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.
Mary (the boss) - has been at MUSC since before I arrived. Mary is full of ideas and more energy than you can imagine. Her group is full of innovative approaches to web site development.
Meanshile, back at the Navy Yard - cleanup from a barge load of stuff
Reaching for the stuff
Biting the stuff
A heap of stuff chunks
A pile of stuff pieces
and big pieces
Just dropping a segment of the Grace or Pearman bridge, then fishing the pieces out is not the whole story. Here at the Navy Yard, Jackie and others are converting big pieces of stuff into small bites of stuff where they make their way into the scrap recycle business.
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C. Frank Starmer