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The Legend of Dynamite George
Story and Photographs
For Middle Readers, Teens, and Animal Lovers of all ages
192 pages, with enchanting photographs
6 " x 9", Soft Cover/Paperback
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Their concern for George--and all pack rats--is reflected in the numerous pack rat tales and legends in the west. One traditional folktale holds that when a pack rat senses trouble, it runs out of the mine; and the miners follow close behind. This story adds to the lore and is a testament to the "let live" attitude miners have for pack rats. George, of course, became Dynamite George--the central character in this account of a fictional mining world.
What they are saying about Dynamite George:
"Carroll's delightful tale of family love, friendship, and hard work, illustrates how miners depend on each other in a dangerous work environment. . . . an educational and fun story from start to finish for young and mature readers."
--Heidi Williams Pearson
"An excellent story about a pack rat with the courage of a lion and about the endurance of the miners. I especially enjoyed the relationships of Jamie and his grandfather, and their young friend Windy. Thanks for sharing."
--David (Dick) Mantlo, retired history teacher, Grand Junction, Colorado
"Carroll combines love of animals, underground experience with uranium miners, and mining folklore into a delightful story about a pack rat, his antics, and the children who befriended him."
--Robert A. Sammons, Jr. M.D. Ph.D.
About the Author
Carroll Bennett, world traveler and photojournalist, tapped into her eclectic background to write this imaginary mining tale set in western USA. Now retired, she enjoys sharing pack rat stories with others.
About this Book
When I was a photojournalist at the Museum of Northern Arizona in the 1970's, an employment opportunity arose that I hoped would give me new photo experiences.
Dr. Geno Saccomanno, M.D., Ph.D., a pathologist researching an epidemic of lung cancer in uranium miners, based at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado sent field technicians to the uranium mines to collect sputum samples. Our team drove a medical trailer from one mine site to another in four Rocky Mountain States.
This health-field experience exposed me to the mining world. Many of our health tests had to be done underground where the miners were in jeopardy of contracting lung cancer if they did not wear their masks to keep out the dust.
In Northern Wyoming, I met a mine demolition expert, Dee Haight. His pet pack rat "George" lived in a nest in the mine's explosives magazine. Federal regulations prohibited flammable materials in proximity of the explosives. When George and his nest were evicted, the miners were upset.
Pack rat photos in my story are original images of Dee Haight's pet. The mining photos in the glossary were taken when I conducted lung cancer tests underground.
Episodes involving the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) in my story are purely fictional. Below is a brief explanation of the federal law authorizing the United States Department of Labor to protect miners in hard rock and coal mines:
The Mine Safety and Health Administration administers provisions of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and enforces mandatory safety and health standards to eliminate fatal accidents, to reduce the frequency and severity of nonfatal accidents, to minimize health hazards, and to promote improved safety and health conditions in the mining industry.
After my lung-cancer research project, I worked for MHSA and Colorado State University. Now retired, I work with digital imaging, photography, and writing.
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The Legend of Dynamite George - The Mining Pack Rat, by Carroll Bennett, is a special story from beginning to end. Its very first words in the prologue, "Claws shut like steel traps", immediately pull the reader into this 1970's tale set in a uranium mining town called Homestead, Wyoming. The book's title is a strong hint that Dynamite George is not a typical pack rat, but one that is unique in his attributes and contributions to life in Homestead. The photograph on the front cover is a warm invitation to open the book and find out about his legend.
Other sites to visit in regards to Carroll Bennett's books, photos and Art: Winmarkcom.com | CarrollBennett.com | KikkosTracks.com | Foto-Fantasi-Press.com