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"john roebling" Discussed on Everything Everywhere Daily
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"john roebling" Discussed on Exploring the Midwest with Jody Halsted
"So everybody likes to say y'all but you can actually see the y'all's play on the field. A world class aquarium amazing public arts. And i also like to say music as a big part of what we do here in the region as well so we're opening up to brand new music facilities that are on either side of the river front so they actually face each other and we have got some amazing concerts lined up everything everywhere from august until the end of this year. So you know what's great about coming down to this region. Is you get bourbon. And so maybe it's bourbon and riverboat cruise bourbon and a reds game bourbon and bengals game bourbon and a world class zoo. Whatever it may be you compare up an amazing adventure in the region and he had a lot of natural outdoor attractions as well. I mean it's a beautiful beautiful area. It's a you know if i would. I would put our region up against any city for the walkability of our river. City's the connections that we have across all of our bridges. Of course if anyone about anything about the region you know that cincy and northern kentucky covington in particular are connected by this big beautiful roebling bridge which was a precursor of the brooklyn bridge. John roebling the engineer that built the brooklyn bridge built ours. I the roebling bridge as a test and you can walk across that bridge and take advantage of both sides of the river front. You know getting out on the water is very easy here. We have a lot of boats that are out there. You know the rowing crude or kayaking taking advantage of the riverfront and then our public park system is absolutely bar. None amazing for the midwest. Everything from beautiful rolling hill parks right to our west and covington to riverfront parks. And again you know. We are also an urban area surrounded by suburban area so some great hiking very very short distance away and again or a quick not to be too cheeky. But we're a quick beeline away to the red river gorgeous. Well which i think is some of the finest hiking in in amid slash south. It's good times and it's absolutely beautiful area if you can if you can get to it. It's definitely were making that. That side trip to do hundred. People are thinking about accommodations in northern kentucky. Obviously you're gonna find your hotels any special accommodations. They might want to. I would abs- yeah. I would absolutely recommend that everybody check out the hotel covington. Which is a beautiful boutique. Hotel in the heart of downtown covington. Great story that this used to be an old department store. It was coppins department store in the early nineteen hundreds and it had kinda fallen a little bit into ruin and and and wear and tear and a great company came in put a major investment that and it is now the number one hotel in kentucky. It's called the hotel covington. It isn't true design hotel. It is on the b line as well. They're restaurant is absolutely amazing and they have one of the finest bourbon cocktails called the knowledge. That i've ever said you know. Put my lips on. It's so good. So everything from unique boutique style hotels to your traditional comfortable favorites for marriott and hilton.
"john roebling" Discussed on History That Doesn't Suck
"Dinner host as well the lobby three months after his hometown's downfall in december eighteen seventy oguchi sent francis west coast port city of boredeaux to receive arms and munitions coming from the united states. The thirty six year old kepi ten is paying as he hears. The ship's officers described demonstrations in support of prussia and it's united german forces back in the united states but then one officer adds a more nuanced observation. Only recently immigrated germans. He asserts are demonstrating and they're not so much interested in french. Defeat as much as german unification which they hope will yield new germany with the very same liberty. They came to the us to enjoy basically he's describing those like john roebling from the last episode. Although i doubt the prussian-born german immigrant even knew about the war. He died three days after it started. Anyhow this officer finishes by describing these immigrant demonstrators as having become too much americans and citizens of the great free people to feel hatred towards false while to the joyce over the misfortunes of the nation which classmates they are new country ha almost a century since the american revolution. And this officer. Who's ben to the. Us says its citizens still remember france's role in their independence. It's this conversation. Auguste will later claim that makes him remember the after dinner discussion about france in the united states at the lab as place years ago and that includes remembering edwards off the cuff suggestion for jointly built memorial to american independence. The franco prussian. War ends the next month. January eighteen seventy one with enormous ramifications for france. The french maintain their wartime protected republic. But not everyone loves it. Monarchies are just to split over the nations three dynasties to propose anything else on the other side parisian radicals who want to reform the nation as a decentralized federation ruled by. The people declared the capital. A commune in the next few months a brief but bloody civil war follows. The third republic wins defeating its own parisian citizens. But it's victory comes at a cost of as many as twenty five thousand lives. The memory of the commun- will cast a long shadow and become a rallying point for radicals. Globally as karl marx characterizes. It as the first proletarian dictatorship in history yet none of this turmoil impacts goose battle d. As much as what. The newly united german empire the second hike imposes on francis newest republic it demands france. Pay a war. Indemnity of five billion francs and worse germany. Annex's territory along. Its border with france. One third of lorraine and nearly all of us. This includes auguste hometown of coal mar. Like many french. He'll never forgive the germans for this but that's a story for another time. We aren't ready to talk about world war yet with his childhood home now. A part of germany and paris caught violent civil war neither of the cities that have defined so much of a goose are open to him. He returns to the near versailles home of his former client. Now friend while the. It's almost like a five years on dinner party reunion. Goose finds edgewise still hanging out with his same pro. American friends like the makita lafayette's grandson oskar lafayette as talk. Turns to american sentiment toward france. Goose mentions what the ship's officer and bordeaux set. All excited begins to wax. Eloquent about the united states wants more. Finally goose claims that his liberal friend tells him that with the one hundred year anniversary of the united states declaring independence soon hand. He ought to go to see that country. Propose to athens over there to make with us in monument. A common work. In a member of the inch- int- fund ship of false and the united states historians will later question if edouard really said this. The french scholars own written records depict him as rather downtrodden after the franco prussian. War on interested in taking much initiative anything yet according to the narrative i just shared with you which august will later prepare for fundraising in the united states edouard. Not only encourages him but goes on to suggest they'll organize a campaign in france to raise funds. It's details like this last bit. That will lead historians to wonder. Is auguste really driven to build a great memorial to american independence. And the nation's shared sense of liberty with france or is he driven ambitious sculptor looking for a good excuse to build the greatest colossus. The world has ever seen whatever the details of their discussion. Elaborate provides august with letters of introduction. Sculptor calls on his rather senior assistant valley mall and the two men depart for the united states. In june of that same year eighteen seventy one goose travels across. The nation considers various seasons sites but his favourite is new. Your carbs bedlow island. It's currently occupied by a fort. But there is colossus withstand visible to all ships approaching the united states' largest city. Goose also meets noted figures such as the poet. Henry wadsworth longfellow and us. Senator charles sumner. He even meets current. Us president ulysses s grant. Who says he likes this project. Okay then nothing is concrete but surely that is a start..
