Skip to comments.High praise, indeed: Mitt Romney banner hung on Willis Tower [by 74 year-old ironworker]
Posted on 10/16/2012 1:17:22 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
.........John Rukavina, 74, a Local 1 ironworker who claims to have put up every antenna and tower in Chicago since Marina Towers in 1974 affixed a Romney banner as well as an American flag on the ABC antenna on Willis Tower minutes after it was completed Sept. 30.
The flag is a symbol an old ironworkers custom which is hung if the job went well, said Rukavina, who said he worked on the Sears Tower antenna in 1978. Hes also worked on the John Hancock Center and New Yorks World Trade Center.
I promised my sister, Anna, a year ago I would use the burial flag of her husband, a World War II Navy veteran, when we topped off the antenna, he told Sneed.
But I didnt tell anyone I was going to put up the Romney poster. I did that on my own and it was hard going. The wind was blowing like crazy that day, he said. But I wanted to make that gesture the last thing I did.
(Excerpt) Read more at suntimes.com ...
Ironworker John Rukavina, 74, put a Romney banner on top of the Willis Tower. Photo by Stephen Brown.
So is he 74 or 60? Sneed seems to be a bit confused
That is the American Spirit that the loathsome muslim puppet hopes to destroy, ladies and gentlemen !
No confusion. He's 74 and has WORKED for 60 years as an ironworker.
"A 60-year ironworker..."
Poorly constructed phrase, but pretty sure he has been an ironworker for 60 of his 74 years.
Nice. Bless him.
The amazing shots were taken by tiny cameras on the ironworker's helmets, the antenna sections themselves, and another helicopter. The video features Local 1 ironworkers John Rukavina and his nephew Bob East.
Director Stephen Brown and Zoo City Productions were filming the entire event for a documentary entitled "Cowboys of the Sky", which chronicles the journey of 74-year-old Local 1 ironworker John Rukavina..........."
Use FULL SCREEN on the video link in post #8.
It's the Sears Tower!
In 1969, in honor of the return of Apollo 11, John Rukavina hung an American flag on the Hancock antenna.
I’m in awe of this man!!! This IS the American spirit, isn’t it.
I just hope the union doesn’t send a couple of thugs to beat him up.
Your tag line.
Eggs - cellent!
"Originally sold as a boot for hunters, the 877 soon gained popularity among skilled craftsmen. An ad from 1970 shows John Rukavina, a Chicago iron worker, atop the Sears Tower in his 877."
Amazing! I am several years younger and I can’t even climb up on my step stool! LOL.
Thanks CW. That was very cool!
According to Obama, he didn't do it. Someone else did it for him.
Wow. Quite a feat..and quite a statement.
Ironworkers have no fear.
Now that is a man right there.
Great video of him and a coworker atop the tower here.
Only a malignant narcissist would name his dog after himself.
The irony of a union ironworker hanging a Romney banner on the Willis(Sears) Tower in Chicago, Obama’s Town, is not lost on the union workers in the MidWest.
The irony of the use of the word “irony” in a sentence about an ironworker would be ,though.
God bless and keep safe John Rukavina!
“The Taliban is on the inside of the building.” E. Nordstrom 10-10-12
(Thank you for your tagline. It needs to go viral.)
You're darn right!
-— An ad from 1970 shows John Rukavina, a Chicago iron worker, atop the Sears Tower in his 877.” ——
Wow! Great find.
A great final, defiant act. Hopefully it won’t be our swan song.
Thanks Twinkie—to me, Eric Nordstrom and Lt. Col. Wood are heroes for speaking out. They are doing the right thing at great personal and professional risk, because the fate of the highest officers of our government will be affected by their words. That is a fearsome position to find oneself in.
The truth is, the Taliban and Al Qaeda ARE inside the building. As a closet Muslim and American-hating Communist, Obama is the enemy inside the gates, although with his entire Administration.
The least we can do for the patriots like Nordstrom and Wood is to boot this lawless President and Administration out of DC in three weeks.
And then prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law for their many misdeeds.
May God grant it to be so.
CW— just wanted to say thanks to you for all the great articles you post.Keep up the good work.
Thank you. :)
The Rukavinas grew up in the same neighborhood as I did. They were well known in their field then. I didn’t know this guy but I knew his sons.
I hope that guy is the highest paid guy in the world......
My palms are sweating.
That guy is an American treasure. We need more of him!
I wonder some times about these daredevils and how they think. I can't imagine being a mother of one of these brave souls.
My conversation with him would be: "YOUR GONNA DO WHAT?, OH NO YOUR NOT!!!"
Awesome too that he put up the ROMNEY banndr, hoorah for him. Whose gonna make him take it down??? hahaha
banndr......banner. dumb fingers, it was the altitude.
I LOVE your tag line!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"""affixed a Romney banner as well as an American flag on the ABC antenna on Willis Tower minutes after it was completed Sept. 30."""""
TAKE THAT ABC............woooweee sweet, live with it. rofl
I loved that! :) :) :)
HEADLINE: ABC now endorses ROMNEY......ROFL
FOX..JUST DO IT.
lol, you did better than I did. I had to stop watching.......it was making me sick.
I confess, I stole it from another FReeper. I’m so ashamed of myself.
My Dad was topping trees at this same age. This guy tops that of course for height.
A new hero. I’m impressed and that only happens once in a great long while.
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