Hundreds of Bostonians braved the cold to watch what 320 pounds of explosives could do to a 12-story parking garage smack in the middle of the city's financial district. The brick and concrete structure, covered with Super Bowl signs to mark the occasion, rumbled and collapsed on itself at 8:30 a.m. as the explosives were detonated over a period of 7.5 seconds. "It's one of those things that I can tell my children about some day," said Paul Mooney, 27, who had staked out a spot at about 4:30 a.m. in a parking lot 250 yards from the blast site. "I thought we were going to feel more of a tremor," said Maria Salvia, who watched along with about 800 other persons sipping Bloody Marys and eating crepes at an "implosion party" on the top floor of a nearby building. Once the debris is trucked away, construction will begin on a $414-million office and retail complex called International Place.
--William Shawn, editor-in-chief of the New Yorker magazine, and eight other persons prominent in the arts were named winners in the 29th annual Brandeis University Creative Arts Awards, it was announced in Waltham, Mass. Shawn will receive the Notable Achievement Award, given periodically for contributions of singular importance to the creative arts and culture. It carries a $2,500 stipend. Medals will go to Cy Twombly for painting, James Merrill for poetry, George Rochberg for music and Harry Callahan for photography. Citations will go to Dorothea Rockburne for painting, Thom Gunn for poetry, Robert Cumming for photography and Ornette Coleman for music.