Author: Allan G. Smorra

In 2014 I retired after 46 years in the Electrical Trade. I spent my last 15 years working on the Golden Gate Bridge. Join me in this next phase of life as I write about, and photograph, the world around me.

The Doolittle Tokyo Raiders

“For conspicuous leadership above the call of duty, involving personal valor and intrepidity at an extreme hazard to life. With the apparent certainty of being forced to land in enemy territory or to perish at sea, General Doolittle personally led a squadron of Army bombers, manned by volunteer crews, in a highly destructive raid on…

Video Coverage of Bridgeworkers Picketing Janet Reilly’s House

“March 22, 2012 at the home of Board President Janet Reilly in San Francisco. The upper class neighborhood of Sea Cliff, home to the “One Percent” and Janet Reilly, President of the Board of Directors of The Golden Gate Bridge & Transportation District, is seldom the scene of a workers demonstration. Reilly’s neighbors were shocked…

It’s All Just Facts and Figures…

Can one man, one hard drinking, chain smoking, backwoods accountant, stop a national conspiracy, change the course of history, and save a way of life? It’s do-able… but it ain’t gonna be purdy. —The Accountant The 2001 Academy Award Winning ® Best Action Live Short film tells the story of a mysterious accountant whose remarkable…

Celebrate Pi Day — 3.14.12

“Pi are round, CornbreadR²” —Southern Mathematical Corollary Today is Einstein’s birthday and the day to celebrate the irrational number for rational minds, Pi (3.141592653…..). According to Wikipedia, the Guinness-recognized record for remembered digits of π is 67,890 digits, held by Lu Chao, a 24-year-old graduate student from China. It took him 24 hours and 4 minutes to recite to the 67,890th…

The Story of the Golden Gate Bridge

The California Historical Society’s current exhibition is: A Wild Flight of the Imagination — The Story of the Golden Gate Bridge and it runs until October 14, 2012. You will find many fascinating drawings, paintings, tools and photographs of the bridge and the surrounding landscape before, during and after construction. Illustrations and drawings from two of my favorite…

What Would Joseph Strauss Do?

“You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished, you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird… So let’s look at the bird and see what it’s doing — that’s what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and…