"john roebling" Discussed on History That Doesn't Suck
"He's a far cry from a full recovery. Though it seems his work as the brooklyn bridge is chief. Engineer has made a casualty out of the antietam and gettysburg veteran. Washington's health is up and down but by-in-large he's bedridden at one point. He lacks the strength to feed himself. Whether this is entirely due to the ongoing effects of the benz or as historian david mccullough speculates nervous breakdown. The outcome is the same. Washington is effectively an invalid. He could never continue in his role as chief engineer in the state if not for his wife emily as. I'm sure you recall my mentioning earlier. Emily in washington met at officers both end of the civil war. She in washington or washy as she affectionately calls him have a strong loving marriage. They support each other so. Emily finds her union colonel. An engineer husband reduced to the state of bedridden patient. The tall dark haired dark eyed intellectual steps up in every regard. Emily not only secures. His continued position as chief engineer. She learns advanced math and engineering. So she can relay washington's instructions to his staff while he uses telescope to watch the work from his bedroom window of their brooklyn home at one. Ten columbia heights in the words of roebling biographer. Db's diamond quote. She became his co worker. And his principal assistant is inspector messenger ambassador and spokesman his sole contact with the outside world close quote or better still. I'll quote washington himself at first. I thought it would come. But i had a tower to lean upon my wife a woman of attack and wisest counsel thus the bridge continues but the case completed masons and their steam engine powered derricks builds limestone and granite towers higher and higher still complete the brooklyn tower in june eighteen. Seventy five the new york tower follows a year later amid the nation's centennial celebrations in july. Eighteen seventy six each reaches two hundred seven six and a half feet above the high water mark in other words. The only thing taller than these towers in all of eighteen seventies new york is the spire of trinity church which only surpasses them by a few feet. The brooklyn tower consists of thirty eight thousand. Two hundred fourteen cubic yards of stone starting deeper below the east river yet meaning to be equal height above the water. The new york tower comes in forty six thousand nine hundred forty five cubic yards to put that another way the towers way eighty thousand and ninety thousand tonnes respectively and all of that rests on the wooden it. Cement case and sunk below the east river as the towers are nearing completion and other phase of the bridges getting underway. It's anchorage system one anchorage. Each is placed several hundred feet inland on both sides of the bridge. Fun side. note. The new york anchorage occupies the spot. Where george washington live during. New york's brief time serving as us capitol. Needless to say that stately home is no longer there picture. The anchorage solid stone buildings. Save for two arched passageways down at street level standing at roughly ninety feet and measuring more than one hundred feet along each side. They would be quite impressive if not overshadowed by the bridges towers but the reason for these massive works of granite isn't to impress. They will resist the pull. The four massive cables your added to the suspension bridge. Here's how this works for huge iron. Anchors we're talking twenty. Three thousand tons of anchor for each side are buried under each of these. Massive sixty thousand ton granite anchorage structures each of these anchors are then attached to incredibly large of wrought iron bars which are embedded in the masonry as they curve up and toward the river. Each chain will then connect to nineteen thick steel cable strands. That running together will form a single gigantic fifteen and three fourths inch diameter cable to run over this bridge with a total of four such cables one of the four anchors. In each of the two anchorages will be solely dedicated to holding. Exactly one cable in brooklyn anchorages finished november. Eighteen seventy five. New york's anchorages completed the same month as the new york tower. July eighteen seventy six. The next month on august fourteenth tugboats carry two three fourths inch thick wire. Ropes across the east river placed to top the towers connected at the anchorages. Then spliced together this now. Single steel wire rope is over a mile long and is the first true physical connection between brooklyn and new york connected to steam power. This traveler as it's called can loop endlessly to run anything needed across the bridge including people. It's one thirty pm. august twenty fifth eighteen. Seventy six up on top of the brooklyn anchorage master mechanic. Farrington sits down on a single board seat. Think of a swing from your childhood that hangs down from the brooklyn bridge traveler rope. Another rope is passed around his chest as a sort of harness dressed in linen suit the sixty year old mechanic signals as ready to go. Steam powered travel rope is engaged. And he's off one hundred or so feet off the ground. Climbing farrington passes over brooklyn houses crowds cheer below. He answers by ditching his rope harvest standing on his single board seat then holding on with only one hand lifting straw hat to the people reaching the brooklyn. Tower are daring mechanic launches out across the span of the east river but whistle sound off as he glides through the air two hundred fifty feet over their heads. As he approaches the new york tower floor manhattan's churches and factories joined east drift captains and making rockets salute countless throng cheer farrington as he completes the third leg from the new york tower to its accompanying. Anchorage worked by god. It worked human being has crossed the treacherous east river without the aid of a facile. Incredible impress for connett carrington tells reporters. There's one man who deserves the credit. The incapacitating figure who watches everything happened with the telescope from his bedroom. Window washington roebling. The victory isn't here now. While the wire traveler rope held strong today will be dancing. Future trust you remember that. Washington's father john roebling introduced the united states to wire rope. His sons carry on that tradition proudly as they run the family business. John roebling sons inc but in a supposedly corruption of hosing gesture. One of the bridges trustees mr abrahams hewitt says his company will not bid on this lucrative wire cable gig nor he continues. Should they entertain a bid from any company connected to a bridge officer or engineer when the executive committee goes along with this idea. Washington rolling sells his interest in john. Roebling sons so his brothers can bit. It doesn't matter the aren't selected south brooklyn's jay lloyd. Hague is washington is nervous..
"john roebling" Discussed on History That Doesn't Suck
"Go wrong. It's june twenty eighth. Eighteen sixty nine. John roebling is in brooklyn standing at the fulton. Ferry slip along the east river shore. The chief engineer is immersed in his work as usual. He and his muttonchop moustachioed union assistant. Colonel william pain are determined the precise location where the bridges future tower on the brooklyn side. Opt to be at the same time. A ferry boat is approaching the slip packed with hundreds of passengers. It here momentum. Has the boat coming fast. Ferry boat slams into the slips cushioning fender piles with such force. Take bend all the way back to the firm beam on which john standing and completely crush most of the toes on his right foot. John is taken immediately to a son. Washington's brooklyn home at one thirty seven street vetoes have to come off a man of iron refuses any anesthetic as a surgeon. Severs the digits still. This shouldn't be too bad of a recovery. But john isn't so lucky. Chalk it up to the medicine of era or john's refusing to listen to his surgeons but things grows steadily worse in the following weeks. I come the headaches than his face freezes horrifically with his mouth gaping open and finally he has seizures even still the engineer who once told john c. Freemont he for. No man tries to write notes. Finally he falls into a coma. John wakes from it but he's clearly not all fair anymore with one file convulsion. The sixty three year old bridge building patriotic immigrant he loved by his family and employees alight dies around three july twenty second eighteenth..
