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 the worksite - with the drilling operation hidden behind T3. At this time, the right angle section attached to the crane is being freed by our iron worker acrobats.
The upper right angle section is being removed
One of our acrobats burning through the vertical beam
Seen in context - to remove the right angle section
After the burn is complete - the right angle section is removed
and leaving the worksite
The next stage will be to partially burn through selected sections of the cantilever segment in preparation for explosive breakup.
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C. Frank Starmer