I admired the snappy, yet sensible, overalls of the avuncular engineers. I’ll admit those guys may have inspired my own bandana-as-kerchief phase.
This little essay aired as part of the 2011 series “Summer Sounds” on NPR’s All Things Considered. I have Art Silverman to thank for giving me the chance to hang out with the crew of the Zooline Railroad at the St. Louis Zoo, a life-long ambition of mine.
It was a thrill.
And big thanks to Nick Blumberg and Laura Lorson who helped me get reacquainted with my three-year-old self during the edit.