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.
Sometime when you are with Sparky - good things suddenly stop and something great starts. Today was no exception. Watch God build a rainbow while driving down Morrison with Sparky
to the right of the Ravenel Bridge
Passing the Grace skeleton
Now just sit back and watch
just visible to the right of the east tower
then to the right of the last right cable
and now some serious rainbow growing
on the home stretch
Now half a rainbow
Then on the other side
On the left
and on the right - a double rainbow
and the center
and the end of the line
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C. Frank Starmer