Modern Marvels

Shovels

Season 13, Ep 13, Aired 5/3/06
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  • Episode Description
  • Man has always had a need to move large amounts of earth. In this episode, we profile the technological advances which have allowed shovels to become absolutely enormous, capable of carrying 200 tons of earth in one load today.

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  • Quotes (1)

    • Narrator: If digging ditches is your game, these machines are the biggest and baddest shovels in the pit. From the legendary steam shovel to supershovels with teeth and monster shovels with bigger teeth. The latest scoops are stronger, faster and even smarter than ever. Now, Shovels, dig it, on Modern Marvels.

    Notes (1)

    • Rod Drake Mine General Supervisor, US Borax Milo Powell Shovel Operator, US Borax Tom Barnes Marketing, P&H Mining Equipment Co. David Lang Bucyrus International, Inc. Mark Dietz Public Relations, P&H Mining Equipment Co. Ray Fleetwood Steam Shovel Owner & Mechanic Greg Galer Curator, Stonehill Industrial History Center Jane Peterson, PhD Archaeology, Marquette University Bert Grant President, Seymour Manufacturing Co. Jack Mendell Seymour Manufacturing Co. Chuck Hansen Field Maintenance Supervisor, US Borax Paul Bierwith Operation Manager, Berkeley Forge & Tool Peter Bierwith President, Berkeley Forge & Tool Barry Goldstein Manager, Phoenix Project, JPL/NASA Harry Truman (archival footage) Lyndon B. Johnson (archival footage) Bill Clinton (archival footage) Executive Producer: Don Cambou Writer: Jim Hense Producer: Jim Hense Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis Associate Producer: Lara D. Tabor Associate Producer: David Bradstreet Editor: Andrew Corwin Narrator: Max Raphael Music: Alan Ett Music Group Producer: Bruce Nash Creator: Bruce Nash Production Manager: Shelia Collins Post Producer: Tim Knauff Director of Rights and Clearances: Katie Del Core Director of Research: Allison Boon Production Controller: Dani Eslin Coordinator: Boni Osmani Coordinator: Brad Skiles Researcher: Uldis Balodis Researcher: Bradley Combest Researcher: John Knapp Clearance Coordinator: Lawrence Givens III Clearance Coordinator: Aaron Zober Post Coordinator: Terrence Hartwell Voice over Coordinator: John Knapp Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff Assistant Editor: Josh Beckham Assistant Editor: Alexander Rubinow Assistant Post Coordinator: Jeremiah Dockray Post Assistant: Rob Harrington Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi Camera: John Kabasakalis Camera: Lon Magdich Camera: Greg Steinbrecher Field Audio: Charles Rohr Field Audio: Richard Weiss Online Editor: John Price Sound Mixer: Ed Thacker Animation: Glenn Takakjian Animated Photos: Adam Goodwin Historical Consultant: Tom Barnes Historical Consultant: Gregory Galer Special Thanks: Ron Gratzke Willard B. Hansen Kent Henschen Milwaukee Public Museum Orchard Supply Hardware Eric Orlemann Kathy Schick Ed Ward Programming Coordinator: Michele Wilcox Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra Produced by Actuality Productions, INC 2006

    Trivia (4)

    • A P&H 4100 shovel is capable of digging more than 35 million cubic yards in a single year, a volume more that ten times that of Egypt's Great Pyramid.

    • Each year, tens of thousands of Americans suffer back injuries, rotator-cuff tears, wrist strains, and broken bones -- all from shoveling snow.

    • The Ames Shovel and Tool Company produced more than 11 million entrenching shovels during World War II.

    • In 1993, the largest mining shovel ever built, "The Captain," was sold for scrap after a 1991 fire caused catastrophic damage.

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