"john roebling" Discussed on History That Doesn't Suck
"Now. A successful iron rope making business owner. John roebling furthers his rise in may eighteen. Forty four seems the pennsylvania. Canal has a chronically weather damaged. Aqueduct bridge passing over the allegheny river at pittsburgh and the aqua committee is offering one hundred dollars for the best proposed remedy. Well john believe he has the answer. Remember his love affair with suspension bridges. Back at the polytechnic institute and that trip. He took to visit the first one in bavaria. Good because johnson its plans for what would be the world's first suspension aqueduct bridge naturally draws a lot of questions particularly on how such bridge could support the weight of flowing water but the late thirty something immigrants iron rope and other stabilizing ideas. When the committee over he gets the contract and demonstrates his brilliance when he completes the suspension aqueduct bridge in nine months now john is in his stride. In eighteen forty nine he uproots from saxon berg moving his family and now thriving iron rope company to trenton new jersey. Meanwhile he continues to build one. Successful suspension bridge slash aqueduct. After another and in eighteen fifty. One john is entrusted with constructing the niagara falls international suspension bridge and building over the roughly eight hundred foot wide. Two hundred foot deep gorge. The proudly naturalized us citizen creates two levels a lower one for pedestrians and an upper one. For the locomotives of the great western canada railroad when it opens in eighteen fifty five. This masterful work of engineering and art spanning such a gorgeous yet. Dangerous point of the us. Canadian border brings john international acclaim. The how does he do it. I mean one and four bridges fail in the mid. Nineteenth century and suspension. Bridges are particularly terrifying for instance. Just a year before. John completed is working. Agra falls a five-year bridge the ohio river bill by another renowned engineer came crashing down at wheeling virginia. Yes just virginia. Because west virginia is still a few years out from breaking off. The intelligence or newspaper described. It like this for a few minutes. He watched it with breathless anxiety. Lunging ship in a storm at one time it rose to nearly the height of the tower then fell and twisted and arrived at last seemed to be determined twist along the entire spine about one half floor be nearly reversed and down went the immense structure from its dizzy height to the string below with an appalling crash in roar well in addition to his ever thick iron roques john roebling also uses trusses essentially wooden or iron being structure consisting of series of triangles which he builds right along the sides of his suspension bridges decks this john reports stiffens the hanging structure and thus minimises the swain caused by use or even the wind. I know that sounds small. But the swing can grow as the bridge picks up momentum. Kind of like a car. Cotonou fishtail except bridges can't spin so when they hit that critical point self-destruct case in point. The ohio river bridge yikes by. John remains a fan of suspension bridges. His opinion they are highly dangerous built incorrectly. But when done properly there's no safer overpass in the world. Of course as we enter the eighteen sixties. The civil war doesn't spare this rich and famous man of iron. I his son in protege washington to war at some later point. Gifted engineer is invited. The us war department's office to advise on some matter. Unfortunately general john c. The pathfinder fremont leaves him awaiting the man who does more than ten hastily writes a note on the back of his business card and sends it into the pathfinders office. It reads john. Roebling has not to wait upon any man but that work ethic of his canton at a cost. it's only when his wife dies lay eighty six sixty four. The john roebling realizes he's neglected her and be used a com- despondent widower to regain that lost time through seances. Even as the war rages. john still building. He's working on his greatest bridge yet. In fact a decade in the making this massive suspension bridge with two two hundred thirty foot towers in wire cables measuring twelve point. Five inches in diameter has over the ohio at a river span of one thousand fifty seven feet to connect the cities of cincinnati. Ohio and covington kentucky when the cincinnati covington bridge opens to great fanfare on december. first eighteen. Sixty six it is the longest suspension bridge in the world. More than ten thousand people begin to use it on a daily basis. Truly it seems there is no river span. John roebling can't overcome. everyone can see that. This bridge will even be renamed in his honor as the roebling suspension. Rich naturally then he has to build something bigger like a bridge between the cities of new york and brooklyn this bit of myth and mystery surrounding how john gets this gig in how the project to build the brooklyn bridge ever got off the ground in the first place. Let's start with john. We can take or leave the conventional story that he little washington were marooned on the east river. Personally i buy it but if you don't that's fine more concretely. Though we know the man of iron wrote a letter in eighteen fifty seven arguing the brooklyn bridge could be built. It was subsequently published in the journal of commerce. Little surprise then that the world's premier bridge engineer gets tapped for it he's already expressed interest publicly on the other. Hand the dream of a bridge over the east river has been just that a dream for over half a century people. Well brooklyn nets. New yorkers are less interested have for such a bridge since at least eighteen hundred but has everybody knew it was completely impossible reviews. Changing half a century later though as john roebling and his iron rope bill other supposedly impossible suspension bridges across the nation. They must have been allegedly. The first concrete step was taken on december twenty first eighteen sixty six that night. A young ambitious brooklyn contractor named william kingsley with judge alexander mchugh to call on the influential handsome muttonchop new york state senator henry murphy persuade him to support legislation for such a bridge. Most seem to believe the meeting happened. There's a plaque in owls head park brooklyn honoring the alleged. Sit down that happened. There and house long-on noted historian. David mccullough expresses serious doubts about it in his book. The great bridge whether you choose to believe that meeting happened or didn't though state senator henry murphy comes through his bill. An act to incorporate the new york bridge company becomes new york law on april sixteenth. Eighteen sixty seven. The company is organized the following month with henry as president john. Roebling is named as chief engineer with the nation's most brilliant engineer at the hal. What could.
