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.
doing a bit of fishing
This is a crane fish fish
taking a small bite
Here is Michael - eating?
displaying the art of gapple fishing
in the submerged configuration
and Michael, taking a break
prepares to enter the deep
Here is Ryan fishing
with 50 ton test line
the fishing line
Manny's swivel is in place and Jackie and Michael in the ready position
Meanwhile, Mickey's guys are still drilling C-3
Ryan has finished coupling the fishing line to the Grace segment
and Manny lifts
a piece of Grace
Michael opens his jaws
and starts to lift
and the Big One
finally pulled on the barge by Jackie and Michael
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C. Frank Starmer