Fox Business News host Stuart Verney has lived in the United States for nearly 50 years, but the English-born journalist still remembers that he eventually became a citizen of the country he explored.
“When I first arrived, I was shocked to see the size of this place, the size of America,” says Verni. “It’s a continent. We Europeans are more together and closer, but America is huge.
“It always seemed to me, I always asked, ‘How did a continent-sized country open up?’ How is it possible that the Americans created this place, made it accessible, and brought to the game an engineering project that opened up America in a spectacular way?
“American Built with Stuart Vernie,” which will premiere on Monday, September 20, as part of FBN Prime, a new programming block from the Fox Business Network, will give Verny the opportunity to share some architectural, engineering, technical and other stories about him. Scientific achievement along with nation building by Americans.
The premiere of the season tells the story of Crystal Cathedral, the brave All-Glass Church in Orange by the late Reverend Robert Schuler. Other episodes focusing on places in California and the West include the Los Angeles Falls building, the rise of the Vegas Strip, and the banned Federal Prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.
“American Build ‘is a normal thing for me, because it’s a measure of my interest,” said Verni, whose long-running news show, “Verni & Co.,” airs on weekday mornings. “I’m not an engineer, but I’m amazed at the greatness of America and how it got here.”
Ney-year-old Vernie said that even as a boy in England he had an innate feeling that Americans are big, brave builders.
“I tell you a funny short story,” he says. “I must be 7 or 8 years old. I was walking home from school and I passed this building site on the side of the road. I saw a few muscular men, you know, digging holes and lifting scaffolding, things like that.
“And I came back home and said to my dad, ‘Hey, there are a lot of big guys on the street. They must be Americans.'” Where did I get the devil?
“I do not know. As of today I have no idea where it came from. But it was clearly in my head. ”
While some of the places featuring the series focused on great political or economic import projects – the waterfalls that allowed Los Angeles to develop, the Hoover Dam that provided more electricity and water to the region – others were included for more adventure.
“Crystal Cathedral America didn’t open,” Verny said. “It wasn’t a huge engineering project that suddenly made the whole continent available, far from it.
“What’s interesting about Crystal Cathedral is the drive and the energy and the extraordinary vision,” he says. “It took determination and determination to create that thing, and then overcome the problems of the engineering process.”
Schuller’s passion for building an all-glass cathedral, William Mulholland’s expedition to bring more than 200 miles of water from Owens Valley to Los Angeles, and others who have the features of the series are all connected by a common bond, Verni believes.
“The connection we’ve got is the spirit to do,” he says. “It simply came to our notice then. Europe may have been 100 years ago, 200 years ago, but America was it in the last century.
“And when you get to America, you feel it,” says Verni.
“This show celebrates America’s can-do spirit.”