Norm Gregory Radio Scrapbook: Ruston Stack Demolition, KOMO Radio, 1993

by Norm Gregory on April 18, 2012

in 1993, Audio, KOMO, Radio Scrapbook

The ASARCO smokestack — once the world’s largest — was to be demolished at the company’s old copper smelter in Ruston, north of Tacoma on January 17, 1993. On the air I said I had to be there with the KOMO microphone. The owner of the Triton (wish I could remember my gracious host’s name) called to tell me they were going to out to watch, and throwing a stack demolition party, and invited me to come along.

At 12:40 p.m. on January 17, 1993, demolition experts collapse the landmark American Smelter and Refining Company (ASARCO) smokestack as part of a Superfund toxic cleanup of the old copper smelter in Ruston. I was among the 100,000 people gathered on land and sea to witness the detonation that, with one push of a plunger, sets off charges that in eight seconds reduces the structure to rubble and dust.





What is going on here? I have been digging through My Collection of photos, news clippings and other documents from my 35 years in radio. The daily postings began on May 19, 2011. The Collection can be sorted:

By radio station: KPUG • KJRB • KJR • KZOK • KQFM • KOMO • KJR-FM

By year: 1961 • 1963 • 1967 • 1968 • 1969 • 1970 • 1971 • 1972
1973 • 1974 • 1975 • 1976 • 1977 • 1978 • 1979 • 1980 • 1981 • 1994


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