It Seems Like Only Yesterday

There is no way to give up San Francisco, once you have fallen under its spell. You keep longing for the magic, and now and then, when the wind and the light are right, and the air smells ocean-clean, and a white ship is emerging from the Golden Gate mist into the Bay, and the towers are reflecting the sun’s last rays—at moments like that you turn to the ghosts and ask, “Was this the way it was?” and there is never an answer… —excerpted from Hoppers Hands—Who is Hopper?

Those of us of a certain age will remember veteran newsman, Charles Kuralt, and his show, On The Road. In conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge (1987) he interviewed 3 men who helped build the bridge.

I love listening to them talk about their experiences and “what it was like.” After working on the bridge for 15 years I have my own stories, and they are not that different from what these men experienced.

Working at great heights, in the fog and wind, on something that is constantly in motion, tends to get all your synapses firing. Your sensory input is high and your brain is flooded with messages from all of your nerve endings.

And then there’s the view. Do you want to talk about Hi-def? This is the original High-Def, most def.

My favorite time at work was whenever we were on top of a tower and the fog moved in below us. The noise of the roadway fades away. On a sunny day up top it was as if you were afloat in a bowl of milk.

Let’s listen to the men who built an engineering marvel.

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  16 comments for “It Seems Like Only Yesterday

  1. July 4, 2018 at 2:49 PM

    Love this post, Allan. The City, the bridges, the fog as it swirls and pours over the hills into the East Bay…in love with it al.

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  2. July 3, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    I find this post wonderful. I so enjoyed watching Charles Kuralt’s show, the care he brought to the people and places he covered. Thank you.

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  4. July 2, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    I truly love how much love you have for the GGB. Your description at the end was so poetic.

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    • July 2, 2018 at 10:16 AM

      Thanks, Jose. I found that every day on the job was like working in a time capsule. The logbooks and records in the EShop files offer a glimpse into a largely overlooked past.

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  5. July 2, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    I loved those Charles Kuralt shows. Guess I missed the Golden Gate Bridge one. Enjoyed this.

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    • July 2, 2018 at 10:06 AM

      Thanks, Andrew. His shows said a lot about him and his inclusive nature. I always felt like I was along for the ride with a favorite uncle, meeting new people and seeing sights that I wouldn’t have found on my own.

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  6. alstacer
    July 2, 2018 at 8:42 AM

    Gritty voices of men who built things, substantial lasting things, these voices framed by the mellow tones of fellow tarheel, Charles Kuralt… Maybe capturing visual and audio images that move people’s emotions and imaginations, maybe that’s substantial as well. Thanks for sharing.

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    • July 2, 2018 at 8:56 AM

      I think you’re right, Al. CK moved many emotions in lots of people during his time. He blazed quite a trail in that well-used Winnebago.


  7. July 2, 2018 at 7:32 AM

    Sounds dreamy, Allan! I’ve only ever been to San Francisco once, on a business trip, and sadly didn’t have enough time to explore although what I was able to see and experience was amazing. Definitely a city on my To Return Again list!

    Oh. And I’m of a ‘certain age’ and loved Charles Kuralt. 🙂

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    • July 2, 2018 at 8:14 AM

      Here’s what Billy Graham had to say about the city: “The Bay Area is so beautiful, I hesitate to preach about heaven while I’m here.” It is definitely a place that you will want to revisit.

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  8. July 2, 2018 at 7:19 AM

    I loved watching the fog flow in, wrapping around the Golden Gate Bridge, it looked like time-lapse photography but it wasn’t.

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