"john roebling" Discussed on History That Doesn't Suck
"I'm going to focus on the story of the roebling family. Don't get me wrong. All those other components will come to bear as we dig up boulders and underwater air chambers lay hundreds of tons of stone and get a small taste of late nineteenth century. New york's corrupt politics. But the brooklyn bridge wouldn't be what it is if the rowling's hadn't given their brilliance and lives to this east river crossing specifically i'm talking about three family members. John roebling his eldest son washington and washington's wife. Emily so to that end. Let's head back. Several decades to the germanic kingdom of prussia media. Young john roebling then follow his path as he emigrated to the united states and develops the unique skills needed to envision. This thought to be impossible bridge here. We go rewind born on june twelve eighteen. O six impressions relatively quiet town of muelhausen john roebling or johann as he's currently known so we'll call him that for now is quite simply. A brilliant child. Child blows through the villages public school curriculum and has soon sent to nearby airport for he masters trigonometry surveying and it's pushed to think critically and analytically graduating from here at seventeen years. Old johann is clearly a candidate for the most prestigious engineering school in the world. The royal polytechnic institute in berlin. The cost of such an education is significant more than a humble tobacco shopkeeper like his father with still three more children to raise could typically ford no will intended. But we're left to him. This may have been the end of this wonder rise. Fortunately it won't be his call as the future yet unborn. Children will all know. It's johanns's mother frederica foot down a determined woman whose own intelligence outshines her husband's in a big way. She scripts saves manages to pull together the money needed to continue educating her young johann. Indeed it's entirely to her credit that the teenage roebling boy makes his way to the prussian capital of berlin and attends prestigious polytechnic institute. Here johann studies bridge construction hydraulics and architecture. You know all the things we'd expect from the man who later take on the brooklyn bridge and oh does he love bridges. He's absolutely fascinated. However with suspension bridges specifically and delighted to learn that one is being built over. The reagan's at bamberg in the neighboring dramatic kingdom of bavaria. Johan makes his own little pilgrimage to it and raffles in the brilliance of this engineering feat using four iron chains to support the bridge at least a lasting impression on the young budding engineer. But you'll hunt isn't just about what we will call stem fields in the twenty first century. While at the polytechnic institute. He also studies under georg. Film friedrich hegel. Yes that hagel as in the philosopher. Who's dialectics will terrify twenty-first-century Taking general humanities course johan robe lean quickly becomes one of the great philosophers. Favourite students is absolute favorite. In fact if we take roebling biographer db steinman at his word further rolling family. Lower credits hegel with planting the seeds of immigration in his young pupils. Mind by calling. The united states a land of hope for all who. I varied of the historical of old europe whether the family tales are true or not johann is growing weary of prussia graduating with honors as a full-fledged civil engineer at the age of twenty this talented mathematician well read philosopher gifted pianist and flutist increasingly sees his native land as oppressive and bureaucratic. This isn't terribly surprising. The french revolution in its ideas of liberty equality and fraternity are still causing quite a stir across the continent in european monarchies like prussia are becoming more autocratic as they try to put that genie back in the bottle thus even as early twenties johan builds roads for the government. He's less than thrilled with it. He complains that nothing can be done in prussia. Vithout i having an army of government councilors ministers and other functionaries deliberate about it for ten years nor is he a fan of the kingdoms unbearable taxes. So when a childhood friend back in meal muelhausen returns from visiting the united states and assures johan it is truly land where success is derived from thailand not aristocracy our budding engineers sold. He will emigrate to the united states. And though johan is doing well enough at this point is supportive. Mother can't seem to help once again. Saving all her pennies to give him and his brother. Carl the best possible. She says goodbye to them. In the port city of bremen's day you'll hans convincing friend and almost fifty others from their hometown that the brothers are leading to the new world to build their own little community board the august. Edward a may twenty second eighteen thirty. One it's the last time the mother and sons will ever see or communicate with each other. Frederica will die of a heart attack before her boys even set foot on american soil. The august edward arrives at philadelphia. Pennsylvania on august sixth eighteen thirty one. Johannes sure this is the land of promise. He's been seeking. He writes every american even when he is poor. Must serve others feels his innate rights as a man what a contrast to the oppressed german population. Yes he's finally free of a world where status is determined by endless ranks and an aristocracy which he doesn't belong at the same time johann realizes that not all enjoy the same freedom. He laments that slavery is the greatest cancerous affliction from which z. United states are suffering. Zero public is branded by before z. Is of the civilized world. It is hoped that slavery will be abolished little by little refusing to settle in a slave state johan and his brother. Carl lead their small group of fifty or so germans into western pennsylvania they then purchased land and found their own little farming community. Saxon burke johan or john as the enthusiastic immigrant will call himself in. This new land builds a good life out here in the western wilds of the quaker state. Sure the ground is clay. If you community actually know how to farm but this industrious band of emigrants. Farmers works hard and their labors payoff justice. John would expect in this land of opportunity. Between their successful farms and more waves of german emigrants joining them. Saxon burgh turns into a thriving. Little town.
"john roebling" Discussed on The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe
"That's the challenge of the book. Write something about yourself. That isn't just about you. Make it about john roebling. Make it about the toll. People pay make it about the toll. Youth paid make it. Universal make personal make it micro. Make it macro this. This reminds me sort of of your spiel for the micro works foundation. You know because While you don't know how to pave a road or you know re replace a circuit you appreciate smooth roads and electricity. That goes on and off. You appreciate the pu going away when you flush the toilet. You appreciate those things that have happened. And that's that's something that a lot of people don't think about and view did well. Yes i was. Humbled i was i. I was humbled on the mackinac bridge. I was humbled by the sudden vanishing of my nest egg and as we'll learn later in the book was humbled in the sewers of san francisco when i realized that there's a big difference between impersonating a host and being a guest all those lessons. What not how. All of those lessons for me allowed me a measure of grace. I guess to look at dirty jobs for what it really was which was not a tv show. It was an opportunity to do my job in a totally different way. So micro works is just another reflection of that. Look if somebody asked me the other day why wise dirty jobs coming back well in part. Because after a year of lockdown. I i think rumination on essential work is timely and i think people need to see what work ethic looks like on the tv again. So you know. We're featuring a dozen really hard working people in six episodes. That'll be coming out sometime. This fall. same thing with micro works you know. Why are we putting a curriculum. We have a curriculum by the way folks right. Now it's an pilot stage and it's in something like thirty colleges. Yes and it's basically the sweat pledge which has been fleshed out into a two hundred page curriculum. Why why are we doing that..
"john roebling" Discussed on History That Doesn't Suck
"Rutherford b hayes. James garfield and a arthur are among if not the most forgotten and overlooked presidents. Find that fascinating. I mean to an extent. I get it. Nineteenth century. america's peak drama is the civil war and he casts a large shadow that can completely clips these presidencies. But on the other hand here at the start of the gilded age. We have an epic battle over the spoils system that spans several presidents. We have a disputed. Incorrupt presidential election followed by the unlikely rise in assassination of a president with enormous promise which in turn produces perhaps the least qualified president united states has ever seen and yet he pushes through his own terror to rise to the occasion or at least he did so more than some of his more qualified predecessors all of that constitutes a rather compelling drama in my book our tendency to overlook these presidencies likely feeds our own exaggerated concept at the gilded age is corruption again. Don't get me wrong. There is plenty deccan corrupt more on dadan episodes calm but let's remember that the corrupt system wasn't new. It had been deeply ingrained for a solid half-century. Ironically however we often blame those who bring attention to the problem even while trying to fix it for that mary problem so yes we will. Yes see ample reasons for mark twain hilarious moniker for the late nineteenth century. Should also be careful not to settle the period with the baggage of previous generations and short. I'm not calling for an exaggerated elevation of the garfield and arthur administrations. But i hope we can give them their fair and you do. These presidents had their shortcomings. There were also more honest competent than others who've occupied the white house and personally i'll always wonder what might have been if the brilliant james garfield had lived. Well we've certainly laid the foundation. We need to dive deeper into the gilded age but now that we visited some of the era's white house occupants. It's time to experience a gilded age. Industrial wonder after all can abridge actually be built over the treacherous east river to connect the separate and distinct cities of new york in brooklyn. The idea sounds like utter madness. Unless you're john roebling next time. We'll risk light them limb to build. What many will hail the eighth wonder of the world. The brooklyn bridge history. That doesn't suck is created and hosted by me greg. Jack's episode research and written by greg jackson additional research by zachary weaver and ryan grim production by airship sound design by molly bach theme music composed by greg jackson arrangement and additional composition by lindsey graham of airship for bibliography of primary secondary sources consultant and writing. Cepsa visit a cd as podcast. Dot com as s is supported by fans of teaching on dot com forward slash history. That doesn't suck gratitude. You kind souls providing funding. Help us going. Thank you and a special. Things are patriots whose monthly gift puts map producer. Status fox car barrett can runway will call them christopher coddle. Jason carstens bryce chaplain john. Google bob draft. Joe dobies duke to kill us. Michael and rachel. Lean ego flexes andrew. Fortunately kyle gansler league goldman jennifer in houston brad firm and jeremy jeans decks jones. Todd crime aaron lapels. Christmas does it. Jeffrey news fox osborne. Amanda parker. christopher pullman. Sean reagan john. Shaffer david alexander sharp john savage stocks slamming bill thompson brandon. Unh- i'm jay walker and jeffrey watts. Join the in two weeks. It likes to tell you the story. Then that's a fact. I've been credit card purchases. Give me cash back. Give me cash fat. No one gets these rewards to what intern nation. Sir benfits pair cash rewards card isn't just for military members. Anyone can get cash back on purchases. You've ruined my favorite song. Pen fed credit union. Visit penn fed dot org slash power cash to receive any advertise product. You become a member of pen. Fed insured by ncua..
