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.
Here is East Bay looking north - all the ingredients for a nice park
Micheal is busy hammering away with his oversized Tonka toy - reducing the Pearman support between the north and south lanes to dust
A closer look at his hammer and our friendly water man
Look at this - bones and skeletons - and a potential park for folks, joggers and bicycle folks that Charleston is beginning to think seriously about
I walked around the back of Michael's 1250 - and there was Ryan - hammering away at a foundation
From behind Ryan, the Pearman and Grace ramp skeletons looking west
Looking south - Ponch on the left transplanting a few plants
and probably talking with Kathy, his boss
and Ryan taking a break
Another look at the East Bay skeletons looking east
I looped around to Meeting St and found jaws
and the ramp skeletons looking east
Meanwhile, Jack was busy hammering away at the foundation of one of the Pearman supports -
and Jack again. It was August when I first confused Jack and Michael - and here it is December - and even without sun glasses, I can recognize them. The problem is those orange Testa t-shirts and jackets everyone wears - they all look the same to this old man
and Jack and his hammer - working away
Looking east up the Pearman ramp
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C. Frank Starmer