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.
First Richie. Richie is one of the many unsung heros and one of Testa's all purpose men. You name it and Richie does it with a smile.
Here Speedy is preparing the last almost cuts of the girders.
Next Brad moved his grapple into position in order to connect the cable to the girders as Richie and Speedy position themselves for a little shackle action.
Richie and Speedy connecting the shackles to the girders
and here Richie is finishing tightening the shackle pin
Then Brad gently lifts the grapple to stabilize the girder-pair
and Speedy completes the cuts of the left girder
and the right girder
then Brad gently lifts the girder pair up as Pio and Richie watch
until the bottom of the girder-pair is above the roadway
up a bit more
then moves his excavator back, pulling the girder-pair along the roadway
then Pio pulls the girder down to the Coleman recycling center
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C. Frank Starmer