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.
Sparky and I had fun and while I was watching Mickey and Paul, he was catching up with Manny, the divers, Michael, Jackie and Leon.
Michael's 1250 unbuilding P-something
with lots of smoke and fury
The last Pearman bearing
and Manny's fishing hole
Here are Jackie (playing the shear) and Leon (playing the grapple)
and our diving team
and Manny in action - lifting a section of the Pearman superstructure from the Cooper River
and finally setting it on the barge
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C. Frank Starmer