"john roebling" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"All of it. My guess is Andrew Jane's founder of the Ghost tour company. Burrows of the Dead were taking your calls about ghostly encounter 6464357 to a zero so I tease before the break. One house that maybe the city's most haunted house, the Merchant house on East Fourth Street. What happens at the Merchant house? Right. So the much houses built in 18 32, and it was purchased in 18 35 by a merchant and see very Treadwell, and he took his seven Children in the house along with his wife, Eliza, and they have one daughter their final better. I was born in the house on September 17 18 40 that was Gertrude, born in her mother's bed. Just people were back then, and she lived her entire like that. How she never married and a lot of a ghost story make a big deal of the fact that she was a spinster. And she died. Not the same membership was born. She died actually their fathers, but in 1933, so she's a witness. You know, nearly a century of New York City history and over the course of that time the city changes around her, but her house she maintains, in a state of standstill. She preserves everything, just as it was in her, you know, Victorian era childhood. And the house itself. After her death became a sort of ready made museum passed into the hands of a second cousin who took one Look at it is that we've got to open this for the public as a museum. This is a time capsule. And the funny thing is, you know, she apparently loved her house so much. She never wants to leave. So she is still there and apparently accompanied by many members of her family as well as your servant. And since the house opened to the public of the museum in 1936, there have been innumerable documented ghost experiences, and they continue to happen to this day. So this is like, you know, if you want to really haunted houses, a lot of evidence This is it. This is your pager right here. So I understand that the folks at the Merchant house are partnering with scientists who based equipment cameras and microphones and touch screens around the building. How do you feel about the scientific approaches to the paranormal? I mean, I'm all for anything that tries with a genuine open mind to figure out what's going on and really take another look at the ultimate mystery from a different viewpoint. I think it's fascinating, and I happened to know very well. That gentleman who's spearheading these investigations on DH, the scientist, but he's working with is actually a neurosurgeon, and they are working together in a in a very serious way to try a new technique. So like the touch screen You know they trace it and apparently when alive that the mother is active in the area, there's these lines that appear on the touchscreen but was really fascinating about some of these theories is the idea that like Ghost may exist on the ultraviolet spectrum that one of the theories that they're talking about, and little Children under the age of five conceived things on the ultraviolet spectrum that we cannot adults and that would explain why little kids and animals you go. Conversating. Interesting. Let's Goto Edward from the Bronx on line five. So Edward What did you see? I saw what I was. I was You're a little late night walk, walking around a track in Brooklyn by the old headquarters of what was called Murder incorporated. And, uh, it was. It was a late summer night and under the trees there was there was some sort of like shadow or light or something that was observed mint. Watching me as I got the feeling. And I couldn't help but think that you know we're not part of town. A lot of lot of people have died over there. From very violent games, and they had a lot of unfinished business. No, and I let my mind run with that, you know. And we think it was. It's not the first time stuff like that has happened in May, you know, but again, it could be my imagination. Edward. Thanks for calling in. Let's go to Carol on line one from Jersey City, so care, and you took a walk with a ghost. Yeah, I did. It was really quite something. I was doing a five day bike trip from Albany down to Battery Park and we were camping at night State Park. As our left night out when we rode into Battery Park. And I had to get myself out of my bivouac 10 crawl out and you know is on their way to the bathroom. And in all the tension spread out, you know throughout the campsite was really you know, quite nice and peaceful and everybody was sleeping. And I saw this young man walking to my left and I didn't recognize him. And I have been with all of these people for you know, the better part of a week, so I pretty much knew everybody by sight. And I didn't recognize them. And I thought you might be somebody's son or somebody's boyfriend who came in to do like the left side of the ride or whatever. And then, as I was goingto say, you know. Hi. How you doing, and then? I noticed that I could see through him. Um, he was wearing and a pair of Kathy cargo shorts and likely shirt and I noticed that I could see Clear through him. Andi, So I decided not to say anything. And the vibes coming from him was just very happy. And he was very glad to be. There seems really young, like 25 or so, you know, definitely not 30 yet. And you know, it was like he was at a party or, you know, he Wasat the party and he made a left turn into the tent. And I've wanted to say, Oh, God, and I'm like you don't talk to go. Don't say anything. And as he turned up, you know turned off that more and more transparent and the legs were the left that I thought him Walking off the path and then the legs in the bare feet disappears. Um, I continue to the ladies room and I thought I should call my mother and I was like, you can't call your mother at 3 A.m. and tell her you saw goes in a state park. You really just can't do that. Um, And so I did not. I just used the restroom and went back to sleep. Because I was like It is what it is. Oh, yeah. Yeah. There they thanks for sharing your story. I want to say we talked about Jersey. We talked about Manhattan. We've talked about the Bronx. I don't want to forget Brooklyn, Andrea Hicks. This one is So interesting to me that the Brooklyn Bridge is quite a haunted space because it really when they were building it was a bit of a death trap. Even John Roebling died before he saw it built. How many people We know passed away in the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, and and how do we know the spirits are still around? Well, the number of people is actually a bit sketchy because some of the records weren't perfect, but the estimates are around 20 to 30 something 27. It's in that range. How do we know the spirits were still around? Well again, It's just like with that house on Driggs Avenue like its local lore. It's a lot of people growing up in the area. That would say, you know, when you're a kid, and you're walking over the bridge, your your friends, your parents tell you You know, there's still here. The ghosts are still here. Um, some will say that they're trapped under the bridge, which is just urban legend. Nobody's trapped in the French as far as we know historically, but some people will also say that there are rumors of a headless On the bridge. And then, of course, even even though there were a number of accidents that happen during the construction of the bridge, it's a bridge in the modern metropolis. There are jumpers and there have been done like there is a kind of a psychic wait associated with that You can't help but be aware of that. You think about it for a minute. People just say they've seen aliens are never so Yeah, I know. But there's the one motif that occurs again and again. It's a headless ghost. That's what I've come up with the most in everything that red and everyone I've talked to I think the headless ghost has his origin story in an accident that happened there during the building of the bridge in 18 78, where a man was struck by a wire that snapped and it stuck in like directly in the forehead, and he was essentially partially you decapitated. And so there's this kind of legend and more that that accumulates too. That bought the idea this person who's has blocked off and you asked earlier about, like, what can a nonbeliever get out of viewing history through the lens of ghosts? Well, you know you can talk about this is like Caesar Industrial accident in a time where there were no safety net, literal or figurative, you know, and so These are the people that are kind of like the fodder for these gilded age miracles..
