International Orange

International Orange makes every day at work feel just like Halloween. The deep orange color dominates every part of the Bridge District from picture frames to warming huts. You name it, and it is probably painted International Orange. Irving Morrow was the person responsible for choosing the color of paint used on the Golden Gate Bridge.…

Life Before Google

Before Alta Vista, before Ask Jeeves, and before the founders of Google were born I learned to find information using Mrs. Fletcher’s Method. Mrs. Fletcher was my 3rd grade teacher and the person responsible for teaching me how to quench my thirst for knowledge through the Compton’s Pictured Encyclopedia, founded by Frank E. Compton, in 1922. For a 9-year-old kid It…

A Close Call During War Time

Navy demolition experts dragging ashore an unexploded japanese torpedo near the Golden Gate Bridge on June 6, 1946

I was searching the San Francisco Public Library website online today when I found this interesting photo of Navy demolition men in 1946 hauling a piece of a Japanese torpedo ashore on Baker Beach, just west of the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge. Two days earlier an “unidentified beachcomber” found

It’s About Time

H ave you ever thought about what a pervasive influence the concept of time has in our lives? We hear it in song titles and lyrics: “Time Is On My Side”(1), “Too Much Time On My Hands”(2), “Time Won’t Let Me”(3), “Time Has Come Today”(4), “The Times They Are A Changin’”(5), “As Time Goes By”(6). Note:…

Which Side Are You On?

“The Larkspur Ferry Terminal was blocked by a picket line of ironworkers, teamsters, electricians, boatmen and women, ferry captains, laborers, and mechanics. These workers, who run and maintain the Golden Gate Bridge, Buses and Ferries were protesting to defend their health benefits and conditions. More than 380 union workers employed by the Golden Gate Bridge…

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