On Thursday, March 15, I loaded up the postcards and took off for San Jose, California. I was invited to bring the postcard display to the Peninsula Rug Hookers Guild at the Rose Garden Library. Several people from this guild were participants and it was incredible to meet people (some strangers) who took a leap of faith and mailed me their postcard and California memory. One such intrepid person is Barbara Hager-Paulsen who sent Golden Gate Bridge. The front of the postcard shows Barbara’s hooked version of the bridge and on the back she wrote “We Did It!” 50th Anniversary!
Our family walked the bridge on the 50th Anniversary. The bridge flattened out! Never saw so many people. We also were celebrating my mother-in-laws “70th.” 2012 “the Bridge” turned “75” Happy Birthday! Barbara Hager-Paulsen
It is one thing to read these words on paper and another to listen to Barbara tell what it felt like to be in a crowd of over 500,000 people who met in the middle of the bridge in May of 1987 and felt and heard the bridge flatten out. One of the engineers who was present that day said the combination of weight and wind that day felt like a mild earthquake to people on the bridge. Barbara tells of being in the midst of all these people. Some people fainted and EMTs were unable to make their way to these people because of the crowd. It was a scary event and unknown to the people on the bridge that day engineers were worried about and busy calculating just how much weight the bridge could hold. Needless to say, there will be no bridge walk on the bridge’s 75th Anniversary. The bridge will be open to automobile traffic only! If you want to help celebrate the Gold Gate Bridge’s 75th Anniversary, check out http://www.goldengatebridge75.org/and read about the event.