"john roebling" Discussed on ESPN Chicago 1000 - WMVP
"Will be decided in the replay center by Courtney Kirkland and Kevin Scott. Right now they have John Roebling, Zorba the on court officials with headsets on over the far side table. It's absolutely a foul on Bam! He's he's quick decision. We're going broke out floors of the illegal contact by out of bio came before the upward motion of James on the jump shot three point is not counting the balls side out. The fowl remains on by Put 14 on the shot clock. Go third Personal on Bam. Second team foul on Miami, so sided with 14 seconds. Big break for Miami. Take three points off the scoreboard Right now. It's still Laker ball. John Gold will bloom. You could hear the whistle before LeBron shot but I wasn't sure watching the replay. Whether they whether they could hear the whistle in the replay here, PJ Carlos Amo Doris Burke, the MBA Finals on ESPN Radio with 3 51 to go. Third quarter Lakers 65 heats 62 Anthony Davis waiting to be handed the ball. He's got it now from court left in. Kyle Kuzma just checked into the line of his past. Stolen by Butler at half court. Butler against James wrapped it around, got fouled by LeBron LeBron pops up. No challenge left. LeBron looked over to the bench. He wanted to say, Frank challenge that that matters. No challenge. Left. Careless. Passed by Good defense by Jimmy Butler tried the reverse layup. You look at the replay. I'm just watching the hand stores. I thought he was clean. I did to tell you what LeBron James and Rajon Rondo. We're talking to John Global right now, pointing up at the clock, but the first two p J. You mentioned they use their challenge That was on LeBron members saying I didn't touch the ball wanted that challenge, which turned out to get no points out, And I said, Yeah, you won the challenge, but there were no points coming off the board. You didn't score on the possession you got back. I just That's a tough one. How's that for exchange right there? Three points off the board. For the Lakers. Then you get a steal two points on a borderline call against LeBron James was free throws, drawing Miami. Within one, James penetrates kicks to Kuzma, who buries a three right in front of the Miami Bank in 19. The last game got his flow, going offensively, taking excellent shops, and he's really playing well play with a lot of confidence. 68 64 Lakers on their 11th triple and now Miami is going to turn it over Butler trying to find Kelly Olynyk on the fire left side. It's Anthony Davis come out of this game yet this quarter. I don't believe so. Nor would I take him out 3 15 to go in the third Lakers on a four point lead with the ball 68 64 Davis, setting a high screen for James Davis backs away to the baseline. James against the gondola with tend to shoot. They switched Butler onto a pass to Kozma catching shoot 30 halfway down. It popped out forthe turnover for Miami. They dodged a bullet right there. Hand it off to Olynyk on the wing, down four. Kendrick Nunn. Same right wing penetrates the art steps back triggers a three. No good. Butler had to go through his hands, but he chased it down. Miami in possession, Jimmy at the free throw line, Jimmy to the baseline Fader off the glass. No, and LeBron has it That's shooting over. Anthony Davis is very, very difficult fakes. The three drives the baseline, kicked a topside triple it straight down. The Lakers take a 71 64 leagues. Jimmy Butler has not scored a field goal has been to the We throw line, but no field goal since the first quarter matches the Lakers largest lead of game four up seven. Butler passes to the cutting. Iguodala double covered on the baseline, kicks it out to a limit with seven to shoot back to Iguodala feeds Olynyk driving foul shot off the side of the backboard, but he'll need a couple of free throws with 206 to go in the third. They needed that I'd tell you what Kendrick Nunn like Tyler Hero plays with a lot of confidence. You talking somebody shooting three very, very poorly in the playoffs, and he steps up at a critical time misses the three Only way there in there only way Miami's in this basketball games from the free throw line. They are 16 20 all of the moves movement in motion, etcetera, etcetera. The Lakers are multiple effort, excellent defensive intensity, but it's just 24 seconds of constant movement cutting and you've got to be disciplined. Kelly Olynyk free throw their doors is his first point of game 4. 41 points the last two games with Bam out two free throws for Olynyk Miami back within five, paying a lot more attention to Kelly, Olynyk and again disparity and free in three point shooting is enormous under two minutes to go in the third Lakers with it to our left Rondo, he's going to shoot the three. It's going Miss it badly to the right arm comes down to Butler. There's Jimmy with 1 45 on the clock right side. Bye. Anthony Davis. Now whistle is Duncan Robinson was trying to curl along the three point line. Rajon Rondo got a piece there over the limit. So Robinson is going to shoot in the bonus, exactly what Debbie was just talking about. That's where they're making their living right now. Miami on the free throw line again. Miami is six for 22 from the three point line, the Lakers 12 27. I just think the Lakers shot selection at last three barrage on Rhonda one. Why would you do that? Anthony.
