Modern Marvels

Season 13 Episode 13


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 03, 2006 on The History Channel
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Episode Summary

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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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • 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.

    • 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

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