Modern Marvels

Season 8 Episode 27


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 18, 2001 on The History Channel
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Without rock, modern society wouldn't exist.
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • One mile of a two-land highway requires over 40,000 tons of aggregate. There are 3.9 million miles of these roadways in the United States.

      • Marble is a form of limestone. Limestone can be processed to create calcium oxide, and when the powder is heated, it becomes incandescent. In the 19th century, it was used in theatres to light the stage, hence the saying, "in the limelight."

      • When the Cemetery of the Innocents in Paris was filled beyond capacity in the 18th century, thousands of skeletons were dug up and placed in abandoned underground Parisian quarries, where they remain today.

      • A machine for polishing granite, introduced in the 1880s, was nicknamed the "Jenny Lind" after the Swedish soprano singer, because of its pleasing humming sound.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: Hillsides explode, massive blocks of stone break off of solid rock walls and powerful machines crush large rocks in a matter of seconds. Now: Quarries on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • John Hayden
        VP, National Stone, Sant & Gravel Assoc.

        William H. Langer
        Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey

        Archie Hodgeon
        Slot Drill Operator, Rock of Ages, Corp.

        Todd Paton
        Director of Tourism, Rock of Ages Corp.

        Ed Fifield
        Double Drill Operator, Rock of Ages Corp.

        Larry Quinlivan
        VP, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Assoc.

        Chris Haycocks
        Professor of Mining Engineering, Virginia Tech

        Charles Luck
        President, CEP, Luck Stone

        Jeff Barrett
        Manager of Operations, Georgia Marble Company

        Larry Young
        Belt Saw Operator, Georgia Marble Company

        Matt Graves
        General Manager, Georgia Marble Company

        Ronald Hope
        Senior Blasting Technician, Luck Stone

        John Thompson
        Plant Manager, Luck Stone

        David Fitts
        Mine Superintendent, Georgia Marble Company

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Larayne Decoeur
        Writer: Holly A. Murdoch
        Producer: Larayne Decoeur
        Producer: Holly A. Murdoch
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Consulting Producer: Henry Schipper
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Editor: Ryan Reilly
        Editor: Jason Steinberg
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Music: Alan Ett
        Production Manager: Kathlene Exner
        Post Producer: Scott Berkson
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Researcher: Hildie Katibah
        Archivist: Nilda Jensen
        Clearance Assistant: Gabe Martinez
        Researcher: Mark Savage
        Researcher: Diane Wai
        Historical Consultant: Willian H. Langer
        Footage Consultant: Ted Troll
        Camera: Roy Hatch
        Camera: Michael Marton
        Camera: Dylan S. Obrien
        Camera: Allen Rosen
        Field Audio: Bill Johnson
        Field Audio: Radar Long
        Field Audio: Terry Marton
        Post Production Supervisor: Jason Steinberg
        Post Production Coordinator: Gary Reid
        Voice over Coordinator: Dawn Irwin
        Assistant Editor: Michael Lim
        Assistant Editor: Stephen Franklin
        Online Editor: David Rex
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Animation: Song Design, INC.
        Animation: Rick Orner
        Graphics: Barry Hill
        Production Auditor: Dani Eslin
        Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner
        Assistant Production Accountant: Sonia Randazzo
        Production Coordinator: Michael Z Davis
        Production Assistant: Maryalice R. Aragon
        Production Assistant: Rasi Delgado
        Production Assistant: Suni Nivens

        Special Thanks:
        Aggregate Producers Association of Ontario
        Sandy Cain
        Denise Cornell
        Gus Edwards
        Michael Karmis
        Ta Li
        Rufus Phillips

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra

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