138 Days to go until the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge!

Photo of Golden Gate Bridge from hillside above Ft PointThe 75th Anniversary celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge is in today’s news. In case you missed it, I have some links to the coverage:

The celebration will take place over two days, May 26th and 27th. I hope to see you there.

Today’s Special

On January 5, 1933 construction officially started on the Golden Gate Bridge. It would take $35 million and 250,000,000 man-hours over a period of 51 months to build this engineering masterpiece.

UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library has some outstanding photos of the Golden Gate Bridge while it was under construction. Click here to see photos of the bridge as it was being built.

 

A Tribute to Chesley Bonestell (1888–1986)

Chesley Bonestell was born in San Francisco on January 1, 1888. That’s right, today is his 124th birthday!  Known as the Father of Modern Space Art, Bonestell’s photo-realistic images of distant worlds and spacecraft have fueled the imaginations of millions of people in the last 70 years. What is not generally known is that he prepared illustrations of the chief engineer’s plans for the Golden Gate Bridge which were used in fundraising.

Huddle up

“There were once two races of Penguins who huddled together during windstorms— one who stood still and another who constantly moved around. The race of Penguins who just stood there died. Only the race of Penguins who moved around survived.

The wind was cold, causing those on the outer rim of the huddle to freeze to death within minutes. In the race of Penguins that didn’t move, every time there was a storm they died from the outside in.

But the tribe of Penguins who moved around, who all shared their moments on the rim, then moved to the inside of the huddle to warm up, survived even the most extreme weather.”
—National Geographic, March 1996

Over the years I have concluded that most jobs are similar to these two groups of flightless birds. There is the job where one person is

And so it begins…

I have started this Blog as a place to reminisce about my journey through life as a Union  Electrician and to discuss today’s challenges, while keeping an eye on the Future. My story starts out in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and follows me to the present day in San Francisco, California. Believe me when I say, I didn’t see that coming!

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