|Me (right) with bomb dog Sam, during|
President Carter's visit in 1978
The first official transit of the Panama Canal was on August 15, 1914, by the SS Ancon. While the Canal was one of the major engineering feats of history, the rising carnage in Europe reduced the grand opening to a subdued local affair.
The centennial went largely unnoticed in the United States. Ask an American under thirty which country built the Panama Canal and you'll likely get a blank stare. But Tampa, Florida with its port has an economic link to Panama. Reporter Veronica Cintron of Bay News 9 in Tampa asked my permission to use a portion of my YouTube video Panama City Fish Market for her feature on the centennial. While her video is not online, her articles and the link to my video are found here.
On August 14, 1977, I drove past the Balboa Theater in the Canal Zone shortly after a Canal anniversary event had ended. Outside were a large number of people, including old men white and black. Those old men helped build the Panama Canal.