Here’s a quiz for you. Which bridge:
- was painted orange so it could be seen through the fog?
- at 1.7 miles, was the longest suspension bridge in the world when it was built?
- has withstood whipping winds, voracious rust, and city-flattening earthquakes?
- was deemed an impossible project?
- provided a stunning backdrop for Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak in the movie “Vertigo” and then was almost wiped out by the Romulan drill-of-death in “Star Trek”?
- was declared one of the modern wonders of the world by the American Society of Civil Engineers?
- just celebrated its 75th birthday, though it has never looked better?
Did you say San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge? Good for you!
Seventy-five years old, and I missed the party. I know that bridge so well, too. I’ve shivered in the winds and squinted through the fog and rocked with the earthquakes. San Francisco is my home town. And I can tell you, our bridge is truly gorgeous.
Here’s to home!
“We shape our buildings, and thereafter our buildings shape us.”