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Sometime last decade my phone rang, the man on the other end said his name was Richard Hobbs, he had a story to tell. He was in the process of completing a book on the history of the Tacoma Narrow's Bridge. Now for folks in the Northwest and especially Tacoma, this is a storied bridge. Full of ups and downs, literally.
The bridge fell in the 50's and was documented in a dramatic way on film before disappearing into the Puget Sound. At the time of Richard's call, a second bridge was being constructed next to the already rebuilt first one.
Now, there are many things that make this book special, but the one closest to my heart comes clear in Richard's next statement to me on that call. "Chris" he said, "I've been searching for a cover photo for some time now, when I saw your photograph of lightning behind the bridge, at once I knew you had the only photo that could be on the cover of this book"
Washington State University Press, who was publishing the book went along, and now I hold this book in my hands presenting it to you for the book report theme.
At a party later, Richard asked me how long it might take for me to get lightning behind the New Bridge or Pair of Bridges, I replied "that could take a lifetime, maybe never" , the next month, a storm passed, of course I went, and now I have those photos to know that lightning can strike the same place twice, If I'm paying attention!
Also by Christopher Boswell
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