out there and best of luck with this blizzard to everyone else.

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