Jack Mullowney is 91 years old, and has vivid memories of the Great Depression. He shares some of those memories with Dick Gordon, along with one of his favorite stories from his career. Jack worked for the company that came up with the Green Giant advertising campaign. Jack was the one who suggested the giant should become a little more jolly. Jack now works as a commodities trader - he has no interest in retiring.
In 1958, a coal mine in Springhill, Nova Scotia collapsed, killing 74 men and trapping 100 underground. Over a week, crews raced against time to find them. Covering the story from the pithead was a young reporter named Jack MacAndrew. His work was part of the first live international television coverage of a disaster in history. As the world awaits the latest news from the rescue efforts for the 33 trapped miners in Chile, Jack talks with Dick Gordon about what he saw and learned at the Springhill Mines. Also: the 10th anniversary of the bombing of the USS Cole. And, a road trip to remember.
This past week, BP earned a dubious new distinction. Although it’s not the first oil company to have a blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s now officially the worst. In June 1979, the Ixtoc 1 offshore oil well exploded and oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico for 10 months. Within weeks oil was coating the beaches of south Texas. Leo Trevino was a college student back then in Corpus Christi, when one of his professors asked him to grab his diving gear and travel down to Mexico to check on a research site not far from the Ixtoc. Along the way, Leo and another grad student surveyed the Mexican coastline, looking for oil and documenting recovery efforts. Leo talks with Dick Gordon about what he saw on his Ixtoc roadtrip, and how well the Gulf of Mexico has recovered in the three decades since. Also in this show, surprising dad.
The pesticide DDT was outlawed in this country in 1972. One of the loudest voices calling for the ban was Lorrie Otto's. She remembers exactly when she first realized something was wrong: all the robins in her neighborhood were dying and falling like lead weights to the ground. She gathered the dead robins up in a basket and took them to her state legislature. Also in this episode, after just 2 years as a wedding DJ, Alex Davy has witnessed both brawls and poignant speeches - all the while providing the background music. Alex shares his best stories, and his insights into that notorious nuptial event, the wedding reception.
Before last month’s twisters, the largest cluster of tornadoes on record was known as the Super Outbreak of 1974. At that time, David Reeves was a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Louisville, KY. On April 3 of that year, he headed into work early because of storm reports - and it became one of the deadliest outbreaks of tornadoes in U.S. history.
Four years ago a tornado tore into Greensburg, Kansas, flattening the town. Greensburg is now back, stronger and greener, but the more private story is that it’s a lot harder to bounce back when the people you love are gone. Dick Gordon speaks with two residents of the town, Bob Dixson and Norm Volz, about how to rebuild when all seems lost. Also in this episode, a musical memory from Nanci Griffith, plus Delsie Bailey shares the story of her daughter Faith.