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Modern Marvels

Season 9 Episode 30


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Aug 06, 2002 on The History Channel
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Episode Summary

Tugboats; roller-coasters; funicular railroads; flat-bed truck; 747. With its trademark look at the past, present and future, MODERN MARVELS climbs mountains, heads to the highways and guides vessels to dock in this examination of the many aspects of TOWING. Go into the factories where $400,000 tow trucks are made and see how these sophisticated machines evolved from the earliest examples of their breed, which were cobbled together from spare parts. See how today's tug boats deploy omni-directional propeller systems to "rustle" their massive charges to port, and take a ride with the "mules" that tow ships through the Panama Canal.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • Four percent of the world's shipping fleet cannot navigate the Panama Canal. The tow trains are strong enough to pull any ship on earth, but some vessels are too big for the 110 foot wide locks.

      • Jonathan Hulls patented his design for a steam tugboat in 1736, almost a century before the construction of the first practical tug.

      • The most famous animal towers on earth are the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales. At over 200 strong they are the world's largest herd of draft horses.

      • Towing industry founder Ernest Holmes, Sr. began his career as an interior decorator at a local department store, selling curtains and drapes.

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    • NOTES (1)

      • Rusty Morse
        Truck Operator, Jerry's Towing

        Lyndia Thomas
        International Towing & Recovery Museum

        Frank Thomas
        International Towing & Recovery Museum

        Randy Olson
        VP Marketing, Miller Industries

        John L. Hawkins III
        VP Heavy Duty Sales, Miller Industries

        Al Hershberger
        National Sales Manager, Custer Products Ltd.

        Mark Anderson
        President, Air Cushions USA

        Nicholas R. DeTorfino
        President, Torfino, Inc.

        Bill Beck
        Ford Motor Company

        Robert Beck
        General Motors Company

        Clarissa C. Powell
        Publisher, Tow Times Magazine

        Bruce Jackson
        Salesman, NRC Industries, Inc.

        Ozie Hamerman
        President, EZ Software

        Harry Malamatos
        Dir. Sales & Marketing, Dynamic Manufacturing

        Roddy Moore
        Dir, Blue Ridge Institute, Ferrum College

        Chad Macaulay
        Chief Mate, Crowley Maritime Corporation

        Stephen Canright
        S.F. Maritime National Historical Park

        Christopher Edward
        S.F. Maritime National Historical Park

        Thomas Klimesch
        Vice President, Serodino, Inc.

        Steve James
        Rides Supervisor, Lake Winnepesaukah

        Donald H. Bray
        Cog Railway Historian

        Jim Millwood
        Lookout Mountain Funicular Railway

        Ted Hollinger
        Owner, Master House Movers

        Michael C. Gallo
        President, Kelly Space & Technology, Inc.

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Matthew P. Hickey
        Producer: Matthew P. Hickey
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilevelis
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Editor: Shelly Stocking
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Music: Alan Ett
        Production Manager: Kathlene Exner
        Post Production Supervisor: Jason Steinberg
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Hildie Katibah
        Post Production Coordinator: Gary Reid
        Production Audior: Dani Eslin
        Production Coordinator: Michael Z. Davis
        Assistant Production Coordinator: James Wiser
        Archivist: Nilda Pergola-Jensen
        Clearance Assistant: Gabe Martinez
        Assistant Editor: Jesse Kingsley
        Assistant Editor: Scott R. Martin
        Voice Over Coordinator: Anthony Lacques
        Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner
        Assistant Production Accountant: Dennis Luciani
        Production Assistant: Shana Hilton
        Production Assistant: Mike Taylor
        Camera: Joe Dupuis
        Camera: Carlos Montaner
        Camera: Dylan S. O'Brien
        Field Audio: Andy Hough
        Online Editor: David Rex
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Animation: Doug Whitney
        Graphic Artist: Barry Hill

        Special Thanks:
        Jan Faulkner
        Steve Freer
        Bonnie MacPherson
        Jerald P. Morse
        Mount Washington Hotel and Cog
        Nicky Reynolds
        Talley Rhodes
        Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
        Thom Williams

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra

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