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.
Early morning and Bob McCabe, Jackie and Ted are already at it - the worksite
Jackie with his shear in the biting position
The bases of the Pearman supports will become the foundation of the Mt. Pleasant observation pier - a before look
From below - an early morning view of the last two girder sections of the Pearman ramp
and a view from the southern side
and a view from underneath the Pearman roadway
Walking over to the Grace - here is Jackie in his launching position
and a view of the Mt. Pleasant observation foundation
Looking over the side, there is the little Testa that could - pushing a barge with Ken, Phillip and Bret - on their way to load D-27
and soon, walking up the Grace ramp, the worksite
with Speedy cutting a pair of girders and Richie cautiously looking on
and a pull from Roy and his excavator
and the girder pair is slowly removed
onto the roadway
and finally resting on the roadway
Looking back at the Pearman - nice sunrise and reflections
with Ted (not Tad) setting up for concrete cutting
and Pio smiling -
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C. Frank Starmer