Flashback: Al Zampa on Charles Kuralt

Charles Kuralt takes a look at people who build things, including an interview with Alfred Zampa on the 50th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.

KGO features Zampa family

KGO TV had a really nice piece on Al Zampa and the generations of Zampa ironworkers that have come after him.

Dick Zampa on KGO TV

They’re the first family of Bay Area bridge builders. Claiming four generations, the Zampa’s have been watching the transition from the old to new Bay Bridge as closely as anyone. The family has come full circle. Late patriarch Alfred Zampa was an ironworker on the bridges in the 1920s, while his great grandson worked on the new Bay Bridge.

Here’s a link to the video: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=resources/traffic&id=9225575

Walk of Honor 2013

The annual Walk of Honor for veterans is happening on Saturday, May 18, 2011 on the Al Zampa Memorial Bridge. This is a walk honoring ALL military veterans, an opportunity to say “Thank You” for their service to our country so that we may enjoy our freedom. Check out the website for more details.
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Zampa family featured for 75th anniversary of Golden Gate Bridge

This week, ABC 7′s Heather Ishimaru has been telling the stories of the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. As a part of her coverage, she has featured the Zampa family in two stories.

On May 21, the story centered on the Gladiator Women Program, which was designed and implemented by Dick Zampa Jr., Al Zampa’s grandson. It featured the Field Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Center and the women in the program.

Here’s a link: Women joining the ranks of ironworkers

On May 22, the story was on the bridge builders themselves. This story included a classic clip of Al Zampa himself in 1987.

Here’s a link: Bridge builders remembered on Golden Gate anniversary

Hanging Iron and Halfway to Hell on sale

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The Labor Video Project has created a special deal on two classic videos about Ironworkers.

“Halfway To Hell – The Workers & Unions That Built The Golden Gate Bridge” and “Hanging Iron, After The Quake of ’89″ have been combined onto one DVD for Ironworkers and Building Trades Workers in a special offer for $15.00 (S&H included). For 5 or more copies $10.00 each. Here’s the order form.

Part of the proceeds will go to the Alfred Zampa Memorial Bridge Foundation.

Hanging Iron is also available to watch online on Blip.tv.

A new look

Welcome to the new web site. We’ve cleaned out some cobwebs and rearranged the furniture. If you’re looking for info on Al, click on “The Man”, to see pictures of the bridge, click on “The Bridge”, if you want to learn about the Alfred Zampa Memorial Bridge Foundation, click on “The Foundation”. Click around and you’ll catch on quick.

Here’s what we used to look like:

Al Zampa bridge original site