A champagne celebration was held bright and early Monday in honor of Saturday’s topping of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge’s first arch (pictured). Many of the very VIP crowd were those, who were veterans (Mayor Tom Leppert, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Dr. Gail Thomas and Mary McDermott Cook to name a few) of the Saturday morning topping. Looking refreshed and delighted with the celebration of progress of the bridge, they recalled moments both long ago (three Dallas mayors have been involved with the building of the project) and more recently.
Kay told the crowd that indeed she had brought bagels Saturday because from experience she knew food is always welcomed and “these things never start on time.” Reminder to self: Always invite Kay to every event.
All the local media (pictured) was poised to cover the event at Haynes & Boone’s offices in Victory with a great view of the arch. Just in case you left your spectacles at home or wanted a really up-close look of the construction on the bridge, someone was thoughtful enough to have a whole tray of binoculars by the window.
However, notable MIA’s were U.S. Rep Eddie Bernice Johnson (she was in Washington finishing up business), bridge designer Santiago Calatrava (he was in Europe) and Lyda Hunt Hill (Margaret’s daughter), who was flying in for the occasion. But she missed out on the festivities because her plane was delayed. Instead of holding up things, Dr. Gail Thomas kicked things off promptly at 10 a.m. explaining the absentee Lyda’s whereabouts. From the crowd, someone asked, “Is she going to fly through the arch?” We caught a couple of folks looking toward the arch just in case Lyda had done just that.
Luckily, Margaret’s son Al Hill Jr. was there accepting accolades from all for the Hill family’s leadership in the creation of the first of the Calatrava bridges.
After sincere thanks by Dr. Thomas, Mayor Leppert and Sen. Hutchison were given to everyone including the construction crew, Mary (pictured with ALON USA’s Jeff Morris) proudly led the crowd in a champagne toast with commemorative flutes in honor of a very successful accomplishment.