For Sparky and myself, curiosity drives passion which in turn fuels our life's engine. Our passion was capturing the story of both unbuilding the Grace (1929 - 2007) and Pearman (1966 - 2007) Bridges and discovering the unbuilders. It takes a lot of passion to track a project from July 2005 until April 2007 - rain, shine, hurricanes or moving to Singapore. We discovered the joy of discovery learning. Ken Canty opened the front door for us - then Steve Testa, Ponch Billingsley and Mickey Rogers opened many side doors. Below are the highlights of what we discovered, who we met and what we learned.
And a reminder from T.S. Eliot (East Coker from the Four Quartets)
Home is where one starts from. As we grow older The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated Of dead and living. Not the intense moment Isolated, with no before and after, But a lifetime burning in every moment And not the lifetime of one man only But of old stones that cannot be deciphered.
With grapples, the girder and the near support cap are more or less uprooted.
The rebar at the base of the supporting pier is cut
Working on the next girder, a grapple stabilizes the pier while the shear cleans the girder along its length
The girder is pushed off the supporting cap
and the shear cuts through the residual rebar
leaving only the supporting pier and cap
and another clash of the titans to uproot the pier and cap
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C. Frank Starmer