• I Sold Fasteners for the Golden Gate Bridge, Sonny!

    Date: 2012.02.11 | Category: Fastener Fun, Fastener Industry | Tags:

    [Below is a copy of a comment I made at the pre-eminent fastener industry blog, Fastener Talk. ┬áThe blog’s author gets out on the road more than I do these days and he reminded me why I used to like it so much (on some days)]

    I sold fasteners for the Golden Gate bridge! No, I am not THAT old. It wasn’t in the 30’s, but I sold rivets to a metal fabricator back in the 80’s and went to see them once and found out they were using them for replacement railing on the Golden Gate Bridge. Not only that, but their contract included removing the old railing that was being duplicated and replaced. The owner had six foot sections of the old rail for sale for 100 bucks each. I almost bought one then even though that was more than a whole day’s pay, even in a good month, and it wouldn’t have fit in the back of my little Nissan Sentra. With all of the great TV shows like American Pickers today, I now know I was right about the value and I should have bought it! I could have gotten it authenticated and everything. I found a picture of the railing now, exactly as I remember seeing these guys fabricating it and hot riveting with “my” rivets. I’ve got to get out in the field more. I had forgotten what fun it is to see fasteners in action.

    Best Frends Forever - Golden Gate bridge guard rail 166

    photo by Guillaume Paumier / Wikimedia Commons, CC-by-3.0 http://www.gpaumier.org/

    I might try and crash the Pac-West event in SF since I am nearby. Since the company I work for is based in TX, we are not members. Maybe I can dress like a waiter and sneak in.

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