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 before image. Look carefully at the support with the vertical column of holes - that contains the explosive charge
Better shown here
and from a different vantage point (before)
The blast (from Mickey who works for Advanced Blasting Services). Note that the blast started at the bottom of the columns and was timed to work its way up the column. Click for a video (Windows Media Video format) or Click for a video (1 Mb mpg)
and from Sparky
and as the smoke settles -
and now - just another cloud
After the blast - just pieces
Another view - and my assessment is that the blasting guys represent another surgical specialty within the Cashman/Testa team.
And of course - cleanup at the bottom
and cleanup at the top
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C. Frank Starmer