Modern Marvels

Season 3 Episode 2

Brooklyn Bridge

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 01, 1995 on The History Channel
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The Brooklyn Bridge was not only a landmark, but also the first bridge of its kind. No one had ever used steel for construction, nor used cables of metal, nor built a suspension bridge so long. Until one man dared to try. In 19th-century New York, where buildings were no more than five stories tall, engineer John Roebling’s soaring and majestic Brooklyn Bridge was nothing short of a technological miracle. But Roebling's innovation led to an uphill battle against the elements, corrupt politicians, and scientists who claimed the first strong wind would collapse the bridge to rubble.moreless

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    September 1856 the Roebling Bridge Cincinnati to Covington predates the Brooklyn Bridge Brooklyn Bridge was not only a landmark, but also the first bridge of its kind. No one had ever used steel for construction, nor used cables of metal, nor built a suspension bridge so long" Does anyone at Modern Marvels or New York read or understand simple math?

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    • Today with four tunnels and fourteen other bridges connecting Manhattan to its outlying areas, the Brooklyn Bridge still carries 25 million passengers a year.

    • Early American suspension bridges used hemp for their suspension lines. Many of these bridges fell within a year or two of construction. The Brooklyn Bridge is the oldest long-span suspension bridge still standing.

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    • Narrator: Dogged by delay and predictions of failure. Its construction took the lives of at least 40 workers. It killed its creator and destroyed the health of his son. Its history is a dramatic clash of dirty politics and true love, its living legacy is one of unprecedented utility and lasting beauty. Now: The Brooklyn Bridge, on Modern Marvels.

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    • Ed Cohen
      BB Centennial Commissioner

      Kristian Roebling (m)
      Washington Roebling Descendant

      John Manbeck
      Brooklyn Historian

      Executive Producer: Bob Jaffe
      Producer: Phillis Cannon
      Writer: Phillis Cannon
      Senior Producer: Tim Busa
      Associate Producer: Doug De Luca
      Producer: Bruce Nash
      Creator: Bruce Nash
      Editor: Chris Hafner
      Editor: Mike Mahoney
      Online Editor: Rick Fenner
      Narrator: Harlan Saperstein
      Post Production Supervisor: Julio Kollerbohm
      Segment Associate Producer: Matthew P. Hickey
      Senior Researcher: Chuck Hayes
      Researcher: Libby Pace
      Visual Coordinator: Carey Ann Strelecki
      Show Elements Coordinator: Karen S. Meissner
      Production Accountant: Paul Dzilvelis
      Assistant Production Accountant: Jori Espinosa
      Assistant Visual Coordinator: William F. Swift
      Assistant Visual Coordinator: Luke Ellis
      Assistant Editor: Jared Bushansky
      Assistant Editor: Maurice Cassamajor
      Assistant Editor: Brady Heck
      Assistant to Bob Jaffe: Hay Tanning
      Assistant to Tim Busa: Todd Bluechel
      Productions Assistant: Jason Menz
      Productions Assistant: Toni Gray
      Music: Scott Page-Pagter
      Music: John Valentino
      Graphics: Art F/X
      Footage Consultant: Ted Troll

      Special Thanks:
      Eldridge Bowen Hare
      Lisa Groseclose
      Rick De Croix

      Executive Producer: Gerald W. Abrams
      Series Manager: Elyse Miranda
      Executive Producer: Charlie Maday
      Produced by Jaffe Productions w/ association with Hearst Entertainment Television
      1995

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