Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Credit to the workers

I don't care much about the fact that the University of Minnesota is building a new football stadium about a mile from my home. But I was tickled by the man they chose to lay the first brick. Here's his picture, taken by Matt Mead of the Minnesota Daily:

first brick - Photo Hosted at Buzznet

And here's a bit of the story, with the first paragraphs reprinted below:

As a high school sophomore, Hilding Mortenson laid bricks at Memorial Stadium. On Monday, 84 years later, he laid the first brick at the TCF Bank Stadium construction site.

The event marked the laying of the first of more than 500,000 bricks to be used in the stadium's construction.

It was the first ceremonial bricklaying in the history of Mortenson Construction, the company heading up the new stadium.

Hilding Mortenson, who turned 100 years old on April 2, spread a brick with mortar and then placed it on a ledge.