Bridging Us All —The 75th Anniversary Theme of the Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge 50th Anniversary Commemorative Brick walkway is now just a memory to us. I wonder what reaction future generations will have to this chapter of Bridge History. The decision to remove the bricks has been a rather divisive one, judging from the responses I have received from the public at large. Bridge Officials…

No Sounds of Silence

In 1973 I damaged my hearing and have lived with a constant ringing in my head. The proper term for this is Tinnitus and 50 million other Americans suffer from it too. Tinnitus is the #1 disability for today’s veterans and the bad news is that there is no cure. The American Tinnitus Association is working to…

The Eyes Have It

Four years ago I had cataract surgery on both eyes and at that time my surgeon suggested that I wear sunglasses with polarized lenses when I am outside during the day. She said that my blue eyes are more sensitive to the light rays reflected from below. My employer provides many articles of Personal Protective…

Fog City Science

It was a foggy day at the bridge today and our “iconic” fog horns were on all shift. Click here for a wonderful explanation of the speed of sound by Shawn Lani of the Exploratorium and a practical way that you can judge a distance in San Francisco by using the sound of the Golden Gate Bridge fog…

Bridge Facts

Steel Stretches! When an engineer makes that statement, his listeners are skeptical. But it does, according to the Bridge engineers. They will tell you that due to the constantly varying winds and temperature at the Bridge site, the Bridge is always moving. Take the cables for example. Engineers say if they were detached and laid out…

Update to the Demolition of the 50th Anniversary Brick Walkway at the Golden Gate Bridge

The removal of the commemorative bricks started today and it was a sad occasion for many employees and bridge visitors. Thousands of memories, stories and wishes were loaded into the back of a dump truck and disposed of as nothing more than rubble, a necessary byproduct of progress so that a new “visitor experience” can…

The 50th Anniversary Brick Walkway at the Golden Gate Bridge will be gone by the end of this week

Janis Joplin's Commemorative brick in the Golden Gate Bridge 50th Anniversary Commemorative Brick Walkway

In 1987, as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge, 7500 personalized bricks were sold to individuals and businesses. A walkway was then constructed at the southeast visitor plaza using these memorial bricks. Starting tomorrow, January 18th, 2012, this brick walkway will be torn out, the bricks discarded and the area…