"john roebling" Discussed on ESPN Chicago 1000 - WMVP
"You also want to take that off the floor and camera. That would be his third says this is Yeah, This is both of those. It's a good challenge. Thought they were taking their headsets off with John Roebling. Josh still have you right? Tio Jimmy Butler's feet slipped. Yeah. And the pivot foot came up. Marquesa, PJ Carlesimo. Doris Burke with you From Advent Health Arena, the Disney campus 305 left in the half right now. Miami 48. Lost in 41, but pending Brad Stevens, coaches challenge Curtis Blair on Tyler Ford or our replay officials. This has taken a long time, guys, They're goingto huddle up. John Global, Josh Tiven, Kevin Scott. Officiating crew go. John Goebbels headed to the microphone upon you with challenges Unsuccessful. It was a defensive fouls. However, There's no continuous shooting motion so the basket will not count. So to still be the third foul in Campbell. But instead of a chance of a three point play, Butler will have to earn two free throws. Tell you what, I'm really surprised. But we travelled foot went out from under him. He slipped, which has been in a common occurrence down here. The floors are a little bit slippery, much slip earlier than we're used to. In the MBA arenas. I would think because of the humidity here, but Good news. Take the basket off, but he's at the free throw line. Boston is over the limit. So Butler hits the first of two and probably most importantly, Kemba. Walker has three fouls, correct and staying in the ball game. You guys have talked about this. There's a trust built up between he and Brad Stevens point P. J. I've been concerned since the start of this that somebody could get hurt with wetness on the floor for sure, but it's two free throws 48 41 Miami under three minutes to go in the half. Walker, with the three fouls, will launch for three and knocks at home. Brad Stevens with trust of Walker, and he earns three points back. Boston within four doors makes a good point at this stage of the season. You should know which players you could trust in which ones you can't stay. Avoid that extra file. Butler drives against Gordon Hayward floats it at the rim gets the role Jimmy Butler with a dozen here in Game five. 1950 Boston, 40 for 2.5 left in the first half Walker at the top, and now Crowder called for a foul got tangled up. Tatum and cancer near the elbow area about that's only fourth team foul as hard on stage Gardas. Many deflections as they've created only the fourth team foul in Miami, so not yet shooting free throws next one for Boston. Third best in the playoff. Committing personal files have committed third fewest, that is So it's something that they obviously drill have done a really good job so far in the playoffs in about a Walker leans it for three. Look for contact. None missed it other end of the floor drug. It's in the air gets into Crowder diving.
"john roebling" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio
"Advance and I said we're here to look at the Roebling collection and the woman said well we're so short handed today I'll just give you the key and if you go up to us to the top of the stairs all the way to the attic and to the inner light switches on the way up the stairs and you can turn left there's a door to a closet right to the left of the top of the stairs well we went up the stairs and turning on the light switches which were like forty watt bulbs and the stairs creak it was like something out of Stephen King and we got to the top of the stairs and turn to the left and took the key open the door and there wasn't a closet it was really a small room with shelves all around from floor to ceiling jammed with material scrapbooks old boxes of letters photographs all kinds of notes of some kind you couldn't tell what they were tied up with old shoe strings and you could tell that the shoe strings have never been untied the sort of form that looks that shoe strings get you know thirty years later that have never been on time and and there was there was just a bust of John Roebling the designer of the bridge the door knocker from Washington Emily Roebling house on Brooklyn heights everything imagined and it looks just like something in somebody's closet in an attic but it was the volume of it that the the amount and I looked at it and I went oh my god and Rosalie look as she thought oh my god there goes three years of our lives well it was it was it was the the proverbial trunk in the attic compounded I don't know how many times and it did take three years to go through the material and to write the book and they were in many ways the three best years of my writing life and I was telling Reid earlier before this event started that there have I've written a number of books and sometimes you write the book and the and the subject of the book is sort of done when you're finished you feel well that's it I've I've said every everything I want to say about this and you you really don't want to turn back to it again but that has never been true for the subject of the Brooklyn Bridge it is an infinitely interesting structure an infinitely interesting work of American art of the greatest importance and it's a lesson of so many times that I hope in in a brief way I can just talk about that first of all it is a great urban event it is a great expression of the ideal of the city of a of a community committed to the idea of the city and it is stands at the very gateway of our nation of our country and particularly in that day in the nineteenth century it was the gateway for millions of immigrants coming up the harbor to the New World there was nothing like it in the world there was nothing like it in the country those towers on the Brooklyn Bridge when they were completed which don't seem like very much today where the tallest structures on the north American continent taller even than the capitol dome here in Washington and they were in expression of the beginning of high rise or is Kenneth Clarke said hero in New York it was the first time it began to appear that the city wasn't going to grow out it was going to grow up now the the the concept of a vertical city was no and Furthermore it was hitherto impossible and in the Brooklyn Bridge are the ingredients of high rise skyscraper urban America right there because it contains both aerobic scale and steel the first use of structural steel in a major way in any structure in New York and except for the eads bridge in St Louis which still stands the first major use of structural steel anyway anywhere and of course Steven was going to transform this country you know we talk about revolutions social revolutions and economic revolutions the revolution created by the advent of cheap steel Bessemer steel is one about which too little has been written into little understood it was one of the major changes in the whole character nature complexity of the country in the direction.
"john roebling" Discussed on 760 KFMB Radio
"Help miles understand why architecture matters miles over here thinking that every building can be ugly. And there's no matter it's gonna go. All just living like the FBI building in DC, and who cares? Yep. Yeah. So this is an opportunity to change our last biographers have been just awful. Someone who's put a sentence together. The book is called chief engineer Washington Roebling the man who built the. Brooklyn Bridge, Erica Wagner's here, MS Wagner. How are you? I am very well. I'm delighted to be on with you really good to talk to you. So this this is this is cool because seen the Brooklyn Bridge. We think about the Brooklyn Bridge is taken on a personality of its own in many ways. But what about the man who built the darn thing? Never heard. So don't know who he is. No never. I would never get that trivia question. Right. So let's go deeper than trivia, tell us about this man before we get to the three characteristics. Well, why was a real hero? He was born in eighteen thirty seven he fought for the union army and the American civil war, and then in eighteen sixty nine when his father was going to build the Brooklyn Bridge, his father, John Roebling was the man who initially designed to bridge. But then his father was killed in an accident and Washington at the age of only thirty two had to take on this unprecedented task. And he achieved it and he lived a remarkable life as well. Okay. Can you tell us about his dad a little bit? Yeah. His dad was a tough customer. His dad had been born in Germany in eighteen o six and he was a he was a really famous engineer in his day. He was the first man to put a bridge over Niagara Falls and not just a bridge. But a bridge that could carry heavy locomotives, which in those days, it was really quite extraordinary. He built a beautiful bridge over the Ohio river at Cincinnati. And actually, you can still see that bridge between Cincinnati Covington. It's called the John a rolling bridge. But he was pretty tough dad. He was highly respected in his community. But by Washington's account. He was a pretty brutal and abusive father, so Washington survived that upbringing as well. I just Google this the John a Roebling bridge. That's a success. Stunning bridge. It's quite if you've ever seen the rain man, it has a significant role to play right now. But it's it's a beautiful bridge. Wow. Unbelievable. Okay. Can you give an example of what tough looks like? And I ask that. Because right now, I'm reading a biography about Tiger Woods at. It's about how his dad was was re about it's