Alfred Zampa

Alfred Zampa, son of migrants from Ortucchio (AQ), was born in California in 1905 where he died 95 years later. In 2003 one of the longest bridges in California was named after him: Memorial Alfred Zampa Bridge. We may wonder why Alfred Zampa deserved such an honour. Nothing but working lifelong at vertiginous heights in bridge construction and a true miracle in the middle. In fact, Zampa survived falling off the Golden Gate Bridge – a 90-metre-fall! Whether it was a matter of Fortune or Providence, in that miracle being a tough Abruzzese helped him for sure.

Alfred Zampa was also an example of civil and social commitment, and we cannot help thinking of him in the black and white iconography of those workers sitting at breakfast on steel beams suspended between sky and earth.

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