At the beginning of the 1930s, I worked on the construction of Rockefeller Plaza. Despite the great danger, work there was pure pleasure. At that time, health and safety regulations did not exist and alcohol at work was the norm.
On this day, the photographer – Charles Ebbets – came to the construction field. He photographed the building being built. I asked him to take a picture of us. I suggested that we would sit on a steel beam. He liked the idea very much, so I called the boys and ordered to sit on the element. My colleagues did not want to break away from lunch, so they took it with them.
I went last on the beam. I wanted to sit next to Gustáv Popovič – a Slovak immigrant who did not part with whiskey at the construction site. When I sat down, I said, “put the bottle down for the picture, you drunkard. It really upset him and he pushed me in anger, so that I barely managed to catch the beam. Eventually, I jumped onto the platform below (of course, there was a landing below – Charles removed it later in Photoshop).
A moment later, Charles took a picture that became one of the most famous photos in history. Unfortunately, without me.
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