about how his dad was really tough Tuesday evening examples of that. Well, one important thing is John Roebling. Did not believe in conventional medicine at all right? He heated doctors, he hated hospitals, and even by the standards of the nineteenth century, he was incredibly cranky about health. And he only believed in something that is still called the water tour that by dousing yourself in freezing water running under really hot water spring yourself with hoses. This was the only way to maintain your health, and he was always inflicting these terrible cranky systems of health on his whole family, and they really suffered for it. And you could say to that it was one of the reasons that John Roebling died when he did he. He wouldn't see any conventional doctors. And that's what killed him in eighteen sixty nine. Interesting that one could be so if I may foolish about health yet, so genius. And brilliant about how to build this marvel of engineering at the same the same, man. One of the fascinating things about the nineteenth century actually is that in the eighteenth century to is that the border line between science and mysticism was still a little bit shakey. Ooh. Explain what do you mean? Well, so for instance, another thing that John Roebling believed in his wife died in eighteen sixty five and he like many people in his time became obsessed with spiritualism. And so he believed he conducted sound says, and he believed that he could speak to his late wife and contact child of his who had died and some old friends. And again, I think now if we heard that about a man who was in charge of building great engineering project. We we'd be a little bit puzzled to say the least. But in those days that was fairly common to say, okay. I got a ton of questions, but let's jump into some characteristics of his son Washington's what's the first characteristic? He's the man is what's the first characteristic? Got. The first characteristic is courage in the face of adversity. And I would say that really was one of Washington's greatest characteristics. And it was adversity that followed him all of his life. Not only in this difficult childhood. So that was the first thing he had to contend with. And then as I say he fought for nearly four years all the way through the American civil war. I call it the American civil war you have to forgive me because I live in London. Yup. We have. And and he was at many greatest and most terrible battles. Second bull run and Gettysburg. And it's really miraculous in a sense he survived that deadly war. And then he spent fourteen years building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and that too was an astonishing trial nearly broke his health at nearly killed him. But he made it through that too. So he was always a very courageous, man. No matter what life through it. What was the hardest thing to overcome and building the bridge other than I want to ask you this later if you have some time, but other than the engineering aspects of it. What was the hardest thing about building that bridge. Well, I think one of the hardest things for him was he got very very sick. Indeed. During the building of it. He was afflicted with what we now. Call decompression sickness. The kind of thing you can get if you go diving if you go scuba diving and you come up too fast, you get decompression sickness. But it was a brand new thing. Then no one understood what it was or how it really afflicted people, but it can kill you. And it did kill some of the men working on the bridge and Washington dot very sick himself, and many people thought that he was going to die, but he kept working assisted it should be said by his remarkable life until the end of the construction he remained chief engineer until the bridge was finished in eighteen eighty three and that in itself wasn't achievement. Tottered his war. Experience changes perspectives and changes life. Is what experiences his letters from the front to his family to his fiancee? Emily Warren are really extrordinary documents. And I suppose the main thing I would say is they gave him something of a jaundiced view of humanity. There's a wonderful letter where he says a sort of terrifying letter where he says they better put more steam in the man factories north because he can see so many thousands of people dying day after day around him. He himself amazingly was never wounded despite being at the front the whole time. And I think spending four years. Fighting that war really gave him a kind of slightly withering glance at his fellow man. Okay. Let's give us the second characteristic of the man who built the Brooklyn Bridge. Washington Roebling second terroristic is too nasty. He was a man who would not give up if we just take the example of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge as I say it took fourteen years, that's a really long time. And nearly every aspect of its construction was unprecedented. Every aspect of construction had never really been tried before. And people were always saying that it couldn't be done. He had dreadful politicians to contend with contractors all the difficulties that the set someone building a project like this people trying to get him off the job saying he shouldn't be chief engineer anymore, but he never ever gave up, and I have to say in all the years when I was thinking about this book and wanting to write it and struggling to write it and other times. In my life. When I have struggled and wanted to give up I have thought about Washington Roebling tenacity. And that has inspired me and kept me going. Beautiful. Let's if you have time can we do one more cadre, and do you mind stick around for a break? And then we can talk more about the bridge itself. Is that? Okay. Do you have through third characteristic of Washington Roebling third characteristic because I don't wanna make him sound too serious. One of the reasons that I love him is his good humor in all of his writing. He was very funny dry witted man, and this comes through again. And again, no matter what kind of tough stuff he's going through. And so I think good humor in anyone is a really important characteristic. And so I picked that one to okay you stick around for. Yes. I can't I want to talk about specific Brooklyn Bridge questions like some of the architectural feats and Marvel's and ridiculousness of it all, but then I want to take a minute here and talk about architecture and general with you. If you don't mind, why beauty why architecture matters, and why beauty matters. And why it matters that we have a Brooklyn Bridge. And why don't we just set with every bridge being is ugly as the tappan Zee bridge in New York City, or whatever. Why matters that the Brooklyn Bridge is so beautiful. So does that next one eight hundred seven sixty K Effendi. Well, this is no different than when you go to unicorn jewelry. You could buy your wife, an ugly piece of jewelry miles. Okay. You can do that. And then I go. What's the problem? Why beauty doesn't matter? Here's an ugly. Ring pop. I bought for a quarter at the great doesn't it? No, it's ugly. Duty matters..
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"Tuesdays and Thursdays can be tough and any day that you're on the New Jersey turnpike coming really, you know, it's hard to believe in God. When you're so is in the wrong body, still somehow I ended up in ministry when I lost all my jobs. It was nothing personal. It's what religious tribes do they believe in enemy is necessary for the tribe to survive. So where no enemy exists. They create one right now sexual minorities are the enemy. My departure was swift. And sure. I was surprised when my son his job teaching in west Philadelphia to go into the ministry. I did not see that one coming. And now I wondered what would he do? I didn't have to wait that long to find an answer six months after that first. Visit he invited me back to New York. The designers of the Brooklyn Bridge they had their share of bad luck. John Roebling he died shortly after the bridges construction began his son Washington took over but he suffered from decompression sickness. His wife, Emily became the surrogate executive engineer who oversaw the bridges completion, father and son John in Washington done in by their work. Was this sunny day in my father, and I sat in the shadow of that Brooklyn Bridge, but our lives follow the Rollings, father and son. It's unim- by our work. My father thought that her friends in church would would carry her through her transition, and they did not they ditched her and they clung to me. I was the pastor of a new church in Brooklyn, this wonderful group of food. Thinking people, and yet we were financially tied to really conservative churches to hold space for Paula men. Jeopardizing our own churches livelihood, I sort of straddled the line between these warring worlds. And so I said to my dad, I said dad, I still live and work in your old world is it is it possible that you might extend an olive branch for my sake. And her response was impassioned. You said to me do you have any idea? What it feels like it's a finally show yourself to your true, friends and have them completely reject. You to ask you to live a lie. Do you know what that feels like? And I didn't know what that felt like. But I knew I had a decision to make it was the decision to continue down that narrow pass through nights. But for the first time, I caught a glimpse of light. Kanada asked my father to be anything other than her true self..