Letters to the Editor

ASARCO: Name someone harmed by smelter fallout

Re: “Toxic shock” (TNT, 11-8).

The Asarco smelter furnace was fired up on Sept. 12, 1889. Who would have thought it would have an extended life as a bureaucratic hire-and-retire project?

Into the 1950s, workers had a vegetable garden and raised chickens for eggs on the plant site, I personally know of one retired smelter worker who lived to the ripe old age of 102.

One question is still unanswered: Can you name one person harmed by smelter fallout?

A put-it-to-rest question: Can you name one smelter worker harmed in the 100 years of smelter operation?

My grandfather worked at the smelter and helped build the stack. My father was born in 1906 and lived one block from the smelter for 90 years and four months.I came home to our house one block from the plant in 1934 and lived across from the plant on Waterview Street until 2005. I am nearing 82, still going strong and playing golf every Thursday.

I’m glad to speak before any group. Or join me for nine holes.