EppsNet Archive: Willis Tower

(Willis) Tower of Terror

31 May 2014 /

Cracks appear on Willis Tower’s 103rd-story ledge TODAY

Been there, done that, took a picture:

Willis Tower

It was boring. You know what would make it more exciting? If they put up a sign that said ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK and three to five times a year the glass cracked and people plunged to their death.

Is that too much? OK, switch it to one plunge every three to five years.

How the Willis Tower Got Its Name

17 Aug 2013 /

When the Sears Tower opened in 1973, Sears, Roebuck & Co. was the biggest retailing company in the world. The annual Sears Christmas catalog was like amphetamines for American schoolchildren. (This was before half of America’s schoolchildren were already on amphetamines.)

Sadly, as time passed, the fortunes of Sears & Roebuck declined. Sears moved its offices out of the tower and sold it to some guy named Willis, who was so sick and tired of listening to people say “What you talkin bout, Willis?” that he renamed it to the Willis Tower.

Now when people say “What you talkin bout, Willis?” he says “You want to know what I’m talkin bout?! I’m talkin bout THE TALLEST BUILDING IN NORTH AMERICA! That’s what I’m talkin bout, you pricks.”

Looking down from Willis Tower skydeck, 103rd floor

Looking down from Willis Tower skydeck, 103rd floor (Photo credit: Paul Epps)