September 11, 2001 fell on a Tuesday and I heard the news about the first plane hitting the World Trade Center tower on the radio at home. While The Lioness and I were getting ready for work I turned on the television set
Bridge? Hah! That’s no bridge, that’s a trestle.
—Joseph Strauss, Chief Engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge, reacting to the opening of the Bay Bridge, completed six months before the Golden Gate Bridge.
Our world of today revolves around things which at one time couldn’t be done because
This bridge needs neither praise, nor eulogy, nor encomium. It speaks for itself.
—Joseph Strauss, at the opening ceremony for the Golden Gate Bridge
May 28, 1937 — Golden Gate Bridge opens to vehicular traffic at twelve o’clock noon, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a telegraph key
Every span is something that ‘can’t be done’ until the men in steel helmets have driven in their last rivet. —Joseph Strauss, Chief Engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge
May 27, 1937 — The Golden Gate Bridge opens to pedestrian traffic.